I really got a lot from this philosophical tidbit. My home is comfortable and peaceful and has a quirky edge to it, as though it’s never too far away from nature and the wilderness. It’s an aesthetic expression of my own inner being, much as my blog here is an expression of my inner self. When I come home to my house, I feel comforted, and as though I am in the place of sanctuary and harmony, a place protected and buffered from the cares of the world. It’s a great pleasure and a luxury to have a place like that, and this luxury doesn’t escape me, as I look upon refugees and other itinerant people without a home.
It’s really important to always remember and be grateful for whatever peace, quiet and cosiness you have in your life – these qualities are yours by virtue of your talents, intelligence, abilities and drive in the world.
However they are equally the result of several random factors which are completely out of your control like – the family you were born into, the country you were born into and the political and economic climate of that country.
So many complex external factors can conspire to fuck up someone’s sense of peace and harmony, that it’s really important to appreciate it and be grateful for it.
In my home I’ve created nooks and crannies that express my own creativity and the sort of strange signals coming out of my subconscious. I wouldn’t say I’m an artist per-se but more of an artisan or a crafty collector of things, a horder of memories. If there is a fond memory you have, it’s a good idea to immortalise it and express it so that others may know its joy.
A great tool for harnessing your creativity is the Flow Magazine series of collage and crafting books and magazines. I recommend these if you feel the urge to decorate, rather than simply buying art.