If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, And don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.
—Kurt Vonnegut (via middlenameconfused)
“It is winter, but spring is in the air,” says a reader at Ann Hamilton’s immersive, interactive exhibit, “the event of a thread.” The Park Avenue Armory in New York City was recently home to the installation, which combines a gigantic curtain canopy, live readings, 42 swings, and crowds of curious visitors.
I went to this exhibition a few weeks ago with my best friend, her boyfriend, and her parents, all of whom I love. I was amazed at how something as simple as a sheet hanging across the middle of a room could inspire so much thought. At first, I was skeptical about the exhibit. I thought to myself, how is it that the work of Van Gogh and the work of Anne Hamilton fall under the same broad designation of “art?” Finally I realized: art is that which makes us think. Art may even have no purpose except to make us think, but whether it is an unconventional apparatus playfully integrating physics, literature, and household materials, or an oil painting in vivid colors, it is art; and while some say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” I say that beauty is in the ability to inspire. Art should never be an end in itself, but rather the beginning of a new trail to be blazed in the mind of each and every beholder.