Yes, happy anniversary. It has been one year to the day that I last published an article here. A year, another cycle around the sun. Earth orbits the Sun at an average distance of 149.60 million km (92.96 million mi), and one complete orbit takes 365.256 days (1 sidereal year), during which time Earth has traveled 940 million km (584 million mi) Thank you, Wikipedia!
Last year at this time, I was contemplating a move out of the United States. I had simply decided to change it up, create a new life, a new experience, a new adventure. It didn’t go as I hoped, but indeed, it did give me direction, and I learned and grew. A lot! Made a great new friend who I continue to share life with on a daily basis. I went thinking I would discover if I wanted to live in a particular place, and left with a lifelong friend, someone I would have never met had I not gone. Sometimes what happens along the way is not what we expected!
And, isn’t that the truth about this past year? Who woulda thunk? I am not sure if I can even stack the past year’s events in a linear time line. Not sure if I have enough paper should I go the way of pen and paper. So much in such a short period of time. What’s particularly fascinating, is the fact that these experiences have not been limited to one area, one state, even one nation. It’s ubiquitous, familiar to each and every person on the planet. We are all sharing the same story.
We like to think we are unique, that we are so special, that we stand out, that people look at us. (Nope, they don’t. We are all preoccupied with ourselves!) What does that mean? Ultimately, I would hope that it means that we will see more commonalities between us than differences, but no, I believe we are more divided than ever. Blame and finger pointing are on the rise, as we share the most intense crises than ever. I am not being Debbie Downer here, please believe that. My personality tends more to the side of pragmatic optimism. But I do hear and I do observe. I choose not to watch TV, therefore, my news intake is via curated online venues. I read all the sides of an issue. And I read a lot. Yet I continue to see the blame. Where’s the all puppy channel when you need it????
As an visual artist, I am able and very fortunate to work through a lot of my personal experiences and issues through my art. It reflects my state of mind, my emotions and my physicality. For that I am grateful and fortunate. How else do people work through what we have been dealing with this past year? We know the incidence of mental health issues have been soaring, yet many people who are in lockdown situations live alone,have no real outlet for their frustrations. So again, I ask: Where’s the all puppy channel when you need it????
In June, I was having lunch with a friend. We were discussing the world at large, and I asked, “Did you ever think we could be in a situation like this?” His response….”Just wait, Aryana. It’s going to keep getting worse.” I just laughed. That was June.
Unfortunately, he was right.
What do you think? What suggestions do you have for working your way through this? What have you been doing to maintain a semblance of sanity? Maybe you are having more sex (if you’re lucky enough to have been with someone prior to a pandemic), eating/cooking more, watching movies, creating, learning a new skill, creating the body you dreamed of?
Or,maybe you’re just watching the all puppy channel in your head!
Thank you for reading, and please clap and comment!
Love to all of you.