I listen to far too many podcasts (ditto tv shows, movies, books). Modern Love is a podcast that features celebrities (usually actors) reading stories from the Modern Love section of The New York Times. The newest episode this week couldn’t have come at a better time. ‘A Heart of Gold’ features a love story between a woman and her pet tortoise. I won’t give anything away other than to say the overwhelming feeling from her story is that “it’s easy to love the beautiful, the normal. But what about the gift of loving the strange, the uncommon, the odd.” Considering the mood in the country at the moment, I began to tear up listening to this story (also, any story involving pets gets me). I couldn’t help but feel the similarities. I related a lot to the woman in the story, and it was refreshing to realize that it’s not only okay to not be normal and to love what is not the norm. It’s a gift.
If you need a little pick-me-up, go listen to ‘A Heart of Gold.’ New Modern Love episodes come out every Thursday.