Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Good grief!

I have so much to look forward to at the moment. Going to see middle bro and his girlfriend in Sweden this weekend. My parents coming over to visit in September. More sunshiney days as Summer eases towards Autumn. Rediscovering my favourite things about London.

And yet... lately I have been slumped in a terrible state which some people call the Blues, but should more accurately be called the Greys. Blue is my least favourite colour, but it still makes me think of blue skies, cornflowers, blueberries, Tiffany boxes, plums, butterflies, and ponderous whales gliding through the Big Blue. I guess when people talk about "the blues", they mean deep, dark, almost-black blue. The colour of a bruise on dark skin.

But for me, when I am feeling like this, the world is leeched of colour. Or rather, the colours are there, bright and beautiful as always, but something in my brain stops me from taking delight in them (I usually inhale colours like most people inhale the smell of freshly ground coffee. Although I am quite partial to that too). For a highly visual person, losing your appreciation of colour is a very serious business indeed. It is the first sign that all is not well with me, emotionally. The second is the loss of my sense of humour, and with it, my ability to laugh at myself. I feel terribly exposed without it.

Usually I don't write when I am feeling like this, but this particular slump is proving quite stubborn and there is a selfish part of me which hopes that through the act of confessing, my mood will lighten (admitting you have a problem is the first step in overcoming it, yada yada). Does anybody know what the second step is? Irritating your friends with incessant sighing? Eating your own body weight in Green & Black's ice cream? Writing exceedingly self-centered blog entries?

Maybe I can live with grey for now. Maybe I need to learn to appreciate shades of grey more. Grey is actually a great colour for a designer to work with, bringing a sophistication to the page and making the other colours pop out that much more (cool grey, white and bright yellow is my favourite 60's-retro-futuristic colour combo). Who knows - maybe my Grey cast makes me appreciate colour that much more when it finally lifts. After all, too much colour can give a person a headache.

1 comment:

Maffy said...

So sorry to hear you're currently in a 'grey' slump. I hope it's a light shade of grey, rather than a dreary "thunderstorm about to hit in a big way from the colour of those clouds" kind of dark grey.

For me what sometimes can help is a little like meditating: imagining the grey getting more and more pale in colour, till it's a very light grey, and then starting to imagine tinting it with a colour that makes me happy - for me yellow or pinky-purple - and that colour represents all the things I love about life. Sometimes it works for a little while, sometimes not at all... but if nothing else, it's an excuse to sit quietly and rest and contemplate.

But I know, better than many and at least as good as some, that it isn't as easy as just "snapping out of it", as one friend so kindly put it once. So good luck. I hope you re-find colours soon.

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