Part 2: My Journey, Chapter 7: The Great Escape - There's no money for college. You'll need to get a 9-5 job. This is all my father said to me, one day, out of the blue, before promptly walking away from me. As I watched him leave, I realized that what I chose to do from that very moment would define the course of the rest of my life.  🎧: https://bit.ly/2X9YDkb  Trigger Warning: These recordings may contain descriptions of physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse. Listener discretion is advised.  Image Description: My second year in university, I received a medal for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in Japanese language studies. This made me eligible to study abroad at a Japanese university. My parents didn't support me leaving the country. As with attending college, I had to somehow find a way to make it happen. Ultimately, I defied all expectations and the trip changed my life. 素晴らしかった。✌️
Winsome. 💜💜💜 #theweekend #homelife #cutecats #kawaii #猫 #catsofinstagram #かわいい #ねこ #tabby
Trying out brunch in Kensington Market. Nice spot, super friendly staff. Ever place your order, then see what other people ordered being brought to them and immediately be full of regrets? Next time, definitely going to order the pancakes. Hehe. #theweekend #outandabout #lazysunday #嬉しい #友達 #食物 #楽しい #面白い #toronto #torontolife
Warming up on Player Two's baritone. I love the way it sounds. Might steal it. Hehe. #homelife #ukelele #ukelelepractice #autodidact #ukelelebeginner #楽しい #面白い #音楽 #lifesuckswithoutmusic
Part 2: My Journey, Chapter 6: My House, My Rules - For years, my father regularly removed the knobs from my bedroom door. There was to be no place within the home that he could not enter. This included the bedroom of his teenage daughter.  🎧: https://bit.ly/2YKEXVW  Trigger Warning: These recordings may contain descriptions of physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse. Listener discretion is advised.  Image Description: Signed ticket from DJ Dara, a drum and bass producer I saw live at the Bronco Bowl in the early 2000's. In my teens, music took centre stage as a coping mechanism alongside avid reading and writing. I found a new family in the electronic music scene.
Part 2: My Journey, Chapter 5: The Apple and the Garden of Eden - By the time I reached the age of 13, I started to question everything. I became deeply introspective. I questioned my own existence. I became agnostic. I discovered that the cult-like atmosphere of our home life was atypical, abnormal, abhorrent. I became frightened. I felt as if I lived among strangers.  🎧: https://bit.ly/2F9uURb  Trigger Warning: These recordings may contain descriptions of physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse. Listener discretion is advised.  Image Description: The home in which I grew up. We were not to speak to outsiders about the things that were said and done in our home. Strangers were not welcome and neither were our friends nor acquaintances. We were told no one outside of our home would care about us as much as the family. We were to view the kindness of all others with the utmost skepticism.
I find the evening is the best time to walk in the park. Fewer people. Easier to think. I really like seeing snow covered bare limbs. Not sure why. #outandabout #toronto #torontolife #素敵 #面白い #naturephotography #winterforest #静か #美しい #雪 #冬
Coffee accompanied by reminiscence and cake. #theweekend #lazysunday #outandabout #コヒー #飲み物 #楽しい #面白い #torontolife
Beginner Pre-Instruction Exercise No.2: My left hand knew what the right hand was doing. ;) Snow's really coming down out there! Stay warm! ❄️❄️❄️ #theweekend #homelife #hobbies #noviceartist #learningtodraw #面白い #えかく
Part 1: Portraits, Chapter 4: My Oldest Brother - The only person in my family who didn't raise a hand to harm me. He holds a special place in my heart.  🎧: https://bit.ly/2H6n7Gp  Trigger Warning: These recordings may contain descriptions of physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse. Listener discretion is advised.  Image Description: My brother spending time at the park with his son. Our parents never taught us how to love and be loved. For that knowledge, we had to fend for ourselves. Some of us fared better than others...