I had a overly full week of work, a huge and delicious lunch date with one of my best friends in from out of town, a failed road trip, and lots of books to occupy my time this past week. How was everyone’s week?
I am all swoon-y over this article on Yes and Yes – This is What Personal Growth Feels Like. I know this feeling well from getting stuck in a city I still don’t know the name of, taking chilly half-showers in a grimy tub, and hoping my squat wouldn’t burn down while watching flames periodically peek out from one of the outlets in my kitchen. Oh, life abroad.
“Those challenges? Once you make it through alive (which, if you’re reading this, you have) that’s what adventure feels like. This is where you become a smarter, stronger, kinder person. Those experiences are what ‘Tell me again!’ stories are made of. These are the spaces where we grow.”
The Economist has a nifty little article on urban explorers who climb some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers illegally and without any safety ropes or harnesses. I doubt I would ever try anything like this, but the resulting photos are gorgeous and dizzying.
“Beyond the adrenaline rush that accompanies dodging security and the real physical danger involved, urban explorers describe a feeling of supreme freedom during walks. In urban centres, where governments track the online activities of citizens and CCTV cameras survey streets, theirs are acts of defiance.”
Representing some Ohio love, Kerry Ann over at Welcome to Ladyville wrote a great post about how to slowly, gradually, un-sexily get a writing day job. As someone still in this process myself, it was so refreshing and heartening to read about people who have had the same struggles and found a way to make it work.
“I knew I wanted a writing job, but I didn’t know how I could do that or what I should be looking for. I hadn’t been in college for a few years and I had no connections and no one around to give me any advice.
So I just started writing. I decided I would get writing credits in any way possible. I would say yes to EVERY writing opportunity, even the ones that sounded dumb.”
This is a great and heartbreaking piece of writing.
In case all of that isn’t enough to read, here’s another excellent piece of reporting from The New York Times on workers with disabilities being exploited and neglected: The Boys in the Bunkhouse.