Fluidity is the idea of being fluid not fixed, multiple not singular, versatile not limited, adaptable not set.... 

It all began around September 2019 when I started asking people to anonymously answer a series of 12 questions that sought to uncover one’s own personal self-understanding using water as a driving idea and metaphor. I knew going into it that not everyone would feel fluid individually, but I also knew that was okay, because, on a grander scale, the idea that everyone is different yet still coexists together is, to me, fluidity in it of itself – something I was specifically looking for. 

The questions I asked were deep, personal, and opened the opportunity for people to freely express themselves and share the very things that we usually hide from others, or in other words, the very things that make us most human. 

My intentions were to see how people responded, felt, expressed, and understood themselves through these ideas, and how all of that related to what everyone else wrote. I wanted to give people an opportunity and space to express themselves without fear or judgment, to be open and to think freely. And I wanted to bring together all of these things and manifest them in a tangible and physical object that I call a “quilt of ideas”

Through it all, what jumped out to me was how many people had the same or similar answers, that even though the stories and experiences shared how different our backgrounds might be, our thoughts, feelings, and sentiments as to how we feel in relation to others and ourselves are actually more similar than we might think. 

In its final form, the quilt is a place where these answers can live together, where people’s feelings, ideas, and expressions can manifest themselves in the real world without feeling scared, vulnerable, or self-conscious. 

A final touch. 

I knew too, from the beginning, that the quilt wouldn’t be very accessible, and that it really serves more as a symbolic item than a functional one, so with that, I’ve created this page so that all the responses, questions, metaphors, and documentation can live together. 

What you will find is the lead-in / metaphor in pink and the question in bold following it right below. The responses can be accessed by clicking the toggle. And the index serves as a way to quickly jump to any question. 

Take a look, experience it for yourself.

Hope you enjoy!

01.

Water is this fluid thing, it has no shape, no taste, no odor, no color, it molds to what you give it, it’s always moving, even when it’s not moving.

On the opposite end, there is rock, it is fixed, it doesn’t usually move unless something moves it.

As a person, and in general, how do you see yourself on the spectrum of fluid to fixed?

FIXED   0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10   FLUID


 

“I’m a Scorpio, a water sign, which relates to emotionality and sensitivity. Ironically, it is also a fixed sign, which means that it is associated with stability, determination, depth and persistence on the one hand, and inflexibility, rigidity, and stubbornness on the other. 

I’m inclined to say that I’m closer to the fixed end of the spectrum. I’m definitely set in my ways and I have a tendency to dig in my heels when it comes to standing for what I believe in (for better or for worse). But things are always shifting around and happening on the inside. So I can relate to both. – 3 ”

 


 

“I feel comfort in changing my perspective and continually learning from other people — in that way I feel the fluidity in my persona.  However, I can be particular, when something does not feel right to me, I cannot ignore that. If I feel off, I am stead-fast in changing my surroundings to relieve any stress I am feeling – 8 ”

 


 

I think it is a spectrum in terms of my experience. The atmosphere shapes me. Energetically you know whether or not you are welcome into a space which ultimately allows you to open up and find more fluid motions or forces you to close off and makes you rigid. Through exploration of movement, you are able to make those choices rather than those choices being made for you. I think there is also a survival component in terms of adaptability. You have to assess the situation to see whether it is safe and whether you need to be on guard. However, that brain process is not always accurate so it is more like a push and pull or a tug of war with yourself and your reactions based on your own experiences and based on how you are perceived in various spaces (ie stereotypes, racial classifications, gender roles, etc) – 5 “

 


 

“I think am somewhat of a rigid person, I generally stay the same and keep strict guidelines for my life – 2 “

 


 

“i lean more on the spectrum of fluid, purely because i lack stability in my life and in my surroundings. i am a contradictory person – two things at once. all simultaneous. however i’m also stubborn. and i stick and hold true to my belief systems – 8 “

 


 

“i am fluid because all life requires fluid. humans are much akin to a tank or canister where liquid is held; 70-80% of our composition is water based. our cells are mostly water and we recycle clean energy and waste. water is indescribable because it was here before human life. life as we know it has evolved from the ocean/water. we are all fluid beings but can get caught up in sticky, irrelevant human drama. this is when we become “fixed”. to go with the flow is to breathe, consume, and grow – 10 “

 


 

“I see myself as waterfall that occasionally narrows down in the stream of water flowing down but always flowing – 7 “

 


 

“ fluid! constantly changing and rootless, im fixed/stubborn in some extent in terms of personalities, but my values, positions, ideologies and identities are never fixed – 3 “

 


 

“I see myself as very fluid. I believe I am easily able to change plans or even change a mindset as time goes on. I don’t see myself as someone who has a stationary view of life or a stationary lifestyle. A saying that I use often relates to the fluidity of my daily actions: whenever trying to plan something with friends of mine, I suggest we simply “play it by ear. – 8 “

 


 

“As people we are always adapting to our environment. Some are more relaxed and calm and some are more crazy and always moving. How I see it for myself is when it comes to work I’m always moving, adapting to the work environment and really settling in. But it can become fixed, if I get too comfortable I won’t move/progress and go beyond my limits. But I would say I’m more fluid when it comes to my daily day activities/work ethics – 8 “

 


 

“Somewhere in the middle, I can move if I choose to but I also can’t fit in whatever container I will be put in – 7 “ 

 


 

“I always try to be a “go with the flow” kind of person but I always end up being happier when things go my way – 4 “ 

 


 

“I see my best self as a fluid person. It’s a goal for me to achieve, I ponder the Tao Te Ching as practice to make my mind malleable. That being said I’m at a 6 it’s an on going process. One day I’ll flow through the world like a GZA verse. – 6 ”

 


 

“I’m more fixed than fluid. I like finding structure in things. I do appreciate when things are fluid though. – 4 ”

 


 

“I believe all people in general are fluid, whether they know it or not. Humans are constantly learning, evolving, transforming. I am no different. Even when I feel stuck, the thing that keeps me going is knowing that nothing stays the same. – 9 ”

 


 

“I feel like I’m quite fluid. My personality and mood changes depending on the situation or person I’m currently in or with. – 10”

 


 

“I like to be fluid, but i stay true to who i am. I force who I am to work wherever I go. – 6 ”

 


 

“I am fluid with people in my ability to socialize with anyone and make them feel as comfortable as possible. I am also fluid in trying new experiences. I am more fixed when I am alone because I don’t need to adapt to anyone. – 8 ”

02.

Water doesn’t really need to think, it just flows.

In terms of thinking, are you more of a "stop and think about it" or a "go with the flow" kind of person.

STOP AND THINK    0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10     GO WITH THE FLOW


 

“A lot of the time I don’t think I stop and think about things, my mind is always running and going to different places I don’t really focus on my actions all the time I just go with whatever I think of first – 8 ”

 


 

“Don’t wanna get stuck deliberating – 5 ”

 


 

“Go with the flow. I planned a 10 people euro trip in 24 hours and stayed for two weeks – 10 ”

 


 

“go with the flow. your thoughts are separate from flow – 10 “

 


 

“Go with the motherfucking flow – 9 “

 


 

“I am a huge “stop and think” person.  I consider the implications of my actions and the countless possibilities when making a decision.  I spend a lot of time pausing, assessing, and thinking. I spend a lot of time trying to understand why someone made a particular decision.  Reflective time for me is very important. – 2 “

 


 

“I believe, in some ways, I represent both of these kinds of people. Similar to the fluidity I was talking about above, I think I am a “go with the flow” guy in most circumstances, as I am usually down for whatever the group wants to do. I typically dont stop and think before an action, but I find myself thinking a lot after some actions. I might think “did that conversation go the way I wanted it to” or “what did people think of me when I said/did that?” I try to not overthink these things but often times I cannot control it, and I am left to come up with a sort of conclusion to these questions in my mind before being able to move on with my day – 7 “

 


 

“i overthink abou a lot of things when coming to make decisions in day to day life, but at some points of my life i’d go with my instinct on important occasions – 5 “

 


 

“i stop and think. the majority of myself is encapsulated within my thoughts. every decision is a reflection of self. i would want to see through as much of the consequences before i commit. that said, i’m not indecisive – 3 ” 

 


 

“I take time to think, then go with the flow if things don’t go as i thought – 7” 

 


 

“I will go with the flow if necessary, but I prefer to have a plan and stick to it. I like to think and plan before I act – 2” 

 


 

“I’m more comfortable if I get a chance to “stop and think about it.” There are a lot of details that are ignored when I’m forced to make off-the-cuff decisions, and I tend to resort to my “go-to” reactions when I need to go with the flow. Taking a moment to reflect creates an opportunity to experiment and try something different – 2” 

 


 

“I’m definitely more of a stop and think about it kind of person. Living in Los Angeles we are always thinking about what’s next, oppose to taking a step back and really thinking about what we are doing. When it comes to anything I do I definitely stop and think – 2 “

 


 

“It definitely depends on the situation. More serious matters i will always stop and think about it but when it comes to more mundane things i tend to just go with the flow. I’m kind of a nihilist so i go with the flow most of the time because time is an illusion and nothing matters – 8 “

 


 

“Very similar to the last answer. In the past I have been crippled and paralyzed by my learned nature to over analyze. Time and time again it proves to be most prosperous to act on instinct and access a connection to nature to run along side. I strive to unlearn the taught behavior of shame, the root of crippling thoughts. – 6 ”

 


 

“More stop and think. I like to make sure that what I’m getting into. But sometimes it just depends on the situation. – 3 ”

 


 

“It depends on what the situation is. However, I think I’m more of a go with the flow kind of person. My greatest achievements and projects were done on a whim, not when I had to think about it so much. – 6 ”

 


 

“It definitely depends on the situation. More serious matters i will always stop and think about it but when it comes to more mundane things i tend to just go with the flow. I’m kind of a nihilist so i go with the flow most of the time because time is an illusion and nothing matters. – 8 ”

 


 

“I take time to think, then go with the flow if things don’t go as i thought. – 7 ”

 


 

“It depends on the situation; I can “flow” between both. If it’s more serious, important, or stressful then I need to stop and think about it. If it’s more playful like deciding where to go eat or deciding what to do, I go with the flow. – 8 ”

 


03.

Water is its own entity, yet it takes the shape of its environment and container.

What are some things that have predominantly shaped you throughout your life?


 

“Definitely my family and friends. They are the only people whose opinions I care about. My family helped me to shape my values and my friends always keep my interests evolving”

 


 

“Culver City”

 


 

“Learning to forgive the people that raised you and were toxic, because it’s not their fault. There’s no point on dwelling, you must keep growing and evolving as a person.”

 


 

“family, communication, nature, technology, education. each has the ability to bring together many different levels and see the final picture.”

 


 

“Jesus motherfucking Christ and his beautiful creation”

 


 

“The people around me largely shape my life.  I am a strong believer in learning from others, trusting that you will take what you need from other people’s perspectives and make it your own.”

 


 

“My parents and friends have had the most impact on who I am now. I am an only child, so I feel like a lot of my traits and personality were strongly influenced by my parents as I grew older. Similarly, I think my friends have had the biggest impact on my hobbies/interests, how I communicate, and even my way of life. I believe I have done a good job surrounding myself with people that allow/help me to have the most fun I can”

 


 

“childhood experiences, how i was educated. my elementary school was like a micro society”

 


 

“obvious answer: my family. abusive situations that made me realize my self worth. realizing your own mortality. losing sight. someone tried to kill my dog once”

 


 

“Moving. I am constantly between cities and I need to reshape and adapt, I am okay with that because it makes my life more fun and versatile.”

 


 

“Going through hardships and trauma has made me mature quicker and become the person I am.”

 


 

“Where I live, my culture, my ethnicity, my gender identity, my sexual identity.” 

 


 

“I grew up in Northern California. That part of the state does not look kindly upon Southern Californian culture, especially LA. “NorCal” prides itself on its intellect and authenticity, and by way of its snobbery, looks down upon “SoCal” shallow, showbiz-oriented culture.

Now that I live in SoCal, it’s very clear to me that neither of those stereotypes are based in truth. However, my environment has changed me and I’m not sure if I identity with where I came from any longer. The things that Southern California has to offer (good and bad) are very different from what I experienced before, and that has a broad effect on shaping who I am.”

 


 

“Definitely my mental health and mainly my friends and family. I deal with anxiety so I really had to alter how I function daily, what mistakes I’ve made that triggers it ect. I would say I have grown as a person just with my experience with anxiety, my friends and family helped through that journey and it either made me do more or less. While it was difficult I learned to step out of my comfort zone and not be stuck in a hole, too scared to fail.”

 


 

“My friends, my parents, and my pets.”

 


 

“Human interaction, you can read and watch a lot of information and form a lot of opinions, but it’s the real world that allows you to put ideas into practice and in real human interactions is when you truly learn who you are.”

 


 

“The environment that I grew up in and the people that I’ve met along the way.”

 


 

“My family. They are constantly around me. Giving me advice, criticism, comfort, and discomfort all in sporadic amounts of time. If I was alone in this world I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

 


 

“My friends, my parents, and my pets.”


 

“Moving. I am constantly between cities and I need to reshape and adapt, I am okay with that because it makes my life more fun and versatile.”

 


 

“People and experience like my family, neighbors, family friends, friends, going to school (K-12 and college), growing up in Culver City and LA, watching movies, listening to music, reading books, going to new places…”

 


04.

Water flows through everything, it just keeps on going, however, water sometimes slows down, whether by rocks, dirt, or even a huge dam that halts it in its path…

In your life thus far, what have you found more than anything else is the thing that hold you back? What is or has been your dam?


 

“The expectations of people that I care about hold me back. Sometimes I second-guess my inclinations because I don’t want to make those people uncomfortable or confused.”

 


 

“I see my dam to be my need to be in control. I feel as though I am calculated and measured in my actions and structured in my thought.  Allowing life and experiences to flow through me has largely been held back by my dam.”

 


 

“Insecurity. Sexual trauma. Manipulation. Dominance. System(at)ic racism. Self-doubt. Imposter syndrome. Not feeling worthy. Those in power. Internal dialogues/monologues sometimes in the form of another (ie my Father’s voice). Fear.”

 


 

“Fear of people judging me has been my dam. I worry too much what they think and that holds me back.”

 


 

“Other people, negativity, financial resources”

 


 

“Myself”

 


 

“the physical world is a playground for the soul. when you get too caught up in your thoughts, you lose sight of the playground and spend most if your time struggling in a net trap.”

 


 

“What holds me back is the idea that I am on track to a particular goal and to expand is to spread myself too thin.”

 


 

“Fear!”

 


 

“My dam is probably myself. I don’t say that as if I am being held back by greatness, and it’s my own fault. Overall, I’m very happy and blessed to be living the life I have right now, but there are small things that slow me down. I know that I care too much about what other people think of me. I am a mediator, and I want to be liked by everyone. If I could simply change my mindset so that I didnt spend time every day mulling over my past interactions with people, my day would flow smoother and I think I would be that much happier. This is easier said than done of course, but I find myself slowly getting better and better.”

 


 

“Similar to my previous answer my anxiety, but I learned to overcome it.”

 


 

“My mentality. Wether it’s school or my weight I tend to just not think about the overall goal when smaller things are in spectrum.”

 


 

“I never like the feeling of failure because I think of it as being embarrassing. Something that I think holds me back is my fear of not succeeding in everything I do.”

 


 

“My own motherfucking self and also my legs due to the fact that I am a motherfucking water snake.”

 


 

“Myself.”

 


 

“I’m my own dam.”

 


 

“Myself.

I’ve had the privilege of living a wonderful life, but my mental health has prevented me from enjoying that privilege as much as I should. I think something inside me thinks that it isn’t fair that I have such an amazing life when I haven’t done anything to deserve it.”

 


 

“Fear & social anxiety. I’m so terrified of how my actions will reflect to the outside world i sometimes won’t try or will shoot myself in the foot trying to make my most original self fit in the box i imagine everyone wants to see.”

 


 

“Mindset. My mindset prevented me from achieving goals and being happy.”

 


“Fear”

 

05.

Some dams stop water altogether, but others just slow it down, and some let the water pass through to generate electricity. Regardless, the force of the water is pressing to reach the other side.

Think of your biggest dam, it could be the answer to the previous question, or something else. When you hit it, how do you/did you over overcome it?


 

“It depends on the situation. Sometimes it’s important to me for the dam to stay intact, and so I’ll find some (hopefully productive and meaningful) way of getting through. Other times, it’s as if I’ve had some sort of awakening and realized that the dam is entirely obsolete. In this case, I’ll go at it like a wrecking ball.”

 


 

“Making life decisions based off what I want, need, and love instead of falling into structure.”

 


 

“It’s a never-ending battle dealing with triggers and panic attacks. Reminding myself I am no longer there. In that space. With that person or peoples. Lots of motivational sticky notes and distractions like sex and substances initially, now more self-love and research with attention to healing. And remembering that I cannot change the past. The past is in fact fixed. But if you don’t deal with it, it will come back to you in more daunting and harmful forms.”

 


 

“I still haven’t overcome it, but I am working on it. “

 


 

“Seek advice from others with wisdom”

 


 

“still working on it. there are good days and bad days.”

 


 

“this is very tricky. my immediate answer is to use force and aggression to move past the weakest point. rather than dwell on the size of one’s problems, one should start at the root and look for a solution in the calmest/safest way possible.”

 


 

“i have to tell myself, stop thinking about it, it’s fear and its a kind of emotion, its never the reality and my brain is just messing around w me”

 


 

“I touched on this in my previous answer, but the only way to overcome this mindset is to…change this mindset. There’s no tricks or easy fixes for something like this. My first step was to become aware that I thought like this, realize I didn’t like thinking like this, and then work towards changing how I think. Every day, I will catch myself thinking about a conversation I just had with someone, thinking “I could have said this instead” or other things like that, and then I realize what I am doing and tell myself to let it go. Then, 5 minutes later, I will completely forget about what I was even overthinking about. So I know that my overthinking is unimportant, as I forget about it so quickly, and I also know that I don’t like doing it. So anytime I catch myself overthinking, I try to tell myself its unimportant and I dont wanna do it, and then I dont. I still can be better, but I feel like I am making positive progress and I am proud of that.”

 


 

“I’ll always have anxiety, no matter what. So I taught myself to just hit it dead on, if it’s going to be with my all my life I had to adapt, or else it can really put a toll on my health and myself overall.”

 


 

“My laziness is my biggest dam, I don’t know how to overcome it yet”

 


 

“I realized that this fear can keep me from doing a lot of great and impactful things. I always try to do my best and I just need to remind myself that i need to put myself out there and just try more things”

 


 

“I keep knocking my head against the dam until my head breaks or I slide through the cracks.”

 


 

“Identify unproductive learned behaviors and take steps to address them. Looking for patterns and being honest with what the causes could be. ASK FOR HELP.”

 


 

“I haven’t overcome my dam yet. I feel like my dam is constantly moving.”

 


 

“I don’t think I’ve overcome it yet, but I will. I must.”

 


 

“Depression. It’s turned from a complete-stop dam to just something that slows me down. I’m working on breaking it down little by little every day. I overcome it through sheer persistence. I always believe the only way out is through. So i keep trying every day no matter how hard it is. I might be crying while i do it, but i try to put good food in my body, see my friends, see the sun, and try to make the world around me a nice place to be. And every day it gets a little easier.”

 


 

“My biggest dam was post-study abroad depression. I overcame it by taking time to myself and meditating.”

 


 

“Prayer, consulting my loved ones, alone time, self-care like lighting a candle, listening to music, taking a nap, taking a break, having a good cry, writing…”

 


06.

Water is our bearer, it’s what holds us together, it’s what holds our world together. But what do we do when water becomes chaotic, out of control and alarming?

Think of a moment of high pressure and or stress, how do you keep your calm, your cool and inner peace? How do you keep from steaming?


 

“I’ll go swimming. After a couple of laps, plus laying in the sun for a while, things don’t seem so bad and it’s easier to see what my priorities are.”

 


 

“I find peace when closing my eyes and breathing.  I like to relieve stress by getting things done. I like to make decisions that alleviate stress as soon as my feelings are uncentered.”

 


 

“Great question. It’s not easy and is not always possible. That overflow of the boiling water spewing out of the pot is very real when surviving. Typically I just walk away from the situation. Or let the fire out and make my case before leaving and crying out of frustration. Various forms of movement can be meditative and healing to clear the mind. Talking to calm balanced minds helps. I don’t know if my way of keeping my cool is healthy though. It’s so restrictive yet it allows me to move through the world a bit easier and take things as they come. But it constantly feels like there is a boiling sensation or heat rising in the body I have to repress or tone down in many spaces and I am not ever really interested in doing so.”

 


 

“I try to think of the consequences of losing my cool, and prioritize getting something done and freaking out after.”

 


 

“Count to ten, breathe, Mary Jane”

 


 

“reduction – physically, mentally, emotionally.

 cleaning, sleeping, not eating, leaving the room.”

 


 

“i think of natural disaster, of an occasion which carries great magnitude such as a hurricane or earthquake. our biggest problems and stresses are negative energies which weigh less than a piece of dust compared to the “problems” of the world. I keep inner piece by knowing i have family and friends, that i have a steady job and can support myself. that the world is cracking but there are still good people. to remind yourself of your existence is a double edged sword, because it is gratifying to see oneself and think highly and confidently about status and position. on the other hand, the power of words, thoughts, and opinions are striking. bottom line, we all exist on a level field, our thoughts are meaningless. we must all make this field out home.”

 


 

“I find that exercise is a really good de-stresser, I practice breathing and use communication to deal with problems as they arise.”

 


 

“….seeing a psychiatrist!”

 


 

“I kind of like being by myself in situations of high pressure or stress. I know sometimes this is unreasonable (i.e. if you are out in a group when this situation arises), but if I am able to just go somewhere by myself and think without anyone influencing my thoughts, I can usually work through how I am feeling. I will of course want to talk with my friends afterward, but for that moment when the situation arises, I like being by myself to think.”

 


 

“I go to my escape place which is art. Specifically photography and drawing. When I feel stressed I go to either or because that’s when I feel most free and let out all my thoughts. I always carry my camera wherever I go so there really isn’t a moment where I can’t take pictures to destress.”

 


 

“I just disconnect emotionally and sort of check out so I don’t get too involved and then I’m able to continue”

 


 

“I like to spend time to focus on myself and do things that make me happy. Like spending time with my friends, taking a nap, working out, watching a funny show or taking time to put on a face mask and paint my nails to help me feel refreshed.”

 


 

“Perspective. An ants ocean is our raindrop and our oceans are the universes puddle”

 


 

“Relax, organize, and prioritize.”

 


 

“I slow everything down. The water can rush past me and I can feel at ease if I can slow everything down around me in my mind. I remind myself to breath. There have been countless times that I’ve panicked and let the water sweep me away, and I’ve learned well from those times.”

 


 

“Again, being a nihilist, remembering that very little matters at the end of the day. That way i can pick out what really does matter and not sweat the small stuff.”

 


 

“To keep my calm I make a plan and start somewhere to work towards a solution. I always keep in mind there is a solution and I will get there eventually.”

 


“Please see above.”

 


07.

Water is essential to our living being, and in addition to other things, it’s what literally keeps us moving.

In your life, what gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you moving?


 

“I always have hope and excitement for trying new things.”

 


 

“I get out of bed in the morning because I love laughing and the small things in life.”

 


 

“This is a question I’m always curious about. How do I get out of bed in the morning and what is that drive. Why is it easier to wake up on some days and not others and how do I still get up even on the harder days. I think it is opportunity and the ability to restart, refresh, and continue to learn/see/do more things.”

 


 

“Obligations and hoping for a better future keeps me going, one step at a time.”

 


 

“To be my best self. Kobe mentality: playing against my own PRs”

 


 

“for the ones who aren’t as lucky. also mom would be sad.”

 


 

“the sun is a powerful star. its energy keeps us moving. water, sunlight, food, slumber, sex, physical activity in sports, competition, creativity towards material… the list goes on.”

 


 

“I know we are not perfect and that in fact life can be pretty arbitrary, but improving oneself and sharing life with others is what gets me out bed”

 


 

“tasks and schools :(((

 


 

“My girlfriend, my friends, my family, my aspirations, my goals, everything keeps me moving. I am extremely blessed to have the life that I have. Every day I have fun. Every day I make connections with my friends, family, or strangers. I wake up every morning because living that day is going to be way more fun that fucking sleeping!”

 


 

“My Family and Friends. Everyone I value are all doing their part, and I want to go beyond expectations just like they’re doing. So they really give me that motivation everyday.”

 


 

“My life goals”

 


 

“I always sprinkle a few things into my schedule that I can look forward to. Like a workout class with my favorite instructor after a long day of work or going to get dinner with my friends on the weekends”

 


 

“Money”

 


 

“The idea of Infinite possibilities and curiosity.”

 


 

“My dream.”

 


 

“The promise of tomorrow. The promise and excitement of constant change. 

 


 

“I’m far from a perfect person, and that is why I force myself to keep going. To see myself change and grow.”

 


 

“Taking care of the people i love.”

 


 

“Having goals for the day!”

 


 

“First, the blessing and promise of a new day. Second, my loved ones. Third, living out my purpose.”

 


08.

It is said that being near bodies of water makes us happier…

How does this hold true to you? Can you recall a moment where water brought you a sense of relief or joy? Or is the opposite true for you?


 

“I grew up next to the ocean, and so it’s really difficult for me to imagine what it would be like to live anywhere else. I worked in San Francisco one summer, and I commuted to work by ferry everyday. The view of the city was amazing from the water, there were pelicans and seals everywhere, and you could drink a beer and watch the sunset from the deck on your way home. I was totally miserable that summer, but those moments on the ferry were amazing!”

 


 

“Water is my lifeline.  Water influences all parts of my life in a way that almost feels sacred.  I was born in a bathtub, I am a swimmer, I study water systems in college. My favorite rapper’s tag line is “Drink More Water”, as a metaphor for actively consuming new thought.  I cannot be away from water. I need to live close to a large body of water. In a literal sense, water is the universal solvent — cleans and removes stains, memories, sins. Drinking water is the way I try to get better after an illness. Life can only exist on Earth because it is the only known planet with water. 

Water is so special due to its chemical properties.  Water attracts other substances, without actually bonding, allowing it to dissolve substances more than any other chemical.  Water as a substance can also absorb a large amount heat before changing into a vapor, so, that is why we sweat to cool ourselves down.  When water is frozen, it is less dense than its liquid state, that is why ice floats. The unique structure of water allows it to be denser when frozen because it forms an organized crystal structure that creates more space between molecules than if it were to be in its free-form fluid state.  This is so important to the livelihoods of organisms in bodies of water because when ice freezes on the top, it creates an insulating layer allowing life to survive in bodies of water during cold periods. We need water in our body because it transfer through cells and carry other things in and out different barriers in our body — unique to any other substance.  Water can also uniquely exists as its three states at once, imagine a beautiful flowing lake with the sun peaking out of clouds of water vapor with snow-capped mountains in the background. 

An odorless tasteless substance that is the backdrop to anything.  Beauty and life are painted onto water’s canvas. You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t drink water.  So many people do not have access to the clean water that we all take for granted. Wars have been fought over the universal solvent.  Recently I accepted the influence water has over my life. Water makes me feel at peace, it is the one thing I feel like I can hold as truth.  If I am putting my energy into providing clean water then I can trust I am doing something important with my time and energy.”

 


 

“It’s typically calming if the water is calm and clear. Sitting on the beach in LA in the evening one day with no one else on the beach comes to mind. Just listening to the movement of the water. Staring out into the bright blue ocean in Haiti is a memorable moment. Submerging into a hot jacuzzi is like a warm blanket. The opposite reaction is only at beaches with really rough waves where you’re battling the elements and in baths for some reason.”

 


 

“I love being around the water, whether it’s a bath or the ocean. I feel at peace when I am alone in the beach, letting the waves crash against me.”

 


 

“Every time im at the beach, it feels like everything makes sense. The sheer expense of the ocean horizon calms all worries and uncertainties.”

 


 

“swimming in the deep ocean, realizing how small we really are, and accepting it. i grew up around water. it was the only good part of my week.”

 


 

“it is calming to see a large body of water because it holds much power yet stays still. we humans jump the gun when we gain even a morsel of power. water is out teacher and we are not being good students.”

 


 

“When I would go to the pool, I used to pretend I was swimming in a giant Glass cup”

 


 

“taking a bath after a long terrifying day”

 


 

“I can agree with this. I love being near the ocean, as I have lived within miles of the pacific from the day I was born until now. I love camping near rivers or lakes, and waterfalls are spectacular to me. There is something about the sound of running water or waves crashing that relaxes me, and almost makes me feel a sense of home.”

 


 

“This relates to me actually. My favorite weather is rain, that’s when I feel most calm and happy. Rain has such a big effect in my city because it doesn’t rain often. So when it does, everything becomes more lively, the sound of rain falling down my house, producing a stream that goes down my street. Not to mention I live right by a huge body of water, and everyone loves going to the beach for it so yes. It makes me and everyone happy here.”

 


 

“I’m a water baby, I love water. I would choose a vacation on a beach over an extravagant city destination any day of the week. Beach vacations are my happiness.”

 


 

“I personally love going to the beach. I find sitting on the sand and watching the waves to be so relaxing. I am lucky enough to live close to the ocean so I can go spend time there when I am feeling down or in need of a break.”

 


 

“Yes water always brings me joy because I am a motherfucking water snake”

 


 

“I think of a very early memory of swimming with my mother in a pool, but the memory of almost drowning also comes to mind. This is off subject but I think we have to be a little afraid of something to respect it. We have to fear loss in order to love something. Without death life is meaningless, and water is both how wild.”

 


 

“It’s true. Sometimes when I’m fishing or just watching the ocean at night brings me peace.”

 


 

“I need to live by a body of water. Close enough for me to drive to if I feel like it. I was born in California and the ocean makes me feel at peace.

When I smell the ocean I feel at home.”

 


 

“I have so much respect and love for the ocean. When i have gone through difficult times in the past (breakups, divorce, etc) i will drive to the beach by myself and just sit and watch the ocean until i feel better. Seeing her waves crash over and over eases my stress. Not sure why. But it helps me think.”

 


 

“Yes! Everyday! I have always lived close to the beach, and sometimes seeing the vast ocean reminds me how little my problems are.”

 


 

“100% true, I actually didn’t know it made us happier. Ever since I was little, I loved water. I used to ask every new person I met if they owned a pool. My follow up question was if I could come over and swim in it. I thought my love for water was because I aquarius is a water sign. It isn’t but the constellation is in a form of a water bearer, fun fact. Water has always brought me joy. I’ve always loved bodies of water, natural and man-made. Some of my favorites include pools, the ocean, ponds, and rivers. In high school, I went into my friend’s pool in the middle of a party; I was the only one in it. When I was little, I used to swim for hours in pools or the ocean. This past spring, my best friend found us a camping ground in Sequoia right next to a rushing river. Its sound was beautiful, especially falling asleep and waking up to it. We got lucky again this past summer and camped by the ocean. Again, the sound was beautiful. And how could I forget, I love the rain and its sound, even if it can be a nuisance sometimes. This question made me realize water is my favorite element. I also love life in water like fish but that’s a separate conversation…”


09.

Apart from water, what else makes you happy? Or what is the one thing that makes you happiest in life?


 

“The ability to share things that make me happy or excited with other people is one of the best things in life.”

 


 

“I like color and shapes.  I love how way free-form objects look on a blank surface.  I love seeing colors juxtaposed to blank surfaces. I love foggy mornings and big breakfasts.  I love learning from others and getting to know myself.”

 


 

“Sharing my passions. Sharing spaces and bodies with other passionate wholesome individuals. The sun. Really yummy foods, especially desserts.”

 


 

“Having supportive friends and family make me the happiest, it is nice to have a support system to lean on.”

 


 

“LAUGHTER. STOP GETTING OFFENDED AND LAUGH MORE”

 


 

“my dog”

 


 

“the wrath of insects.”

 


 

“Sharing life with others”

 


 

“MONEY!!!!”

 


 

“My friends!”

 


 

“Besides all the things I mentioned that I love, I would say Fútbol is what makes me the most happiest person on this world. It literally makes me the happiest person, all I watch, talk, and sleep to is the World of Fútbol. I don’t know what I would do without it.”

 


 

“Myself, my family, exercise”

 


 

“Being with people I care about brings me the most joy. I love having people that I can talk to or do anything with even if that includes just sitting in silence haha”

 


 

“Sleep”

 


 

“I think of a very early memory of swimming with my mother in a pool, but the memory of almost drowning also comes to mind. This is off subject but I think we have to be a little afraid of something to respect it. We have to fear loss in order to love something. Without death life is meaningless, and water is both how wild.”

 


 

“It’s true. Sometimes when I’m fishing or just watching the ocean at night brings me peace.”

 


 

“I need to live by a body of water. Close enough for me to drive to if I feel like it. I was born in California and the ocean makes me feel at peace.

When I smell the ocean I feel at home.”

 


 

“I have so much respect and love for the ocean. When i have gone through difficult times in the past (breakups, divorce, etc) i will drive to the beach by myself and just sit and watch the ocean until i feel better. Seeing her waves crash over and over eases my stress. Not sure why. But it helps me think.”

 


 

“Yes! Everyday! I have always lived close to the beach, and sometimes seeing the vast ocean reminds me how little my problems are.”

 


 

“100% true, I actually didn’t know it made us happier. Ever since I was little, I loved water. I used to ask every new person I met if they owned a pool. My follow up question was if I could come over and swim in it. I thought my love for water was because I aquarius is a water sign. It isn’t but the constellation is in a form of a water bearer, fun fact. Water has always brought me joy. I’ve always loved bodies of water, natural and man-made. Some of my favorites include pools, the ocean, ponds, and rivers. In high school, I went into my friend’s pool in the middle of a party; I was the only one in it. When I was little, I used to swim for hours in pools or the ocean. This past spring, my best friend found us a camping ground in Sequoia right next to a rushing river. Its sound was beautiful, especially falling asleep and waking up to it. We got lucky again this past summer and camped by the ocean. Again, the sound was beautiful. And how could I forget, I love the rain and its sound, even if it can be a nuisance sometimes. This question made me realize water is my favorite element. I also love life in water like fish but that’s a separate conversation…”

 


 

“Feeling like I’m a part of something”

 


 

“My accomplishments and my family.”

 


 

“Creating. I never want to stop creating. There have been many times where I thought something I’ve worked on isn’t very good but then out of 100 drawings, 1 makes me feel like I’ve done something right. 1 makes me feel like all the other “bad” ones were worth it.”

 


 

“Creating. I never want to stop creating. There have been many times where I thought something I’ve worked on isn’t very good but then out of 100 drawings, 1 makes me feel like I’ve done something right. 1 makes me feel like all the other “bad” ones were worth it.”

 


 

“Gratitude for what I have and my relationships makes me happiest.”

 


 

“Same answer as the what has predominantly shaped me in life but I would add my faith, and my favorite things like dogs, dessert, self-discovery, epiphanies, dancing, food, achievements, camping, green plants, driving my car, sunflowers, hip hop, astrology, stickers, quality time with my loved ones…that last one really might be what makes me happiest in life.”

 


10.

Water possesses the ability to mold into anything, yet we can still define it.

What defines you?


 

“My interests, what I care about, and what I have to say about them define me.”

 


 

“I am an environmental engineer looking to provide clean water to people and places.”

 


 

“In the end, I hope to define myself. And that definition may alter over time as I do.”

 


 

“My responsibility and my empathy for others.”

 


 

“Grit.”

 


 

“Escapism”

 


 

“object – person – boy – friendly – quiet – anarchist – lover – small – fragile – leaky faucet”

 


 

“My capacity to learn and grow, to explore and share with others”

 


 

“my values and my dreams”

 


 

“Fuck dude. What defines me? I think the answer to this is a combination of so many things, its too long to write down. Its my hobbies, my goals, my friends, my character, my mindset, and so much more.”

 


 

“Passion. If I have a strong connection/love for something, I will do whatever I can to achieve it.”

 


 

“ My attitude. I handle so much in life but at the end of the day I don’t accept it and choose happiness.”

 


 

“I think people are defined by what they put out into the world. I feel like I am a caring, curious, bubbly and driven person and I hope people see these traits when they think of who I am”

 


 

“My impact on others”

 


 

“The things I do define who I am.”

 


 

“I will never stop changing, and not one thing defines me. I will never stop trying to learn and create.”

 


 

“Endless love and patience.”

 


 

“My attitude, talents, likes and dislikes define me.”

 


 

“A big, silly heart.”

 


11.

Water can be unpredictable…

Write down anything, something you want to share with the world, it can be totally random, or something that stems from what you wrote above. GO!


 

“The last time I called my mom, we had a ridiculous debate about world politics and the history of war. After she hung up on me, I went to sleep wishing for world peace.”

 


 

“Drink more water!”

 


 

“I hope we find peace, balance, and love in all spaces so we can come together in protecting this Earth and all peoples on it.”

 


 

“I have grown a lot as a person, and I am very different now than I was a year ago, 5 years ago, and 10 years ago. But I still have a lot more to go.”

 


 

“Zip zip zoopity bop”

 


 

“i don’t think i have much to contribute.”

 


 

“find excitement in your life. use boredom as a fuel for a project. start anywhere”

 


 

“It may be challenging to continue at times, but getting stronger mentally and physically are two components to resisting the social pressures we face.”

 


 

“i really dont wanna have morning class that doesn’t make sense and that’s inhuman”

 


 

“I don’t like being cold, because I am a motherfucking water snake” 

 


 

“I’ll write some advice here that goes with what I’ve written about above: be yourself and who fucking cares about what people think of you! Your true friends will love you no matter what.”

 


 

“Like water, I’ll adapt, crash, and flow throughout my life. But whatever I end up, be sure that my name will be known somehow. Thank you.”

 


 

“Be kind do yourself, you deserve it”

 


 

“Emotions come from thoughts and we control out thoughts this we can control our emotions.”

 


 

“The fact that Kanye lied to us about his new album’s release date is a dick move.”


 

“The older I get, the more I realize I know nothing at all, and that thrills me. Life is never boring and even thought I get incredibly depressed sometimes, I never give up. I want more in this world than to feel sorry for myself.”

 


 

“The only way out is through. It may hurt, but the person you turn out to be on the other side is so much stronger and smarter than you can even imagine.”

 


 

“Life gets easier when you stop letting others define it for you and just do what you want to do.”

 


 

“Be yourself, never give up, love more, be silly, and be kind. Work Hard”

 


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