I didn’t feel like writing a proper post today, so here’s just something I’ve noticed I like doing.
One of my favourite things to do when I am bored is to go back to a song, or a book, or a show, or something else that I enjoy deeply and deconstruct the whole thing in order to understand the more subtle meanings behind them that I might have missed the first few times. It’s something I do on days when I feel way too overwhelmed with things happening around me, even if it’s just a culmination of all the things that I’ve been holding back for a while.
I guess it just brings me some kind of inexplicable peace when I dig deeper into the hidden meanings that I might have missed, or parallels that I already knew made sense but didn’t really fully explore, or the actual depth of certain lyrics that I might have miscalculated at some point.
It’s different for everybody, I suppose. For some people, it’s the familiarity that welcomes them. For others, it’s the curiosity; the need to find little details that they may have overlooked. And for most of us, it’s the fact that something is so important to us, we want to familiarize ourselves with every little bit of it. It’s a really beautiful and deep connection to have with any form of art and I think it’s one of the best things about being an artist, the ability to feel things deeper than most.
It never fails to amaze me just how much there is to unpack in every form of art. The definition keeps changing as we grow up and begin to observe things from a different perspective. And eventually, we let that linger and grow on us enough to let these subtle details reflect in our own works. It shouldn’t be surprising how much of an influence the things we study have on us, but the more we begin to immerse ourselves in something, we begin to notice little changes here and there, and we find ourselves curious to know more..
And curiosity, as I’ve come to learn, is a very important thing. It opens new doors for learning and learning truly never ends. There is so much that can be discovered in stories that we keep going back to. Whether you do that or not, however, remains up to you.
Who knows what you might end up learning from a book you haven’t read in years?