Sunday, 18 January 2015

Preserve Art.

This world is filled with tiny details that we always seem to forget to appreciate. Have you seen the sun today? Have you ever stopped to see just how much the sun brightens up the sky? The only time we ever notice it is when it's gone and we're hoping for something to illuminate our paths, or something to help us cope with the idea of loneliness once it gets dark.

As much as I know society likes to glamourize certain things regarding art nowadays, I also understand that this glamorization is purely fabricated. 

Nobody believes that art can change the world anymore. I mean at one point we did, and at certain points we still do, but unless you've got a recognized name, or a franchise that can pay for your mortgage without you having to think about it, art means nothing to most people.

They just live their lives. Sun rise to sun set, they complain about how unproductive life has been, and how much they sometimes wish everything would be easier. 

Call me a dreamer, or a person caught up in false hope, but I truly believe art will change the world one step at a time. 

I define art as this: anything tactile, visual, linguistic, musical, and/or anything movement based that by the process of pre-meditation or spontaneity has been produced in a natural or man made manner.

I believe that anyone and everyone has the ability to make art, to witness art, to be art.

No matter how subjective it may be, it is so important to preserve art. Art is the way we express things. It is the way we express our anger, our guilt, our pain, our suffering, our joy, our euphoria, our horror, and our identities.

If we don't stop to appreciate everything that has been made available to us, and we don't artistically express it, how will we look back and see how amazing certain things are in retrospect?

Oh right, our other unreliable sources of information...

I believe that reality can be viewed in art --- it depicts people's true emotions, their struggles, and their suppressions of passions they wish they could let out. Without art, we wouldn't get to know each other.

Now I understand that from the point of view of others, art may be a "waste of time", or "impractical", but if we view everything we do as an opportunity to make masterpieces ONLY WE CAN MAKE, I think the world would be a much better place. 

We owe so much to artistic advances, and inspiring innovation; so why don't we take the time to appreciate it?

Friday, 2 January 2015

Looking Forward.

2014 was such a blessing. So many things happened this, technically last, year that I could not be anything else but grateful for. My life was truly changed by how amazing the year went.

Obviously, there were some setbacks, and I think the reason why I can say that 2014 was one of the best years for me so far was because there was an equal ratio of accomplishment to tribulation, and the tribulations, were absolutely insane.

However, sometimes, that's exactly what you need. You need insanity. Insanity to push you straight through the darkness and make you stronger. If those things didn't happen, I don't think I could ever claim to be any stronger today, and if not for my faith in the Lord, I definitely believe I would be the weakest person to ever step foot on this earth.

For every time I sank, just like Peter did, He just continued to lift me up. He showed no signs of weakness, and always illuminated with endless mercy and grace. If not for You, I would be abandoned in the darkest of times, thank You for saving me.

Amongst all of that, no matter how hard this year has been, the Lord has still continued to bless me with so many accomplishments, and has filled me with joy. He's blessed me with an amazing family, an indescribable group of friends, a beautiful education, and a strong desire to serve.

I'm definitely looking forward to 2015, and all it has to offer. I'm aware of the struggles I may face, but that's where the beauty of this all lies; the overcoming of darkness, and the beginning of light.

Are you ready to conquer 2015?