I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and to share some reflections on the 100 x 100 event at PICA a few weeks ago.
First, thank you to all the artists, volunteers, friends, participants, musicians, and to PICA, for your making this event happen. I am thankful to be part of such a caring community.
The art was phenomenal, what a great exhibit! It was only on view for a few hours. Because of the way that the work arrived—some things coming in as the event was happening—we weren’t able to properly document all of the work. We are working on collecting images of all the art to have an online exhibition, which we will post here, so they can be more widely appreciated. You can see some of the pieces in these photos from Susan Seubert. There are more images of the event on the PICA Flickr page as well.
I think we are made more perfect not by what we do, but by our experience—what happens to us. My experience over the past nine months has been life changing. I have learned a lot about myself, about my family, about this community, and about the brain and what a traumatic brain injury actually means.
This event was really a unique thing that happened. I can’t think of too many examples in a person’s life where this type of celebration occurs. There are the big birthdays, 50, perhaps weddings—though those are a different kind of celebration, and commemorations. I guess a commemoration is the closest thing I can think of. It’s ironic that a near death accident resulted in such a celebration. I am glad that I was there to be part of it!
It makes me think that we should all take stock periodically. It’s so easy to get busy in the minutiae of our day-to-day lives. But this experience has made me contemplate the effect we have on one another. Everything we do matters.