Wonder Woman of the month : Sonya ( on JR Token (5.10), Trout Creek, Oregon. )
In 2012, I house sat her cats in exchange for a rent free summer. I responded to her Ad and she called me in for an interview. The woman who opened the door was strong. Her fingers were bruised. Her skin glowed. She was wearing a pink tank top. Her arms were all muscle. She had abs of steel. Her eyes sparkled. One look at her and you recognize it. She is an athlete. The entrance had a pull-up bar. She had a book shelf in her living room and it was filled with books on rock climbing. She had a second bedroom. It had backpacks, ropes, carabiners, mountain bikes, gym shoes, climbing shoes, tent, camping gear, weights, TRX bands, … Her bedroom had one small bed and the tiniest closet I have ever seen. Everything she owned spoke volumes of her passion – climbing. She teaches in the School of Sustainability. The graduate students and the professors live in a zero waste community that they created. She teaches during Spring and Fall. In the summer months, she packs up her SUV, leaves town and goes climbing. I told her I wanted to run a marathon but was stuck at mile 5. She is in the big league. ‘How did you scale up?’, I asked. She replied “ I don’t know. I just love climbing and do it as much as I can. “ I was expecting her to talk diet secrets, yoga poses and protein powders. But come to think of it, it is the right answer. During the colder months, I stop being active and blame the weather. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people”, says Bill Bowerman, the founder of Nike. I don’t intend to be a soft person this year. Its a good time to set fitness goals for Fall/Winter.
“If you have time to chatter, Read books. If you have time to read, Walk into mountain, desert and ocean. If you have time to walk, Sing songs and dance. If you have time to dance, Sit quietly, you happy, lucky idiot.” ― Nanao Sakaki
For those who like peeking into closets.
Find your own seasonal essentials. Don’t get told what your essentials are, by people who want to capitalize on a certain vulnerability.
“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it. What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This sea horse drifts long with the trash day in and day out as it rides the currents that flow along the Indonesian archipelago. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans. What sort of future are we creating? How can your actions shape our planet?”
Don’t you want to know how other people are trying to do denim better than you?
I don’t want to know how other people are trying to knock me off. That’s a bit disturbing. But I don’t give a fuck. I don’t care. There’s nothing that could make me jealous. Sometimes if there are good jeans I see, the price is not correct. I believe you not only need a good cut and good fabric, but the price has to be human. Otherwise, I could do tons of incredible things. But if the price is not human, the mission is not accomplished. The same thing goes for bags for women. Anybody with a regular amount of talent can do a beautiful dress. Okay, maybe not anybody, let’s say 100 people on the planet. But if these dresses are three or four thousand dollars, it’s only going to be possible to buy for a very small elite of the world. Frankly, even if I have the means to buy a pair of jeans for $1000 dollars, I wouldn’t do so, because nothing about that is appealing to me.
Harao Miyazaki : Exceptional story teller. The characters are like all of us – clumsy, brave, timid, driven, lazy, ambitious, … real. If you are new to his films, start with Spirited Away. My neighbor Totoro is my second fav. I would have given anime a chance much sooner had I not labeled it ‘cartoonish’ and ‘for kids’. There is one particular film : Princess Mononoke where the antagonist : Lady Eboshi is not really a bad person but a bad-ass role model of sort. There is no easy good Vs bad but a balance waiting to be discovered. I also want to dress like her : mix navy & maroon.
I heard you deleted the Internet from your phone. And that you deleted Twitter and Instagram and e-mail. No way that’s true, right?
It is! Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things. What happens is, eventually you forget about it. You don’t care anymore. When I first took the browser off my phone, I’m like, [gasp] How am I gonna look stuff up? But most of the shit you look up, it’s not stuff you need to know. All those websites you read while you’re in a cab, you don’t need to look at any of that stuff. It’s better to just sit and be in your own head for a minute. I wanted to stop that thing where I get home and look at websites for an hour and a half, checking to see if there’s a new thing. And read a book instead. I’ve been doing it for a couple months, and it’s worked. I’m reading, like, three books right now. I’m putting something in my mind. It feels so much better than just reading the Internet and not remembering anything.
What about important news and politics?
I was reading all this Trump stuff, and it doesn’t feel like we’re reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what’s going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware. It seems like we’re reading wrestling rumors. It’s like reading about what happened on Monday Night Raw. When you take a step back, it all just seems so sensationalized. Trump’s gonna get impeached! No, he’s not. None of that shit’s happening. But you are going to read all the articles. So if you take yourself out of it, you’re not infected with this toxicity all the time. Also, guess what? Everything is fine! I’m not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I’ll find out about it.
– Aziz Ansari.
( I can really relate to this. Being on the internet has been sending me on an emotional roller coaster and weighing me down. I have been needing a run at the end of the day to cheer me up/get me breathing again. I finally got a proper news subscription that I read once a day. I don’t want the extra stress that doesn’t contribute to a solution. I don’t want to hear the opinions of people who are not experts in the field but will yell the loudest. )
This one man and this one speech gives me so much optimism for the future. I wont become a pessimist. I wont quit. “Considering everything, now is still the best time to be alive. It wasn’t handed to us. People challenged the norms and fought to get us here. Roll up the sleeves and get to work”, he says. Aye aye captain !