a room of one's own
"It was like the time between the lights when colours undergo their intensification and purples and golds burn in the window-panes like the beat of an excitable heart..."
Such true words from Virginia Woolf. How does she do it? I want to keep these words close to my heart, a reminder of why I love this time of day so very much, that special time when the afternoon light is so lovely it illuminates everything, like the way the curtains float ever so gently in our ballet studio, the shadows and silhouettes made by bodies slowly moving to music, that sigh you feel in the air from a day just ending and the evening that is about to begin.
I am currently reading A Room of One's Own and let me tell you, it is a goldmine of truths. What I really love about her writing is that it gives me room to pause and think. She tends to write long run-on sentences and observations that may not be related to what she had originally wanted to talk about, but I don't really mind because it's almost as if she is inviting me to join in her thought process.
In this book, Woolf talks about women and writing and argues that women need some income and a room of their own in order to create. I soon found myself thinking about rooms and spaces, those spaces that we seek and create for ourselves so we can pursue our own truths, be it in writing, photography, painting, etc. What kind of spaces, both physical and emotional, do we seek? And how do we keep it in a way that we remain true to our authentic selves?
I tend to surround myself with books and people who have similar passions as I do. I also try to go outside as much as I can, walk around or sit and just look at people, take pictures and if I'm lucky, pull out my little notebook and start writing things down. But for the most part, it doesn't always happen this way. When I have too much time in my hands, I tend to self-indulge and it takes me forever to leave the house. Or I try to do so many things all at once without actually getting anything done.
And then there are the virtual spaces. I think we all know how easy it is to get lost in the internet for hours. At the same time, it is also a source of inspiration and I've met so many like-minded individuals and friends through blogging. So how do we balance this out without making it just another means to procrastinate? And for those of us who have blogs, how do we make it a space that allows us to grow in our creative lives and share this to others who read it?
These are some of the thoughts running through my head after reading two chapters of A Room of One's Own. Its been awhile since I've read a book that really inspires me to reflect on my own life and I'm so glad that I picked this one up. Has any of you read it? If so, what did you like about this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts.