October's Read

Posted by Camille Smith on

Note to Self

October's Read is an inspiring collection of letters written to ones younger self by artists, authors, athletes, and icons including Oprah, Maya Angelou, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Former Vice President Joe Biden, Kermit the Frog and many more. Collected and Introduced by Gayle King, this selection is sure to inspire you to keep dreaming. Keep ascending. Keep celebrating yourself and others.

"You, a gay football player. I know you think that's an oxymoron, and that's why your first goal is to make sure no one finds out. I know you are in pain. I know you are confused. I know you are battling an inner turmoil that will last another decade. Breathe."

"Your father's accomplishments on the racetrack already cast a pretty heavy shadow over your existence. He's going to accomplish more in the years to come and your fear of living anonymously and forgotten - that's going to grow."

"First, don't ever lose that sense of independence. Or doubt it. Its your greatest strength."

"The year you graduate high school, NASA will select the first female astronauts. You will dream of exploration. Know that what you dream for might seem impossible, but you will be successful as long as you make your life decisions based on your own value system and not others'."

"Find a beautiful piece of art - if you fall in love with Van Gogh or Maltese, or John Killens; or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less."


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