Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
It was three weeks post break-up when I was in Köln and just finished competing in the Gay Games. I was still full of anger and hurt at the way my relationship had ended (but not the fact that it had) when I decided to climb the 509 steps to the top of the Dom. As I made my way up the stairs and my legs got sorer and sorer, I thought about all that had happened and how now I had a chance to begin a brand new life and rediscover myself. When I reached the top I felt freer than I have ever felt. I was full of hope with what my new life might hold and for the first time in months, I was truly happy.
I took a photo of myself when I reached the top and even though I hate photos of myself, I like this blurry one because I look so happy.