I ran across a blog on art, culture, photography, and writings by a 23 year old Melbourne, Australian woman called Ash. I spent a good bit of time viewing her many creative photographs and reading her writings. I am re-posting this one pic and writing from her site as I feel alot of what it says represents the inner feelings of many people in mainstream society who feel trapped in a cage, caught up in a lifestyle and job that is far removed from the dreams they once had. We all have responsibilities, of course, but sometimes our closets are full of things we don’t need, and our driveways or garages are full of toys we slave to pay for, but have little time to use. But anyway, this one is for those who feel trapped somedays as they spin away on their version of the hamster wheel. Great blog and thank you to Ash for permission to reprint. Check out the remaining site at: http://tarantulatrash.wordpress.com
Study sciences. Study specialist math. Study languages. Dux your highschool. Get into a course that requires a 96. Get high enough grades to be accepted into the academic society. Don’t do drugs. Don’t smoke. Don’t have sex. Graduate. Get a good job. Mingle. Don’t get tattoos in places that show. Smile at patronising people. Go to clubs. Wear colours. Eat 3 meals. Take out your piercings. Don’t waste your time on things people don’t understand. Date guys who don’t waste their time on art and music or smoke or look weird. Work full time. Hide your dreams because they are ridiculous and make people look at you with disappointment and confusion. Become a grade 2, a grade 3. Do a masters. Do a PhD. Open a clinic. Get married to someone with a successful career who doesn’t waste their time on art or music or smoke or look weird. Have children. Own a house. Get an investment property. Go to SE Asia for holidays. Read Twilight. Read Harry Potter. Read the Bible. Watch current affairs shows about neighbours from hell. Listen to Fox. Listen to NOVA. Believe in God. Don’t get angry. Don’t criticise. Be organised. Be tolerant. Be a success. Choose reason over love. Be what you SHOULD be.
I just re-read this, and realised it’s sort of like the opening to “trainspotting”. It’s not. It’s my frustration. I hate society, and its expectations. I want to escape.