In honour of Canada Day, I thought it was fitting I write you a letter that expresses my love for you. Thank you for being a city that I can call home for the last two years. Since day one I knew you were the one for me, the place I could call home, the perfect fit to my puzzle of finding a place that I belonged.
Toronto, I love the way that everything about you (even the ugly) is beautifully unique in its own way. Cities have a lot to offer, they aren’t just concrete jungles, amongst the walls hide so much culture, culture that makes this city what it is, a city that I can’t quite compare to anywhere else in the world.
Toronto, I love that when I walk your streets, I discover new things everyday. Whether it’s the street artists and performers, the cute little family owned shop, or the man living in homelessness that reminds you to smile as you walk past him, this city is filled with things that make me feel such warmth in my heart everyday.
I love the way that everyone and anyone belongs in this city, it doesn’t matter what your culture is, your beliefs, your religion or how “weird” or “normal” you may be. Everyone in this city is free to be his or her own person, and it’s evident on how accepting you are by just walking down the street. People who came from all over the globe now call Toronto their home.
Toronto, you give everyone who lives here a new outlook on life, you encourage people to be who they are, because it’s beautiful. No matter how weird you may feel, or even if you feel like you don’t fit in in other towns or cities, there’s a place for you in Toronto.
So with that I say thank you Toronto. Thank you for showing me everything you have to offer and constantly surprisingly me everyday. Thank you for not making me feel alone in this world, for giving me endless opportunities to work, to live, and to be myself. On Canada Day I don’t just celebrate this amazing country I call home, I celebrate the amazing city I call home.
Thank you Toronto for your existence, and Happy Canada Day!