Nothing in life is perfect but we seem fixated on the idea that it should. Are we missing out on the beauty of the organic and nuanced?

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“Artifact” (2016)

It feels like we’ve been looking for perfection since forever. We favor the clean, the shiny, and the symmetrical just like we seek for definitions, formulas, and frameworks. It’s the human thing to do. Ironically enough, perfect is not human at all.

Perfection assumes processes can always get to a final outcome. In other words, it implies there’s an ultimate solution for any situation. Which is as absurd as it sounds. Everything in…


It’s raining outside as I write this and, with quarantine being the new normal, we’re all struggling with loneliness, together.

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This pandemic has affected the life of every one of us in one way or another. In addition to that, Greta Thunberg, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and feminism justifiably remind us there are still quite a few other problems urging our attention and action right now. It’s expected we feel overwhelmed, impotent, or lonely during these times of crisis.

It’s especially easy to fall victim to loneliness because, like hunger and sleep, it’s a physiological reaction. We, humans, have strived as…


Whether we notice it or not, we take risks from the moment we introduce ourselves to someone else. But why would we do that?

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“Hedgehog” (self-portrait) (2018)

A friend once told me he avoids telling his real name to others. He says he’s not willing to trust such information with just about anyone. “You can do whatever you want to someone once you know their full name”-he told me. While it may sound a bit paranoid, he was onto something. We can’t tell what anyone’s intentions are if we’re not familiar with their identities.

Our evolutionary relatives, chimpanzees, use smiling to tell others…


Words may sometimes not be enough to describe what goes through our mind and senses, let alone our feelings.

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We experience life through the lens of both our senses and our feelings. Though, we don’t always understand what’s happening in our lives as we live them. It’s usually in retrospect, say when writing on a journal or talking to someone, that we translate into words what goes through our minds. Often, we get a clearer picture of those thoughts when doing so-that’s probably why we feel emotionally rewarded after venting our concerns with a good friend.

Thing is, there are…


Picture one remarkable day in your life. Where were you? who were you with? what was different? Try to recall what that day was like.

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“What brought you here and what comes next” (2018)

October 2019 was overwhelmingly emotional for me. I was not anticipating such a significant serotonin drop, which led me to experiment with ways to cope with the numbness of those cold, lonely days. That’s how I came to that exercise; I was trying to reverse-engineer the greatness of the past.

As I recalled bits of those better times, I felt even worse because I knew they were all gone and not coming back. Though, I…

erick david

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