Cover Photo: Many people are on a dance floor; their faces are eclipsed in the dark, but the bright colors of purple, orange, and hues of blue fill the room along with smoke.
Photograph by Sarthak Navjivan/Unsplash

Leaving My Near-Death Experience on the Dance Floor

They said I was traumatized, and that my fragile mental state would have to indefinitely play catchup with my rapidly healing body.

nothing

just

Is this where I want to be when I die?

one song


I never thought I’d hear these songs together. I almost never heard these songs again. But here I am, dancing, and hearing them together, because I did not die. Dexys Midnight Runners and LL Cool J, together, because I did not die. I probably won’t die before this song is over.

Rachel Sanoff is a writer and editor in Los Angeles. She was previously an essays editor at O.school, a digital sex education platform, and the features editor at HelloGiggles. Her writing has been included in the best commentary on reproductive justice by the National Partnership for Women & Families, as well as cited by UNICEF and Dictionary.com. You can read more of her work in Jezebel, Bustle, Culture Trip, and other places on the internet. Follow her on Twitter and visit her website.