Monday, August 20, 2007


Do you ever feel like you aren't fully participating in your life? Like you aren't really experiencing your surroundings? As though your senses have retracted just a little (or a lot) and you just aren't all there? Perhaps it's a result of some trauma, or maybe a slow atrophy as a result of exposure to repetitive negative stimuli. Or maybe it's just laziness--like you've put yourself on autopilot.
Lately I'm attempting to engage life more fully. I like it, when I remember to do it, but it takes effort, and I often forget and inertia takes over.


Maybe said...

You hit the nail square on the head! Your drawing sums up the statement perfectly. Bravo!
Keep fighting to participate!
This life's all we'd be a pity to waste too much of it!

becky said...

Yeah, man, that's what I was thinkin' 'bout this morning. Dunno why, but it seems more pronounced these days. Then you make yourself mindful of the fact that you're not being mindful, and that's cool, cuz that's mindfulness in and of itself, but it still sucks to get stuck to thoughts and worries that take you nowhere.

htw said...

yes I have...thought of offing myself while I was at it, got scared, got Effexor :)

Now, almost two years later, I'm back on track and kickin' the meds. I'm sure I'll have those days again, probably soon, and I'm a little anxious as to whether or not I can remember how to get up off the floor of my own cranium.

I'm going to print this picture and hang it at my desk to remind me to do so (unless you object?)

keep going KP, keep going!

Kenny P. said...

Print away, Holley, print away! Keep fighting the good fight.

Kenny P. said...

And, by the way, I'm glad you stuck around to see the rest of the show. You're a cool chick. And, thanks for teaching me how to do italics.

david gemmill said...

ahha this is an awesome drawing and cool subtle ligthing as well. at first i didn't realize it was an aloof brain, but then i saw the eye slits and i genius it really was.

as for the commentary. maybe you should try listening to classical music, really long extended symphonies from non-gerenic-played out-composers (sibelius, berlioz, barber, janacek). that usually gives a me a reason to keep living.

ScaramoucheX said...

Y'know, engaging like that may be an act of will, or spontaneous; don't be so quick to invalidate's like the fallow field, dig?
Nice blog, great Art!

lori said...

"One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I thought of your blog when I read this today in my "psychology of social change" class. Isn't it interesting that we need to teach a class on it, since people seem to be f-ing clueless these days?

piece out,