This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by an awards show, the sacredness of being able to be all your selves at once, human connection, the battle between noise and silence, and Jhumpa Lahiri:
When I sit down to write, I don't think about writing about an idea or a given message. I just try to write a story which is hard enough.
— Jhumpa Lahiri —
Do we all agree that if we need a representative for the human race at some point, Lupita Nyong'o is elected? Yes? Motioned, seconded, passed. Now please excuse me for a moment. I've had a difficult week and I'm going to vacation for a second in the folds of this miraculous beach-blue dress, listening to Lupita having thoughtful conversations in that soothing, musical voice. You won't even know I'm there, Lupita. I will be small and motionless, like a pebble.
Life becomes so compartmentalized; we have our work selves and our social selves. We have our parent selves, our child selves, our alone selves. Any place or person or thing that allows you to be all things at once deserves to be treated as sacred, and the art and words that allow us to be whole and confront all of ourselves; the dark and the light, the good and the bad, safety and oblivion, should be treated as the same.
That was something I didn’t expect – that unconditional love and support. For too long, I’ve valued my privacy – my armour – over authentic human connection. Losing that armour left me feeling vulnerable, but it also showed me I don’t have to arm myself. I don’t have to protect myself from people. Because I’m not alone.
I’m trying to figure out what to do with the buzz of indignation, the irresistible put-downs, the judgment, the lure of feeling snarkily superior that seems to leak into my internet use no matter how I try to avoid it. I love the internet for how it connects me to people I want to be connected to, and for how it gives me access to people who have seriously (or hilariously) got Something To Say. I want to hear them! But I’m struggling with how to carve out the positive and meaningful spaces I want, without all that other stuff flooding in.
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