This has been a week of contrasts: returns and farewells, excitement and stillness, chaos and peace.
Alex Honnold’s latest free solo project is absolutely breathtaking. The sheer scale of the climb, as well as its obvious difficulty and Alex’s attitude to it will leave you watching in awe. Without a doubt free soloing is among the most dangerous sports in the world, with no margin for error. There are no words that can describe what this must feel like. *** This week was the anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death, one of my favorite authors for her candor in The Bell Jar, as well as her way with words in her poems. There are always at least two faces to her: the positive, happy, excited person in love with life and everyone vs. the troubled woman riddled by anxiety, depression, insecurities and jealousy. There’s also the independent woman, the poet, the artist, the daughter, the wife, the mother. If you want to forever be haunted by her, listen to her reading Lady Lazarus.
“Before you take to the keys, you are Proust and Oscar Wilde and George Orwell all rolled up into one delicious package.” Writers are horrible procrastinators because they were good in English class, meaning that they are so used to success that the possibility of failure or rejection is a crippling thought leading to procrastination. They also think talent is innate, so that they take failure more personally. *** Could the purpose of love not just be bringing people together, but also tearing them apart? “But is it unreasonable to suppose that, in the sense most of us understand it, one of the “purposes” of love, not incompatible with the binding together of two people, is to make them crazy enough to ditch their current partners first? Certainly, the overwhelming evidence from our genes and from the history of human societies is that something is driving breakups just as powerfully as that same mechanism, or some related one, drives people to get together in the first place.”
Long commutes cause misery and anxiety, and have a negative effect on your health, relationships and work. So,for a long and happy life, you may want to consider living closer to work, or taking the train rather than the bus. *** If you want to brighten your day, you may consider signing up for Postcrossing.com so you can wake up to a postcard from a random stranger around the world, with words of wisdom, a joke, a quote or just a simple hello, how are you?