Non-contact Contact

My name is Heather and I am a habitual hugger. I love hugs. For me, hugs are a sign of acceptance, celebration, comfort, and love. Through the past year, my instinct to hug the meaningful people in my life has stopped. Why? Because hugging isn’t the same experience for everyone. Some find it embarrassingly awkward, stiflingly uncomfortable, or highly inappropriate. Their interaction with this kind of contact is theirs to experience without any preconceived expectations and on their own terms. It is their right to distribute the embrace if and when they choose. I would never want to unnecessarily cause anyone that kind of discomfort and I respectfully honour everyone’s decision to utilize their bodies in whatever way makes them happy.


This doesn’t mean that I do not want to symbolically ‘hug’ all of you. I do. The difference is that I am now trying to find ways to show you how much I appreciate you in meaningful gestures and words. One of my roles at Happy Trails Racing