Mish Mosh

Words to Live With

Stacey DonaldsonComment

I found this today, on showandtell. She is one of my favorite blogs to follow, always writing beautiful thoughts and her regular entries called Point of View, are intimate, precious moments into her life, that always make me smile. Yesterday, she posted this Joan Didot excerpt and it resonated. I hope you enjoy it as well.

 In a commencement speech to the graduating 1975 graduating class at the University of California, Riverside, Joan Didot offered this:

I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package,” she said. “I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.
— Joan Didion

With love,
Mish Mosh