By: Esther Ki
May 3, 2019
Fourth Anniversary with Myself
Have you ever dreamt of finding your own soulmate and living happily ever after? However, that’s not the case for 40-year-old Sophie Tanner. In fact, it has already been four years since she vowed in front of her family and friends to love and respect herself no matter what.
Her journey began after a tragic breakup with a partner who cheated on her. “I had been cheated on for the third time and it really knocked me more than other breakups,” she said. After months of depression, Tanner woke up one day to realize that she can live happily on her own. With the new mindset, her four years weren’t filled with loneliness and isolation. As a matter of fact, she has dated people, who treated her with care. She also confessed her love for romance films, saying “I actually love romance films as much as anyone.” In the end, through her experience, Tanner learned that she needs to appreciate herself as well as find people who would value her.
Saving Treasures out of Ashes
After the flame was extinguished in the Notre Dame, it seemed as if the artifacts and masterpieces were all burned away into ashes. However, there is a twist to this bleak situation. Thanks to the hard work of 200 firefighters and numerous police officers, they were able to save the cathedral’s towers and Rose Windows. Another bulk of relics were saved with the help of the Pompiers Paris fire brigade. In addition, a handful of French billionaires have even raised over 700 million dollars to support the restoration of the building. Francois-Henri Pinault, the Chairman of Kering, said he would donate 113 million dollars as well. Although it would be difficult to restore the cathedral to its full glory, many are providing financial and on-site support for the once beautiful building.
Take a look at your desk. How organized is it? For our entire lives, we’ve all been told that “organization is key”. However, Steven Johnson, the author of Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, proves otherwise. He says that disorganized people are smarter than organized, set-in-place people. In fact, professional research revealed that messiness leads to creativity. “Being right keeps you in place,” stated Johnson, “but being wrong forces us to explore.”
He later came to the conclusion that routines will do us no harm, but also that it is completely fine to be disorganized. The creative messes we make would boost our creativity. To sum up his claim, Johnson tells his readers to “...keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle, reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”