Thursday, December 3, 2009

best of 2009 - day the third

Today's entry: best article of 2009.

I'll admit it, when I read this topic yesterday I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to answer it. The academic lit geek in me felt a certain amount of pressure to pick just the right article. You know, the one that best reflected me. But how in the hell do you actually do that? I mean really, come on... I don't know about the rest of you out there but there is no way that I can pigeon hole myself into one article.

So then I felt like I needed to find the article that was the most thought provoking. Link up with something significant that I read about the environment or social justice... you know, link to one of the great articles I read in The New Internationalist or This magazine, because there have been quite a few very thought provoking articles that have come my way through these magazines.

But then I realized that I was over thinking it, as I tend to do...

This year has been all about moving away from my academic self and embracing creativity and the article that nurtured that the most this year was the TED video speech with Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved how she linked spirituality, academics, insecurity, and creativity all together. It reminded me of my studies of renaissance poetry (I know, I said I was moving away from academics), the spiritual nature of creativity, and the act of creating. And well, to get to the point, I just dug it.

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