“When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, don’t be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle, yet most of the audience still sleeps.”– John Lennon, The Beatles
Greetings to all of my dear friends, family, loyal followers & loving fans. I am sure that I can speak for many when I say that I am feeling disjointed in the wake of this global crisis. I am in complete disbelief that a twenty-first century pandemic has brought the remainder of my college experience to an abrupt halt. This past week was filled with an enormous amount of disappointment and sorrow for many. My heart especially goes out to all of my fellow graduating seniors – high school and college – who were already hanging on to every moment that they had left in this journey. In many ways, it feels like the universe took a hammer to our hour glass. With that being said, I am especially thinking of all the students who had their study abroad experiences pulled out right from under them in a matter of hours. To them I say; the opportunity to experience cultural enrichment and enlightenment will find you once again. This is not the end of the road for you. You will be presented with the opportunity in a new way and it will be a gift because the recurrence will fill you with an extraordinary level of peace and gratitude. Also, to all of the athletes and scholars who worked tremendously hard over the past four years, I feel your pain and I empathize with you. Please know that you will eventually be recognized for your hard work, dedication, and tenacity. You are all so deserving. For now, we all have to cheer ourselves on knowing that we poured ourselves into this chapter of our lives and we will be rewarded tenfold. Many of you may be feeling displaced since our schedules have completely changed, I will not have any classes for two weeks and then will transition to online classes for another to weeks. It’s times like this when I’m thankful that I am able to fall back on my hobbies for a sense of normalcy and stability. Most recently I’ve been avoiding the gym and exercising outside in nature, got back into painting, and caught up on some books and documentaries. If you’re looking for some wholesome activities to fill up the time that you spend inside, I highly recommend the authors and works listed below. P.s. sometimes I feel like I am traveling when I read a good book with a glass of wine in hand.
Let’s find our new peace and happiness together.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Waves by Virginia Wolf
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Derr
- The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
- Freakonamics by Steven Levitt & Steven Dubner
- How to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins
- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In by Robert Fisher and William Ury
- Inconspicuous Consumption by Tatiana Schlossberg
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck M.D.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Deweck Ph.D.
- The Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
- The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
- The Stars Within You: A Modern Guide to Astrology by Juliana McCarthy
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
- The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
- The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
- The Truth Will Set You Free But First It Will Piss You Off by Gloria Steinem