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#ElderSpeak: First Nations Elders share the advice they'd give to themselves at the age of 20
Usually, when people ask elderly people what advice they'd give to their younger selves, it boils down to something like "don't worry so much." That's great advice, of course, but it's pretty general and, I realized after watching this, it's pretty privileged.
This video of First Nations Elders sharing the advice they would give to their 20-year-old selves is different. They share personal, vulnerable, specific instructions: to value family, to hold onto their culture, to exercise strength and honour. It is beautiful and of incredible value.
"And if you open your heart, you open your mind, you open your spirit to what [your parents] have to share, it will take you so much farther in life."
"Be strong. Always strong. Let's not be afraid of our language. Strengthen our language by learning how to speak."
Kids give refreshments to sanitation workers
What a joy to witness a simple act of caring and generosity.
Tony Luciani is an artist whose mother, at 91 years old, was no longer able to take care of herself. When he brought her into his home, he also brought her into his art practice, creating a stunning series of images of portraying the spark of life that crackles underneath her old age and dementia.
In an interview on Bored Panda, he describes how she came to life while participating in the photoshoots - "her youthfulness and eccentricity started to show through."
There are so many wonderful reminders in this: just because someone is physically impaired by old age doesn't mean they aren't still alive inside; the power of creative agency over one's life; the transformative effect of art.
Don't dance in the dark
"They say to dance like nobody is watching. I think that implies that we are afraid and ashamed to dance in front of the people. I say dance like everyon eis watching. Dance like your children are watching, your ancestors, those who can't dance, those who lost loved ones and those who suffer injustices throughout the world. Let every step be a prayer for huanity! Most of all dance for the Creator, who breathed into your soul so you may celebrate this gift of life!"Alice Brine's going to steal your stuff and it's all your fault
Alice Brine got a lot of attention on the internet last week for articulating so well the ridiculousness of victim blaming when it comes to rape and sexual assault. Way to be, Alice!
Fun with masks
Anyone who studied theatre mask work will get a lot of glee out of this. Okay, everyone will get glee out of this, but theatre mask geeks will get a one-up on their glee.