SELF-CARE ACT#132

seize a unique opportunity

CATEGORY

Emotional

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TIME

6 h

BUDGET

Zero (if you’re lucky and live in a city where museums are free, like DC)

A couple weeks ago, I was at my Starbucks office –again- when an old men sat next to me.

I said Hi and went back to work.

At one point, I paused and raised my head, thinking. My eyes crossed his.

He was holding his phone. I smiled at him.

He said:

 –   Sorry to interrupt but I went to an exhibit last week with my daughter. It’s called infinity Mirrors and it’s something everyone has to see in their lifetime.

I was intrigued by this introduction.

He handed me his phone where I saw the most extraordinary pictures of an art exhibit, with infinite lights and reflection of all colors and shapes in mirrored boxes. I had never seen such a thing.

The old man added:

  –  Tickets are very hard to get. The museum gives passes on their website on Mondays at noon only. Even if you’re quick, you might not be able to get one. But you should try. It’s definitely worth it.

I wanted to know more.

I typed Yayoi Kusama on Google and learnt that this Japanese 87-year old woman, whose trademark are Polka dots, is one of the most important living Japanese artists.

I was hooked.

And most of all, I wanted Duderina to see this.

She’s 9 and at 9, you can still become anything you want. She’s a poet of life and wants to be an artist.

What better present can I make her than expose her to such amazing and grandiose artistic works?

The man was right: getting tickets wasn’t easy.

Every Monday for the last 5 weeks, I’ve been trying to get 3 of the 9000 weekly available passes.

At the same time, 100 000 other people were doing the same.

So I received the same automatic message week after week: event sold out.

Desperate, I emailed the museum and they told me that they issued 450 walk-in passes every day.

As a result, yesterday, Hubby, Duderina and I went to the museum and after a 3-hour wait, we got the privilege to get our passes.

What we saw was amazing, exceptional, mesmerizing and my words cannot describe it.

So I’ll go straight to the end.

After 3 hours inside, Hubby and I wanted to skip the last mirrored box of the exhibit.

Duderina, who was exhausted, sitting on the floor and starving, refused: “I want to complete my experience and see all of her work. It’s so beautiful!”

Moral of the story:

Talk to your neighbors at the coffee place, especially is they’re older than you are. The older, the wiser.

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Opportunities are everywhere. Seizing them when they come is giving yourself the opportinity to learn, see, feel, laugh, open your mind, grow… #selfcare

MORE ABOUT THIS

Here is a link to a Youtube video about Yayoi Kusama exhibit, Infinity Mirrors.

My advice if you go to an art exhibit, either this one or another:

Dress up or dress artistically: wear colorful and fancy clothes. Put make up on if you’re a woman You’ll feel like an art piece too.

I regret I didn’t think about it yesterday.

And also, if there is a wait, be ready and bring:

  • water and snacks
  • fruits and dried fruits
  • hats and sunscreen

That’s what we did yesterday and it made our wait much more pleasant.

Enjoy my friends!

 

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