A Few Random Life Thoughts/Happenings

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  • The grief from losing my kitty is starting to ease a little bit. Still a big loss, but I’m trying to focus on the future and how to bring more good things into my life right now because it feels like I could really use some good things.
  • Tonight I’m attending a poetry class at the library. The idea of the class is to use everyday castoff materials (like old ads, receipts, junk mail, etc.) as inspiration to create poetry. Thought it sounded fun and I could use the social connections right now.
  • I’m seriously thinking about auditioning for a part in a local theatre production soon. It makes me nervous as I haven’t done anything like that since school, but I feel I need to grow and add a little excitement to my life. I don’t even want a big role or anything, I just want to be a part of something fun and creative.
  • Just a thought, but I noticed something recently I wanted to share. It seems to me that when people share their darker thoughts and feelings straight out in essay form, prose, or spoken word, they are often sort of subtly shamed and told to cheer up in one way or another, which I find interesting, because when those same dark thoughts/feelings are shared in artistic forms like poetry/art, I’ve never seen people react in the same way by telling them to simply focus on the positive or cheer up. It makes me think that our darker thoughts and feelings are only really acceptable to many when slightly masked in some sort of art form. Why is that?

17 thoughts on “A Few Random Life Thoughts/Happenings

  1. That’s great that you’re going to the poetry class – it should be a good distraction.

    Interesting point about messaging to cheer up. I think it tends to be a certain type of people that are the cheer-uppers. Maybe with poetry/art there’s a blurriness between what the creator feels and how much is poetic license and so there’s less triggering of cheer-upper instincts? Whatever the reason, though, I think it’s definitely something that happens.

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  2. In answer to your question, I think people want to be supportive but don’t know what to say. And do not understand clinical depression. Poetry and art are subjective so people find their own meanings and interpretations. The poetry class and theatre are great ideas! Wishing you well in both!

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  3. commenting on your last point first – I read your post the other day, and didn’t comment because I didn’t want to be a cheer-upper, and understand that with clinical depression, there’s really nothing other people can say that will help, hence my silence.
    So pleased to hear about the poetry class and theatre group plans! Was wondering, if you don’t feel sure about taking on an acting role, maybe the theatre group also need people behind scènes? That way you could be part of all the fun without actually having to stand in the limelight.
    And am sending virtual hugs. I thought of you on Monday, for the last vet visit with Spyder. The house will seem empty without him, but you did what had to be done.

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    1. I had thought about doing some behind the scenes stuff too, but not sure if I would a good fit for any of those jobs or not. I guess we’ll see what happens though. Like I said, if I do audition, I honestly hope for just a small part.

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      1. well, having done some amateur dramatics myself, as a student at Uni and then as an adult, I remember the butterflies in tummy you get, before the curtain goes up, and yes, it’s an exhilarating kind of “scarey” ^^

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