Why Alysia Montano wears a flower in her hair during every race.
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners.
"The flower to me means strength with femininity," Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong."
Just finished watching Fight Club. Yes just now. Yes I’ve been missing out.
"You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world."
So, that spiel kinda really spoke to me. But it lacks something, I think. At the risk of being seen as an arrogant, self-absorbed jerk (which I might actually be, I dunno), I’d rather like to say that yes, actually, I am special. I’m a beautiful and unique snowflake. I deserve happy, nice things and all the comfortable shit the world has produced. Just because. But the truth is, I’m not going to get any of it. I will be dished out garbage for breakfast and I will be spit on if I ever try to work towards getting other people the chance to enjoy all this nice shit that they also equally deserve.
But then, PLOT TWIST!!
That’s okay. I can try to roll with that. I’ll carry on.
Which is probably the same thing as what the movie was saying. And why it ends with self-destruction.
Except I get to be a beautiful and unique snowflake. Haha.
Although this short quotation has been attributed to a number of authors it is most certainly the work of David Viscott, a psychiatrist who hosted a pioneering radio talk show in the 1980s and 1990s during which he provided counselling to callers.
In Viscott’s 1993 book, “Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations” the slightly fuller quotation reads:
The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
- What techniques and practices do you use to help you unearth your gift?
- How do you see the relationship between purpose, work and meaning?
Quote reference | David Viscott,“Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations” (McGraw-Hill, 2003) page 87
Jay Smooth in his TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race” (via tropicanastasia)
Jay Smooth almost always a reblog
Fan Ho is one of Asia’s most beloved street photographers, capturing the spirit of Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s. His work shows a love of people combined with unexpected, geometric constructions and a sense of drama heightened by use of smoke and light. More
Approaching Shadow, 1954. Photo: Fan Ho/AO Vertical Art Space
In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.
1. Stroganov Palace, Russian State Museum
2.Matisse Still Life, Hermitage Museum
3.Konchalovsky’s Family Portrait, State Tretyakov Gallery
4. Veronese’s Adoration of the Shepherds, Hermitage Museum
5. Rublev and Daniil’s The Deesis Tier, State Tretyakov Gallery
6. Michelangelo’s Moses and the Dying Slave, Pushkin Museum
7.Malevich’s Self Portrait, Russian State Museum
8. Nesterov’s Blessed St Sergius of Radonezh, Russian State Museum
9. Petrov-Vodkin’s Bathing of a Red Horse, State Tretyakov Gallery
10. Kugach’s Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery