Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Birthday Twins

Alexandra David-Néel and I share the same birthday. Except she was born in 1868 and died in 1969, living to be over 100 years old. I haven't made it that far, yet. But she's my birthday twin, my heroine, and she lived an absolutely incredible life. Here's just a bit of it.

From her official web page:

Her long life was entirely devoted to exploration and study, the two overriding passions that made her unruly in her childhood, rebellious in her adolescence, anarchist in her youth, and one of the wisest "free thinkers" in the 20th century in her old age.

She wrote books and anarchist treatises, studied Eastern philosophy and Tantra and Buddhism, had an opera career, traveled to India, North Africa, Japan and Tibet. Often on foot. And of course, she learned Sanskrit and Tibetan. Not bad for a century.


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