In Canada people are breathing

In Canada people are breathing. I notice this the moment I step off the plane. There is spaciousness here, where people still draw full breaths down to the belly and then, in a natural and relaxed manner, release the diaphragm and gently exhale. In America it is different.

In America people breathe shallowly, fearfully. As if they are hiding under the stairs hoping the Gestapo will pass on by. Under the veneer of extroverted Americanness is a layer of subcutaneous anxiety. A readiness to duck and cover at any moment. The throat is constricted, muscles primed for fight or flight.

I step out of the tube into YVR and draw cool air deep, deep into my lungs. It has been been four months since I breathed so fully. Fully here, fully home.

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