Snow came to Vancouver for Christmas!
On December 30, 2021, the sun came out and pathways in the snow welcomed us to embrace the winter chill. As I walked towards the Vancouver Seawall, I heard my cellphone notification, alerting me to an incoming e-mail from my sister, Sarah. Her message was short and confined to the subject line. “Loved this quote.”
Below I read, “Writer Joan Didion shares some life advice.” The source was her 1975 Commencement Address at the University of California, Riverside.
As I read Joan Didion’s words, I felt that marvelous sense that life was to be embraced – no, seized with enthusiasm.
Joan Didion’s recent passing on December 23, 2021, and my subsequent decision to place her book, “The Year of Magical Thinking,” on top of my 2022 books to be read was fresh in my mind. Sarah’s e-mail was a serendipitous confirmation that I had chosen wisely.
I encourage you to read Joan Didion’s full commencement speech which is found on The UC Riverside News website: “Joan Didion’s ‘lost’ commence address revealed.”
Writer Joan Didion shares some life advice:
"I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that's what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it."
Source: 1975 Commencement Address at the University of California, Riverside