Angst ain't so bad now that I'm all grown up.
At the same time, no one said it was easy to harness angst in productive ways. It's something that even I have not quite mastered.
There are days when angst is debilitating for me, when I really contemplate all of the hate, suffering and corruption in the world or when I feel as if who I have become is not quite right.
Yet, for [us] crafters, artists and activists, angst is also inspiring. Our anxiety about the state of the world or our lives often fuels our passions and forces us to act, to do something with the overwhelming feelings inside of us. Out of our angst comes creation and change.
Moorea Seal knows.
For those of you who have not visited Rumination Reading Room, the personal blog of Moorea Seal, what in the world are you waiting for? Get over there!
Moorea made this post a few weeks ago about the best kind of angst.
The kind that gives us power!
I made this painting for her, as a way to relate, to feel connected to her experience of angst, even though she's in the far away land of Seattle (sounds magical, right? So is Moorea).
I named it the Anatomy of Angst in Moorea.
After completing the painting, I contacted Moorea about her angst. I wanted to get a little closer to the emotions of a stranger. She enthusiastically agreed to answer all of my burning questions, and gave her consent to share them with you.
1. Tell me three words that describe your emotional experience of angst.
excitement, frustration, competition (with myself)
2. How do you experience angst physically?
3. Name some things in your life that provoke angst in you.
4. Do you remember your first experience of true angst?
5. Do you openly express your angst? How?
6. Do you feel angst is always a bad thing? How has angst inspired you?
7. In moments that you want to rid yourself of angst, what sort of