I spent the evening watching Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold on Netflix last night. The documentary was a beautiful portrait of an artist, examining the life of someone perpetually using the world around her to better understand herself and her unique place in it all.
At the beginning of her career, she held a position at Vogue where she penned an article on the inherent value of self-respect. Not only was the piece an unprecedented venture for a magazine primarily dedicated to sartorial concerns and tips on becoming the ideal homemaker, it was a prime example of her raison d’être.
Through her career she exuded a 'certain toughness' that was rather unbecoming of a lady in those days — a principled dedication to telling it like it is no matter the cost. To say that her body of work captivates me would be an understatement. She is an eternal light in the darkness for artists everywhere.
Accepting responsibility for ‘one’s own life' is no small task. While the first step is a leap of faith, a wealth of riches awaits. For most of us, building and maintaining self-respect is a life long pursuit as we endeavour to ensure our choices continually align with our core values, ensuring the sum is always greater than its parts.