01/07/2006: "Happy Happy Joy Joy"technorati tags: Optimistic
At the recycling center a beat up bronco pulled up and 4 of the cutest guys (late teens, early twenties) got out unloading a HUGE amount of recyclables. That was impressive but then one of them put his fists in the air ala Rocky and started chanting "EARTH EARTH EARTH EARTH” I looked at him and smiled and he gave me the biggest, most joyful smile I've seen in a long long time. That kind of happiness can't be faked. And on the drive home I found myself smiling too, thinking about how contagious moods are, good or bad.
Today I'm in a good one and not just because of the "smile". Yesterday a friend asked me to go out for Gallery Walk. I had already decided not to go because I was in such a funk...but then I remembered my new year’s resolution so I figured what the hell. Then I invited another friend and we all met up down town. It was a rather small gallery walk but I ran into several of my artist friends and that's always fun (sorry Rob, I meant to stop by Two Crows Gallery to see your show but it got too late, how'd it go?).
Anyway, I purchased my first ever photograph (an abstract looking detail shot of skunk cabbage leaves) by Barbara Kelly, that was exciting. I know I said no more shopping but I don't count art. Buying art supports other artists which helps them make more art which makes the world a better place, no?
Afterwards we went out for dinner on the Warf...and just sat and talked for a long time. One of the main themes was identifying what we lack here that used to make us happy when we lived somewhere else...so we can try to recreate it here. One thing I miss is having a big group of friends who get together regularly. I have a lot of friends here but, you know...pockets here and there. I also want to have people over more often, and have more bon fires on the beach this summer, and the list goes on and on...I’ve also decided to try and reverse 5 or 6 years of "letting myself go".
Now I'm debating if I can be social 2 nights in a row; they want to go to see a fantastic liver performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch tonight and I *want* to go...but I still have the small matter of the blank canvas. I tried the "ride it out" approach last time I hit a dry spell and it seemed to last forever. Tonight I'd like to see what happens if I force it. Stay tuned...