Here are the drawings from Week 47. I had a lot of fun with these. Since we have no opportunities to dress up and go out or party, I went for fantasy at the beginning of December and had a blast imagining wearing all these dresses for fun evenings. Wouldn’t you like to go to a party all dressed up again?
This time is getting closer as more vaccines are being tested and approved. Today, we heard that the Johnson & Johnson’s new vaccine, which requires only one dose, is 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to severe illness, and 85% effective against the most serious symptoms of Covid19. It is also much easier to transport and store than the Pfizer and Moderna versions and they require two doses.
All good, but for the time being, we are not getting doses here as promised. It seems logistics and reworking the manufacturing facilities are to blame, but we are hoping it will be settled soon. Which brings me to Optimism and Art.
Despite all that is going on, the pandemic and conflicts, there remains a simple truth: If we prioritize hope and optimism whenever possible, we can improve not only our life but that of people around us too. Art is a testament of that hope. Why else would we continue creating if we thought it unimportant, if we weren’t compelled to do it, to express that hope, that optimism?
Sadly, division is often the norm these days and there is debate about hard science as real journalism is being devalued. Numerous other problems await solutions but in the meantime, art calls to the optimist inside of us and wakes it up.
The role of art in our society during these times of pandemic and distress is to meet us where we are and invite us in, invite us to think, to feel, to wonder, to dream, to imagine. Art is a great antidote for our times!
When we switch our mindset from problems, disease and politics to focus on the intricate design of a flower or an insect, the sound of the waves or a note of music, we breathe deeply and are revived. We can continue on.
“Every day, we all become the balance of our choices—choices between love and fear, belief or despair. No hope is ever too small. Optimism is our instinct to inhale while suffocating.” – Guillermo Del Toro
Take notice of amazing things every day, how nice a warm shower is, how excited you get when you see your pets, how kind people can be, how good food tastes, the joy of chatting with friends, reading a good book. These are only a few examples of the beauty of life.
Let’s remember to grasp joy whenever we can, embrace it and let’s not worry so much about tomorrow.
Keep on creating and stay safe!
Ref: Del Toro, Guillermo. 2019. The Most Radical and Rebellious Choice You Can Make Is to Be Optimistic, Special issue of Time magazine Feb 7, 2019. https://time.com/5520554/guillermo-del-toro-radical-optimism/
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