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2022-09-11 | 20:34 PM

i can feel myself regressing. i don't know how to describe it.

It's not that I am reverting back to my unhealthy habits. I've definitely grown a lot in the past year, especially the past 4 months. But the way I feel is the same way I've felt years ago. It might be because the weather is getting colder.

But I can feel the loneliness and despair start to kick in. I can remember my daily life being so colorless and feeling nothing. And I'm slowly feeling like that now. I'm not trying to sound edgy but it's coming out that way.

I've been in my room alone for the past week because of covid and it's not treating me well.

2022-09-09 | 15:35 PM

It's been a long time since I've posted anything - It's already September. I have a lot of things that have been going on and I'm very stressed. Here are some life updates:

  1. I am taking a break from university. I'm going home after working for a bit - going to have to find a new job back at home.

  2. Got a lot of new mental health diagnoses, but since I'm going back home I need to find a new therapist. Unless I will be able to stay with my current therapist even if I'm in a different state. I have to look into that.

  3. I also got COVID so I'm recovering from that.

  4. Been watching 이상한 변호사 우영우 and it's been very entertaining. It's really good to see a good representation in media. I felt seen.

  5. I'm sad about a lot of things. This is a big change in my life and it's a lot for me to process but I'm trying my best.

I can't really think properly at the moment so this is the end of my post.

2022-07-19 | 18:42 PM

A disorganized dump of thoughts I've been having recently as well as life updates:

  1. I've been making a lot of progress on learning how to code! It's kind of weird to think that less than two months ago I was struggling to put images next to each other in html, but now that is just second nature now. I'm still working on a lot of stuff with my code, especially formatting my website for different resolutions. My laptop monitor is 4k, but my phone is 1080p, the monitor I use at work is also 1080p, and overall trying to fit it across different displays have been difficult. I've kind of given up on mobile formatting, formatting for view on Safari, and on any portrait display. There may come a time when I am able to do that, but it's not in the near future.

  2. I switched back from using to github pages. I had initially started learning to code using github pages, just because of the sheer amount of resources. It felt cleaner, and using VSC definitely helped with the learning experience. However, I felt that I didn't identify at all with the way my website was being created on github. It felt sterile. Manufactured. My website felt void of personality, and when I would add in a bit of color, it would feel inappropriate. So I scrapped that website entirely, and moved over to I didn't actually grow up with Geocities (which is unfortunate), but I did grow up looking at a lot of personal websites especially on the Japanese and Korean web in the early 2000s and 2010s. So, seeing this side of the web now in 2022, seeing the pure individuality and creativity coming from these websites gave me a lot of comfort. I hadn't found websites like that in a very long time. It reminded me of my old blogspot and tumblr pages, which I would just fill with things that I found interesting or liked, reminded me of the days when I would share random links indiscriminately to Facebook without being afraid of judgement.

    So, neocities gave me a lot of creative freedom. It gave me the motivation to start my code back from scratch and because I had some more html/css/js skills under my belt, I could actually create something that I envisioned.

    But even as I say that my coding skills improved, they're still quite rudimentary. It's very very inefficient, and because I am unable to use a program like VSC with neocities (I tried setting up something with WebDAV, but I just couldn't figure it out), and because of my rudimentary code I had to switch back to github. I just really needed the features that came with github, commits, VSC, things I can keep track of. Someday I will be able to code in a much more efficient way.

  3. Today isn't a great day for me emotionally for some reason. Well, I do know the reason. But it just feels strange to me because I've never experienced things like this before. As I mentioned previously in older posts (I think), I am in a relationship, but this is the first time that I've been super emotionally invested. I feel that this is my first genuine relationship and I'm acting out of character, feeling feelings I've never felt before, and everything is scary. The relationship isn't scary, in fact, this is the happiest and most satisfied I've ever been. But jealousy and attachment is scary. I get so affected if my partner doesn't give me attention, or acts a tiny bit out of character.

  4. I've also been having a bit of issues in my personal life, specifically regarding finances. It's been stressing me out.

On a higher note,

  1. I am going to NYC in two weeks! It's been a really long time since I've been back and I'm actually going to be staying at my partner's house. I am super excited. (Although this is also a contributor to my financial issues;;)

I know this new entry has been a long time coming, and I should really be better at making a habit out of writing. But sometimes I am so mentally exhausted that spitting out readable legible words is too much work. I hope that I will be able to write more frequently in the coming months, and I will also try to document my NYC trip when the time comes. Man, I really want a film camera so I can just film. Visual mediums of communication definitely speak to me more and feel a lot more natural to me than written works.

2022-06-26 | 15:28 PM

I was going to open this by saying "I hate words because they're too complicated" but I realized that the reason words are difficult is because emotions are difficult and putting the two together makes it infinitely more difficult.

I don't exactly know what transpired me to start writing today of all days but the general emotional motive is irritation and shame.

Shame because I am inadequate and can't do things without other people's help. It's not the fact that I need other people's help in order to get some things done that irritate me, it's the fact that I am asking for other people's help for things that I don't need to do. I don't need to go back to NYC during the summer. But I'm still going back, needing the help of others, and staying over at somebody else's place. I'm being a burden to others when I don't need to place that on them in the first place.

Today is just not a great day. It's a shame that I go from feeling great and looking for ways to improve myself straight to wishing my existence away.

I am feeling the need to occupy as little space as possible and be as tiny of an existence as I can to those around me. And to myself, I guess.

2022-06-10 | 21:05 PM

Thoughts after reading I took my phone out of my phone by Laurel Schwulst on

I have always wanted to have separate devices that served their own function. I really enjoyed the idea of having a walkman that can hold my music and nothing else, so that when I go on walks or lay in my bed, I could just enjoy the music (with Hi-Res audio!) and not have to think about anything else. Right now with my mobile phone (Oneplus 8T), I have so many apps on it: my messaging apps, my social medias (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), mobile games, music apps, video streaming apps etc.etc. It never ends. Sometimes I feel like I'm spending way too much time on my phone.

I try to use analog or traditional whenever possible because it feels a lot more 'tangible' to me. The idea of using a calendar or planner app is so foreign to me - while having smartphone notifications pop up to remind me is helpful, it just disappears once I swipe on the notification. Because my phone serves so many purposes in my life, I am not able to keep it in my head that it also holds the things I need to do on a daily basis. Hence why I use a physical planner. Physical journals are helpful. I take lecture notes on paper. Physical books. God I sound like a prick. But having things in my hand feels more real than keeping up a more digital lifestyle.

Laurel Schwulst writes that her mobile setup (which is a flip phone, an ipod touch and another ipod touch) works for her in the sense that: (1) "I feel more agency in relationship to my handheld technology", (2) "I am more easily able to enter a calm state when I'm out in the world", and (3) "People can reach me, and I can reach people, when needed" (Schwulst, 2021). She recalls a moment when she lost her smartphone and thinking that her life wouldn't be the same, and that she felt that her smartphone held way too much power over her life. If I forget to bring my phone, the effects feel almost catastrophic. It holds my music, my connection to people, my games, transportation, digital wallet, and the list goes on. Without it, it would almost be impossible for me to function normally in society. It simultaneously holds my work life and my personal life. Which is why I had such a high interest in purchasing a walkman. I want to purchase a flip phone (specifically the Nokia 2720!! It also has a 3.5 jack which is a huge plus).

I want to continue using a physical schedule book. I want to learn more ways for me to detach from digital technology. That is not to say that I want to live off the grid. I find way too much creative freedom through the digital space for me to do this.

In the meantime, here are some lines I really appreciated from Schwulst's post:

2022-06-10 | 00:38 AM

I want to talk about my relationship with technology and the influence it has on my life. Recently I've been reading a lot of papers and essays written about the role that technology plays, whether it may be websites, my phone, and other devices that are commonly used in society today. This entry will mostly be me quoting and paraphrasing from the works and adding in my thoughts. Most of these thoughts are little memos I took as a read through, and some that I found more significant that I wrote them down in my physical journal.

First I want to talk about Laurel Schwulst's essay My Website is a Shifting House Next to a River of Knowledge. What Could Yours Be? on The Creative Independent (I have it linked in nav/inspiration/writings).

This is something that I found super important. Prior to, I used tumblr as a hosting page, a website of sorts. My artworks, thoughts and other miscellaneous items were posted on it, but I didn't feel as thought it was an accurate representation of who I was. I wanted to create my own page from the ground up, being able to control and create pages and manipulate details as I best saw fit. In creating, I felt so much pride and joy. Learning html and css wasn't the greatest experience. But I do believe that webdev is a form of art and there is no reason for my website to not be an extension of who I am. The process of coding and seeing the site come into existence also reminded me of the things I like, the things I enjoy, the space I want to occupy.

I really like this part. My room is my sanctuary. It is a place that I feel safe in, and can function in many different ways. In one of my earlier posts, I embedded some images of my summer housing. My favorite spots in my room are my desk (it has an amazing view of greenery and other buildings, lets in a ton of natural light, and is calming) and a little corner in which I put my bass amp, CDs and CD player. It is my little music corner. Across from that corner is my bed, which has a lot of stuffed animals on it. My favorite part of the bed is my extra pillow. I often hug it, but what I do the most with it is put it on my stomach. It's a soft weight. ... I need to get myself a weighted stuffed animal.

I might actually just put this quote in the banner portion of my website because it represents how I feel best.

Next is The Coming Age of Calm Technology by Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown (1996) which is also in nav/inspiration/writings:

What role does my phone play in my life? I am always trying to delete apps that contribute negatively to me, trying to reduce the amount of reliance I place on my phone. Over the years I have found peace in analog. I want specific functions for my devices, I've been purchasing CD players, I look into walkmans etc. I lost my train of thought but I had another thought: the reason analog feels a lot more natural and human is because it is a representation of how things flow. For instance, a wired headphone visually shows the music traveling from the source into your ears. You plug it in to begin hearing music. I don't know if that makes a lot of sense. But even as convenient wireless headphones are, I still think wired headphones are the best. It also brings me a lot of comfort.

I couldn't help but think about Ocean of Sound: Ambient sound and radical listening in the Age of Communication by David Toop. Some specific parts include:

I think I was able to do that with my website. I have made it so that it is my home, a space curated for myself. My amp and CD player is also home. My headphones are home. The partitions in my room separating my desk from my dresser. My door covering my clothesrack to allow for my space to be more open. They are my calm technology.

2022-06-02 | 02:20 AM

I picked up "My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness" again for the first time in years, and reading it after a long time made me realize how much I could relate to the author.

I first read it when it was released, which was in 2016. This was around the time I had started to question my sexuality and eventually understood that I was bisexual. I was very young at the time, and while I was heavily depressed, suicidal, was actively self-harming and participating in very obsessive-compulsive cycles, I didn't fully understand or grasp the things that were written in the book. I could relate to the vague concept of being depressed, feeling hopeless, not being able to control myself and having complicated feelings towards sexuality and sensuality (I was raised Christian by first generation East Asian immigrant parents). But reading it again now, 6 years later, I understand what she is writing about a lot better.

Everything mentioned in the book seemed way too relevant to where I am in life right now for my own comfort. As I got older (I am still quite young, but nevertheless), my anxiety and depression began to become a lot more nuanced. It wasn't simply feeling like I wanted to die anymore. It was so much more complicated than that. I felt like I was trying so hard, but everything would fail. The smallest things, like remembering to take my medication that day or waking up before 1pm, felt like huge victories and I would be so happy, but when I would go to my mom and tell her the things I was proud of myself, I would be met with the things I could also be doing. It wasn't enough; the things I was proud of myself for even achieving was the bare minimum. Every day I would feel as though I was trying to run through syrup and my brain would be going a mile a minute but getting nowhere, and by the end of the day I would feel so exhausted. But to those around me it would just look like I was doing nothing and lazing around. Which is something that my mom would remind me of every single time she'd message or call me. And even as I would constantly remind her that I am trying the hardest I can and that even though to her it may look like I'm doing nothing and not putting in the effort, I was putting in 200% of my energy and doing everything with what I had. But then her answer to that would be "Then what are you doing in school? If you can't even bring yourself to do the most basic things, what makes you think that you can succeed as a student?". Which makes sense in a way, but the suggestion that I should give up on everything, that it's not even worth trying to succeed in other aspects in life made me so incredibly depressed. Which would make it even harder for me to do the most basic things on a daily basis.

And so the cycle would repeat. Over and over again.

Bringing back the topic of sexuality and sensuality: I had an existential crisis pretty recently regarding my sexuality. For years I had assumed I was bisexual - I was very sure that I wasn't straight, but for some reason I couldn't do any of the "normal" things related to hormonal changes and sexuality that teenagers would do. I didn't (or couldn't) masturbate. I didn't get turned on by watching porn, straight or otherwise. I had even thought that I might be asexual and incapable of understanding sexuality/sensuality. And I continued living like this for a very long time (another reminder, I am still quite young but it was a long time for me).

Upon entering university, I got myself a boyfriend. And after 3 months of dating, I would feel like something was off. I didn't want to date them. It wasn't that I didn't like them or wanted to date other people - something just felt off. I didn't know what it was, but I would start pushing myself away and feeling extremely uncomfortable. And so I broke up with him. I got another boyfriend in my second year. Same thing happened and I broke up with him. And in this process, I wasn't exactly sure why I would want to push myself away and distance myself from them. I almost thought that I was getting bored of them and that I was a horrible person, but I also knew that wasn't the case.

And so I visited the 'Am I a Lesbian Masterdoc' as a junior. I came to the conclusion that I'm a lot less 'straight' than I had thought. I would say I'm mostly sapphic. I still don't really have a 'label' for my sexuality; I don't identify with bisexual anymore, and pansexual seems pretty correct for me? (My present partner is non-binary). I do identify with the term 'lesbian' a lot more than I do 'bisexual' or 'pansexual', but 'lesbian' isn't correct either because I'm not sure that I'm only attracted to women? Either way, after having dated only men for my first two years at university, as a third year, I came to terms that the reason I felt so uncomfortable in my previous relationships (even though there was literally no reason for me to feel that way) was because:

I wasn't attracted to men!

My third year was a very significant year for me aside from my new understanding of my sexuality. I started to learn a lot more about myself, including mental health struggles (also got diagnosed with ADHD) as well as starting to understand the nuances of human interaction, emotion and life in general. The rifts between my mother and I would become more intense, my highs were getting higher but my lows would get much much lower as well. The process of self-realization was so difficult for me, but I couldn't place exactly why. I didn't know why it felt like I had to take huge detours in my quest of self-improvement and understanding. In chapter two of Nagata's book, it writes:

"I'd assumed I was trying to respond to my parent's expectations, but maybe I was just trying to satisfy 'the me trying to please my parents'. I'd always tried to be thinking of my parents, but they were never satisfied. After all I'd never been working hard to please them, I'd been working for 'the me trying to please my parents'. I hadn't thought about what I wanted, I'd only prioritized 'the me trying to please my parents'. Is that why I've had such a hard time figuring everything out?".

Nagata sums it up perfectly. Reading this back in 2016, I could understand it on a surface level, but it wasn't very relevant to my life. I didn't come to that realization for myself at the time (because I was a child!!), but now I had experienced a lot more of life. Reading those panels felt like a breath of fresh air.

I am currently in a much better place mentally, and even though there are things that sometimes make me feel worthless, I am slowly coming to terms with everything.

2022-05-31 | 02:21 AM

I'm going to be treating this like a journal of sorts. I do have a physical journal that I think in, but when it comes to certain topics in which my brain moves way too fast for my hands, I need to type it out. And it's not really enough for me to keep it to myself. I'm alright with putting my deepest thoughts to the world. What's funny is that although I'm alright with putting everything I think out into the internet, I have a difficult time speaking directly to those closest to me and to myself. Speaking to this abstract concept of the 'internet', something that can't be fully quantified, is more comforting to me than speaking to another person. Honestly, it might be because unlike speaking to another person, putting my thoughts on the internet is less personal. And if I get a response online, I don't need to actually think about it deeply.

Something I learned about myself recently was that I am afraid of confrontation. Confrontation from others and more importantly, confronting myself. Because when others confront me, I'm forced to confront myself and think about things. And I'm too scared to do that.

Another thing I also wanted address today was the discrepancies between my perceived self, my desired self, and my current self. 'Want' isn't the correct term, 'need' makes more sense. I need to address the discrepancies between my perceived self, my desired self, and my current self.

I am afraid to talk about who I believe myself to be because I know it is different from the way others perceive me. But I can't keep running away forever.

I desire to be a private person. I want to be somebody that can keep my thoughts and internal world to myself. But I have to come to terms with the fact that I'm not that person. In fact, I desire to be known. I want external validation. I want people to tell me that they value my worldview and philosophy. This is related to my difficulty understanding that others have their own desires, meaning that I have a difficult time understanding that others have a world of their own. I live so within myself that I forget that others have their own interests, that others have things that they like and dislike, that others might want to do things of their own. I don't know why I feel so threatened or saddened whenever somebody wants to do something else. It's not because I see them as less important than I or that the things I am interested in or want to do are more valid than theirs. I'm really not sure why this is.

The more I write, the more I realize that my desire to feel validated rules over a lot of my emotions.

I am feeling this sudden rush of self-dislike because of this person that is very close to me. They are someone who keeps track of how they feel for extended periods of time. They know themselves and their emotions. They let themselves feel, whether it may be through journaling or through recording moments in their life. They let themselves confront themselves. And seeing that, knowing that I don't do that, makes me annoyed. Not at them, but at myself. I am annoyed at myself for feeling inadequate. I don't have to do what they do to be an emotionally mature person, and I'm sure they will tell me the same. I'm sure most people will agree. But I can't get past myself. Why do I feel so inadequate? Why do I feel that I need to do what they do, to feel that I have the same willingness to confront myself and face myself? To be at the same level of emotional maturity?

I apologize for the disorganized writing (if you couldn't tell thus far, I am a very 'stream of consciousness' writer), but I think my brain is at a breaking point for today. I am feeling so incredibly empty. I am angry at myself. I'm angry at myself for only thinking of myself. And I'm angry that I'm angry. I don't even know what anger is. Is this frustration? What am I even doing?

I need a break from myself.

2022-05-27 | 21:01 PM

This is my second (official) day since this site went live, and a significant difference that could be seen from the first post is that now there are navigation links! I sat at my desk for about 4 hours figuring out how to create a post navigation system (the dropdown menu you see at the top).

I also added some links underneath the title of the page (includes my twitter, pixiv, other projects and an about page). This is super significant for me because I was actually intending on using to host my personal website. With I am able to make a very aesthetically pleasing portfolio system, but was at a loss as to how I should incorporate a posting/blog system. And with I was unsure how I should incorporate a portfolio system, but decided I should go back to using pixiv again! Hence, you will see my pixiv page above.

I had initially strayed from using because of the direction I wanted to take with my art. I had grown up with anime and manga, which is why I drew very anime/manga style art (focusing mostly on figures and fanart). Around middle/high school I started to have a very difficult time with my creative identity, because on one hand I really enjoyed creating my anime/manga art, but on the other hand, I wanted to express my life view and emotions with other means. A long time ago I had written a post on my tumblr page (it is down now):

today somebody asked me who my inspirations were and that question kind of took me aback. i responded with a LONG paragraph, and i thought it was pretty representative of my relationship with art (definitely not well-written, i feel like it still doesn't express half of what i feel), but found it ok enough that i feel the need to post it.

"ok first i have to say that recently my relationship with art has been super rocky. i'm always in this limbo between wanting to draw and express myself as a person and as an identity and also struggling to accept that my art expresses who i am. because i've grown up with drawing manga and anime, and a lot of what i consumed was that, it is inevitable that anime/manga is the majority of what i create. also during sophomore/junior year of high school, i was still thinking that i was going to go to art school, and in the process of going around art academies to begin my portfolio, i was really forced to face that anime/manga isn't considered 'real art' and even though i do know that drawing anime and manga is still creative expression, part of me still enjoyed drawing both anime and other kinds of art. and because of this identity crisis, seeing other artists motivated me, but also crippled me. on one end, i want to become like them so [that] i keep drawing and trying to develop my art style, but since i'm flip-flopping between anime art and personal art, seeing artists have their own identity and true style also [made] me jealous. its just part of my immaturity and my insecurity with my art. but yeah. so i'm actually currently avoiding looking at any artists. also part of the problem is this idea that i need to have a [certain] 'image' or 'aesthetic'. i feel this pressure to have a sure-set image or style and the fear of facing that pressure also prevents me from drawing/looking at [other art] and artists. it's getting a bit better now (coming to the realization that me just existing is enough) but i'm still struggling.

but i do still have people that inspire me: cokiyu (Japanese music producer that i've shared before. she's been a huge influence to me for around 6 years now); @lfjlit on twitter; @carey_leslie00 on twitter; Ashley Yeo (@ykashley) (another artist that i've followed for a very long time); @ni4rte on instagram

This post is obviously extremely poorly written, and I typed in a stream of consciousness. I still think it is quite accurate of how I felt towards my art and creative outlets in general.

Thankfully I am at a much better place right now. I think I've found a stable emotion towards my artwork and things I produce. I have a deeper emotional connection to what I create and am more inclined to want to learn other methods of creation - html, coding, music etc. Circling back to pixiv, since is an artwork sharing site primarily centered on anime/manga/doujin artwork, I wanted to get rid of anything that would associate me with that sphere of art. I have found greater peace with this and am now going back to using to host my artworks. I still have the desire to create anime/manga artwork for doujin circles (Tamaonsen being one of them!! I would kill to work with them) and other Japanese media, but am still going to produce my more personal, abstract artworks.

All in all, I need to learn to balance these creative outlets in my life. Which will be a slow process, but I'm still getting somewhere. In the meantime, please enjoy some of my anime artworks that I am very proud of.

fate/extra ccc 20th anniversary fanart yukari yakumo fanart marie antoinette summer fanart

2022-05-27 | 00:49 AM

this is my new space! i am only going to be here until august but having a space that i can feel inspiration from and comfort is super important to me.

room room2 room3

i am also very pleased with how my page is turning out.

2022-05-27 | 00:26 AM

not even 12 hours after posting my first blog(?) entry I sit down to write another one. Is it a sudden wave of motivation that I find in order to put my thoughts into words, or am I pressured by my internal desire to be adept at writing? Nobody knows.

I realize with my last post I tried way too hard. I should just allow myself to freely type and express myself before attempting to write more 'sophisticated' and 'analytic' pieces. I had put on my wall a quote:

"Over the past few years, I created a few different blogs. But I call them notebooks.

While perhaps easily overlooked, this naming them 'notebooks' is important. Traditionally a 'notebook' is something you have multiple of... in the paper world, you often have different notebooks for different purposes. Whereas a 'blog' feels like you have only one and it's this monolithic thing. So inherently notebooks are less precious and more context-specific than blogs.

Going the notebook route is a clue to how I was able to convince myself that blogging/writing, despite feeling like an alien, was okay and fun. In other words, I first created the world (the environment... feeling, constraints, audience, etc) and only then I could easily write."

I'm not exactly sure who I got this quote from, probably someone in the Laurel Schwulst space of the internet. But the last part- "I first created the world (the environment... felling, constraints, audience, etc) and only then I could easily write."- really spoke to me. I have to first allow myself the space and lay a groundwork for me to feel less constrained, less formal and official, and treat this like any other notebook. Even though I did write that I had never sat down with the purpose of sharing my thoughts to others and intended on focusing on grammar, sentence structure and ease of reading so that others can understand, I think it's alright for me to remain casual. I can still learn how to identify my emotions and practice putting my thoughts into words without placing myself into a box.

This post was written while listening to "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) by Anything But The Girl". I love ABTG.

2022-05-26 | 17:44 PM

I've never properly sat down with the intention of blogging, or even journaling for the purpose of it being put online. I do journal regularly, but that is for my eyes only and I have no regard for grammar or the ease of reading because it isn't going anywhere beyond my brain. Recently I've found myself lurking through other people's personal websites and blogs, reading their entries on things they find fascinating, or problems that they have yet to answer. The 'other people' I refer to are people online whose works and creations I admire. In consuming content from these websites, I realized that a lot of the people that I admire in my life, both in-person and online, are very articulate with language.

I want to be able to utilize language in a way that can clearly communicate my thoughts, and through this I hope that I will learn to articulate myself better and learn to put words to what I'm thinking and feeling. In layman's terms, I'm horrible at writing and organizing my thoughts and most of my entries are going to be a complete mess. But I will try nonetheless.

Since this is my very first post I want to introduce myself. I go by soda (or meirisoda) online and I am a full-time student pursuing art and creation on the side. I can be found as @meirisoda on Twitter and Instagram, and my website is currently under construction. I like to create illustrations (both digital and traditional), but am very slowly learning other methods of self-expression. These include:

I'm not quite sure if describing it as a 'sense of environment or ambience' is accurate or has any sort of meaning, but I'll try my best to explain my reasoning behind it. It has always been difficult for me to identify and 'feel' emotions, mine or otherwise. I have a difficult time identifying the emotions presented (especially) through pop music and lyrics. And because of my difficulty with feeling/identifying emotion, I thought I was a sociopath or lacked empathy altogether when in reality, I feel emotion through environment and the ambience. I have to let myself fully experience a moment in time for the 'emotion' to really settle in, for example: when I'm feeling a little hopeless, I turn off all my lights in my room, go under the covers and turn on music. I close my eyes and just listen, which both grounds me (by helping me feel and process my emotions) and also helps me feel like I'm suspended in a separate plane of existence.

I don't know where I was going with this entry. Reiterating what I said in the beginning, I am going to push myself to write more so I can improve. I also think that this method of journaling will prove therapeutic because then I'm forced to fully process my thoughts instead of ignoring them and internalizing them.

To conclude, I want to share some of the websites and people that inspired me to start blogging/journaling online (as well as figure out my place in the online space): (Laurel Schwulst) (Manuel Moreale) (Yelim Ki)

with love,


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