Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Artistic Beats 2: Mental Health

I've been seriously neglecting this blog, and for that, I apologize. I've noticed this is a habit of mine: getting caught up in idea(s), going all in – exuberantly head first without a moment's hesitation – just to let the momentum eventually fizzle out later. Fortunately, it's a habit I intend to fix.

Life has been a whirlwind of ups and downs lately, with an emphasis on the latter. But, it could be worse. With the marathon bombing in Boston, the earthquake in China, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas and countless innocent people suffering daily in other parts of the world due to malnourishment, natural disasters, war,  etc., you really have to stop, smell the roses and remind yourself to be grateful and to count your blessings.

Concurrently, a friend gently reminded me the other day – after I vented to her and apologetically dismissed my vexations as trivial – that we are all allowed to feel. And we shouldn't be ashamed or apologize about showing and letting out our raw emotions.

It's good to acknowledge and understand that certain problems are insignificant in the grander scheme of things. At the same time, though a particular issue may not be cause for national or global alarm, that provoking thing is still happening to you. If you incessantly minimize something that is hurting you and condemn it as negligible, it will most likely boomerang back. This repression is just further cause for anger, hurt, sadness and whatever form of negativity to fester and grow within yourself.

Let it out. Get it out. And essentially, get it over with. Only then, can you move on.

All of this coincides with Artistic Beats 2's theme: Mental Health. For those who are unfamiliar with Artistic Beats, the event is the second annual talent showcase of its kind and will be held on May 11 at UCI's Crystal Cove. And the founder, Hannah Said (who actually is the friend mentioned above who gave me a much-needed reality-check-slash-life-hug above <3) has rounded up her troops to make this year's event even better than last year's.

Expect a roster of gifted individuals to perform their respective talents, along with a bake sale, art auction, various vendors and even an after party in DTSA. 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to present hope for those struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. What's more, I get the honor of interviewing the artists for the Artistic Beats blog, maintaining the event's social media presence and simply being able to participate in such a wonderful cause. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Hope to see you there!


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