If you get a chance to visit the Hirshhorn Museum in DC before the end of February, I highly recommend doing so. One of their current exhibitions features a fascinating contemporary artist and social activist by the name of Ai Weiwei. I am by no means knowledgeable about art, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t appreciate a giant cube filled with lights and sparkly glass crystals.
While it’s not necessarily the main attraction, Weiwei’s black-and-white photography lines the walls of the exhibit. One series of photos in particular amused and intrigued me. “A Study In Perspective” documents Weiwei giving the finger to a variety of international landmarks. I imagine the reason for these photos most likely stems from his disgruntled opinions about government.
Mr. Weiwei, if you’re reading, I understand your need to flip the bird to the world sometimes.
A couple things have happened recently that have left me feeling not so festive this holiday season. The first of these being that I got dumped. Straight-up, knocked-on-my-ass, dumped. For fear of getting overly personal, I’ll just make a few statements on the subject. For one, I can now empathize with all of you that have had your heart broken. And for those of you who haven’t, consider yourself lucky because it sucks. A lot.
Not even a week into my wallowing, I watched the events of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre unfold and was overwhelmed. I think about the families who will be spending the holidays grieving over their lost child and it breaks my heart into a million shards. I am deeply saddened for everyone involved and I am concerned for our country.
This tragedy offered a timely study in perspective for me. That being, the perspective of sadness. I didn’t lose a loved one to a mentally-unstable gunman this year. I didn’t lose my home and all my possessions in a devastating natural disaster either. For that, I am fortunate. Being rejected, in any sense, hurts. But when the dust settles, you move on, this time a bit smarter and a bit stronger. The individuals and families effected by the events of Sandy Hook, Aurora, or Hurricane Sandy (to name a few) won’t simply “move on” and may never find peace. That is real sadness. And for that, I am eternally sorry.
I know this somber post isn’t exactly my style. Just remember to keep it all in perspective. Merry Christmas, friends.