“Coping strategy.” I use the word a lot. I plan on how I’m going to get through a long string of social events without having a breakdown. I’ll strategize how I’ll survive through weeks where weekends are booked with a work trip, a wedding, someone’s book launch, grabbing a bite with out of town friends, not sleeping enough. Sometimes a weekend will pass where I haven’t even had a chance to recoup from the weekday cycle.
Immediately after hearing Eartha Kitt’s wise words on life challenges, like relationship conflicts, motherhood, politics, career, basically if I hear anything Eartha Kitt explains, I’m immediately enlivened. She will discuss the difficulties of life in ways that will break your heart, but then offer you ideas on survival and succeeding.
Her daughter once said in an interview, “Mom did everything by instinct.” When you listen to her views on love, career, compromise or conflicts like the Vietnam War, you hear a unique genius that could only stem from someone who trusts her instincts wholeheartedly without doubt. She is a flawless mix of “woman” and “grit.” She reminds you that you can be tough, survive and then succeed.
Kitt was abandoned by her parents at seven, unwanted by her father and malleable mother. She was blacklisted by Hollywood for openly sharing her views on the Vietnam War in the White House, essentially questioning why young men were being sent off to die without cause. Her inability to work in the US did not stop her career from blooming still as she continued to work in other countries.
Spending some time, any time with Eartha Kitt, whether watching an interview of hers on YouTube,listening to “Santa Baby,” reading a memoir or a bio, simply scrolling and pinning her on Pinterest will enrapture you and invigorate you to keep going, keep aiming for success, self-love, the future, glamour, life.
Next time, you feel winded, scraped to the bone, on empty, covered in deadlines, spend some time watching a few minutes of an interview with her on YouTube. Then see how the rest of your day burns.
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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