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Word of the Week Wednesday: Meraki (v.)


Meraki (v.)

To do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work.

After a brief moment of consideration, I decided it was time to bring something new to the blog. MrHushHush Entries has been a tad dry here recently, I’ll admit, and I apologize. So, without further ado, I bring to you “Word of the Week Wednesday (WWW)!” And for my first post in this new little installment, I couldn’t be happier with this Greek gem I stumbled across just last night.

As artists, whether it be painters, writers, actors, or even chefs, we’re constantly doing one thing above all others: creating.

Art is expression. When we create, we’re taking pieces of ourselves and weaving them together to create something new. When we, the artist, stare into a piece of our own work, it’s like staring into a mirror. Similarly, when an observer comes across a piece of an artist’s work, it’s as if they’re staring through a window that looks straight into us. Or, in some beautiful instances, it’s as if the observer is looking into a mirror, not a window. As artists, that level of identification and connection is what we strive for.

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It seems we all have an inherent desire to leave a piece of us wherever we go. To leave our footprint in the sands of time–either to simply be remembered by those we care for, or to leave some kind of impact in the lives of those around us or even in the world.

I’m pulled back to a quote I’m sure many fellow artists–especially writers–have read before. It says,

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

-Chuck Palahniuk

We all live and we all die. It’s the simple cycle of life that just is. While we can’t physically remain on this earth forever, we can leave behind pieces of us that will. Through our expression in our art, our blood, sweat, and tears in our work; through our hearts, we can leave behind pieces of ourselves that can inspire, impact, and change the lives of people for years to come.

So, the next time you create, I hope you’ll remember to do so with soul, creativity, and love. I hope you’ll remember to put yourself into whatever it is you create.

I hope you’ll remember this weeks word.

Thank you for reading. Please, feel free to let me know what you thought about WWW in the comments below, and if you enjoyed the post, don’t forget to follow along!

Till next time,

-Jordan Antonacci
Instagram: jordanantonacci

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