For the last week, I’ve been carpooling to work with Lauren Graham.*
But I have been listening to her audiobook,”Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between” on my tedious daily commute.
Normally when I read a book or listen to an audio recording, I try to keep a pen and paper nearby to write down quotes or moments I don’t want to forget. Because of the craziness of this semester at school and work, I’ve had very little time to read, which has been crushing my spirit little by little. I thrive on stories, and when I can’t read them, I force myself to at least listen to them whenever I can squeeze them in.
I couldn’t exactly jot down her words of wisdom on the steering wheel. But I would plug in the orange auxiliary cable my sister left on her last trip home, and Lauren’s voice would fill my car, telling me stories of her time as a struggling actress and how it felt playing some of her favorite roles.
Each day when I pulled into the driveway at 7 p.m. after almost 10 straight hours of classes and work, I turned off the car, pressed rewind and quickly scribbled down as much as I could. I didn’t want to forget her words of comfort, her funny stories and lessons.
Her first book, “Someday, Someday Maybe” had the same effect on me when I read it a few summers ago. I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom and proudly editing my favorite quotes on colorful squares for this blog post (squares that I realize now are not nearly as cool-looking as I thought they were at the time).
Now that I’m done with her wonderful second book, I want to share some of her messages with you. These are words that made me laugh out loud on highways and made my eyes well up at red lights. Even out of context, I hope they provide the same encouragement to you that they did to me.
P.S. The quotes still aren’t cool-looking. Some things never change.
My advice: Keep a pen nearby. You never know when you might need to go back to your scribbles for inspiration. [Also, if you expected me to move on from the topic of “Gilmore Girls” after three blog posts about it, I’m sorry. It’ll be a while before I get over this.]