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Here I am back at the book store writing out my feelings to all of you. The damn power outage caused a HUGE internet and phone outage. The power may be back, but the connection to the world is not. I've literally had to travel back to the city to use Wifi and anything that my devices can connect to. My hotspot does not work, so i'm stuck going to the book store and various cafes. After treatment, I hopped back on the train and was able to escape to the city with power. I ended up relaxing for a long while. I sat on a bench and watched the sunset at Jack London Square in Oakland, to release some inner stress and tension on World Mental Health Day. Hey, I gotta take care of my inner peace and PTSD. These little things go a long way for me. After that I met up with Danny for dinner. Oh Danny, oh how I love Danny. I love our friendship and the bond we have built together. I'm so lucky that my job brings so many good people into my life. My best friends have all entered this world of mine, via social influencing, it's something that has forever impacted my life. I haven't seen Danny in awhile, he's been traveling literally every weekend. So anytime I get to sit down and have dinner with him, it's relaxing and very helpful to just talk about things with someone who understands. I needed to have this dinner, I had a big weekend ahead of me. It's my mom's birthday weekend, so obviously anxiety is gonna build up, knowing that i'll be seeing people and they will ask questions about the accident. By now everyone should know about this, I mean if they don't, they must live under a fucking rock. This is the first time i've seen Danny since before I got hit. He called me right after I got hit, and that's something I can't say about everyone. When Hannah Montana sings "True Friend" in season 2, she wrote that for guys like Danny. As we sat by the pier and listened to the waves, I could only help but feel so grateful that I have friends, and mentors, like Danny. I know that long after I move, this is one relationship of mine, that will continue, no matter where I go.
I woke up the next morning and got ready to head out to treatment. The doorbell rang and SURPRISE, my grandpa and Auntie Z came to surprise my mom for her bday and party. They have been coming down for it every year, but we weren't expecting them this year. No one was home because my dad took my mom out for breakfast. So I had to leave them at the house, until I returned from the hospital. Knowing that they will be here for my mom's bday, just means that the bday will be bigger than we expected. As you already know, we weren't going to have something big for her. But, my mom being my mom, she's hella popular, so this was bound to happen. Saturday came along and mom's bday party is meant to last the whole day. Obviously when I showed up, people were like OMG, Dom is here. How are you? You look so good for someone who just got hit by a car. Trust me, my outsides look good, but my insides are feeling it. Especially during post treatment weekends. It was nice to see everyone though. It was just a reminder of how fortunate my family is. When it comes to support, we never really run out of it. Mama Nell stopped by and my cousin Ang was there. It was so nice to just be able to catch up with my close family, especially on a day as special as my mom's bday. I grew up in this big family party environment. As I got older, we all know I pushed that part of myself away. But now as I begin to prep to write the next story of my life, I'm so grateful I get to look back and see what once was. It's nice to know that my family is still celebrated, all thanks to my mom. She gives so much and our family gets so much love, in return. Special days like this, is a reminder that my young childhood was a semi charmed life. That fact alone, is something that I will never not be grateful for, as I carve out my own version of my family's traditions, and make them my own.
Photographer: Courtney Johnson
What I'm Wearing: Sweater - Merona, Jeans - Forever 21, Hat - Big Moods
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Stories From My Life - CHAPTER 16: THE FINAL CHAPTER
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Stories From My Life
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