The 356th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Eugenio Montale
This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by finding your story, meaningful communication, breaking life up into chewable bites, ableist culture, knowing it's okay to seek help when you need it, going your own way, openness, and Eugenio Montale:
The thing about hindsight is that it makes everything look connected. Because it is. One decision leads to the next, even though, at the time, they each feel discrete.
And in each life lived in these unprecedented times we have to figure out what is enough for us, and enough to give, so that we can get on and survive the encroachments of big claims on our attention, our action, our loyalties to each other’s care. Figuring out what is enough is how we each hold on to the clover of our own values, and protect the thing we’re trying to protect, the small and hopeful thing we came here to do.
Did you know emotions only have a shelf life of 90 seconds? That’s it. 90 seconds. In less time than you can walk to the mailbox and back, in less time than you can clip your fingernails, in less time than you can sauté an onion, your brain has effectively rid itself of the very emotion that — a mere two minutes ago — was coursing intently through your veins.
"How to Be a 'Self Advocate' That Disability Organizations Will Take Seriously" by Lei Wiley-Mydske at We Always Liked Picasso Anyway:
Did you eat breakfast this morning? HOW INSPIRING! You did a thing and you did it while disabled so it's like you double did the thing with sparkles and rainbows and glitter and shit.
Too many people are needlessly afraid that if they take medication or even agree to see a therapist that they are in some way admitting failure or defeat. Or they have been told by their boyfriend or their mother or their best friend that they just need get over it already, and that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Well then, let me be weak.
That’s how it was in Beepaland. For as long as anyone could remember, every egg-laying Beepa kept 15 crownberries on her head at all time.
I am irritated and intrigued. I had imagined he was a 12-step superstar, a mafia don or a lion king. I feel a trickling doubt that this guy is for real, and have an increasingly urgent need to know why people hug him and who the freak he is.
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