For Christmas I was gifted Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person. By far it is the best gift I received. It’s such a fabulous book, I’ve had to pace myself, forcing myself to put. the. book. down. so that I can continue to relish it. Otherwise, this book would’ve been devoured in mere hours.
It’s been a while since I’ve had the desire, or the time, to devour a book. Blame it on all the academic writing I’ve been surrounded with for the past four years. But this book, like the Shonda shows, is special. It’s witty and funny and entertaining and inspiring. I’d want to be like the Shonda in this book, except I realize I already am. I’ve had my Year of Yes. I’ve been having my Year of Yes. I’m relishing in its aftermath.
This book does the same thing that those early years of Grey’s did for me – it is a mirror. I could see myself. Maybe it was the me I was or the me I could be. But it was me nonetheless and it was quite visually seeing a me. Christina Yang’s character was me on the tv screen. She looked like me. She acted like me. The drive. The sarcasm. The stories she told in her eyes. Christina Yang was a mirror, a (dark twisty) sister, a need (on tv but also, as Shonda points out, for herself and other women). So, it is quite the treat to hear some backstory info on the character and the actress who brought Christina Yang to life, Sandra Oh.
Because I’m a fan of the Shonda shows and Shonda the writer, the Year of Yes was an ideal gift. But, it is so much more than a sneak behind the curtain. Like the words that spurred Shonda’s life-changing commitment to action, her words should spur us to our own. Happy Reading!