I’ve always enjoyed favorites. It is like living vicariously through others and learning about the best in life without having to go through the trial and error. I’ve been thinking about blogging again for so long (and I think I’ve created about 3 other channels in the meantime) but I think I will continue on with this one, just because it contains all my high school angst and I feel a certain attachment to it. Kicking (back) off the blogging journey, I’m going to share 5 of my favorites from last month. This year I’ve said yes to a lot more things and it’s opened a whole lot of experiences and introspection.
- Infinity War. I came out of that movie feeling wrecked from dispelling excessive emotions. While I have contrary opinions to some of the previous ones, Infinity War had me a little broken especially as it affected my favorite team, the Guardians of the Galaxy. At this point I imagine everyone has read it but I’m going to keep it PG and say that being confronted with the movie poster, with all their smiling faces outside the theater was a little too soon. Definitely watch.
- A quick and strong read is the book Please Look After Mom by Kyungsook Shin. This book has been out for quite a while now and an international bestseller, and I’ve been meaning to read it but whenever I picked it up I knew that it was going to be emotional dense. It is about a mother who disappears one day from the station, and how it affects the rest of the family emotionally. It was a really quick and easy read, but it made me want to drop my phone and call my mom multiple times. It also contextualizes heavily in the Korean context with certain words and cultural concepts, and I loved it. I feared that the translation would do away with these elements, but the message rings true for any background. I closed the book feeling a little angry, a little sad, and a whole lot of emotions.
- ‘Stupid Love’ Musical. I got lucky and got my hands on two tickets to a small musical near my school. It was a delightful love story about holding onto the ones you love in the times of uncertainty, as time will pass by anyhow but it’s all about how you make the moment count. Here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe00zAFutcw . The Cast was really talented and really pulled it off in their multiple roles, singing and dancing and really enjoying themselves. More than the cute message, I marveled at how a group of passionate creatives can pull off something together. The other weekend, I met a multi-talented actor at a house party, and admired his passion as being his driving force. It gives me a little spark of courage to pursue what really drives me too.
4. Junkilla Concert: I got lucky again, and my friend interning at Sony Music kindly invited me to the album launch concert for Junkilla. Held in a small white cube decorated with long palm trees shaking under the neon lights, I got the opportunity to dance near the front. The duo were really down to earth and answered existential questions like “what are your passions?” with nonchalant answers like “I was inspired by the food I was eating.” They were promoting the release of their new single, Daydream linked here: Junkilla MV. It’s a happy-go-lucky tune and I had so much fun with my friends dancing in the empty club with my friend, long after the party was over and we only had one undergrad DJ as oblivious to us as we were to him. A holy communion of beats x body.
5. Big Magic Podcast. I absolutely loved the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of international bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. I read that book like I was trying to suck up spilled milk. It was raw, authentic and inspiring for any creative contemplating how to live life while living your life. I came across the podcast, and I was delighted to hear that she has a voice as beautiful and calming as her written voice. In each podcast, she calls someone who is seeking advice on their creative lives and careers, and the mature way she listens and responds to each applicant is therapeutic. I end up smiling wildly in almost every podcast, and it is my go-to when I am commuting or need some inspiration to get back to work. Elizabeth Gilbert also connects creatives in unfamiliar fields, such as photography, with industry experts. My favorite was when she connected a creative trying to document the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by war veterans with Humans of New Yorks’s Brandon Stanton. She handles every situation delicately and is a bundle of inspirational energy, and highly recommend it to anyone thinking of doing a passion project.
I realized that I am going to be spending one more semester in school. While it was daunting at first, I’m excited to be able to pursue some projects of my own before I leave the warm embrace of school. I am excited to see what life has in store, and am learning what it means to keep swimming and making that lemonade.