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.



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 the features editor at HelloGiggles and an essays editor at, a digital sex education platform. You can read more of her work in MTV News, Jezebel, Bustle, The Guardian, and other places on the internet. Follow her on Twitter and visit her website.