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Restless Nights

van goh restless

I hate having restless nights. Most of the times it’s because I either drank too  much coffee before bed (a habit) or went to bed earlier than I normally do. There are some nights, however, that my mind is racing. I can’t turn it off. Usually it’s from anxiety over some issue: a family member’s salvation, work, bills, state of the world, etc. For some, it can be due to a lonely heart, illness, or like me, sometimes just the desire to leave, go on an adventure, and live life as it should be rather than simply working to live. Sometimes, I’m depressed enough to cause me to toss and turn and spend the night on the couch. On these nights, I tend to feel unfulfilled whether it be at work or just life in general. These are the nights that I wish I could just drop everything and leave  to somewhere new (But is this just running away from a real problem, or is it just a desire for a sense of adventure?).  Life is hard. For many, it is harder. And I’ve noticed that sometimes there isn’t a good reason for feeling depressed and other times, there are more reasons than any  man should ever have.  Continue reading

How do you see the world?

van goh starry night gif

I found this interesting gif of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

It made me think about how each of us view the world. As you can see in the gif, a depressed looking static Van Gogh sits idly as he looks at his painting, The Starry Night, which moves. This gif has brought the painting to life in a way I’ve never thought about. I’ve always liked The Starry Night and it’s one of my favorite paintings, but I’ve never looked at it this way. The stars flickering, the wind blowing, the trees shifting. How was Van Gogh viewing the world when he painting this masterpiece? What were his emotions? Continue reading

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