The Unfathomed

Gentle Reminders | Healing | Art and Purpose | Mindful Living | Self-Care and Growth

Category: Art & writing life

In blindly following a map, do not forget you are the creator. You have the world at your fingertips.

Follow those walking ahead of you

Those who’ve already finished the race

Those who dared to dream; lived the life of your dreams and were buried in peace

Seek lessons from them

and hold their stories close

But amidst all this,

do not forget to learn from yourself

From your own struggle

From your beaten broken self

From your stubborn 5-year-old self

Do not forget to learn from your own life story

In following someone else’s path to success

Don’t leave yourself behind

Seeking inspiration without even looking for it is a wonderful feeling. You happen to find it in the most unexpected places and in the weirdest way possible — this brings out the weirdo in you and gives you that little amount of courage to go crazy for a while. But sometimes you go through days where you can’t seem to find anything beautiful; days where you prepare yourself to mourn the loss of the artist in you. These are the days you should give up looking for the courage to be crazy and just choose to be calm. These are the days you forget you are supposed to be writing, painting, singing, dancing or doing anything and just remember that your only job today is to breathe and be human.

Feeling things intensely or just staying numb — they both make you human, remember that.

Avoid pressurizing your body and mind and allow yourself to be still.

And about seeking inspiration from others,

Follow as many legends and artists you want, look at them and see yourself,

learn from their stories, get inspired, imagine their moments, obsess over them and dream to have a life like theirs but once in a while, look back and see yourself — the happy and carefree child that you were, the reckless teenager that you were, the beaten and broken soul that you were, the confused and broke adult that you were — and be proud.

Being ambitious is a great thing and moving close to the life of your dreams is a courageous thing, I agree. But reflecting back on the life you’ve lived so far and appreciating yourself for the struggles you’ve endured, is equally essential.

You don’t want to lose sight of who you are — so do not forget to look back and see how far you’ve come.

Because in the end, nothing inspires you more than your own story.

And you don’t want to succeed in getting the life of your dream only to find out you’re just pieces of those you’ve so madly followed. You don’t want to reach there and fail to remember who you really are.  

You don’t want to end up being successful and not feel like yourself, do you?

So c’ mon, take some time to be you. Every now and then, remind yourself of the shit you’ve been through and be proud of the ever-evolving badass that you are.

Thank you for reading

Love & light,

Nandini

Fading beauty of Art – Hunger for exposure & validation

Quit List #1

Art laced with ego and crushed under the weight of expectations is equal to a beautiful breathing thing caged in an extravagantly decorated coffin. In the quest of impressing all that’s outside you, do not doubt and ruin what resides inside you.

Let this piece be a reminder that you are going to die with the art you nurtured throughout life, not with the attention you acquired showing it off.

Some days you write things that garner a large amount of appreciation as it resonates with the audience; changes someone’s perspective on something, makes someone’s day a little better or someone’s mind a little calmer. And then, on some days, without you even realizing, you write things just for yourself; things that make YOU feel better and have the potential to make YOUR day better. These might not bring you applause but they do bring you peace.

There’s no comparison between the two for they are both real and beautiful.

I majorly write for myself and that’s one thing I would never want to change. There are no second thoughts or inhibitions and it’s only fair to be selfish because this is the only place where I am truly in sync with myself.

We spend enough parts of our lives caring about others and making opinions, feelings, and needs of others a priority. So why is it so hard to understand we all deserve a place where we can be ourselves; a place where we can truly and unabashedly be ourselves.

If you are someone who writes, let your pages be that place. Let the notepad on your desktop, the beautiful diary on your nightstand, torn pages from an old notebook, the back of your hand, any and every place you spill words on, be the place you are ruthlessly yourself. Feel things, let them out and forget the rest. Nothing good ever comes from worrying about the outcome; especially when art is involved.

Quit measuring your worth based on ranking, likes, hits or any other form of a virtual response. It’s such an insult to the talent and creativity you possess and the beauty you have to offer. Those responses bring money and pay our bills, I understand that. And there’s nothing actually wrong with it as long as you don’t see it as a goal you need to achieve and constantly keep up with.

It drains you.

So, what is it that you should do instead of obsessing over the modern creativity measuring methods? You should just let go & keep doing your own thing.

I’ll tell you how that worked for me — I absolutely love reading about writers from history.

Do you know why?

Because during those times, there were writers and artists who published their works anonymously and never claimed rights over it. It’s fascinating to know that they did it merely with an intention of putting their work out there and sharing it with the world. Often, that’s exactly how I feel and that feeling is what pushes me to write. Reading about these people has given me assurance that not marketing my work or being hungry for appreciation like several others online doesn’t make me abnormal or unambitious; it only makes me a little different. After finishing a piece, I feel the need to share it with others because I want to set it free, not because I want it to bring something back to me.

I don’t want to be widely known for the things I write, I only want to be dearly loved and fondly remembered.

Alas, the intention behind writing this is to tell everyone that it’s not just okay and normal but powerful even, to not care about the outcome and just feel good about the process. I urge you all to find that little place for yourself where you can indulge in the beauty of your craft fearlessly. Find it and make it your own, exercise full command over it and do not let the world meddle with it.

Love & light,

Nandini

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