You know those times when you feel you need an exit plan but you don’t have a strategy?
You don’t want to be there.
You feel trapped.
Your insides feel combustible.
You could swim in the moisture made from your palms.
Your toes tap dance inside your shoes but the music’s not jubilant.
Can you change the music?
Can you imagine swimming in water blue and calm?
Can you find the key to unlock the cage?
Then make one.
No one and nothing can trap you.
We are pixilated and all the dots that make us who we are can float through any barrier and collect themselves on the other side.
Digitalized or not, you are a great painting of yourself.
You can find your way back.
Just ask Alice.
FYI: Though pixelated is the standard spelling of the word meaning rendered with visible pixels, there’s a good reason that spell check does not catch pixilated. Pixilated is an old, seldom-used Americanism dating from the middle of the 19th century and peaking (in this use) in the middle 20th century. It meant (1) crazed, bewildered, or whimsical, or (2) intoxicated.1
Pixilated derives from the noun pixie, denoting the mythical, mischievous creature.2 One who is pixilated is under the sway of a figurative pixie or behaving in a pixielike manner.
photo credit (ferret)
photo credit (man)
photo credit (woman)
photo credit (Alice) and pixilated by me.