The School of Life
(You-Tube channel: How to Live)
Before I transferred, one of the compelling reasons I chose UPenn over other schools was the loophole I spotted in the “math” requirement. It seems I could take “logic” in its place. Rumor had it “logic” was actually more difficult (I heard that!), but Cut-to the fact that I transferred before I needed to find out. So although I got out of the math requirement, dear NYU required me to take a writing class. Say whaaaa? It’s not that I fancied myself the next freaking John Grisham or something, but I did know how to dress me a sentence.
Somehow I ended up in an amazing class a la The Breakfast Club except with transfer students. The only downside of our vigilante group was its number: we were only 5, so if anyone was missing, the pressure was ON. There was no hiding in the back of the class or inside of the janitor’s closer (who would DO such a thing…?) But I digress…(just a joke–I’m still going…although not for nuthin’ but you could always ignore this drivel and go straight to the link…just covering my bases here, dear reader).
I was in this class where we were not only allowed but encouraged to write outside of the lines. This was a massive relief coming off of my stint in Ivy League 3-paragraph hell. For some reason (probably the cover…it’s a colorful cover), I picked up Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Save Your Life and, well, felt like it changed my life because it changed my view of myself–and showed me the tomfoolery I felt compelled to follow with my creative pursuits–writing or otherwise–were valid and valuable. I’ve liked its author (but not Proust…sorry, P-wordy, I tried–but there are just too many words). I’ve read most of what he’s written and followed his brainchild, The School of Life as it has expanded throughout the globe. I even hot hopelessly lost following the blue dot of my off-line Stupid-phone through the streets of London just to “have a look”. You may call you a thought-stalker if you wish…especially since you’ll thank me for the introduction.