Today would have been Oscar Wilde’s 157th birthday!
Oscar Wilde is my absolute favorite writer (and historical figure) of all time. We still have much to learn today from both his writings and his tumultuous life. If you have never read anything by him, then I suggest you start here, continue here, and end here.
Me and my best friend by Wilde's grave in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris. Look at all of the lipstick kisses on the stone!
Wilde is simultaneously hiliarious, harsh, and heartbreaking in his writing. In all my time spent reading classic literature (and that’s a lot of time) I have never come across any writer who has a voice like Oscar Wilde. Admittedly, some people hate his style, but I adore it. His unapologetically educated, and satirical works are, in my opinion, the best of the best.
(Plus, who doesn’t like a man who isn’t afraid to wear a cape?)
“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” – Oscar Wilde
When my roommate and I moved into our new apartment we were surprised to find something very familiar there waiting for us. In the new apartment there was a purple glass doorknob exactly like one we had in our old apartment!
Doors can be such an overlooked piece of art. We use them every day to get from one place to another, but how often do we stop to think about where we’re coming from or where we’re going?
Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
So here’s to looking at open doors!
Have a happy weekend everyone!
Four months from today I’ll be a college graduate.
This is completely wonderful and completely terrifying, all at once.
When I worry about what the next third of a year will bring, I look to the wise words of the timeless Maya Angelou: “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
Well said, Maya. Well said.