Here is another picture of Marilyn Monroe. This is the classic woman who has become an icon.
What do you think of this picture:
Remember you first gut response.
Here are some reading suggestions–books that I have really enjoyed–and I will limit the list to five for now.
Persuasion Jane Austen
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Have fun Athena
For the second part of our image discussion, I would like to show you a photo that a friend showed me and completly changed my mind about the indvidual. And as a result, I wanted to see what you thought of it.
Here is the photo taken by Eve Arnold:
Yes. That is Marilyn Monroe reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. So my question to all of you: Does this photo suprise any of you? Does it make you think differently of Miss Monroe now that you have seen it? Don’t go into deep thought–just respond with your gut reactions.
So I have been thinking about how important our image is to the people around you. I have been thinking about this lately, and I am not happy with the answer.
I suffer from a disorder with my hormones and there is no cure. The disease can be managed but I will have to deal with the effects for the rest of my life. Two of the major consequences of my disorder are weight gain and the potential to be diabetic. As of now, I am overweight and no matter how hard I work it appears that I always will be.
I also know that no matter how hard I study I will never be able to post a high enough score on the GRE to get me into graduate school in English Literature. I know that no matter how hard I work, I will never be able to make a living where I have my basic needs met. I know that I will never be able to retire. I know that I will never get married and have children. I know that hard work will never give me all the things that I need. So why do I keep getting up in the morning?
I fight. It is the only thing that I know how to do. I fight against the fates—I fight against Klotho. I fight that I might have a future that does not exist. I fight for my place in the world. My father told me that my birth was not planned. I am an accident. And the course of my life certainly proves it. I thought for a while that I would be dead at 21 years of age. I did not die. So I am on the course to something. I just don’t know what that is.
I am reminded of my life when I read Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Tess was also unable to change her life, and instead she had to make decisions out of necessity not desire. And when she was close to having her desire—her lover, Angel, left her after finding out she was raped. Tess then had to go and live with her attacker until Angel returned to get Tess back. Tess then had to make a terrible decision—the only way she could be free was to kill the man who attacked her and changed the course of her life forever. In the end Tess paid with her life.
I have avoided making decisions out of fear. I have avoided drug addiction. I have pulled myself from abusive relationships. I WILL NOT BE TESS.
So what is the moral of this missive? KEEP FIGHTING EVEN IF YOU NEVER WIN.
Sorry about the lack of updates! I was out of town for Easter Weekend. Don’t worry I will be back tomorrow for a longer update!
I am feeling a little better today–so I will try to lighten the mood of my posts. But I still am feeling down so I thought that I would see if we could get some support for a new Wonder Woman movie–not just animated but a live action one. I miss Wonder Woman. And outside of the comic world–I fear that she is being forgotten. So I am polling my now three confirmed readers–Do you want to see a Wonder Woman movie? I would like little girls know all over the world that there is a strong female super hero. Don’t get me wrong–I love Superman (I really do! I have a Superman complex) but I did know Wonder Woman existed until I was 10. So I want little girls to find out about her a lot sooner than that! So we need to revive the Wonder Woman story! Are you with me?
Here is the DC Comics Wonder Woman site: http://www.dccomics.com/sites/wonderwoman/.
So let me know–I am sure we can start some fan support. I would just love to write a Wonder Woman comics series. I wonder how I get that job!
Rock on Athena!
I was thinking about Quantum Leap this morning. Quantum Leap is one of the best tv shows that was ever created. And I was thinking of the famous intro, “to put back what once went wrong.” And that line reminded me a decision that has been going over and over in my mind. If I could go back to myself when I was 16 years old and let her know what the future was going to be like–would I tell her to keep fighting? Or would I tell her the truth. Would I tell her that each day would be a fight to survive. Would I tell her that she would not have any romantic relationships at all. Would I tell her that the one man who was in love with her, could not declare his love because I did not meet his physical ideal of perfection. Would I tell her that by standing up for herself, she would loose her family and have to survive on her own. Would I give myself this knowledge of the future to allow myself more informed decision making? Or would I allow the same thing to happen twice? In Quantum Leap, Sam tried to change the future for his brother who was going to die in Vietnam. He was not able to save his brothers life; he still died.
So would I tell myself about the future? I don’t know.