July 26, 2014

Enjoying The Simple Things

July should never end.

The past month has been filled with endless fun and joy. Work has become more like play and every other day brings another spontaneous adventure. I guess this is what summer is supposed to feel like. The best part of it all is getting to see how everyone else is doing in their own lives and catching up on their narratives.

I've been incredibly fortunate to get to do the little art projects I love and now that I'm seeing them take flight every so slowly but surely, I'm excited about what is in store.

Taking on a project like People In The Park required a lot more guts that I had initially anticipated. I was mentally prepared for the difficulties but just lacked the push to go out and just do it. One fine afternoon when I had some free time on my hands, I decided that there was nothing to lose if I just went out to shoot. And I guess that first step was all it took and I can't wait to see where it brings me.

June 29, 2014

The Good That Was Always There

With my mind clouded in frustration, I didn't realise that I was being far too critical of myself.

The Sharpie felt odd in the palm of my hand. Wrapping my fingers around it gingerly I struggled to maintain a firm grip on it as I put pen to paper. Tracing the letters with the nub of the marker, I manoeuvred my wrists in gentle twists and turns to spell out words on the page.

I looked at the first draft and instantly wanted to tear it up into a million shreds. Ripping it off the spine of the book I tried a second attempt. Then another. And another. They all looked hideous. The stack of paper all bearing the same quote emblazoned on it in blank ink grew along with the irritation brewing inside of me. Soon enough I had expended every last piece of paper. None of my attempts did it for me.

June 26, 2014

Contemplating The Inevitability Of Oblivion

Have you ever stopped to ask why you care so much about your silly questions? 

[Minor spoilers follow.]

I think I've been quite intrigued by the finality of death for quite some time and watching The Fault In Our Stars confirmed my suspicions.

TFIOS is by all accounts a movie for the ages. It deals with so many universal themes and deep truths while keeping a highly realistic tone that punches you in the gut. Critics have called this one of the more 'grounded' young adult films of the year and I think we can expect producers to jump on the bandwagon and flood our screens with more of the same tropes.

June 24, 2014

I Made A Book About My NS Journey

"My buddy once remarked that I could pen a 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' at the rate I was journaling; I knew there was an idea somewhere in there."

The two years has come to a ceremonious end and what I was left with was a box full of journals that documented all the highs and lows in that time. I was thinking of ways to present my reflections on my journey for my friends walking along the same path as I was and the idea of a book came to mind.

In a week I trawled through all my journals to get myself back into the headspace as I scribbled many entries and came up with entirely new essays which I compiled together with pictures I took along my journey into what is now known as ESSENTIALS | Two Years Of Our Time.

It is very much a personal pet project for me. A love letter of sorts in gratitude for the positive experience I have been given throughout NS.

June 18, 2014

How We Place Meaning On Things That Matter

Speaks more about the person than you know.

We were walking back from a swim the other day and excitement over the new X-Men movie peppered our entire conversation. Then a question came up midway through:

"If you could have any superpower, what would it be?"

"Mind control," I replied without a beat.