Curator of Love and Art@nateproctor

🎈 Collector of human experience
🎈 Helping us feel a little less lonely

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Current show - LONGING IS THE SOUND OF

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The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.
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written by Fernando Pessoa
artwork by Gao Xingjian
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Part of my show LONGING IS THE SOUND OF, running on my Instagram from October 16 to October 21.
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I tried to kiss
away the emptiness
screaming ‘I love you’
into the spaces
as if I could fill
him,
us.
He was my first
experience with transience—
searching for a residence
in the impermanent.
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written by @_marisadonnelly
artwork by @maegamimami
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Part of my show LONGING IS THE SOUND OF, running on my Instagram from October 16 to October 21.
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Do you know what the mathematical expression is for longing? … The negative numbers. The formalization of the feeling that you are missing something.
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written by Peter Høeg
artwork by @owen_gent
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Part of my show LONGING IS THE SOUND OF, running on my Instagram from October 16 to October 21.
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And everything depends upon how near you sleep to me.
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written by Leonard Cohen
artwork by Jarek Puczel
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Part of my show LONGING IS THE SOUND OF, running on my Instagram from October 16 to October 21.
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Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.
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written by Lev Grossman
artwork by @kakuunohito
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Part of my show JUST HOLD ON, running on my Instagram from October 9 to October 14.
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Life isn’t meant to exist in a narrow color spectrum of perpetual happiness. That’s a movie. It’s not reality. Experience all your vivid, fiery, watery emotions. Give yourself permission to be full bodied. You’re peeling. Revealing. It’s a messy, magnificent process.
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written by Kris Carr
artwork by @massimiliano_pelletti
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Part of my show JUST HOLD ON, running on my Instagram from October 9 to October 14.
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I had to stop hoping so much that a ship would rescue me. I should not count on outside help. Survival had to start with me. In my experience, a castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and to do too little. Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one’s life away.
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written by Yann Martel
artwork by @joshuapetker
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Part of my show JUST HOLD ON, running on my Instagram from October 9 to October 14.
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For World Mental Health Day, I want to remind you that I love you - that you matter and that there’s nothing “wrong” with you no matter what people might say. I also want to remind you that it’s ok to ask for help.
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Check out the full video at youtube.com/NateProctor
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I promise you
I will try harder
to be better.
I
have battled with things
inside me
for longer than you know;
I do not know
what they are
or why they are there,
I only know
that they feel
manageable,
defeatable,
when I
am around
You.
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written by @tylerknott
artwork by @daltmejd
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Part of my show JUST HOLD ON, running on my Instagram from October 9 to October 14.
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SUBMISSION SUNDAY // You are not a fetish
You are not a fragile doll
You are made of resilient things
Grains that have weathered floods
Broken backs from the weight of water pails
You are the child of
Jade and dynasties
Monsoons and starvation
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written by @changela (submitted by @qianamy)
artwork by @vidsxarts
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You know what? Forget what I just said. You’re already a part of this. You will eat, you will laugh at stupid things, you will stay up all night just to see what it feels like, you will fall painfully in love, you will have babies of your own, you will doubt and regret and yearn and keep a secret. You will get old and decrepit, and you will die, exhausted from all that living. That is when you get to die. Not now.
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written by Miranda July
artwork by @b_money_baby
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Part of my show PROOF OF LIFE, running on my Instagram from October 2 to October 7.
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Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
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written by Louise Erdrich
artwork by @bruskdmv
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Part of my show PROOF OF LIFE, running on my Instagram from October 2 to October 7.
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