Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Lifestyle

Sometimes I wonder why do I continue pursuing the whole art thing. I conveyed this thought to a friend and he said, "Being an artist is choosing a lifestyle. It is like being in the circus; you live outside of normal society." Yes! That's it! I felt so much better when he put it that way. We agreed that this statement extends to everyone in the arts: visual, film, music, etc.
Art is a calling and one cannot ignore it.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Dream

I had a dream the other night that I standing on a long dirt road with a trail of dribbled water running up it. I was sobbing and calling out my friend's name. I was crying out, "___, I miss you! Where are you?"
I was very distressed and this dream disturbed me for a few days.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Moonlight Chronicles

Dan Price likes to draw. He was once a professional photojournalist and co-founder of SHOTS Magazine. Then he decided to simplify his life and since 1992 he' been drawing his Moonlight Chronicles and living life as simply as possible. He lives in a hobbit hole and pays $100 a year to rent the land that it is on. Simple Shoes once paid him a nice wage to have him bike around and draw his journals which would then be mailed out to customers. Read an interview with him here.

How cool. I am going buy one of his zines sometime this week.

Monday, May 9, 2005

Celebration

That ridiculous birthday crisis I had a while back ago has brought me into a quiet pool of reflection. There is something that I have always known but it became crystal clear when I had a little conversation with a friend a while ago. I told her that I had a not-so-great birthday and she said, "I could never have a terrible birthday. I have always loved my birthday and I would make sure that everyone knew about it. It is always a time to celebrate."

I remember her enthusiasm. Seven years ago, I was having a sad Valentine's Day because of my high expectations of a too-young boyfriend. I called her up and we celebrated her birthday by dancing night away at 1015 Folsom. She giggled with such delight as she said, "C'mon, we are having way more fun than he could ever have. You are out with your friends and it's my birthday, let's celebrate!!" And we did.

A birthday is ALWAYS a cause for celebration. It is another year spent being alive on this earth. Life is so precious and fleeting. I tend to look at what I don't have instead of what I do have. I may not end up having everything that I want or what society has pressured me to want, but I have so much already. Americans in general don't realize what they have. Perhaps humans in general just have it in their nature to always want MORE. We always want what we don't have.

I thank the stars for what I have and what I have experienced. It's a good life, even with its downs. This post is my little prayer of thanks to the universe for giving me this gift called life.
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