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Living The Illusion

July 16, 2012
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I thought about calling this blog “Living The Lie” but thought better of it and changed the title to read “Living The Illusion”.

Just so that we are all on the same page, the definition of illusion is:  Sensuous perception which conveys an impression other than true of what is perceived; any visual image, or other sensuous impression which misleads; deceptive appearance; illusion of the senses.  Belief not in accordance with actual facts (my favourite) ; baseless opinion held about anything; state of mind in which one is deceived; delusion.

As you can see, we artists know a lot about illusion.  After all, that is what we do for a living….we take a flat surface and on it, create the perception of a magical 3D image.  Because of that, I feel as though I know something about this subject.

My sister-in-law and I were talking the other day about the spontaneous mindset of the young and how, as a person ages, that willingness to be spontaneous diminishes.  We talked about how the young never think twice about taking chances, never believe that their decisions be flawless or  expect perfection.  The idea of perfection seldom influences their “next step”.  Remember those days?

Enters ‘adulthood’.  I personally cannot stand the illusion of limitation that this word implies.  In short order, we go from this free thinking, spontaneous being who lives with a sense of freedom and who is unwilling to be obsessed with boundaries, to one that willingly accepts limitations whether or not they actually exist.  Because of circumstance, we do not all reach this acceptance at the same age.  In fact, I have met a few people throughout my life who have yet to reach ‘adulthood’ 🙂  But, when we finally do succumb to the belief that life’s responsibilities must limit our path, we automatically give up the spontaneity of our youth.  As beings with responsibilities we automatically believe that we must conform and those of us that do not are thought of as downright odd or worse yet, insane.

History has taught us that those people who have found ways to sidestep the illusion of boundaries and pursue their thoughts and ideas with a sense of freedom have fundamentally affected humanity (for the good and for the bad).  Take Van Gogh, Mozart, Einstein and Bill Gates for only a few examples.  The illusion is that they were all obsessive, driven and abnormal, the fact is that they have all tapped into the limitless potential that exists in each and every one of us.

I suppose the moral of the story is:  keep your childlike innocence, especially in your darkest hour.  Look beyond what is expected of you.  And finally, from a line in a movie I watched yesterday; “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”  (dress being a metaphor for anything you can dream up!)

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