“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Lesson of the Week

I think sometimes we forget who we are. Who we are, that sounds a little definite, doesn’t it? As if being a person can have some singular truth to it, some inalienable sense of being. And worse, you could lose it, just by way of your mind! How many times have you lost your train of thought? It’s really quite terrifying when you put it all together. But you know, maybe who we are is not some inalienable personhood that can be lost as easily as a set of keys, maybe, as we live our lives, we pick and choose the things we want to define ourselves by from our experiences. And we never fully lose those things, but they are always changing, and it’s so easy to get caught up in a hundred little changes until what defines you is no longer what you want it to be. From my experience, no matter where we are in life, we’re always trying to find a little bit of that old part of ourselves. Now, I don’t have a surefire plan on how to find it, although maps and metal detectors may or may not help. But here’s a suggestion: in the moments when you feel content with yourself, and those moments will come, run with them. Nothing is perfect all of the time, but the better you can embrace the small moments of perfection, the better you can remember who you are. And you are beautiful, in small moments, and in great sweeping ones.

Positive News of the Week

  • Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon this Monday, 50 years after she became the first woman to run the all-male race in 1967.
  • This week, Britain went a whole day without burning coal for power, for the first time since the Industrial Revolution. It marks a milestone towards the future of climate change.
  • Recent research has found that government spending on high quality day care for children helps to increase economic production for the next three generations.
  • Serena Williams announced Wednesday that she is expecting her first child, just a few weeks after having won the Australia Open in January.
  • In a fairy-tale like medical discovery, biochemists found that blood from a Komodo dragon yielded molecules that can kill bacteria and heal wounds.
  • Peggy Whitson now holds the record for the most cumulative days in space of an American astronaut, at 535! On top of that, she’s the first woman to command the International Space Station.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to think about all the good things you’ve accomplished at the end of the week.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to watch a funny movie or show with some friends, you can always use more laughter in life.