So I’m currently self-isolating in my hometown, having just moved back about a week ago, after losing two jobs and an apartment in an epic tale of fuckery I don’t have the energy to even begin unpacking. 2020… need I say more?

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Instead, I want to focus this piece on…


JFK Library and Memorial, Photo: Matthew Villemaire (me)

I should have written this blog like 3 months ago when I got back from my trip, but clearly, that didn’t happen… so here we are!

In June, I had the privilege of spending a week in the incredible downtown of Boston, Massachusetts. I went into the week with pretty…


“greyscale photography of a boxer inside ring” by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the amount of respect I have for the many content creators of the world. Whether your medium is photography, film, television, social media, writing, drawing, painting…the list goes on and on. …


First off, I guess I should acknowledge the fact that I’ve been MIA for several months now. After my 30 day writing challenge I decided to take a break, and sadly lost the drive and motivation to keep the blog going. It was not my intention to disappear for so…


My entire life, I’ve been acutely aware of one of my greatest attributes, which also doubles as one of my greatest downfalls: I’m a highly-sensitive individual.

Photography by Ian Brown

I’ve always been extremely empathetic and attuned to other’s emotions. If my mother was upset about something, I could sense it without her even…


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When I joined Medium one month ago, I had no clue what I was doing or what I wanted. I could feel these creative juices flowing from within, but it had been a long time since I actively let them pour out of me. So, I committed myself to writing…


Making excuses is one of the easiest things for me to do. It’s as if I have this massive word bank to pull from, a list of ‘go-to’ excuses that I use to justify just about anything.

“I’m too tired.”

“I’m not feeling great.”

“There’s not enough time.”

“I’ve got…


“A zigzagging road along barren hills” by Blair Fraser on Unsplash

If you’ve seen the film Call Me By Your Name, or better yet, read the book by André Aciman, then I’m sure you were as struck as I was by the speech Elio’s father delivers to his son towards the end of the story. …


“A person sitting on a picnic table next to his bicycle at the University of Alberta” by Ezra Jeffrey on Unsplash

Most days, I’m surrounded by human beings. Whether it’s at home- with my three roommates, on the subway- heading downtown, or at work-bartending for large parties, I’m constantly around others. It brings me comfort, I love connecting with people every day. However, it can also be exhausting, at times.

I…


Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

For the better part of my life, everything was taken care of for me: my lunches were packed every day, my clothes were washed, folded and put away, I had very few chores, and I never needed to worry about money. I got to travel to places like New York…

Matthew Villemaire

31, Toronto-Canada, LGBTQ+, Actor, Singer, Writer, Lover!❤

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