..what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.
This speech wasn’t just about Ellen page coming out. She talks about a shameless world, a world in which love can be given and received by anyone. That’s really how it should be. Thank you so much for this amazing speech, Ellen.
- keep good company. don’t hang out with negative, bitchy, judgemental assholes (or…don’t hang out with them too much. sometimes you gotta, especailly if they’re family).
- don’t do too many drugs or drink too much. (do shit, but everything in moderation.)
- unplug. we’re all too fucking plugged in, including me. put your phone in a drawer the next time you’re hanging out with someone. it feels amazing.
- yoga, mediation, or any kind of mindfulness practice is gold. it keeps me sane, at least. i don’t think i’d be here, where i am, without those things.
- i’ve been doing this one lately and finding it incredibly handy…occasionally look around, or wake up, and ask: “how can i be helpful” instead of “what do i want”. it re-focuses you.
- don’t take shit too seriously. everything changes.
- remember every so often that you’re going to die. sounds weird, but it helps. lastly….
- don’t watch stupid television, and especially stay away from advertising. it rots your time and your brain and your soul.
The inimitable Amanda Palmer shares her advice on life in answering a college freshman’s question about how to love oneself physically and mentally – fantastic addition to this archive of essential advice on life.
David Foster Wallace would vigorously agree with her last point.
Also see Palmer on the art of asking without shame and on the terrifying joy of sharing your creativity online.
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Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. Ours is a culture that measures our worth as human beings by our efficiency, our earnings, our ability to perform this or that. The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living — for, as Annie Dillard memorably put it, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.Maria Popova in “7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living”
Ridiculously beautiful cover of Daft Punk’s Get lucky by Daughter.