words of wisdom

Words of Wisdom: Zora Neale Hurston

Happy, happy Friday! We made it through another week, and a glorious weekend is upon us. Let’s celebrate!

Today, I’m going to spend a few moments talking about one of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston. She is an inspiration on many levels: accomplished writer, anthropologist, and all-around crafty woman (she posed as an 18 year old in order to get a free high school education – she was 26 years old at the time!).nndb

I love her determination, her confidence, and her adventurous spirit. She researched communities in the Southern US and in the Caribbean, gathering information that she documented for historical purposes as well as using it for writing fodder, weaving the details into her folklore and short stories.

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It’s no surprise that a gifted writer like Zora had some interesting observations on life in general, as well as her experience as a Black woman living during the Jim Crow era. Her musings have proven to stand the test of time, and give us great food for thought down to this day.

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How many times have we gone through a period of our lives and wondered, “What the heck just happened here?” If you’ve had that experience, you were probably in a year that asked questions. Just hold on and continue to do your best, the year that answers is on the horizon.

I am not tragically colored [...] I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or le (1)

Zora had interesting political views: she was a conservative Republican, though, if she were alive today, her views would probably place her closer toward the libertarian end of the spectrum. In any case, she believed that she could create her own fate and make the life that she dreamed of living – and she did.

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It takes some special to have a high opinion of yourself during a time that every social structure in place was invested in your oppression. Zora managed to THRIVE during a hostile period in US history. Her example inspires me, as I remember that the ability to THRIVE is always available to us.

 

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

(photos courtesy of AZ Quotes, American Museum of Natural History, Notable Names Database and Library of Congress)

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