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Things We Can Learn From Banksy

Things We Can Learn From Banksy

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Banksy has often displayed an artist’s vision that puts a mirror to society. His “graffiti” or murals are on buildings all over the world–Except he doesn’t announce that he will be doing it. His identity is unknown. He works in secret and without permission, casting his shadow on the world but never showing his face to the public. His art tends to have a theme of being lighthearted, often satirical. These things we can learn from his work.

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    You are never too big to humble yourself

    There was a story about him selling paintings in Central park years ago for $60. They are being sold now for over 100,000 pounds. The man that bought the paintings was only his second customer that day. I expect the piece he sold is now being held by a very happy owner. An original Banksy would garner a large sum of money at any auction house. Banksy sold them for $60 or less that day, no one knew it was him, so he received no admiration from fans.

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      Your work will never be appreciated as much as you want it to

      What you do is up to you, and whether your work is treated with the proper respect is up to the stewards of it. Banksy has done work in Detroit before. Most of it has either been removed or destroyed. People destroying these works of art is a travesty. Selling the wall may preserve them but not for the general public, which he means his work to be displayed for. The chaos of people fighting over a wall must be delightful to him, but to see it painted over or destroyed could be hurtful.

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        Human lives are precious

        Many of his paintings have a political statement within. War is one prevailing theme that we can see from his body of work. They’re not text, but images that reveal the underlying costs of it.  The cost of waging war should not be quantified in pounds or dollars, but by the lives of the people that died to wage it.

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            You can always succeed, but first you must try

            Despite his relative mystery and the sketchy legality of his work, Banksy has become a famed artist in his own time. He has done a lot of work for free, just to get his work shown to the public. He has traveled the world to graffiti it, and rose to acclaim. No one would have thought vandalizing private properties throughout Europe and the United States would have led the artist to star in shows in prestigious galleries. Who would have guessed that when he began painting on the sides of buildings people would tear down walls just to own his work?

            Walk to the beat of your own drum

            If Banksy didn’t do more work after his first was taken down there would be no grand murals or Dismaland, a gallery for his work of his own design. Whether Banksy was rejected by the establishment, or just didn’t agree with it he took to the streets to paint the town his own color. He made a statement that was anti-establishment and often illegal. Bansky is the bad boy of artists, and he took his career in his own hand when he broke the law to show the world what he could do. Be bold, dare to achieve.

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              You will find that life is surreal

              No one ever said it would be easy to traverse the gaps you will need to cross. No one said there was a road map to life. You will need to fit a square peg into a round hole. At times you might find yourself flying a refrigerator on a string, figuratively. Sometimes however, the hardest things in life are the most fun. Fly your appliances high!

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                Growing up happens, heartbreak is expected

                Though the young at heart will hold on and despair at their lost love, it may not have been meant to be. Very few people don’t experience this kind of loss. It may be cynical to think that is happens to people so young, but hasn’t the other sex made you feel that young?

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                  Featured photo credit: Banksy via media.photobucket.com

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                  Last Updated on October 9, 2018

                  27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                  27 Ways to Instantly Feel Better When You’re Down

                  Who has never gone through some ups and downs in the life? But some people can feel better in a quicker way than others because they’ve found their own remedies to heal the bad feelings.

                  If you haven’t found yours, these ways will help you instantly feel better and ditch that negative self talk when you’re feeling bad about yourself:

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                  1. Listen to the songs you loved when you were in high school or university, this will recall you of the old good times.
                  2. Write something. Write down how you feel as a way to express your thoughts if you don’t feel like talking to anyone.
                  3. Draw something. Draw anything you want because no one’s going to judge your drawing skills.
                  4. Read the postcards or letters your friends or family sent you before, remind yourself there are people who always remember you.
                  5. Silently think of a day or moment which you truly enjoyed and try to recapture that very first feeling. Was it the day of your graduation? The moment you traveled with your loved one?
                  6. Take out your photo albums and go over your childhood photos.
                  7. Cry when you feel like doing so. There’s nothing wrong with crying; cry out all your fear and stress and just face the truth after crying.
                  8. Sing loudly like no one can hear you. Do you know that in Japan, people always sing karaoke to relieve stress?
                  9. Cook a nice meal for yourself or for your family.
                  10. Read your previous diary entries and look at your great memories.
                  11. Dress up nicely to feel happier.
                  12. Don’t stay in your bed! Get your laptop or a book and sit in a coffee place.
                  13. Take a walk outside and feel the fresh air.
                  14. Sweat yourself! Go jogging or play some sports.
                  15. Pick up the musical instrument you used to play a lot and start to play it.
                  16. Tidy up your desk or wardrobe, you’ll feel good that you’re being productive and actually doing something.
                  17. Watch some funny videos, sure you can find a lot of them on Youtube.
                  18. Eat something you like, be it a chocolate cake, or an ice-cream. Just please yourself with the flavour you like.
                  19. Re-read your favorite book and write down the sentences or passages that you love.
                  20. Watch a new movie, there must be a movie which you’ve always interested in but had no time to watch it.
                  21. Do something nice that no one will notice, say picking up a rubbish in the street and throw it to a trash bin.
                  22. Call your best friend and just talk whatever you want! Human beings are social animals after all, connecting with people close to you will make you feel better.
                  23. Do voluntary work and help people in need, you’ll feel happy and satisfied.
                  24. Get drunk with your close friends at home – a safe place for you to get drunk and get crazy. Let loose and have fun with your very close friends.
                  25. Write an email or a note to a friend who you care about.
                  26. Get out of your routine life and meet new friends. Get out of your comfort zone! Meeting new people can give you new inspirations in life.
                  27. Look into the mirror and smile. Act like today’s already a wonderful day. How we act affects how we feel. It’s difficult to go on feeling sad if you’re trying to smile!

                  Remember:

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                  It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.  — Epictetus

                  If you want to feel better, change what you’re doing because obviously what you’re doing doesn’t make you happy!

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