Lately I've been contemplating the space between perception and labeling/reacting to things in life. The way we choose to tell our stories, to interpret the calamities befalling us is the foundation for every life. It's a lesson I've been swimming in as far back as I can remember, and on a fundamental level are the basis for every tattoo I have, so far, and most likely many more in the future. Whether an expression of that idea, a linguistic or graphic trick to remind you or a poetic phrase - every unnatural thing on my body speaks to the power we have over our world.
And what a power it is - one that, in my estimation, most people are afraid of. The incomprehensibility of such power over one's perception of their life is understandable. We are taught time and again of the objectivity of the world around us, the immovable-ness of life. While true, this totality erases the truth of its counterfactual: we have power over our part in everything, and our part in everything is quite literally everything. We are the human story, we are the inhabitants of our lives and we have control over what happens.
The space between these two scales seems inconsolable, but I'm very interested in finding a way to bridge the gap. This is a totally new writing endeavor for me, but I'm super interested.