If you were to look at the header portion of any of my school notebooks, regardless of subject or year in school, you would find an amalgamation of monochromatic doodles done with my favorite pen.
Art has always been an outlet for me in a variety of forms. Whether it be sketching, singing along far too loudly in the car or creative writing, art has served as something that can make change and impact individuals on numerous levels.
In an age in which we are so thoroughly interconnected, there is always something else to do. Something to read, to look up, to watch, to communicate — there is always something. Being forthright, while writing this, I probably checked my phone, went on social media and worked on an assignment. With information so accessible, constant distraction feels inevitable. This inability to entirely devote my attention to something for an extended period of time has only gotten worse and this lack of discipline has seeped into all aspects of my life.
This was always one of the first suggestions offered when I would come to my mom about how I was overwhelmed — when I did not know how to approach the ominous to-do list that sometimes felt too daunting to begin.
Watching Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Felicity Jones, climb the steps of the Supreme Court moments before the credits rolled elicited not only an emotional reaction from the theater’s crowd, but also spurred my thinking on the emphasis on the recent portrayals of strong women in the media.
“Thank you for sharing,” the class would say in robotic unison. The disgruntled student would then proceed to sit down back in the circle and await the next brave soul to share their feelings aloud with the class.
Home from college, I walked into my shared room to see my sister and her friends seated among a strewn lot of clothing on our shag-carpet-covered floor. They seemed to be in an incredibly heated argument about what to wear for their impending “photoshoot” and needed outfit advice.
“Ugh,” my sister let out with a sigh of familiar frustration. “None of these outfits will photograph well. I need a good picture for my Instagram.”