This week’s post is something I’ve never done before: a short video of me speaking, instead of writing. In it I answer the question: what would I like my friend Aubrey, 12 years old, to know about as she becomes a woman? The daughter of my friend since seventh grade, Aubrey played this video at her bat mitzvah celebration last week, since I wasn’t able to be there in person.
Aubrey and her brother are the friends with whom I got to see the gorgeous dance of rattlesnakes mating earlier this year. She’s a wonderful person: loving, smart, and incidentally a dancer like the title character of my novel Revelle. (I’ve had some great garage rock ‘n’ roll sessions with Aubrey and her mom and dad.) Aubrey gave her permission for this video I made for her to also be available to DCL readers. See it here.
A core premise of the diamond-cut life is that our relationships matter more than how much stuff or money we have. And when we focus on our relationships and nourish them, we typically feel less needy of material stuff. Love can fill us up. So can God (however we experience God) and nature.
What advice would you give a girl as she becomes a woman, or a boy as he is becoming a man?