"Most people live in almost total darkness…people, millions of people whom you will never see, who don’t know you, never will know you, people who may try to kill you in the morning, live in a darkness which...if you have that funny terrible thing which every artist can recognize and no artist can define...you are responsible to those people to lighten."
I sometimes feel that the norm surrounding self-care and how others are expected to proceed with such is to falsely equate the notion with joy, repress the mind of any despondency, and then to surround your thoughts with nothing other than superficial mantras or pastel diversion.
Far be it from me to disturb the peace of others; perhaps there truly are those who do not experience complex emotion—although I seriously doubt anyone to be that unlucky. The problem I see, both in myself at times and in others around me, are the dangers in repressing our universal fears, apprehensions and existential dread. Those thoughts, whether they dissipate over time, will be with us for the majority of our lives. The only way I know how to be comfortable with them, is by simply weathering the storm. But I have needed a lot of assistance in doing so.
There are in fact maps to self discovery, and they hide in plain sight. I encourage you all to help us find them. Share your own experience in dealing with this--or--perhaps a piece of artwork, a book, film, photo, canvas, anything. Something you yourself have seen that has made your own darkness a bit brighter. Share your perspective How did you arrive there? What have you learned?
Subconsciously or not, we all want better for ourselves, hopefully, for those around us as well; it is my intention to make you see that the trek is much easier when we all begin to realize our anxieties are not that different from one another's.