YK’s 365 Release: Day 28

[Continuation of thread from Day 27.]

In order to create, we have to be a little crazy. We’re making something that did not exist before we created it, after all. We are challenging the very definition of what exists. As an artist, I would say that I appreciate this bit of crazy, because it is what wakes me up at night to write down ideas that materialize in my head. It is what makes me write on napkins while I’m ordering a tea. It is what created almost everything that surrounds us. It is what made me create all of my artwork. That little bit of crazy is what inspires me.

Somewhere one day, someone thought of each of these gadgets we use, computers, phones, iPods.

day28Today I am releasing an iPhone 3GS that I saved from other people’s abandon. Though I fix iPhones almost daily, I myself have never owned one. Mainly because AT&T + iPhone = Disaster. As with yesterday’s release, this is an iPhone I put together from many different iPhones, salvaging the new and working parts to make a whole working unit.

Even though many of us do not own iPhones, this device changed the world of technology in a revolutionary way. I see babies who know how to navigate the screen of an iPhone, how to swipe to the next photo, how to magnify an image. All of these gestures we are adapting, all of this technology we are incorporating into our lives, all of that is because someone decided to create where nothing previously existed. It’s because someone decided to be a little crazy.

Imagine that. Yes, imagine. That is what it takes. Imagination. The openness to think of something to make life easier, more beautiful, more logical, more interesting. In the morning, I lay in my bed for a few moments, harnessing the dream world I am awakening from, to set free my thoughts for that innovation, that imagination. Imagination is what makes our dreams come true.

So today, on day 28 of my 365 Release, I would like to remind myself, that I have to always let go of everything around me so that I can make room for things that don’t even exist yet. May we all delve deep into our own imaginations to find that little bit of crazy.


[I created the 365 Release Project to practice non-attachment, letting go and change by giving away 1 thing a day for 1 year. The background, vision and guidelines to the 365 RELEASE project are here. The running list of everything I have released is here.]

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