Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A word to Paris

I'm nearing the end of my time here. This Saturday I will be leaving. Though I will be back in only a few short weeks this departure will mark the end of something very big. I will not come back to the same Paris... This coming Saturday when I buckle into my seat and the wheels of the airplane ascend from the tarmac at Charles De Gaulle international airport I will then enter my liminal period. Hence forth when I return again I will no longer be in the heated mindset of the life I've been living for the last 3 years. That life is now coming to a close. There are some words that I'd like to say. These words are for you Paris.
You've been the center of my greatest failures and successes, the mode of my greatest frustrations and exultations, the cause of my greatest barriers and openings, and witness to my greatest happiness and heartbreak. Boy it's sure been a wild ride. You've given me more than I bargained for... I feel nothing but thankful. Thank you for kicking me when I needed it, coddling me when I wanted it, entertaining me when I least expected it, and confirming to me when I most felt it. I guess what I really want to say is: Thank you Paris, I will never forget you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In and out of the storm

Sometimes I sit in my apartment. All too often I sit for too long. I sit, I think, I go nuts. Then I think that maybe it's better if I go outside. Before I know it, out I've gone. walking blindly into whatever situation might best distract me. Swept up into the beautiful world of non-life. I call it non-life because it doesn't feel real, not compared to what I was spoiled with before. But there I find myself as the night grows stale, walking through the streets of Paris at 4 in the morning, alone, cold, crying. Got to move. Get on a bus, shit there's people. Wipe the tears, sit straight ahead, look out the window. A dizzy night, and a long morning trying to deduce if I dreamt it or if it was reality.
I guess it all means that I'm at a certain stage. Thankfully my anger has subsided for the time being, and I can just dive straight into the sorrow. Though sorrow may not be any easier, at least it's familiar ground. Not in the sense that I've had so much of it in my life, but only that it's not as totally foreign as deep seeded, uncontrollable anger. Thank God for that. Storm clouds arrive overhead as chaos dissipates. Not a storm of thunder, but a cold, damp, dark, overcast sky. Like a blanket wrapped around the soul, pinning it down. And then falls the slow, stubborn, erosive rain. Rain that patters lightly upon the skin, but feels like drowning. And it stays. And it intensifies, until a moment passes when the sun burns through once again and the sky opens. Light comes back to the eye and color fills the world. I breath and try to enjoy it. Close my eyes and take it in while I can. I know I stand here waiting for the next storm. Not anxious or nervous. Just still and open to influence. I looked into a person made from pure sunlight and it bought me a few days. I think of those rays and it buys me a few hours. And I suppose that's the pattern I shall live by during the rest of my time here. For this is not life, this is purgatory, my trial, and any feeling of positivity or joy that may come to me during this time I shall be extremely thankful for. It is not expected or required, only hoped for. And sometimes it does come. Comes and goes and defines the structure of the next imminent storm.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Camera boxes form a cage

I used to drink to my blinding faith... Now I just drink. It's a funny thing to "live" in a constant state of escapism. I thought it was needed for a while... That was until today. And yet I still find myself wanting to escape further, and if I can't do that then at least dull it all down a bit, which I suppose is still a form of escapism.
Oh, so what happened today? Shit.
Today I couldn't escape. Really. I was trapped. Working on a shoot watching camera boxes. I think there was a period of around 5 hours, at some point in the day, where I didn't even speak to or see another person... Trapped. Trapped in my own mind. Cigarettes, Ipod, cage. My Ipod has been so good to me until today. Usually it helps me release anger one sliver at a time while skating wildly through the streets of Paris. Today it only helped to blur my vision, even hallucinate. It's funny when you hear certain pieces of music that bring back memories as if it were the first time recalling them. I was not on the shoot today at all in fact. I was inside my television. I was so fixated, drawn in. So much pain yet so irresistible. Upon reflecting, the part that scares me is this: If I felt such pain in the beginning, then went numb, then felt it again even stronger... What lies ahead?
Funny enough that the pain wasn't the part that bothered me most. What bothered me most was all the questions and fantasized scenarios. Picturing what I might have said or acted like at certain moments. Thinking through the entire chain of events and speculating what I might have missed or overlooked. Even going into times previous to this most devastating past few months and gaining suspicions even to the point of creative fabrication. Knowing that I'm indulging in this sort of stupid mind fuck, and at the same time truly convincing myself. Hmmm. Maybe Idle time isn't the best time spent right now.