It’s a hot sunny day. I just had one of those enigmatic lunch meet-ups where you make clear to the other party that you’re really, actually, truly gay (really). And they lose interest; I’m walking back.
A foreign family is taking photos on the sidewalk, and I swear I can feel the cold vacuum of space – stretching off into non-existence.
We are alone in the world. And all we have is each other, that is all.
I’m never alone. Between the coffee shops, the cafes, my officemates, my roommate, the people I date; I’m rarely actually out of the presence of other human beings. This is an unexpected outcome of the transition. I used to spend a week at a time in isolation, occasionally coming out for air, to go to the office, find food, whatever. And the world was so big, the sidewalks stretching out to distant vanishing points; the air lacking the clarity of virtuality I became accustomed to, staring into an abyss of pixels. Never again.
I’m bad at being human, which apparently makes it so. To be imperfect, fragile, pained, and needy. Desperate, beautiful and young. People see themselves, extend constant minor assistances, tell me things. And I think of them.
All I had to do was to become ambitionless, and lost. I can see it in their eyes, ‘welcome home.’
“I’m sorry about all of that stuff I said last night.”