The concept of numbers is a bit funny. They give value, conclusiveness and quantity to things but are also kind of arbitrary, made up and subjective.
It’s been exactly 489 days since my last blog post. It’s been almost 2 years since I moved to this amazing country. During that time, I’ve had approximately 24 hair cuts, won exactly 3 football matches and have received 1 master’s degree.
This in no way tells the entire story. It doesn’t even begin to do so.
I recently heard Mitchell F Chan speak about Yves Klein, Bitcoin and the value of the immaterial pictorial sensibility of the colour blue.
Klein was an artist who put forth the notion of art being an extrapolation of what is really true. That as an artist, we were limited by the tools that we had at our disposal. Instead he spoke about how the value of the immaterial sensibility of art and specifically of the colour blue.
I left with questions which needed further pondering and thought I’d leave them right about here.
What is real value?
What is really important? Who is really important?
Is everything subjective, Is there a definitive almost ultimate perspective…. (of everything)?
I also turn 29 years old in 1 day from now and I seem to be asking myself those very questions. Belief is an important thing. It is the differentiating factor between what is real and what is imaginary.
A friend of mine recently told me that I’ve always been incredibly positive. Optimism isn’t as much a choice but rather a more honest way of being.
For C : “There is no secret ingredient”
Musical Pairing: Young, Dumb & Broke - Khalid
It’s about perspective. Failure is an opportunity. Failure means you’re trying to do something, trying to do more, be more than who you are right now.
That’s cool. That’s necessary.
The most important thing about failing is what you do next. One can either crib and bitch about it or can learn from it, understand it, figure out a way to try again.
That’s really important. That’s like the most important stuff.
I feel contemplative today and I feel like watching this again. I’ve heard Neil Gaiman speak about making good art about a dozen times now and probably know word for word what he says but at times we need to remind ourselves of the things we already know.
The reason I wanted to put metaphorical words on metaphorical paper today was simply to emphasize the importance of the moment right after you don’t achieve exactly what you thought you would.
That moment is absolutely key.
Musical pairing: Starlight by Muse
We’re part of a generation which is always connected to each other and to the world at large however we’re also part of a society which is lonelier than ever before.
No one really commits to anything anymore. Words like commitment-phobic dint exist up until a couple of decades ago. We’re always playing the odds, making sure we’ve got options. It’s all a bit foolish really.
I once qualified people as floating bubbles, randomly bumping into one another without higher brain or heart functions hoping that something sticks. The hope, of course is that that’s not the case, that we can be more than just complete mush.
During one such ‘life-understanding-type’ conversations, a friend of mine and I came to the simple, strange hypothesis that people are simply the worst.
Yes, this is a definitely a stupid statement to make. It’s unqualified, generalized and really doesn’t mean anything to anyone in particular. But it seems to take the pressure off.
I’ll refer to something this guy said. He talks about how we’re always looking for the best possible thing. The best people, the best relationships, the best toothbrush.
Fortunately or otherwise, everything cannot be simply quantified or Google searched, yet we do try our best. (I recently stumbled onto a dating app specially for fitness buffs called Sweatt with two ‘t’s)
This wasn’t however always true, something Aziz Anzari actually talks about in his book, ’Modern Romance’ is how a generation ago, things were simpler, we meet a guy, you meet a girl, you ask them out and that’s that.
But today, we’ve got options.
Why is this important?
I’m not completely certain just yet but I’m hoping future me has a better answer.
Musical pairing (Special edition): Famous by Aziz Ansari x Kanye West