“I realized that I deserved romance if I dreamt it and adventure if I desired it.”
With a desire to travel and expand beyond what is familiar, Gillian Cott embarked on an adventure by saying “Yes!” to an opportunity to live on a farm in Burgundy, France. A decision which would lead her to Paris, Prague, Montreal, and New York, among others. Through a combination of poetry and prose, she recounts moments, people, and locations that were significant to her experience, along with the feelings that came with those moments.
Walking on Windy Days
Embrace all colours and feelings of life
like the wet autumn leaves that stick together
crushed under boots
but still bold
At times, you still feel inexplicably alone
more like the last leaf left on a tree
begging to fall
to feel more than
shaking against the wind.
Make Me Remake Me: Writing Myself Across Two Continents is a lovely little book that beautifully conveys the author’s feelings about the different and new places she found herself along with romantic hopes, desires, and disappointments. The combination of prose and poetry works very well and I loved the writing style, finding myself quite often marking phrases that particularly struck me. Mostly this is a book about self-discovery, finding your place in the world, learning to love yourself and not be defined by another.