Foolish Things

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

Sidonie Gabrielle ColetteParis

Sidonie Gabrielle Collette was born on January 28, 1873.  She was destined to become a famous French novelist who would write over 50 novels and scores of short stories.  She would become a member of the Belgian Royal Academy in 1935, president of the Académie Goncourt in 1949, a Chevalier (in 1920) and Grand Officier of the Légion d’honneur in 1953.   High honours, indeed!  This week will be dedicated to a woman who was outrageous, courageous and audacious.

Collette once said “What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”   Perhaps that is the greatest takeaway of all.  Celebrate life – the sooner the better.


Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

16 thoughts on “Foolish Things

    1. I knew it!!! I was thinking of you when I decided to do a little more research into Colette’s life. She was truly amazing – as are you!!! History is full of woman who dared. May we follow in their footsteps and dare just a little more…


    1. You speak the truth. When I was young and everything before me, the memories were just beginning to form. Now, when I look back, I think to myself – “I can’t believe that I did that!!” Ten years from now, I want to look back and be even more amazed.


    1. What a brilliant question. There are so many, many amazing women to consider, from Sheba to Cleopatra, Emma Hamilton, to Marie Curie, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt… Your question has sparked a series of posts! Thank you so much!!! You continue to inspire my thought process…

      “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
      Marie Curie


      1. Thank you!! I have enjoyed getting to know Colette, even if it has merely been an overview. You are so right. Colette was one of the three great women of Paris during that time period. The other two were writer, Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) and singer, Edith Piaf (1915-1963). I often wonder if they every met. I guess that will be another research project.


    1. And I am only now beginning to realize how remarkable she really was! We think that we have made progress in our age, but we stand on the shoulders of giants. May we continue to live boldly and abundantly….


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