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2013 Retrospective

Posted on December 28, 2013

From my first solo show to the life-changing procedure for my chronic pain, it's been a hell of a year.

Here's to another spin around the sun.

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Star-Crossed

Posted on December 23, 2013

Star-Crossed

“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”

― Oscar Wilde —

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Low Tide

Posted on December 16, 2013

Low Tide

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."

— Henry David Thoreau —

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Palliativity 220: illusion

Posted on December 12, 2013

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Even though I'm continuing to feel better than ever before, some habits are inescapable. For example, gauging my current chronic physical pain from 1-10 is as involuntary as breathing. This actually can be quite difficult since pain signals are extremely relative and yet highly polarized. How would you compare a paper-cut to a rolled ankle or a sinus headache to a kick to the shin? Imagine stifling that primal scream while actively participating in the narrative that is your life. Remaining objective and civilized comes down to observing your actions and your physical/emotional state of unrest at any given moment.

The body evolved to have a natural response to pain. With chronic pain, what you do with that impulse defines you.

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Forgiven

Posted on December 9, 2013

Forgiven

"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave."

— Indira Gandhi —

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Palliativity 219: thirty

Posted on December 4, 2013

Today I turned 30.

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I never used to think that these watershed birthdays had some arbitrary epicness assigned to them, but this year leaves me fairly convinced.

Until this past January, I'd pretty much resigned myself to crippling chronic pain forever. After this year in treatment I feel better than I've ever felt before. At thirty, Im getting my second chance at youth.

At the same time, the decades of labour I've put into my artwork and judo have catapulted me into this crazy life I'm leading with my love at my side. If you'd asked kid-sized me what I wanted to do when I grew up, the only professions missing on my resume are astronaut and dolphin trainer.

Unshackled from pain and with new found ambition, I'm not looking at life as just a series of unrelenting challenges. No longer am I dictated to settle by my lack of spoons. I'm free to grow and to improvise. For the first time in my adult life, I am free to do things my way and to live on my terms.

Here's to 30.

Our Fair City | http://ourfaircity.com — Photo by Sebastian Orr Photography 2013 | http://sebastianorrphoto.com

This party is just getting started 😉

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