I know I am prone to dramatic hyperbole, but INTERNET. I just had the most restorative, thought-provoking, action-encouraging all round blindingly good holiday probably ever in the world.
Thursday night I watched the final show that the graduating colors had put together for their parents, laid out all my best clothes, and books for learning, and self-development notes, and just as I was about to go and wash my hair so that I could braid it and it’d be curly for the morning (and so my vacation would start beautifully because having good hair means ultimate happiness) I got collared by my colleagues for ‘just one drink’ and didn’t stumble back into the convent until 4 a.m.
GODDAMN LIVING IN THE SAME PLACE WHERE I WORK.
The epiphany, Internet, is that OH HEY UNIVERSE! I TOTALLY WROTE LAST WEEK THAT I WAS PLANNING NOT TO PLAN, AND TO RELAX, AND TO NOT CONTROL ALL THE THINGS! And then you went and got me drunk so that I had to pack my carry-on in less than six minutes.
Smart move, universe. I see what you did there. You called me on it.
I went to Switzerland to see Alma, a girl I disliked when I first met her, re-met a year later, and who is now the single most ambitiously focused, self-aware and kind person I have in my life. So much so that I can only ever refer to her by her full name. ALMA RADA! PASS THE BUTTER! I’M GOING TO SEE ALMA RADA! ALMA RADA HAS COOTIES!
Related: I hate most people when I first meet them. It's a thing.
We’ve met in Milan, in Rome, in Geneva, and the precedence has kind of been set for international Wellness Weekends- Wellness Weekends because Alma and I have a relationship that revolves around targeted self-improvement and eating a lot of food, thus no matter what state we find each other in we leave better people than when we arrived.
The task for this Wellness Weekend was to cycle around Lac Lamont, starting in Geneva where she lives, and ending in Geneva where she lives. It’s a big fucking lake. She’d assured me it was flat, and that I wouldn’t die.
INTERNET, IT WAS NOT FLAT AND QUITE FRANKLY I AM LUCKY TO BE HERE TYPING TO YOU TODAY BECAUSE I DIED EIGHTY-SIX THOUSAND TIMES AND HATED MY LIFE FOREVER THE END.
That bike seat touched me in ways I haven’t been touched in a long time. I lost my virginity several times.
Day one was an accomplishment, with much cycling and some minor hills that meant I was forever at the back of the group, but goddamn it we got to where we were going. I was exhausted and could barely eat my dinner, but the day had seen a stop off for our packed lunch (Quinoa and Trail Mix, obviously), a dip in a lake, and an impromptu pause for some singing, so basically, I won life.
Day two saw us traverse mountains, by which I mean really big hills around beautiful vineyards, by which I mean I spent a lot of time walking my bike around the lake instead of pushing the pedals because SHE SAID THERE’D BE NO HILLS.
And then when I did try to push the pedals, I fell off because I forgot my hands were greasy from the sunscreen I’d just put on, and then I fell off again later, and then when I was pushing my bike it fell onto my leg so I ended up bleeding and I lost my big girl pants for a minute even though I was trying to impress everyone with my breezy attitude with regards to just how easy cycling 100 kilometres was.
OH! WAIT! I DIDN’T TELL YOU THAT BIT YET!
As we sat, on day two, eating lunch (a late lunch, incidentally, since all my bike-pushing and falling-off had set us back by eleventy thousand hours) Alma Carver said something about 60 miles. I was all, WAIT, WHAT? And she was like YEAH. WE’VE GONE SIXTY MILES THIS WEEKEND and I was like SIXTY MILES? DO YOU KNOW THAT IS THE COMBINED TOTAL OF HOW FAR I HAVE GONE ON A BIKE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE UP UNTIL THIS POINT?
And then I put the bike down, said I’d take the train home the rest of the way, and went to rub some Vaseline between my chafing thighs.
Related: maybe I cried a bit with happiness, too.
So then Wellness Weekend became the FUCK! I CAN DO ANYTHING! Weekend, which became, Hey- What Lessons Can I Learn From Cycling To Apply To My Life In General? Weekend, which became Damn, Bitch Can Do Anything If She Puts Her Mind To It! Weekend which essentially meant that Alma Carver and I decided that for both us, we’re in the period of Balls to the Motherfucking Wall since evidently, anything is possible in the whole wide world so we may as well just follow our dreams and have done with it.
And that is the story of the new wallpaper on my computer. This new period of my life is the period of Balls to the Motherfucking Wall, where anything is possible and if I can cycle 100 kilometres around a pissing Genevan lake I can get a bloody book published.