Have you ever wondered what your skin would look like if it showed all of the emotional scars you’ve gained from suffering throughout your life? This unique and impressively conceptual idea is the focus of the artwork by Chinese artist, Pinpin Co.
Pinpin takes simple gel ink and applies it to the face of her subjects and minutes later, she washes the ink off. The ephemerality of the piece is representative of how temporarily emotional scars appear on your outer self.
Although a huge number of people have covered One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” over the last few months, this is [one of] the most creative covers I’ve seen so far.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.”
People know Steve Jobs as the man behind Apple. People may know that he is obsessed with design and elegance. Personally I don’t like Steve Jobs, but I have great respect for him for maintaining his philosophies and taking them to the next level. From this quote you see he understands the dilemma faced by artists and all creative folk who don’t live under rocks. Everything you do in life will affect your future choices and actions in one way or another. You watch a rock star as a kid and you take guitar lessons (or buy guitar hero), you see a talented dance group and you imitate their moves on the dance floor, you see a masterful work of art and you just feel shame for knowing that it will affect the rest of your practice no matter how much you try to stay completely original. Though this issue will always exist, the best way to keep it minimal is to just take your talent and innovate it to new perspectives.
I hope many of you recognize this from The Amazing Spiderman, which came out in theatres recently. If not, hopefully I’ll have convinced you to go watch it by the end of this post.
Spiderman is…a character in a comic book, to put it in the most basic terms. But to me and so many other people, Spiderman is SO much more than just a comic book character. Here, when portrayed by Andrew Garfield, in this gif specifically, I see one thing: passion. This might be where you might least expect it, but in this scene, Peter Parker is talking about science, and his eyes are sparkling and he’s totally excited, and I can’t describe it in a way that does justice to how his character is feeling in this moment, but when I saw this scene in theatres (…twice, I might add), I didn’t need him to say “I’m passionate about science”…I knew, just by how he carried himself. And I envy that amount of passion that he has. Because to convey feelings of passion for something without having to state that you have such feeling? That is true passion. And here, he’s oozing with it. That’s something I don’t have at this point in my life, but I hope with all my being that I will. (And he’s just acting, so…that’s some damn good acting.)
Whatever you’re passionate about, pursue it with all you have, because it may just as well be the greatest weapon you have in your life. ❤
I’ve noticed both in real life and in fiction that people always want to leave their mark on the world by changing the lives of others. This is not only common, but it’s an admirable desire fueled by good intentions. But in my book, that’s not exactly what I want to do. I know that eventually, years after I’ve died, no one will remember me. And I’m okay with that. After all, death is the great equalizer, right? While I am here though, my interest lies in changing myself and helping shape others around me in the hope that I will change one person’s world, one by one. It’s similar to what most other people want to do, but with a slightly different (or more defined) approach and reasoning. My reason for this is that I know what the power of one is. The effects that a person can have when they exit the world is beyond tremendous. It ripples through countless people and highlights ways in which lives intersect and shows the importance of s/he who is no longer present. A person truly has power when they die, but all of us have that same (if not more) power to do good, improve each other’s lives, etc. when we are alive and kicking. And that’s why I find it so important to focus on individuals, and not care about how many people I’ve inspired or helped change, but how much I influence each individual I encounter.
“If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too. I want them to be able to do whatever they want around me”
– Steven Chbosky
At some time or another, you’ve probably had someone ask you how they should act around someone they like. Some people answer that question with some sort of elaborate strategy to present the person who wants to make a good impression, as someone who’s really charming, capable, has perfect timing, etc. But in my world, with my relationships, things aren’t so complicated. I only have one rule for myself and one phrase of advice: be yourself. It’s that simple. When you aren’t shrouded with calculated charm and tact, the people who you’re meant to be friends with will show up.
“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”
Friendship is something that lets you explore into yourself by looking into others close to you. It is an avenue that you take that may at times seem to be the long way but you’ll never know if it’s going to be worth it until you take the chance. From that you will be able to see why people and your friends will like respect you. But remember you’ve no business being their friend if you can’t respect them.
I don’t get fortune cookies often and I like what they have to offer even less but this wasn’t bad. The opportunities that you are presented with on a daily basis are there but not all of them will be what you’re looking for. But make sure you’re looking nonetheless. It’s never good to let other people guide you to do things that you don’t want to do. Keep opening doors and find the right ones yourself.