Posts tagged inspiration
Posts tagged inspiration
“Men fighting men to determine worth (ie, masculinity) excludes women as completely as the female experience of childbirth excludes men,” wrote Joyce Carol Oates. “Raw aggression is thought to be the peculiar province of men, as nurturing is the peculiar province of women. (The female boxer violates this stereotype and cannot be taken seriously—she is parody, she is cartoon, she is monstrous.)”
Mary Kom violates the stereotype of the violating stereotype. This is her extraordinary achievement. Raw aggression, childbirth, nurturing, teaching, are all her province. She enjoys doing her nails and visiting the beauty parlour, loves raising her children, and yes, she will fight with a skirt on. These aren’t contradictions. She is not closing worlds, she is expanding them.
Another inspiration taking the stage in August 2012 at the London Olympics is pint-sized Mary Kom from India. I picked up a copy of Intelligent Life at the airport on my way to Cologne, and it’s definitely one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time.
Mary comes from an impoverished background. She is now a mother of two, manages her own boxing school in her backyard, gets next to nothing in terms of sponsorship in spite of her talent and achievements, but she continues to fight.
I really hope she brings back the gold for India.
“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” - Neil DeGrasse Tyson [x]
Midnight in Paris ♥
If 50% of being good at your job is knowing what the heck you’re doing, then the other 50% of being good at your job is convincing other people you know what you’re doing. I suddenly realized that all these big fakers were more concerned with making sure they were faking it well than they were with trying to figure out if I was faking it or not
A wonderful post from http://greatsmitten.com
Before I Die is a public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. Painted with chalkboard paint and stenciled with the sentence “Before I die I want to _______”, the wall aims to create public spaces that better reflect what is important to us as a community and as individuals.