While browsing my seemingly endless piles of books recently I came across Cheryl Strayed’s anthology of letters from her much adored Dear Sugar column. I (re) devoured the nearly 400 page book in less than 24 hours. I forgot just how goose-bumpy her writing makes me feel. I love the piece titled "Tiny Beautiful Things" most of all - a letter from fortysomething Cheryl to her twentysomething self. It contains perfectly contained gems such as:
“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith.”
"The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming."
And my personal favorite that has become my personal mantra as of late: "Your life will be a great continous unfolding."
"I can’t believe he sang a John Mayer song to you." - My best friend
You guys. My dating life in LA has taken a turn for the far more promising.
1. Hollywood Boulevard = Times Square: Bright lights. Faded glamor. Packed with tourists. To be avoided at all costs.
2. West Hollywood = Chelsea: Beautiful, fit men everywhere. All gay.
3. In ‘n Out = Shake Shack: Burger places with regional, cult-like followings.
4. Silverlake = Williamsburg: The primary locus of mainstream hipsterism. Increasingly a parody of itself.
5. Griffith Observatory = Rockefeller Tower: Historically iconic buildings with spectacular views of the city.
6. The Valley = Jersey: So geographically close, yet so mentally far.
7. Palm Springs = The Hamptons: An out-of-town retreat for the self-identified rich and fabulous.
8. Getty Villa = The Cloisters: Slightly remote art institutions (Malibu/Inwood Park) affiliated with more central museums (The Getty Center/The Met). Both focusing on centuries old eras (Antiquity/Middle Ages).
9. Santa Monica Beach = Central Park: Primary location to run/frisbee/picnic/sun tan/escape the urban jungle.
10. Donut Shops = Bodegas: The most pervasive type of corner store business.