Where do I begin? These last few weeks have been both a beautiful blur and a time of national mourning, with unfortunate tragedies in my hometown dominating news stories across the world. But I’ll start with the good stuff first.
It was another Tinder date. Yes, another one. But this time it was different. She was Spanish and bore a canny resemblance to the Hollywood actress Mila Kunis, so much so that she revealed she get’s approached for photos at least 40 times a year.
It was a great first date; one which started in an Italian restaurant in Central London and that ended in a dive bar in Clapham. As far as first dates go, it couldn’t have been much better.
We met the following week, and things just grew from there. She’s funny, kind, and great company. But there was a catch. She was leaving in 6 weeks.
I knew this going into the first date and was prepared for us to just have fun. But then I fell for her. It’s a cruel irony, because as I write this, she’s departing to go back to Barcelona, and I’d be lying to myself if I said I wasn’t sad. In fact, I’m devastated. After three years of not falling for anyone, I fell for someone whose destination is one that is now far removed from mine.
But we had a great time, and I will see her in Barcelona. So who knows? It’s better to create memories than to create none at all, and I can honestly say that I’ve had the best 6 weeks in a long time.
Of course, a lot has occurred in these 6 weeks that would put my saddened heart to shame.
The terror attacks in both London and Manchester took the lives of innocent bystanders. And most recently a fire in a tower block in South-West London killed what many fear could well be over 100 people (many of which are children). As a Londoner as well as a human being, I have been profoundly impacted by these events, and it’s certainly put things into perspective.
But things must go on, and promoting a book which celebrates life and love- no matter one’s timespan- has proved incredibly cathartic in such a period, and seeing it go live on Amazon earlier this month has been awesome.
Most importantly, I hope everyone reading this is well. It sounds incredibly cliched, but in times like these, I’ve never felt more compelled to write such a thing.