When you understand," Brandy says, "that what you’re telling is just a story. It isn’t happening anymore. When you realize the story you’re telling is just words, when you can just crumble it up and throw your past in the trashcan," Brandy says, "then we’ll figure out who you’re going to be.
Whatever happened in the past, has led us to who we are today. And because we know this, we hold it dear to us, even influence us in our day to day lives.
Happy experiences, horrible accidents, things that happened that are beyond our control–we blame them for what we are having right now. It can be that someone dear to us died…and we can never replace them. Someone dear brought hurt to us…we trusted them but still they chose to hurt us. It can be that we are born underprivileged…and we can’t afford to pursue what we really want. Or born overwhelmed with attention…that we can’t be who we just want ourselves to be.
It’s always easy to say that we can’t do something because we’re not fit for it, we aren’t worthy of it, we aren’t strong enough to go through it. I can’t be an Engineer because I’m too lazy to do the work. I have to do things my own, because I can’t bring other people into my shit. I can’t get too attached to someone, because I’m still moving on to someone I felt I lost.
Words, words, words, words. Words we tell ourselves to reassure us temporarily, things we always remind ourselves just to get through the day, ideas we bias ourselves towards because we are either too blinded or afraid…
That we can face them. That we can move past them. That we can control them, because they’re just. Words.
Your past is just a story, once you realize this, it has no power over you. – Chuck Palahniuk
I’ve always protested against posting text posts (and non-square photos) on Instagram. I’m also not comfortable with using third party apps to ‘design’ stuff, believing that I can make my own, if I could.
But this is the how it is used in our iGadget-Galaxi’ed lives. We see photos of quotes, lines from movies, overheard stuff on Instagram everyday. Some look genuinely nice, some just screenshots of the Notes app on iOS. Some are produced laboriously on computers, and some done quickly in different apps in smartphones.
So this is an experiment: A way to embrace how these new apps and technologies are reshaping #design and #creativity as we know it. (Also, it is a way for me to understand more how and why text posts are popular on Instagram, hihi.)
I’ll attempt to use different quotes, prose and poetry to produce a “version” of it using Notegraphy (on iOS and Android). Notegraphy is a simple app to produce beautiful text posts using interesting pre-designed templates. In the spirit of ‘ephemeral’ and ‘being in the moment’ the stuff I’ll be posting are interesting tidbits I found/heard/read during the day. The catch is, I have to follow the alphabet in choosing what to post, complementing how Notegraphy highlights the first letters of your text.
We all have tools to create beautiful work, if we know how to take advantage of them. Having just a smartphone or a tablet isn’t a hindrance to making great stuff. And also, as they say, nothing is original, everything is remixed. Our creations are but our ‘interpretations’ of what we see. That is is what makes our art, ours. That is what our audiences see and appreciate in our works.
So…A. The beginning of this experiment. A new lease, a new take on creativity and creation.
But there’s another reason to write, and I think for most people it’s the most important reason of all. Writing helps you understand yourself. It forces you to focus your thoughts and move them from the massively-parallel way that your mind works into a kind of linear order. The process of writing something down turns it from a fleeting thought into something much more concrete. When you write for this reason, it doesn’t really matter if anyone else reads. What matters is that you have written something that’s more than a single thought.
I believe art is best expressed when it is made for yourself, the artist. I don’t mean to say that you disregard your audience; you think about them by making sure what you create is yours, and your interpretation of whatever you’re trying to put in your art is yours.
What you create is appreciated best when it is an extension of you—it is a story you want to tell.