Thing 1, a thing to watch.
To Watch: You Go Girl!
In the New Yorker: A Black Woman’s Spiritual Journey Up a Mountain, in “You Go Girl!”
In Shariffa Ali’s short film, a comedian grapples with her fears and finds healing and solidarity in the outdoors.
Here’s the trailer but the New Yorker link has the full short film.
Thing 2, a thing to read
To Read: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Gym Class by Greta Christina
“I hated gym class. Like so many other nerdy, awkward kids, I despised it. I was bad at it; I was scared of it; it was a place of exclusion and shame.
“And then almost overnight, I started liking gym. I didn’t just stop hating it — I actually enjoyed it. I looked forward to it. I had fun with it. And I was good at it. I vividly remember my nerdy math-teacher father jokingly scolding me about my report card one quarter, scowling and asking with mock disapproval how a daughter of his could have gotten an A in gym.
Thing 3, a thing to listen to
To Listen: Self Magazine’s Keep it Hot Playlist
31 Scorching Hot Workout Songs That’ll Have You Feeling Yourself