January 17th, 2011

Today I just want to sit somewhere quietly and read poetry.

I want to revel in absurd ideas about the universe and allow my mind to be a playground where anything can happen.

I want to forget about all those things that “need doing” for a time, and “put my ear down next to my soul” and listen to what it really wants.

I want to build something that has no function, except to turn up the corner of someone’s mouth when they least expect it.

I want to forget about all of the things in the future that seem scary or unmanageable, and just dip my toes into the infraordinary.

I want to pretend the world is full of secret hiding places that no one else can see except me.

I want to create a map of magical places and send people to them.

I want to watch the trees for signs and see what they say to me when no one else is listening.

Today I want to be an animal and run wildly in and out of the woods, stopping only to take a drink and the occasional nap.

(image: Doris Salcedo)

Jan 17 2011
4:04 pm
Alba writes:

it’s good to know what oneself want, too. it’s the first step.
i hope you have the time and the space you need!

(I’m sorry for my bad english!!!!)

Jan 17 2011
4:55 pm
Folkscallmejonny writes:

Good for you, Keri. It’s good that you are reclaiming your will. Sometime along the way as children we learnt “I want doesn’t get” and then, as adults, is it surprising that we experience indecision over what we want for our lives?
At school we learnt that someone else’s will was more important than our own. Someone else was in charge and our desires and plans had to be hidden from view. Then we forgot where we hid them.

Jan 17 2011
4:57 pm
Folkscallmejonny writes:

P.S. someone’s stolen all my chairs. Have you seen them?

Jan 17 2011
6:08 pm
Laura writes:

Sounds like how I’ve been feeling today! Beautiful sentiments! Thank you for sharing!

Jan 17 2011
6:23 pm
anne writes:

Love that photo! Awesome :-) Have a good Monday Keri, enjoy the sitting and the reading! Greets from Paris!

Jan 17 2011
6:53 pm
gracie writes:

That photo is Sweet my oldest sister bought Wreck This Journal. She said it was sweet. Because she has a blog she toke pictures of some of the pages and then she posted them on alexacall.com

Jan 17 2011
8:27 pm
pixie writes:

what you *want* feeds the imaginations of the rest of us. i’m grateful that you name such things.

the last wild witch is calling from the woods, the waft of her special brew snaking up over the treetops…calling to some of us who can still hear her…

Jan 17 2011
10:14 pm
Roxanne/tinkerbell the bipolar faerie writes:

Awesome, this list. The picture is soo cool!

Jan 18 2011
9:19 am
ROB writes:


Jan 18 2011
10:50 am
Robin writes:

Loved the picture and your thoughts. You always challenge me to think outside the box. I need that. Have a blessed day.

Jan 18 2011
1:21 pm
cheeseisgood4u writes:

This is really awesome. Your works are awesome ;D

Jan 19 2011
2:37 am
Rachel writes:

“Today I just want to sit somewhere quietly and read poetry.”

This made me realize just how long it has been since I’ve sat quietly with myself. It’s so easy to let our lives be consumed by work and relationships; even the positive aspects of these can become overwhelming. Solitude, one of the best blessings, is easy to forget.

Thank you for the gentle reminder to reexamine my life, my soul.

Jan 20 2011
11:35 am
Kritzelfee writes:

The picture is amazing.
I love your blog and your books. You’re so inspiring!
Greetings from Germany…

Jan 25 2011
6:16 am
katrien writes:

The way you give words to your thoughts is amazing and inspiring. Isn’t it wonderful that even in Europe (I live in Holland) people start reevaluating their life because of what you share? Thanks!
(By the way: take a look at a picture of all 100 of my tin cans on http://katrienruitenburg.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/terugblik-en-inspiratie/ if you like!)

Jan 28 2011
11:56 pm
april writes:


Feb 2 2011
9:04 pm
:) writes:

I have been doing one exploration a day. I love your work! Its so spontatneous and fun. :)
Also, did you take this picture or did you find it? It’s incredible either way!
Thanks for reading this silly little comment.

Feb 4 2011
12:04 am
BELLA writes:

WOW! That is amazing. i love it. so creative. incedibole!

Feb 8 2011
1:08 pm
ImGirl writes:

Which chair shall we sit in?

Feb 28 2011
6:02 am
Norlin writes:

I love your writing. You are so inspiring. Some days when I need to chill, like today, I’d go to your blog. I find your writing so sincere. I have days that I just want to let go and forget things that need doing. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Mar 1 2011
3:42 pm
Kelly Watts writes:

I love these chairs! And your thoughts.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

Mar 1 2011
6:06 pm
Dave writes:

Now that is an awesome installation! I can imagine walking by the day before it was put in and it being empty or having a bunch of junk, then the next day going “Whoa!”

Mar 9 2011
6:19 pm
jamie writes:

I love this picture! :) Its so cool.
P.S. I love your work and i own the box set of “Reck This Journal, This Is Not A Book, and Mess!!!
And if you have the time maybe you could check out my blog sometime! :)
maybe you can even follow my blog! :)
its not great but I just started so…

Apr 7 2011
5:22 pm
luxe ( age 7 ) writes:

Awsome picture!

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