‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’
There is a question mark over the attribution of this quote, with some assigning it to Maya Angelou and others to Vicki Corona.
The writings of Maya Angelou have long been an inspiration to me as they have been for many women over the decades; the American poet, writer and civil rights activist left behind a hugely influential body of work when she died, aged 86, in 2014. One of the first African-American women to write so openly and frankly about her personal life and experiences, she became an enormously respected spokesperson not only for African-American women, but for all women.
On Vicki Corona, I can find less information though it appears she is a creative force of nature – a writer, record producer, dancer, choreographer, teacher and costume maker who runs a Cultural Arts Centre in San Francisco.
I’ve failed to find any concrete confirmation on which of the two this quote was written (or spoken) by, so I’ve left it unattributed for now.
I am definitely a collector of memories. Memories of special places and moments are my eternal treasures, and I have collected so many while travelling.
What are the moments that have taken your breath away?
I had dreamed of visiting the Ice Hotel in Sweden for many years, ever since I’d heard of it and watched TV documentaries on the making of it each year. It’s an amazing place, a hotel made of deep blue ice – ice is blue when it has been compressed during its formation such that there are no bubbles of air trapped within. Each room is created by a different artist, and each year the themes and designs are completely different.
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