It’s so strange, your ex is getting engaged. I wish I could take away the pain, but I’m at a loss for words so just hang my head in shame. Ashamed because anything I could say would be in vain, compared to the mix of emotions flowing through your veins. I know he’s on your brain and you feel like nothing will be the same. But your life’s a grand canvas and he was just a stain. A stroke of a brush and some paint, prominent now but give it time and it will fade. I know you went against the grain and now it hurts to give it away. But just because it rains on your parade is no reason for you to turn to gray. Do what my momma say, keep high hopes and even bigger dreams. Hold your head up, and protect your self esteem.
Wet Paint Complex
I was inspired by the smell of wet paint drying on the wall. The slow waft of a fresh meadow mixed with the toxic smell of chemicals. I wondered if that’s what the particular colour on the wall smelled like.
That’s when I started developing a new way to look at life and all its components. I mean, people, places, things, events. Mostly memories and experiences in general.
I began to think of life as a blank canvas. Everything and everyone in it as different strokes of the brush. Some to be painted over, retouched or changed completely. Others to stay as they are, fade, or begin to crack or flake off at a given point in time. In any case, every memory would be a stain of paint left behind on the canvas.
Memories are usually those things that people normally perceive as being there but can be forgotten. This particular model serves the opposite in suggesting that memories can be forgotten, but they are still there.
Wet paint are the memories that are most recent. The memories that are of the now or what just was. It is the most fluid type of memory in that it can really be how we want to perceive it. While wet, you have the opportunity to make changes, to add detail to or adjust, or to change completely.
What’s fascinating is that this way the canvas will never really be dry. We’re always painting, always adding new memories for as long as we exist. And certain parts of the canvas, we will prefer to keep wet for as long as we can. Because some experiences are on-going, some memories worth remembering in every detail, for as long as possible.
We’re forever painting. Whether you like it or not.