Inspired to Be Original

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By: Gabriela Yareliz

As I read the homages in the passing of Joan Didion, I see a lot of people noting that they wanted to write like her and be like her. One writer wrote that “What Would Didion Do?” was a guiding principle of her life. What I find so interesting about certain figures in history is that I feel that they call us to something different. Not to be like them but to be entirely ourselves and to own who we are and how we see the world. They give us the space to be originals rather than copies.

I think that more than praise, great artists wanted us to learn how to bare our souls. They sought to teach us vulnerability rather than technique— honesty rather than conformity.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

2 thoughts on “Inspired to Be Original

  1. Interesting. While she had an interesting life–good in many ways–she also suffered terribly. I’m not sure I’d want to be her . . .

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