Ice cream can’t be clung to, it melts even in the twilight breeze.
The octopus has trouble with letting go. He clings to past comforts, refusing to accept change and loss as part of the passage of time. Late this evening he is found gripping to an ice cream truck trying to squeeze out every last drop of sweetness and unable to accept the reality that life’s pleasures, like all phenomena, are fleeting... “I must try harder, for there’s surely more inside” he laments. “It simply can’t be finished!” But, it is. Each moment he clings to what is lost, he ignores the opportunity to grow and adjust to the world around him, and sadness plagues him till his tears create an ocean in the streets. Will the octopus ever learn that we cannot cling to ice cream?
Sadness is the most difficult and complicated emotion we ever experience, and each of us experiences it in a unique way. It heralds the ending of something beautiful. Sometimes the parting of friendships, sometimes the loss of a loved one, and other times it may be the end of an ambition that we were unable to accomplish. Sadness has the reputation for signalling times and situations we’d rather avoid, yet it has a positive lesson too. Sadness vibrantly signals our values by highlighting what is important to us, which leads us to our true values. It tells us when to let go when to say goodbye to people and goals we have cherished in order to build a meaningful and authentic life in the present moment. Sadness is an emotion that taps us on the shoulder and shows us that reality is not always how we want or expect it to be, but it also shows us how beautiful life is. Two paths can’t remain together forever, but it’s their brief intersections which make them so beautiful to experience.
Using a slim-regular fit crew neck tee, this illustration is printed on a lightweight, 150 GSM, 100% organic combed cotton (marles 15% viscose), using environmentally friendly soy-based inks.
|GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. This quality cotton is grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides, and the whole manufacture chain adheres to high standards of fairness.
Features include: Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double-needle hems, and preshrunk to minimise shrinkage.
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