Was this any way…

July 17, 2008 at 12:29 pm (Uncategorized)

Man, I wish photographing these things was easier:

Bah. I’m all grouchy that the picture doesn’t really do the piece justice – I’m so psyched about this work and then I photograph it and it looks so… flat. Annoying.

Anyway. This one goes next to the one with the swan. It reads, in the yellow box: Was this any way to justify an existence? and then goes on to say (first in the sky and then on the ground):

I know that’s not the only reason they existed, but still – they seemed so much more like objects to be admired than living, breathing creatures. When I think about my own life, I think constantly about how I am somehow not enough – ever – and must always redouble my efforts in order to be even passably satisfactory. Somehow, this is how I assumed most people saw themselves.

I’ve come to realize this isn’t the case – that there are some for whom the relatively straightforward process of transitioning from the ugly duckling to the beautiful swan is full, total, and complete once that stage is reached and there is nothing left to do but remain, maybe perpetually, in this perfect state. The hard work now over, the remainder of that creature’s life is now defined by various states of happiness and the peace that comes with the belief that things will always be this way.

1 Comment

  1. Shannon said,

    the shadows are amazin

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