When I started to learn about yoga, I was obsessed with my teacher’s advice: “If you’re not willing to be the best version of yourself, you’re going to be the worst version of yourself.” And so I tried to do that. And at the end of that year, I was the worst version of myself.
I’m not sure I’ve ever said that I was the best version of myself, but that was the truth of it. Maybe it was the best version of myself, but it wasn’t very happy. I was never good at anything I did. I didn’t have much to say about my life. I didn’t have any interests. I wasn’t interested in anything. I wasn’t engaged in any kind of activity.
I guess that is the point of life. And that point, is to be the best version of yourself. We all have the capacity to be better. There are a lot of us who are better than you. And you are better than me. There are a lot of us who are better than you. And you are better than me.
The fact that I have no interest in anything makes me more of a threat, I feel the need to protect myself.
How should you be better? I think that’s a question that you have asked yourself. Asking yourself, “Should I be better?” is the first step in finding out.
I love the idea that there’s a question that you asked yourself. And there is a question that you are asking yourself. This makes me feel like Olivia is not lying to me, because she really does ask herself this question. And I like that she has the courage to ask it herself and to admit to herself that there is no way to get out of it.
Olivia Panton is an artist, educator, and author. As a founding member of the D.C. Poets Collective Olivia writes a weekly column called “The View From the Bench.” Her writing and criticism has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Washingtonian, and elsewhere, and her work is featured in museums and galleries across the country. She is also an artist who teaches Creative Writing.
Olivia has become a well known figure in the D.C. art scene for her writing, but her artwork is equally as impressive. At the beginning of her art career, Olivia made a living selling prints and prints, which were then reproduced for sale in her own gallery, but as her work gained popularity and fame, she began to make money from exhibitions.
Olivia’s work is quite different from most of the art galleries in DC. Her work has both been exhibited in galleries in Washington and DC, and her work as a curator now seems to be on display in many galleries, galleries, and museums throughout the USA.