Photo: Charles Mason
Being a storyteller at Dark Winter Nights was cathartic and momentous. I shared intimate details about my journey to Alaska. I touched on the tragic passing of my partner Isaac’s brother Amos and read ‘Birdshot.’ It became the most powerful moment of my life, the lights were blinding and I could not hear the words escaping my lips but a sense of calm came over me and I shared for 10 minutes more than just a story but the collective experience of love, loss and adventure.
I was approached by audience members who thanked me for sharing my story, although it was me who was grateful for the stage to tell my story. In that moment of gratitude I became fully aware of the power of storytelling, sharing tender moments with others, and never losing hope after all we are never alone.