What’s my story? What’s my story? In all honesty, I’m not really sure. I think that collectively, we are all sort of living through the same story in that a global pandemic completely rerouted our learning and living experiences. DS106 and creating things online really gives us a chance to reach each other virtually and connect through our own personal struggles and triumphs during COVID’s reign. So, in a sense, our story is a tale of students working their way through education, careers, and life in general in unfamiliar and unprecedented times. The uncertainty and fear that comes along with this era is also a huge part of our story, and I think that’s where my story centers.
From middle school onward, mental health awareness has been a huge part of my life. I’ve witnessed how crucial it is to bring awareness to poor situations and how valuable resources are. That’s how I ended up as a Psych major… but even now as an English major it still takes up a lot of brain space. Anyways, quarantine really gave me some time to think about my thoughts if that makes sense? I started journaling and writing more than ever before, and taking the time to sit outside and think about nothing and everything. I began to just kind of think about existence as a whole, and boy is that rabbit hole to fall into.
This brings me to my story! I think that my story is that I’m still learning how to exist. I’m thinking about thinking, thinking about existing within my head and on Earth for the whole human race to perceive. I’m thinking about how serious life is and at the same time it absolutely isn’t. I think I’m sounding a little crazy but that’s okay, my point is that I don’t know my story because I’m still working on it. I hope that this space allows me to find interesting and creative ways to document the life that we’re all existing in.
I don’t have a ton of inspiration that is jumping out at me, but I will say that along the lines of mental health awareness and mindfulness, the Instagram account @morganharpernichols offers so much peace and insight. I have found myself really connecting to her words and art, and they continue my contemplation of existence and what it should be. Here are a few of her posts, maybe they’ll bring y’all a sense of peace and inspiration too.