Dwight Schrute once said, “Life is short…False. It’s the longest thing you do.” Due to science and medicine, many of us will get to live some long ass lives. Sometimes that scares me; sometimes it makes me happy, and then other times I’m not thinking about the meaning of life, because I am busy doing “real” stuff. That being said, besides your place of work, where do you spend the most time of your life? I am going to assume many of you said, “home”, so let’s focus on that.
78.7 years is the average lifespan of an American, which can seem like a long time to live. However, now that we are living longer, it also means that we have more time on this planet to make our homes our own. As we go through our daily rituals of socializing, exercising and/or running errands, doing housework, going to our jobs, eating and so on, we usually end the day in our homes. To many of us, home is our sanctuary. It is where we recharge and re-center. It is where we dream and plan our lives. No matter what may be going on in the outside world, the structures in which we live and sleep should also be considered our own escape, and we must curate them as such.
Curate? Yes. Your home is a mirror of you and everything you believe and know, and you work too much and slept too little, to come home to a boring house every night. You are valuable and so is your home. It is worthwhile to create a space that reflects your taste and desires, including the artwork on your walls. Though it may be difficult to quantify the value that derives from a pleasing and artistic home, as your collection grows, so will the vale you place on it – whether it’s numerical, emotional, or both.
All of the artwork within your home tells a story about you. They are discussion pieces, as cliché as that sounds. They are reminders of a shared event, a shared value, and a shared vision for the home and the future. The intrinsic value of your home’s character is built upon, with every worthwhile (and seemingly impulsive) acquisition of unique artwork.
So, don’t be afraid to scrap a desk from a neighbor’s trash pile to make your own. Don’t talk yourself out of buying a weird porcelain dog figurine from the second hand store. Don’t be shy about going out to art shows and other creative events, if only to get more inspiration for your own home. Always keep your eyes peeled for artwork that speaks to you. And remember, life is long – so display your treasures with pride. After all, they help you tell your story, and are physical tokens of your own experiences within this life.