Happy Friday, friends!
I'm in total crash/relax mode after my PhD confirmation presentation yesterday. When it was over, I immediately went and got a Thai massage then went out for woodfired pizza with some longtime, faraway friends who happened to be in town.
I've been feeling really sad about the state of the world this week, and hopeless about our future. But only HOPE spurs us towards action. So take a breath and practice some radical trusting in this moment with me...and enjoy some internet distraction on this Good News Friday.
With that, here are 6 reasons for hope in the face of climate change - in a heartfelt speech by ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes upon accepting her lifetime achievement award for work on climate change.
I feel intensely grateful to older people (who likely won't live to experience the most devastating impacts of climate change) who make life choices that will serve future generations. Sylvia powers her home and car from solar panels on her property, and road-tripped around Australia in the electric car (at a cost of around $150 over 20,000km for electricity). It's possible!
Now some stuff to remind you there are good and beautiful and true things to think about, when you're not thinking about environmental devastation:
When I was trying to think of things that make me happy, the first thing I thought of was Nathan W. Pyle's comics about living on a strange planet. (Hard recommend that you follow his instagram.)
For practical self-care: 10 simple steps to enjoy daily life.
One of my favourite podcasts is Dax Shepherd's Armchair Expert. Dax and his sidekick Miniature Mouse (Monica Padman) interview celebrities, thinkers and experts about the messiness of being human. Some of my favourite interviewees have included Ashton Kutcher, Zach Braff, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and relationship expert Esther Perel.
Last week we passed a pile of abandoned books on the roadside, and one of them was A Modern Way To Eat by Anna Jones. Reading this book is an intoxicating experience and it makes seasonal cooking seem completely accessible.
Okay, not exactly "good news" - but I've been reading Kate Grenville's amazing novel The Secret River. I just found out it was made into a mini-series that you can watch online. Harrowing, but important (and so so compelling).
This just got more enjoyable as it wore on. Mine are "I don't believe in..." (insert totally innocuous thing like "owning books" or "bootcut jeans"), "awkies", "whatevs", saying "I have a rule that..." (I have a rule about everything), "that's not a word" when I don't understand something, "NOPE" when I hate something and yelling "friggety frack!" (thank you Sheldon Cooper) or "holy frick on a stick!" (Elliot Reed). What are yours?
Current Netflix recommendations: Queer Eye season 4 (obvs) (oh that's another one of the things I say in earnest!) and have you seen Glow or Derry Girls yet? WHY THE HECK NOT? Probably the most feel-good things I have seen on TV in a year. Go get into it!
I love you all. Now go boldly into your weekend and enjoy our world.