Rachael Benavidez is a freelance writer, editor, and graduate of the MA in Liberal Studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her studies focussed on the trickster archetype in literature. She is an avid reader of literature and history and enjoys exploring the cultural and culinary delights of New York City, film, music, and art.
There are so many things to think about, so many books to read, so much to see, and so many cultures to explore—right here in New York City and wherever we happen to be. I hope to call attention to some of those things and to provoke thought on my part and yours. It is through exploration and thought that we learn about others and ourselves, and the more we know, the better the probability that we will understand each other and the world in which we live.
We humans have the ability to think, to be conscious of what we say and do. Think about stuff–that’s something we should do for ourselves.
Reading is a way for us to explore with our minds, to travel, to learn. It also helps us to think for ourselves. Within a book is a whole world, a life, a time, a way of seeing the world—sometimes imagined and sometimes real. Either way, it allows us to view the world in a different way. So read a book, read a newspaper, read a blog. Read this blog.
We have so little time on this Earth, and there is so much to do. Sometimes doing something can mean that we are active, and others that we are simply being. A balance between the two is ideal.
We all have to do it, but eating can also be an exploration. It can teach us about other cultures and places that hopefully we will explore further. Whatever you eat, put some thought into it. Even the simplest thing like salt has thousands of years of history in it.
Wherever you live, whether it is a big city or a small town, there is much to see. Museums, galleries, people, films, and nature. The world is a work of art. It only needs observers to interpret as such.
Creativity is part of who we are. It doesn’t have to be an artistic masterpiece to be art. That’s subjective anyway. It can be almost anything: a garden, a sweater, a flower arrangement, or an omelette. Like the world we live in, we too are works of art, each of us with our own contribution to make. So make something beautiful, make someone laugh, make someone smile, or make yourself omelette. Just put some love into it.
What are you thinking, reading, doing, eating, looking at, or making right now?