Hi Hart Beat, I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday! It’s unfortunately very cold in New York today so I decided to take a leaf out of Tom Haveford’s book and “Treat yo self” today. This afternoon I’m having a lovely lunch date with myself (voila) at Cafe Minerva in the West Village, this afternoon my new roommate (and oldest friend) Samantha and I are going to get our eyebrows done at a place called Boom Boom Brow Bar, and tonight I’m excited to see the newest production of Les Miserables on Broadway with my favorite brother. It’s pretty nice Hart Beat. Come April I’m starting a new job so I’m trying to enjoy all of this time off while I can.
Anyway, I’ve also going to a new yoga studio lately and one of my favorite instructors has a great tradition of reading one Dear Sugar quote to the group at the end of class. I thought you would like it too.
“There’s a line by the Italian writer Carlo Levi that I think is apt here: “The future has an ancient heart.” I love it because it expresses with such grace and economy what is certainly true—that who we become is born of who we most primitively are; that we both know and cannot possibly know what it is we’ve yet to make manifest in our lives. I think it’s a useful sentiment for you to reflect upon now, sweet peas, at this moment when the future likely feels the opposite of ancient, when instead it feels like a Lamborghini that’s pulled up to the curb while every voice around demands you get in and drive.
“You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.
“You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth.
“But that’s all.”