Revisiting ‘I Was Me’, Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons released ‘I Was Me’ in 2015 for the One4 project, with all proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency. Lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds, also wrote an op-ed for Medium about his experience visiting a refugee camp in Germany. This song came out of that trip. I bought the single when it came out, but hadn’t listened to it in a couple of years. Today it came up randomly on my playlist while I was out on a walk, and I promise you the song just broke my heart.

See also: Welcome to the New World, in the New York Times.

“Well, aren’t I the lucky one…”

I’ve been very fortunate… I seem to have a kind of blinkers. I just do not allow too many negatives to soil me. I’m very blessed. I have looked quite strange in most of the places I have lived in my life, the stages, spaces I’ve moved through. I of course grew up with my grandmother: my grandmother’s people and my brother are very very black, very lovely. And my mother’s people were very very fair. I was always sort of in between. I was too tall. My voice was too heavy. My attitude was too arrogant – or tenderhearted. So if I had accepted what people told me I looked like as a negative, yes, then I would be dead. But I accepted it and I thought, well, aren’t I the lucky one.

Maya Angelou’s thoughts on identity made me think about all my insecurities and wonder if maybe I, too, could take on that attitude of, “Well, aren’t I the lucky one.” May this amazing, inspiring woman rest in peace.

Priscilla Chan talks education and her famous husband Mark Zuckerberg

Education is an incredibly personal issue for me. If you’re the first generation to go to college, sometimes you don’t realise your potential until others point it out.

Dr. Priscilla Chan, a.k.a. Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, gave her first TV interview recently, and that last sentence really resonated with something I’ve been thinking about – that more often than not, children can only dream as big as their parents (or other grownups) encourage them to.

Felix Baumgartner’s space jump in HD is just… wow

Happened to catch this live way back in October 2012 (OMG, has it really been that long?) and it was the craziest, most thrilling thing I’d seen in a long while. In case you missed it, Felix Baumgartner rode a stratospheric balloon up to 128,100 feet above Earth, opened the door, and jumped. On his way down, he broke the speed of sound and set three world records. Watching everything unfold in real time was pretty awesome, but to see it in HD and hear everything that was said is another thing altogether. By the way, Vanity Fair also did a profile piece on him.