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The 35-Second Aha! Moment
Every Monday, we're rounding up things—small and big—that made us stop and think. Today, we were captivated by a writer learning to love her red hair, a self esteem expert who explores a health hazard of self-acceptance, the lovely Bill Murray, and more...
"...At my most recent DMV trip, the guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted my license to say 'red' or 'brown.' I'd wanted to be anything but a redhead my whole life, and there I was, suddenly insulted by the mere suggestion that I might not be one. I put 'red' because anything else felt like a lie."
"There has to be a lightness; you have to be as light as you can be and not get weighed down and stuck in your emotion, stuck in your body, stuck in your head. You just want to always be trying to elevate somehow."
"...I was rescued through the novelty of reading on a Kindle. My hyper-attentive habits were alienating me further and further from the much older and (one would have thought) more firmly established habits of deep attention. I was rapidly becoming a victim of my own mind's plasticity, until a new technology helped me to remember how to do something that for years had been instinctive, unconscious, natural."
From The Pleasures of of Reading in an Age of Distinction by Alan Jacobs, which was excerpted in the Chronicle of Higher Education
"My weight hadn’t stood in the way of my dating gorgeous men or succeeding in my career. But I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been to the doctor. And it had been 16 years since I weighed myself...So I didn’t know: Was I really obese? My body wasn’t anyone else’s business, but had I done everything I could to make it my business?"
Self-esteem expert and author Jess Weiner writing in Glamour about the danger of loving your body too much
"Maybe sooner or later a black or gay — or both — hero will be considered something absolutely normal."
Italian artist Sara Pichelli, who helped design the look of Marvel comics’ new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, who is a half-black, half-Hispanic teen
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