The opposite day, I used to be fascinated by this humorous quote from Nora Ephron:
“We now have a recreation we play after we’re ready for tables in eating places, the place it’s a must to write the 5 issues that describe your self on a bit of paper. After I was [in my twenties], I’d have put: bold, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not a type of 5 issues turned up on my checklist. I used to be: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, humorous. At the moment not a type of 5 issues turns up in my checklist: author, director, mom, sister, joyful.”
What would your phrases be? After I first posted about this quote seven years in the past, my youngsters have been toddlers, and my phrases have been “author, pal, mom, sleepy, loving.”
Lately, I’d as a substitute say: “author, pal, mom, walker, impressed.” First, I obtained actually into strolling over the previous few years and treasure my day by day neighborhood strolls a lot. And by “impressed,” I actually imply that TV exhibits, motion pictures, books, podcasts, and so forth. today are so good, and I really feel energized by that. And with social media — like Succession parodies and McSweeney’s posts — it looks like everyone seems to be discussing tradition on a regular basis, and I’m right here for it.
On a podcast just lately, comic/author/actress Amy Poehler, who’s 50, stated: “I’m simply digging this time. I used to be simply saying to a pal of mine the opposite day, there needs to be one other time period moreover like midlife disaster. Like everybody likes to say, she/he’s having a midlife disaster. I’d like to rebrand some model of that the place you began having, like, a, I don’t know, a midlife discovery or breakthrough. Renaissance. Re-nai-ssance.” I agree with that! I imply, winter is darkish, and the pandemic feels endless, and common life has main ups and downs, however I’m 42 and simply really feel, I don’t know, like myself proper now.
I’m curious to listen to: How would you describe your self in 5 phrases throughout this chapter of your life? And one other quip from Ephron: “I’ve a principle that kids keep in mind two issues — whenever you weren’t there and once they threw up.”