Five things that describe yourself

I was spending a lot of time at the library back in Massachusetts and there were days when I got around to reading entire books in one sitting. They all happened to be Nora Ephron books for some reason – probably due to the fact that they are relatively short and an easy read. Ephron is lighthearted, self deprecating and insightful. I enjoyed her real and yet funny personal analyses on life, womanhood and growing old in an ever changing world. I hope I can go trough life wide eyed and self aware the way she lived hers.

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And I also came across this quote from her:

“We have a game we play when we’re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was [in my twenties], I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy.”

How brilliant! I’m still struggling in some ways to find my own identity, but I’ll be coming back to this quote and this exercise throughout distinct stages of my life. It’ll be nice to one day turn back and revisit all the different versions of myself I got to be in my lifetime.

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