I said Goodbye to beautiful Montreal by dropping tulips in the city!
I said my final goodbye to my home city in the best way I could come up with: buying tulips for Montreal. I bought 150 Canadian Tulips, to be exact, with plans to spread them in different parts of Montreal City. Of course, it didn’t go exactly as I planned, but that’s life and I gained even more valuable experience than I thought.
Why did I buy Tulips for Montreal?
Many people asked me why I wanted to do this and why I was willing to spend money on such a thing. The reason I wanted to do this, is because I’ve always found goodbyes to be cathartic. I truly believe gaining closure is important to mental health. I’ve had a long and often bitter relationship with my hometown of Montreal. There were many times when I hated this city and blamed it for my problems. Every city has its problems and Montreal is no exception. I wanted to be able to let go of my anger and frustration with my past. So I created this whole Goodbye to Iconic Montreal Bucket List to force myself to remember the good in Montreal and let go of my past negative thoughts.
The Montreal Tulip Drop.
This is a picture of the message I attached to a number of the tulips. I wanted to write something that I wish someone had said to me when I was younger and just starting my life in Montreal. I wanted to give hope to anyone who felt a bit lost and confused in their current life. I knew that if I could just touch one person then I would be happy. I didn’t know if anyone would get back to me, but I knew it would be a beautiful experiment.
Originally, I planned to visit all of the places which meant something to me in Montreal, throughout my life. I did visit 2 out of 3 of my high schools and put flowers there. I also visited my elementary school and put tulips there. However, after my second high school, my plans started to unravel a bit.
My tulips started to die in the heat of the day and also with the rough transportation. The petals were just falling off the second I touched the flowers! I was then on a very tight time crunch to pass out the tulips before they died. So I ended having to just choose one location to pass out flowers and that ended up being the Old Port of Montreal.
The Old Port is a section of Montreal (by the water of course) which hosts continual activities throughout the year. Picture a mini carnival all year round. The Old Port is also in the super old area of Montreal where the streets are all cobblestoned. I started off pretty good. I gave out tulips spontaneously to anyone who seemed interested. But I was actually super shy to attach my message to them. However, (thanks to my friend Steph who was kind enough to accompany me on this experience) I did manage to do it at the end with the last 25 Tulips. The solution was to basically leave them on benches, much less awkward. Then we left the scene quickly lol.
How did it all end?
After I left the tulips on the benches, I didn’t think anyone would pick them up. I was actually feeling really embarrassed about how badly my plan went. I wanted to give back and try my best to pass on positive thoughts to other people but I ended up feeling like a silly fool. I was sure no one would bother to pick up the tulips. But as it turned out, some girls did get back to me! I heard back from some wonderful ladies @utopia_haze @maarjoriiee_ @jenn_dasilva @kimcodes and @suzannity!! I was so thankful to hear back from them and especially to know they appreciated my message! All I want to do with this blog is to give back to the world by spreading positive thoughts! This first time was an experiment that I intend to follow. I’m committed to learning how I can help other people.
But for now, especially after completing my Goodbye to Iconic Montreal journey, I finally felt ready to move on to the next chapter and adventure in my life. I moved to British Columbia!
For more of my Iconic Montreal Bucket List posts, visit this page. For the starter list of the sites, I chose for this Bucket List, visit this page.
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