Vanessa Zoltan is currently a student at Harvard Divinity School. She is a proud Valley Girl/Los Angelean. She graduated with her BA in English Lit and Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and her MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught high school English and has worked at a National Education nonprofit in a variety of capacities. She co-runs a tiny nonprofit, which works with people who are trying to live their most liberated lives.
I am leaving tomorrow for a trip home to LA. Between visiting cousins, friends, new babies, and family, my trips home tend to whiz by in a blur of too-short-check-ins.
The world is absurd. The world is romantic. The world is corrupt. The world is beautiful. Which of these ideas, or which amalgamation is most serving to you in the life you want to lead? That’s the question.
I was seated at one of those grand, heavy, deep brown mahogany tables in a beautiful room with two walls of windows. To my left, sat my mother, visiting for a few days from Los Angeles. Then to my right, and all the way around the table sat 10 classmates and my professor. We were talking about my favorite topic: How do you do good?