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September Inspirations

I always end up sending and forwarding articles, videos, music, etc. that I like to my sisters so I figured I could post some on the blog too.


We watched this in my class, Social Determinants of Health. It’s a TED talk called The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


Thanks to Netflix for making it so easy to watch this film in bed. I watched Eat Pray Love when it first came out and remember being really bored. Fast forward 6 years later and there was lots of tears, laughs, and reminiscing involved.
In every place she visited, she formed relationships with locals and learned about their culture and background through them. Watching it made me think about the people I’ve met on my trips. There’s Lisa from Pre Rup Cambodia, Dung our tour guide in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, our hosts for the cooking class in Bali Indonesia, and many many more. Whether it was a quick chat while buying food from their stall, a whole day spent together, or a 30 minute conversation, the locals I’ve met during my trips easily become the highlight. As you patiently work around the language barrier, there are so many things to learn from people who come from a completely different life.
This movie made me miss Italy and Bali BADLY. Like Julia Roberts, I want to spend four months eating my way through Italy and bike through the rice fields of Bali once again. Ah, I can’t wait to travel.


I’m not even going to attempt to put into words how much I idolize Lin Manuel Miranda. At this point I’ve watched hours worth of interviews, listened to the Hamilton soundtrack to the point where I memorize every note and…ugh, I said I wouldn’t even attempt it. Well, here’s a new GQ article that came out…another reason to love him.
That’s being yourself. Chasing wherever inspiration goes, even if it’s radically different from the thing that people know you as.
I find that, for me, the work is a safe place to put all the stuff you don’t want to put in your real life. I don’t want to be a crazy, manic asshole. I don’t want to have an affair. I don’t want to have a fucking gunfight. But! There’s a part of your brain that wants to experience everything, and so work’s a safe place to explore it all. Both in the writing and in the performing. I get to write about an affair. I get to have the guilt and the feeling of that without having to fuck my life up. [laughs] Art is the place to safely explore all those other sides of you, because the side you want to bring home is the side that wants to be a good father and be a good husband and be a good son. In art we can be fucking nuts. So I didn’t have any depression left to play outside of the theater. I was like a dry sponge at the end.


Currently obsessed with this song: Surprise Yourself by Jack Garratt

P.S. I finished reading Me Before You (found the song in the soundtrack). I thought the movie was pretty accurate except that they left out the maze scenes!!! 😦
That’s all for September.

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