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I'm an art historian. I study art.

Sometimes I think I missed my calling. Instead of spending my life doing research, writing, more research, more writing-- I think I could be very happy working at some job doing repetitive, menial tasks. I say this because I honestly get satisfaction from small things, like sorting vitamins into a pillbox. I think maybe this is the same impulse behind my love for jigsaw puzzles. Emptying. Sorting. Organizing. These are tasks that demand very little thought, freeing your mind to contemplate any number of things or simply lulling your mind into a comfortable state of meditation. I also really like the clarity, the progress, the sense of completion. These are feelings that I never get from research and writing. The path is never easy. Never clear. I enjoy the digging, the sense of discovery...but when do I stop? It's hard to decide when I've…

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  • Joined May 15, 2007

About

I'm an art historian. I study art.

Sometimes I think I missed my calling. Instead of spending my life doing research, writing, more research, more writing-- I think I could be very happy working at some job doing repetitive, menial tasks. I say this because I honestly get satisfaction from small things, like sorting vitamins into a pillbox. I think maybe this is the same impulse behind my love for jigsaw puzzles. Emptying. Sorting. Organizing. These are tasks that demand very little thought, freeing your mind to contemplate any number of things or simply lulling your mind into a comfortable state of meditation. I also really like the clarity, the progress, the sense of completion. These are feelings that I never get from research and writing. The path is never easy. Never clear. I enjoy the digging, the sense of discovery...but when do I stop? It's hard to decide when I've gathered enough, read enough, thought enough... So I usually stop when I hit a deadline. And then I begin the painful process of writing. Of converting the complex tangle of thoughts in my head into convincing prose. And then editing, revising, tweaking, polishing, refining...it is an endless process. It never feels finished. Not like a freshly refilled pillbox or an assembled puzzle, anyway...

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