I’m an artist down to the bone, and aesthetics are important to me. I like to build and create, but ugly is not ok. Practical- yes, but it needs to be pleasing to the eye. I consider it everyday art therapy- how your house is arranged, what colors and forms are around you. It will affect you, whether you think about it or not.
There’s this one issue with my car, and it’s been bothering me for the decade plus that I’ve owned it. I know it’s kind of silly, and it’s totally a first world problem, but due to a stupid technical design flaw, the factory installed hubcaps on my car always popped off. I got sick of picking them up off the side of the road, so I finally took them all off and painted the ugly inner rim with black marine paint and went on with my life. I figured new hubcaps would also just pop off, and new rims were never that important or in my budget. Still, it always bothered me that my adorable car wasn’t presenting at her best. She’s gotten me so far for so long- back and forth across the country, for dozens of kayaking, mt biking, and camping trips. And then it happened. I found a place that popped a new set of hubcaps on, and it changed everything. It went from trashy to adorable in forty dollars. Yay!
Perhaps it’s a Libra thing, or my idealism rearing its persistent head, but having pleasing visuals around me makes a world of difference. I’ve always understood that art and music make me feel better, and help with my overall health. It’s been glorious, every time I walk out to my car, I just smile at how cute she is now in her old age. In the grand scheme of things, it really is silly and not in line with my goals in life to buy decorative useless material shit, and there are so many more important things to worry about. Oh my goodness though, I wish I’d known to do it years ago, because the aesthetic improvement nearly makes me moan with happiness, and reminds me of how lucky I am.
Love to all
Magic- The Cars
Shotgun Rider- Delbert McClinton