As humans, one of the hardest parts of maturing is learning and applying balance, especially in balancing emotions with rational thinking. Our minds are able to dissect situations while our hearts run wild and blindly react to them - or at least mine does. For the past two weeks my emotions have been both up and down the wall. Because of recent distance between one of my closest friends and I, I have struggled. The loss of someone so prevalent to my daily life, and the loss of the emotional balance their constant presence had provided have made it hard.
I was thrilled and surprised to see such a relatable story in Ode To Joy. I arrived nice and early to the beautiful Cherry Lane Theatre. At first, I was not appreciative of my surrounding environment due to mental blinders provided by my emotions. I collected my ticket and sat down in silence until the lights dimmed down and the show began. Through the main character, an escapist and artist, I realized how annoying her patterns were because they were similar to my own. I began to both love and hate her, as if I was witnessing an exaggerated version of my life. Once intermission came around, I remained seated stunned by both the realizations given to me through her and eager for the production to begin again.
Adele, the drug-addicted artist, said the furthest distance was between the head and the heart. That line stuck out to me. The only way to relieve yourself of unnecessary stress is to realize your worth and love yourself while accepting that some things are out of your control. Why stress what you can't do anything about? Buddhist teaching preaches that suffering is optional and I had never fully understood that until Adele's reflection of myself in Ode to Joy.