Accidental Icon: A Case of the In-Betweens
So I have been conspiring with some young creatives on two editorials that will absolutely take me far from the comfort zone, yet I hope still be me/not me. I have also been in conversation with you my readers about the potential evolution from blog to magazine. I am deliriously excited about all of these things. However in the meantime I have to keep putting out content when I do not feel particularly motivated. I am motivated to do something new, not so motivated to keep doing the same thing, if you know what I mean. I have a good case of the in-betweens.
The in-betweens are good and not so good. They are good if you can hold on and keep doing what you need to until you get to the other side. The state of not knowing usually can produce some spectacular stuff if you can hang with it long enough. Not so good when you feel stale, empty and boring and almost don't do what you have committed to. Like when you try to see your way through and there is a solid door in-between where you are and where you want to go. It is like being hungry all the time without satisfaction no matter what you eat (which I am right now).
The in-betweens are also good because it is a time you can give yourself permission to immerse yourself in new learning; participating in events that engage all of your senses. Find novel things to do that will stimulate you without having an agenda or identified outcomes. To just fill yourself up with experiences that combine haphazardly with your DNA, your memory, your unconscious and your physiology causing you to become aware of what the English and Cultural Studies professor and psychoanalyst, Christopher Bollas, calls your "unthought knowns". I love that phrase. It means that we are full of ideas that have been conveyed to us throughout life through action, rather than thinking and are part of our unconscious, but are fabulous ideas nonetheless if we find out how to retrieve them. In the same work, Being a Character, Bollas suggests we all have an idiom for our own life and self and that healthy adults continue to develop it uniquely by always looking out for objects of interest to transact with. He calls these objects, "evocatively nourishing". Is that phrase not just delicious?
So I have a list of exhibits to attend, like the one at MOMA on Japanese architects and their individual approach but collective vision of Japanese culture and one on Uniforms at FIT. I have some great books to read, like, The Future of Fashion is Now, Contagion and The Essentials of Fabulous. I discovered a series of French films shown for free in various parks to be viewed on blankets with picnic dinners. Some greenmarkets to visit for fresh produce and flowers and of course a trip or two. So perhaps my choice of an apron to wear this weekend was just a manifestation of one of my "unthought knowns" and my hunger will wane when I treat myself to some "evocative nourishment". I hope dark chocolate is part of it too.
What are some other suggestions that may "evocatively nourish" this summer?