‘I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I’m not even brave enough for that’ - Paul Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
As individuals, we are living in our own bubble for the majority of our lives before reaching self-realisation. Our bubble and concept of reality are constructed by the people around us, and our thinking and beliefs are heavily influenced by this network. However, without self-realisation, this bubble can be all-consuming. The norms within the bubble dictate the actions of the individual.
Bursting The Bubble
These norms give birth to judgement and the power of judgement is unworldly. It has the power to create endless self-doubt and shame. Ultimately opening the gateway to hell. By letting the judgement of others take control, this eventually leads to one’s own demise. But by having the courage to cope through the adversity and see past the hopelessness, a path is created to self-realisation and the bursting of one’s own bubble.
Escaping The Bubble
This art piece represents a girl breaking free from the shackles of social norms and expectations. She is now free to pursue her own interests, and express her true self. The only valuable critic of her achievements will be herself. She is living through the stages of attaining self-realisation; first by coping with adversity and then finally by being able to take self-control.