ca·thar·sis noun \kə-ˈthär-səs\ plural ca·thar·ses
Definition of CATHARSIS
a : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art
b : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension
: elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression
Well, here we are right in the middle of the summer doldrums, and I have been frustrated and agitated because our home remodel has stalled. It's been almost 4 months since the kitchen was finished, but work has yet to start on the bathrooms. I had hoped they would be done by now! And it's not the contractor's fault, either. I won't go into detail on the who and the why of it all. Suffice to say I grew very impatient and tired of waiting!
Before I came to terms with our current state of affairs, I found myself looking for projects to distract me from my frustrations. (and just maybe make a little statement to somebody. ahem)
The first thing I decided was that this empty corner of my new kitchen counter needed an aquarium. So I put up a little 5 gallon hex tank for a betta fish.
Fits just perfect in there, huh? Jerry is not thrilled with this, but I love it! I had a big goldfish tank many years ago, and I had been kinda missing having fish for a while now.
Here's my fish. :) When I first put him in the tank, he spent a long time staring at the rocks. I can't imagine what he thought about them, or the rest of his new home, after living in a cup for most of his life.
A wider view of him in his tank. He doesn't officially have a name yet. I'm afraid to make the commitment of a name until I feel reasonably certain that he's not going to die right away. (Here is where I must admit that this is actually my second betta. The first one got sick shortly after I brought it home, and died a few days later.)
My other cathartic project has been painting what amounts to cute graffiti on the walls of my bathroom.
This is actually something I had considered doing years ago, but at least I've done it now, and I can enjoy it, even if it gets ripped out and painted over in a couple of weeks. But I have a feeling I'll get to enjoy it for a little longer than that.
And my frustration? Well, I suppose it's still there, under the surface, but greatly reduced because I realized I just needed to reduce my expectations.