Postsecret.com March 8, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Depression, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Life, Chatter & Politics, Wordy Business.
Tags: art, community art, Depression, Life, postsecret, secrets, truth
Those of you who read the observer of a Sunday will probably already be familiar with the concept of “Postsecret”, a fantastic community art project in which the public is invited to submit their life’s secrets on postcards, with no worry of judgement or guilt. It is an excellent (and very expressive) collection of confessions, and art. It is filled with humour, with deep emotion, with guilt and with horrors I hope I never have to face.
For my birthday, my sister got me a perfect present – a book of these secrets (I will post my other lovely pressies later this week). I flicked though them on the way home, reading them out to Ben, and bounced between hilarity and deep sadness. I cried, I giggled, I recoiled in shock.
For those of you interested in the concept of art based therapy, you can see the blog here: http://postsecret.blogspot.com/
Anyway, I decided to be brave. Please don’t judge, but here are my deepest darkest secrets, out there for the world to see. I am not proud of them, but I am not ashamed of them either. Unfortunately they make up part of who I am, and I am glad to be able to admit them to the world. Hopefully I make make someone realise they are not alone, as those postcards in the book made me realise just how similar humanity is.
1. Sometimes I wish I was still depressed, because it gives me an excuse for when I fail.
2. I long to get terribly ill, just so people will realise that they do love me after all.
3. Sometimes I wish I could leave you and experience the world, so I could come back to you a better person.
4. I worry I will never be satisfied with my life, even if I get everything I want.