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You know how I always say "ONWARD"?
This is what I'm talking about.
MY FAVORITE AGE: 9 years old.
9 years old is the perfect a for a girl, I do believe. It was for this girl, anyway.
After the bewilderment of early childhood was over, before the confusions of puberty began.
Immensely excited about pretty much everything.
And ROCKING the Dorothy Hamill haircut.
1978. It was a good year for the color mustard, as well…and for that one lazy eye.
I love my life so much these days, and when I am at my very best these days — my very happiest — I sometimes almost feel like I'm 9 again. No better feeling than that.
What was your favorite age? And why?
A clip from my upcoming interview (part 2) on Super Soul Sunday…
Thought you all might enjoy my answer!
The full interview will air this Sunday on OWN-TV at 11am (and will LIVESTREAM worldwide on Oprah.com and on the Super Soul Sunday Facebook page!)
See you there!
The Advice Elizabeth Gilbert Would Give Her Younger Self
What advice would author Elizabeth Gilbert give her younger self? Her answer may surprise you.
THE MOST STRANGELY REASSURING ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED.
Long ago, when I was in my desperate and confused 20's, a brilliant, independent, wonderful woman in her 70's gave me this incredible piece of life wisdom.
"We women spend our 20's and 30's so worried about what everyone is thinking about us. Then we get into our 40's and 50's, and we finally start to be free, because we decide we don't give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you will not be completely free until your 60's and 70's, when you will finally realize this liberating truth — NOBODY WAS EVER THINKING ABOUT YOU, ANYHOW."
They aren't. They weren't. They never were.
People are just thinking about themselves — all caught up in their own dramas, their own fears, their own regrets and tasks and insecurities and distractions.
"You aren't on anybody's mind," my friend told me. "They don't have room in their minds to be worried about what you're wearing, what you're doing, how you're living…"
While it may seem lonely and horrible at first to imagine that you aren't on anybody's mind, there is also — as my wise older friend told me — a great liberation to be found in this idea.
I wrote down her message in my lucky notebook, and I've kept it nearby forever (along with my plucky, self-confident little fox totem.)
You are free, because everyone is too busy worrying about themselves to worry about you.
Go be who you want to be, then.
Do what you want to do.
Dress how you want to dress.
Love who you want to love.
It's exceeding likely that nobody will even notice.
And that's AWESOME.
SUPER SOUL SUNDAY, Part II
Thank you all so much for tuning in to my interview last Sunday with the great and fabulous Oprah Winfrey!
Such beautiful responses, and I am so very grateful!
Tune in this Sunday, for the conclusion to the interview — which will go into more personal detail about love and relationships and failure (ah, failure — my great, loyal teacher!)
Hope you can make it!
OWN-TV 11am EST, Sunday Oct 12.
And for those of you outside of the USA, or who don't have cable, you can watch it LIVESTREAMING on:
Lots of love,