In honor of the occasion, here is a still-relevant piece from one of my heroes:
Yoko Ono once spoke to me, directly to me, in response to a letter and poem I wrote to her thanking her for her courage to live a creative and interesting life. I’m not ashamed to say her reply has been one of the crowning moments of my existence.*
She replied (among other things): “Hooray for our bold and persistent spirits, Joy! We are, as we cannot be otherwise.”
Thank you, Yoko, for all you’ve done.
* It’s safe to say I flipped my shit. And I don’t flip my shit over most people, much less famous people. In fact, I’m even less likely to flip my shit over a famous person. Yoko is just the exception. She is an exceptional human being.