Call in the professionals
Shrinks listen to our hit lists and wish lists; then note our sorry habits and verbal skills. Architects ask us to describe our dream house; then watch how we really use our space. Interior designers ask us whose lifestyle we envy; then study the magazines we read. What’s this say about humans? We can’t really see ourselves; we don’t often know what’s good for us; and according to these professionals, we’re not alone in our misery and wants. We yearn to be understood and memorable. That’s why we invented consultants and coaches.
Not only have they seen it all. But they offer something priceless: the professional distance to see our lives with 20-20 hindsight. When they encourage us to talk about our hopes and dreams, they allow us to be free-thinkers again. With their solutions and suggestions, they allow us to try on new looks without the risk of making a misstep we’ll regret later.
Get Thee To A Memory Decorator
Just as there’s a professional for sprucing up our personal space, wardrobe, and our choices in life partners, there’s also a professional for reframing our memories to shift perspective all for the better. This professional is called a Memory Decorator: a digital artist and personal historian who creates (custom) wishful reality to counter regrets, guilt and envy.
Sit down with me for a photo review and I will ask you all sorts of provocative questions about your secret dreams, wishes and longings for yourself, or others. Then I will turn all those unproductive and sometimes corrosive musings into a meaning-laden positive work of art.
As a professional with humor in my arsenal, I employ irony, symbolism, exaggeration — anything that will move you over from the negative to the positive, where you can begin to laugh at yourself.
So here’s something to think about. If there was something you could change about your life, what would it be?
- Did you wish you had taken Grandpa to the casino, like he asked?
- Are you sorry your son and his new bride couldn’t afford a honeymoon in Tahiti?
- Do you still believe your spouse deserved the Congressional Medal of Honor?
- Are you pining for peace in the family?
- Have you just experienced the loss of a loved one, and feel like a piece of you is missing?
If you want to feel brand new without cosmetic surgery, changing jobs or spending thousands of dollars on a new wardrobe or a renovated kitchen, talk to this memory artist. I’ll re-contextualize your personal photos to say something entirely new about you, adding backdrops and meaningful objects from my own photography. With a new and improved reality (in the form of a custom digital photo collage), you’ll get a new lease on life every time you take a look.