Hi, all. Today, I am feeling oddly motivated to do things and to not be lazy, so this won’t be a very long post. I’ve already cleaned my room, which was a feat in and of itself, as I am just about the messiest person on the planet. However, I’d also really like to be someone who gets by without a lot of material things. I swear, I’ve thrown out and given away so much stuff in the past year or so that I can’t believe how much crap I still have. It’s like, every time I get rid of stuff, the remaining stuff multiplies and takes over my closet and my drawers and ultimately, my floor.
I think my big problem is sentimental value. I try to remind myself that this is not Toy Story and that old stuffed animals do not actually have feelings and they will not be sad if I decide to give them away. In fact, they will probably be happy to be going to a kid who will really love them and appreciate them. However, my mom and my sister and I all suffer from mild forms of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and apparently one of the symptoms is “empathy for inanimate objects,” so there you go. I’m not crazy, just a little chemically imbalanced.
While I was cleaning, however, I did find this picture that I painted a few years ago in grad school. The assignment was to create something in the style of a famous artist. I chose Charlotte Salomon. My inspiration came from one of her paintings. The painting was just words and it said, “And with dream-awakened eyes she saw all the beauty around her, saw the sea, felt the sun, and knew: for a while she had to disappear from the surface of life and to that end make every sacrifice-so that from the depths she could create her world anew.” So I took those words and created an image. I thought it was actually kind of a neat painting and I’d totally forgotten about it.
And for the record, no, the girl is not supposed to be me. Her hair looks like mine, but that’s only because straight hair is surprisingly difficult to paint.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share one last thing with you. Every once in a while, I find a song or a book or something that I love so, so, so much that I have to tell everyone I meet about how much I love it and why they should love it too. Technically, I didn’t even find this one. My sister did and she shared it with me after I read The Hunger Games. I was listening to it today and I was just thinking, “This is such a great song. Everyone in the world needs to know about this song.” It’s called Girl on Fire by Arshad, and it’s actually a song inspired by The Hunger Games. Anyone who loves good music and the books/movies needs to hear this song! It’s so goooooooooood.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got today. Still hard at work on Cemetery Tours 2. Go read the first one. It’s awesome.