What do you think about when I say Gallery Of Smiles? It automatically might make you envisage some kind of vast gallery space filled with variations and artistic representations of smiles. The human smile is a curious thing, we smile supposedly when we are happy. Then, there are times where we smile when we are nervous or scared, or being sarcastic. A smile can be a form of protest in the face of a fear monger. It’s a way to be explicit about the way we feel. So in many ways smiles can be a great main theme of any gallery space because there could be so many possibilities of art works that could be done based around the idea of ‘Smiles’.
This article is about dreams though. Dreams provide us with the most truthful, honest representation of how we see the world. We are helpless in normalising or censoring our sleeping brain in it’s dream state, so it gives us the honest version of our deepest thoughts. I’ve always wanted to explore dreams, because they fascinate me.
I truly have a unique ability to know when I am dreaming, something appropriately named lucid dreaming. It’s great to know when you are dreaming because you are able to control the events of your dream. Normally the first thing I opt to do in a truly free, no limits dream world is to fly. Flying is a symbolic way of demonstrating our freedom and liberation. Flying through the air is a perfect metaphor for free thoughts.
Gallery Of Smiles is a lucid dream I had recently where the artworks came to life. I was drifting through a gallery, obscure in how it looked due to it floating in clouds. The space was filled with different artworks. They were all themed around the same thing, farmers and rural life. Sculptures of horses, paintings of farmers in fields and posing next to cattle. It was peculiar but I was fascinated by looking at all of the artworks. Knowing I could control it, for some reason I opted to use the paintings like they were some kind of interactive tablet instead of canvas and paint.
When I pressed a painting it lit up and started to make a buzzing noise similar to a bee. It seemed to have switched on all the artworks so that they could do the impossible. Not at all that remarkable in a dream state. Then the artworks started to display smiles, gradually the sculptures smiled, the paintings had little men looking out of the canvas and straight at me smiling. It sounds horribly frightening, but I found it curious. Like the dream was trying to tell me that art was some kind of happy force in my life.
I’m confident that all dreams we have do provide us with some kind of moral lesson or message that will help us in our life. This dream in particular, I think, was important in telling me to pursue my creative dreams. So Gallery Of Smiles, I definitely will.
I’ve always said that i’d like to buy a forest and live in it. There are several reasons for this which I will explain in this short article. The idea of living in a forest apparently tells people that I basically seem to want the life of a nomadism hobbit of some kind. You know, the usual visions of living in a tree house without basic sanitary products or even electricity, because well, isn’t that the whole point of buying a whole forest.
Yes, one reason a person might buy a forest is for the sole reason of getting away from all the craziness that comes with modern life. Getting away from the horrible news everyday, the judgments of other people and people that feel the need to post every single racist or bigoted thought they have on social media for the adoration of their dumb followers.
In many ways to get away from all this would sound like the ultimate dream for many people who still think in a sane and friendly way. You may realise that in fact part of me does want to purchase a secluded forest for this very reason. Yes, these things annoy me like they should with everyone else, but it’s definitely not the main reason. Those people will never force me to live in a forest because it’s so bad… Not yet at least.
My forest will be partly a place of wholly free thinking. A place to be myself and not be judged by the expectations of our harsh society. It’s hard everyday when you feel like everyone is out to judge you. Although I try my hardest not to look as though I care about the opinions of the general public there are a lot of times where i subconsciously find myself walking quickly with my head down as a way to rush through crowds.
I think that’s one of the hardest things about living on a planet that is overpopulated and you don’t really like hanging around most humans for too long. So the forest will be a place for a select few to hang out with their free thoughts. Free thought, I think, is very important. It allows our creative juices to well and truly come pouring out of us when we let them in a non judgmental and free thinking environment.
Another reason i’d like to buy a forest is the fact that I can build whatever house I want in it. Obviously there are limitations depending on the place I buy a forest in, but I'm quite sure that it will be a tree house with bridges taking you from one tree to another. Home would be above ground, a safer alternative to living on the forest floor, which by the way, will be covered in many, many flowers. Everything built in my forest will contribute to the main aim and point of it’s existence, to provide a safer home to be myself and be creative. A forest of free thinking that I will be happy in.
As a writer there is nothing better than looking at a new page and planning what you are going to write. It’s a space where you can make wonderful words come alive into worlds and characters and settings that make you happy. You can create anything at all that you might think in your imagination.
One of the most troubling problems of a new page is writers block. It plagues even the most prolific writers from time to time who sit staring at a blank page and the possibilities just might not come in the moment. It’s a problem i’ve tended to solve with some simple and light hearted free writing. Write whatever comes to mind.
Think of something out of the ordinary or something you may find remarkably funny but never thought to write about. Funny always appeals to people so you can’t really go wrong. In the case that your free write might not be the best quality, it doesn’t actually matter so much. It might be that your giving yourself a hard time and a few free writes might unblock your brain to find the quality writing you know your capable of.
That’s why writers block is a very frustrating things sometimes for writers, they know the content they think about every day is there to be written down and expressed, but sometimes it just needs that free write nudge to be able to be revealed.
When you have a page with lots of words on it that you have written at another time, you may just stare in confusion. Take a minute to renew and refresh your brain of what you have been writing about and then you can have a fresh start and recovered look at your current writing project.
It’s always advisable if your writing in sections or by page to always look back and refresh your mind of the way you are writing that piece because then you can make sure that it’s all appropriately written in your own original style and tone that people will immediately be able to say ‘oh, yes, that’s by **your name**, he writes in such a consistent and refreshing way’.
After all we write because we want to educate, entertain and inform. That’s ultimately what it’s all about, doing the same thing as great writers before you but in a new and fresh way.
That fresh start that some good free writes will provide not only refreshes you to have to ability to write well and put quality words in place of the empty spaces on that new page, it renews happiness. I find that the best fresh start concerning writing occurs in a brightly lit area.
I have found that a dull writing environment only dulls my writing and the things I write. That’s why I try to always write in a brightly lit area and if I start to get a bit overwhelmed or sad, I take a break from writing and take my dog for a walk. Seeing my dog so happy also makes me happy and provides a new fresh start for me to write.
Although winter is a great time in terms of my creativity, summer will always be a great time for me to gather many ideas for what I want to write. This year i’ve gone with quite an expected aesthetic with my writing talking about the importance of flowers. I’ve been discussing how I want to eventually plant thousands upon thousands of different kinds of every flower that I can get my hands on. Why? You may ask. It's all about conservation and aiming to do good for our planet rather than impact. I want to live my life knowing that i’ve actually achieved something. Achieving something to me isn’t about making money or writing lots of book sand getting published. Yes, that will enable me to do things to make an impact but I don’t consider it the impact in itself.
So what could I do to make this idea a successful venture? I thought about a garden, but a garden would be ruined quite quickly and not be large enough of a space. It would also be solitary and i wouldn’t be able to share the vision and creative space with anyone but me and a few others. No, I would want my idea to translate into a large public space that anyone would be able to visit. So I started to think about how i could really make sure I left an all important legacy piece of work.
I want to leave a legacy. One thing that has been going round my mind for a few days is a flower meadow, a vast landscape full of different kinds of flora. It will be a place that people want to flock to. A place they want to keep safe and care for. To be honest, this is how we should all feel about everywhere on our planet. Start to just care that little bit more. Then, people need the reason to care, and so for me a flower garden that is in full bloom during summer and is consciously protected during the colder months is a great idea. It may not be a theme park or a place to pump up loads of adrenaline. It will be a place to get back to nature, appreciate the beauty. To read and write and create wonderful things that can be shared. It will be a haven in a world of chaos.
It will be called Flowers In Summer. Which is of course a working preliminary title, but this is a dream of mine. To be in a position to buy land to plant all these flowers and plant life. Give them a safe place to live and provide seeds for future generations. I myself will spend time there and write books and articles and just create in general. Can you imagine a greater, more comforting place to be creative than a canopy amongst colourful, stimulating flora with rolling hills and sprawling fields of thousands of flowers. It would be great. Not just a social space, but a place of learning and creative, alternative thinking.
In April of this year I will be turning 22, it makes me feel old. So old.
1)Complete my first Novel- I am so close to completing my first novel. I want to make sure it is perfect. It would be nice to achieve this goal before I turn 22 in April.
2) Be happier- I’ve been through a lot these past few years. For me to be happy would open up the opportunity for me to be able to do more in life.
3) Do more Art- Although I love writing, another passion of mine is art. I’ve never claimed to be especially great at it, but I see it as a relaxing way to make myself content.
4) Find an AESTHETIC- This sounds like I want to take the ultimate steps to becoming a hipster type, but in reality I just want a new, refreshing look.
5) Have more confidence- When I am in public, I tend to look at the floor and try not to make eye contact with people. It’s a slow process, but I will be more confident.
6) Believe in myself- We all need to believe that we can be more. Nobody is born knowing exactly how they will proceed in life. It’s natural to fail, just make sure you get back up.
7) Smile- Smiling not only makes us happy, it may even lighten up another persons day. We never smile anymore, life isn’t as grey as we make out. It’s us that make it that way.
8) Have fun- Life is about having the best time you can possibly have. Fun can be many things, it doesn’t have to be anything major.
9) Care less- Do you ever get a feeling that overcomes you of over caring? It’s a burden that we should’t rest on our shoulders.
10) Wake up early- To do this i need to find a way to have a real good nights sleep and be able to get more energy into my body. It’s lacking at the moment, I want my days back.
11) Read more- I’ve set myself a challenge of reading 120 books this year. There are many I want to read, so I find it exciting. After all, it’s not called a challenge for nothing.
12) Make more memories- We have to be able to look back at ours lives and see that in old age we have done a lot of worthwhile things. material possession will never be as good as genuinely making memories.
13) Write more- I don’t write as much as I want to. There are so many ideas running around my head, but i get tired. It’s so frustrating and makes me sad. This needs to change.
14) Get published- It’s exciting to write and create but i think the ultimate reward for any writer is to be told that your work is worthy of publication.
15) Have less regret- I tend to dwell on things too much which really are not that important. Sometimes we have to access what is really worth regretting. probably, in most cases, not much.
16) Wonder- I think about alternative ideas a lot. Different ways of thinking about stuff. I think wondering is an important exercise for the mind.
17) Be more at peace- So many people are angry and their words are too acidic. I would like to neutralise these natural human thoughts more, be kinder. It’s easy to do this when you actually want to.
18) Work on meeting people- The population of our planet is so diverse and interesting. Meeting people is one way to have more fun and be happier in general. To meet people is to enrich our minds.
19) Cook more things- I used to absolutely love cooking. I was in my element making different kinds of cake, biscuits and the like. My cheesecakes were to die for.
20) Learn More- There is so many words, ideas and lessons I want to learn. It’s always great to know more.
21) Work on my fitness- I need to do more exercise simply for my own wellbeing. If my health is to decline, I need to fight to save my body.
22) Find a cause to fight- There are so many important causes that we should all pay attention to, it’s always good to see what is right.
When I was a little boy, all i dreamed about was one day moving to New York. Living in Manhattan and working at a magazine like Vogue while I lived in an apartment that had a bellboy and doorman that I knew by name. I would greet them everyday on my way to work. It sounded like the perfect dream life and this was something I wanted up until I was a teenager.
Then situations changed. I became more aware of the actual downfalls of living in New York. It's first of all so expensive compared to places that are comparatively a lot nicer. Also, medical care in America comes at a giant premium that would cripple me, I would have no money left. New York is also notoriously unfriendly and busy. I have grown to hate metropolitan areas that are like this. so all in all, I have come to despise the idea of living in New York. Bizarre how time can change things like that so dramatically.
Then I discovered Norway. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places in the world. Norway provides links to the most Scandinavian of destinations. It means I would easily be able to travel to places like Switzerland, Belgium, Finland and Iceland with ease. These are countries i’ve always wanted to visit. Norway is also the perfect climate for my cold hearted ways. I’ve always said that i’d rather live in an icy country with lots of snow where you can wrap up warm and cosy than live in extreme heat. I think I was always supposed to be born in somewhere cold like Norway, so really i’m just wanting to go back to where i’m supposed to be. it’s fate that I live there.
One of the best things bout living in Norway is the Aurora Borealis. The natural light spectacle that i’ve always wanted to see. It would be absolutely amazing to see this on my doorstep. I imagine living in a small painted red wood house near a frozen Norwegian lake. I would write my books and get inspiration from the surroundings around me. I would have bookshelves to my ceilings and an exposed fire for when the nights get especially chilly. It would be great. Everybody would want to come and visit me in my great Norwegian haven.
One day I want children. When that days comes, it would be so much fun for them to be able to play in the snow, to skate on the thick ice around our home and to build crazy snow sculptures that are particularly Instagram worthy.
Now i’ve told you where i’ve always dreamt about living, now it’s your turn. In the comments, tell me in just a few words where you have always wanted to live. I think the reasons for why different people want to settle in different places will always be an interesting subject. All humans were meant to explore. This is what life is about.
When I think about all the things I could have done, it makes me sad. This is reflection though. It's what everyone does. We all feel like we could always do more. I think we should be a lot less critical of ourselves. It makes us unhappy, confused about what life is and makes us go about life in an obscure, wrong way. Life should be about fulfilling being you.
I spend alot of time thinking about what could have been. This is not right. It's not what i should be doing. I should be working towards my goals. With the achievment of your goals, you are opening up opportunity to achieve what you really want to do. Nobody really wants to work all their life and die not doing anything. Money is earnt so we can get relief from the everyday.
That's why we work so hard, and why some desire to do only what they love. Life shouldn't be depressing and dark, there is so much light in a world where we can mix our work and leisure so we can be happy no matter what. The most succesful people in the world have realised that everything is not about grabbing the most money. For goodness sake, you are worth nothing if you have no morals. This will always be the case.
So when we think about what the meaning of life is we should stop for a second. See that life isn't really about ourselves and being selfish. It's about being a well rounded person who considers their life to be fulfilling. This is a person who is rich. It may not be in money. They are rich in family and friends and memories. What else is worth as much as those things?
It has long been my dream to achieve success when I am young. It will be a task but I want to achieve great success at a relatively young age so that I can have the influence on the world that I want to. A goal i'm sure many millennials have. There are many famous wunderkinds that you will have heard of. Oscar Wilde could be characterised as one, as well as the Bronte sisters. Moving away from literary wunderkinds and into the more modern day examples of these people, Mark Zuckerberg was a billionaire by the time he was just 23 years old. In fact Zuckerberg actually became a millionaire when he was just 22, a remarkable achievement that shows how talented he is.
So How Do I Plan To Do This?
Well I plan on writing an in depth life plan that will chart the next 2-3 years in my life. I will be meticulous in planning how and when I will do each thing and if I will be truly able to reach each goal in the time frame i give myself. Of course, plans are made to be broken because that is just life. I think a failure is just a part of success, because you have to try doing something in order to fail.
Work Yourself To Death For Success?
when a person puts themselves out there that is the only way to success. Talent is not just being able to do something because you were born to be able to do it, you always have to work. The most talented people in the world are actually some of the most hardworking too. It confuses me though that people think you have to spend your life working. There are elements of all parts of education and human fulfilment that contribute to life. So when a person condemns art as pointless, they are living a faux life of misery and self deprivation. I think the happiness that comes from success has to also contain satisfaction that you have lived the life you intended. No matter how much success a person achieves, they will, sadly die just like every other person that has comes and gone on this planet.
If You Are A Wunderkind?
Of course I will be happy. With success will come money and that will enable me to do what I have always wanted to do, live a comfortable life of happiness and treat my chronic wanderlust that pains me everyday I can't travel the world I live on. I have always wanted to live in Norway and I would like to live there within the next 10-15 years while I can still have adventures and really appreciate the amazing, magical place I would be living in.
When I get older and my writing is known worldwide (this is my hope) I have always wanted to start a charity that helps people who feel like they are different. I want to start it as a kind of institute to educate and house children with high aspirations and creative thinking that deviates from the social norms. The charity would work as a sanctuary agaisnt every bad aura in this world that might effect the develop of the next wunderkind.
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