|In last week’s Metro, a free paper offered on the subway, readers were asked to vote for 2010’s Person of the Year and provided a list of choices: Barack Obama, Julian Assange, the Chilean miners, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and, God help us, Kim Kardashian.
What a challenge to determine who, of all the human beings on the planet, defined 2010. I dig Michelle Obama and found the Chilean miners inspiring, but how much did they really change my world? Sure, Michelle regularly emails me via the White House communications office, but those messages always seem self-serving. “The President is trying to do this,” she’ll write, “the President succeeded at that.” C’mon, Michelle, would it kill you to ask how I’ve been doing?
I find myself torn between Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian. One made history as the nation’s first black president, following the most politically brutal eight years in American government. The other has a nice ass.
Actually, I’m more interested in nominating an individual from my life to be the Person of My Year. See, 2010 hasn’t been a cake walk. I lost a job, a romance, and depending on whether my book sells in 2011, the opportunity to get published. The losses were somewhat liberating as I’ve been forced to examine what I really want. But there have also been itty bitty crises about what happens next.
So, for me, 2010 has been defined by three people.
Ever have those moments in life when you’re questioning the universe and wishing some sage person would come by to drop pearls of wisdom? Basically, that happens whenever I meet the Professor for tea.
In 2008, I discovered a book called The Six Archetypes of Love and asked the English professor who wrote it to take part in a panel discussion I hosted for women. Part Deepak Chopra, part Oxford-educated Lit expert, the Professor always uses gorgeous images from literary works to illustrate the truths of existence; for instance, making comparisons to Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the trials of living. Most importantly, he reminds me life is one giant lesson on how to be real. Speak your truth, have faith you’re getting what you need and your purpose finds you.
I can’t imagine Sarah Palin’s advice over tea – perhaps, “drill, baby, drill” – would quite compare.
Person of the Year
December 13, 2010 by Tart and Soul