Commenting and Thinking Authentically

I have been thinking about something lately–that I want to be as much a great commenter/person as I do artist. This is not to say my art is the best there is, but rather, that I want to grow personally as much as my art does. This includes, lately, commenting and being present in specific artists careers and walks, and taking the extra time to dialogue with their work or posts, even if I don’t get a response.

I know, this is common logic, and often something we all think even if we don’t always do–but it is worth mentioning out loud and on “paper.” Mainly because, for me, just thinking it shouldn’t be the end result. I should do the thing I think of, if I believe it should impact my life professionally as well as personally.

If I want to be apart of the art community, on any level, then I need to engage it. Life is often about time management and about engaging with what we believe is well worth our time and effort. If we do not stand behind what we do, where we go, how we live, how we think, what we believe, then we are wasting our lives in simply trying to “exist” and not with actually living. I have a job that is full-time, but I’d like to believe that if I didn’t love even a part of my job it would not be worth going to every day. And that is something I need to remind myself daily–that I am blessed to work at a library, to be around a center of learning and knowledge, and of the potential of growth in the written language, or in a visual medium such as audio books, dvds, cds, etc.

And I think this extends into my Instagram, twitter, and other art/life sites. I want to be apart of artists lives, see them grow, support them in their growth and projects I support and do so with my full attention. Even if they only read it once, never comment on it, or even, perhaps, never see it–I want to know that I have showed up for my part–dialoguing and communicating for the things I supposedly “love” or “like.” Loving and liking something, in my opinion, has become synonymous with lazy thinking, observing, and appreciating. We have become lazy in how we engage with people’s work and their lives, and for that I am ashamed, not just for others not getting the full potential, but for myself, when I have fallen into that rut. Because ultimately–these words are for me, to me, and about me.

I don’t want to stop learning or supporting work without taking the time to express why I love it, why I support it, and why it matters. Taking the time to slow down, and truly admire or study the work I am looking at, or to truly take in what I am reading–this is fundamental to not only the potential growth of the artist/writer I am commenting on (or dialoguing with) but in my own growth.

For here is the point: we should never compartmentalize our life into some waffle-shaped box. What we believe about life and the world should trickle into our activities, and what we do in these activities should speak to how we engage the world, our time, and should speak back into our beliefs. I do not say this to mean we only do what we love, or that we only acknowledge what we agree with, but rather, that we are real, authentic human beings that believe that everything we do matters and has substance. We should not believe we should work hard only in our work, but to take that into our personal lives.

And I believe, more than ever, that even commenting, supporting, and impacting other’s lives will one day feed back into mine, and help me grow and learn–and to appreciate when someone takes the same time for my life and work as I have done for someone else.


  1. This is so important, in a world where our interactions and actions are increasingly rushed, as we are constantly exposed to a huge amount of information and superficiality. Your thoughts resonate a lot with mine, as it is my wish, too, to be truth and honest to my own self and what I want to bring into the world, without expecting anything in return but just doing my part. I can’t always express myself the way I wish but I search for true connection, be it in the form of a thoughtful comment or just by stopping and really appreciating a piece of art. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I agree with you one hundred percent. Often, I find that the reason I cannot be constantly active on social media sites is because my world feels hollow because of it. More often than not, the places I post my work, spend my time, are places that expect me to only express myself through a small window, of which I am not allowed to fully engage with people, on any level, without some degree of a hidden message, “No one wants to read things in full-they only want a synopsis; they don’t wish to read longer than 130 characters.” And while I understand the need for brevity, I am not a person brief by nature.

      I am someone who wishes to engage the world with my full attention, and in such a day and age, it is almost a lost art–to be patient, to wait, to contemplate. Because we are given everything to us in one to two sentences that we have lost the art of reading, of understanding, of putting ourselves into perspective, or even with the simple act of engaging honestly.

      I think this is why my WordPress is a comfort to me–it is the one place I can slow down, talk as long as I wish, without fear. I think social media expects something from us, of which I do not, cannot give them. And I think, even if it is only on twitter or instagram, etc, then I want to engage with people how they should be engaged with–not how social media sites believe I should. I want to dialogue with people, engage with them, even if it is only on a small level.

      And searching for a true connection, as you said, is key. It is fundamental to growth. To live honestly, to speak authentically, this is the pursuit of growth, because as we seek out our true voice, do not hide from ourselves or others, we are allowed the grace and beauty of time well spent, of analyzing what we know, and of not stifling ourselves to only being a certain way. I might not always agree with people, but I want to engage the world honestly and truthfully. And nothing sharpens my life more than engaging with others, and seeing from their shoes.

      It is a dangerous thing–seeing with new eyes–for with it can come the potentiality of change, of admitting when one is wrong, but with it can come the beauty of believing that we are not always right, that this world has within it a vast wealth of knowledge and if I can get to know even one person, then my life has not been in vain. Even something as “silly” as commenting, I feel, can change a life–for you never know what doors it may open, or what new places you may be invited to see. And the life I want to change more than anything–is my own. For I am responsible for this body of mine, I am its steward, and I want to treat it with the dignity and respect it deserves, on every level.

      And thank you, for the lovely comment–it is wonderful hearing your thoughts. Sometimes I go on tumblr just to see your blog, as I love seeing what you talk about. I hope to be sending you a letter at long last (now that my schedule is back to normal in terms of days off, etc) and hopefully we can talk even further there.


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