Last night, Hannah and I went to see Wild Belle at the Bowery Ballroom. The sultry setting, beautiful crowd, and crooning from duet brother and sister Elliot and Natalia supplement the topic of this article- we all want love, and this yearning never dies..in many ways, love keeps us young.
1 year ago today, I embarked on what would be the journey of a life-time.. From the indigenous Andes of Ecuador to the splendor of the Peruvian Mountains, to the sun-drenched vineyards of Chile, to the indescribable natural beauty of Patagonia, to the beat of Buenos Aires, and finally to the friendship and hospitality of Rio, I could have not imagined for a more incredible trip. Most of all, I learned how to live for the present, and how the everything will always work out that way it is supposed to be. A guided trust in fate can cure the anxiety and fear we often feel.
Reflecting on where I am now, I feel happy to be in the present. I am appreciative of the travels I have experienced and all of the incredible people I met along the way, but content to be in the here and now rather than the future. More journeys are sure to come, of this I am sure. Until then, let the great world spin.
Electronic dance music is purposefully, single-mindedly life affirming, all about being alive in the moment, awash in sensation… Takes place in an eternal present.
—NY Times, reaction to a GUI Borrato show I saw last night at the Highline Ballroom.
I suppose this had become somewhat “viral”, but for good reason..
Me on my 25th birthday.
I turned 25 this year and I had a bit of a quarter life crisis. I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing and I was looking for advice on how to navigate this crazy adventure that is my 20’s. So for my birthday I asked my family to write a letter to themselves…
The food movement offers pleasure in the fight. It’s one of those rare instances where the right choice is usually the more pleasurable choice, where you can align your ethics and your hedonism. Tell me: where else in life do you get to do that?
Like the funny coincidence of your friend sending you a link to a speech written by the same author of the book you are reading. Is it too dramatic to take these seemingly minor happenings as signs that things will turn out the way they are meant to be?
Perhaps, as Saunders would dictate in his Syracuse 2013 commencement speech, it could be as simple as making a more concerted and conscious effort to be kind. Rather than focusing so much on ourselves and what it will take to further our own happiness, maybe the truth lies in learning to earnestly live for others.
"Do all the other things, the ambitious things – travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes, swim naked in wild jungle rivers (after first having it tested for monkey poop) – but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. “