Day 609: Invisible

In order to start making some of my thoughts and feelings visible to you today, here’s an image from yesterday’s post:

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If my reason for including that photo in Day 608: Low hanging fruit is invisible to you now, it wouldn’t kill you to read that post, you know.

I’d like to make this visible, now: I had some thoughts and feelings, yesterday, about “The Invisible Man” — and the rest of those Classics Illustrated Comic Books — which I kept invisible.

That’s not unusual. I have lots of feelings and thoughts when I am writing anything — some of which I show and some of which I keep hidden.

Why do any of us keep certain thoughts and feelings hidden? Perhaps, because of:

  • fear of others’ reactions,
  • shame,
  • assuming we’re alone with these thoughts and feelings,
  • an old habit of keeping secrets, and/or
  • having so many thoughts and feelings, that we must pick and choose what we reveal.

Should I make visible some of my Invisibles from yesterday?

Sure. My sister might sell some or all of those comic books. I have mixed feelings about that. I have lots of memories, very visible to me, now, of reading them when I was a kid.

Actually, now that I think of it, those vivid memories might be enough.  I may not need the actual comic books visible in my life, at this point.

That was a helpful thought.

What’s next?

If I were visible to you now, you might see that I am

  • eager,
  • perplexed,
  • a little worried, and
  • hopeful

about transforming other thoughts and feeling about the topic “Invisible” into a blog post, good enough for you and me.

Here’s another thought I’m having about “Invisible.” It’s  a song by Clay Aiken.

Something I have kept invisible, until now, in this blog:  Starting in the year 2003, I saw many Clay Aiken concerts, along with several people who were very visible in my life, at that time.

As I’m writing this, their faces are visible in my mind. I’m wondering if any of them are reading my blog, these days. If they are, maybe they’ll make their reactions visible to me, by making a comment! (That would be cool.)

Here’s a video of Clay singing “Invisible” on his JukeBox Tour in August 2005, with Spanish subtitles:

(YouTube video found here)

Whenever I decide to include a video here, YouTube usually gives me several choices. My decision process — which is visible to me and likely invisible to anybody else — includes these preferences:

  • Live performance.
  • Good enough audio.
  • Good enough video.
  • Something familiar to me.
  • Something unfamiliar to me (like a different locale or language).
  • People being given credit.
  • Applause!!

Now I’m wondering this:  Am  I giving enough visible structure to this post? If not, here’s a helpful question I ask myself when I am writing, every day.

Have I made my important reasons for writing this post visible enough — to my readers and to myself?

For this post, I’m not sure if I am totally in touch with what’s important about “Invisible.” When my intentions seem somewhat invisible to me, it helps to make a list, quickly, without thinking.  What else do I want to communicate, here and now, about “Invisible”?

  • Other people’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions are often invisible to us.
  • When I create anything (including a blog post), parts of my process are inevitably invisible to others.
  • It’s your choice what you make visible and invisible to others.
  • When I was a child and dealing with a congenital heart condition and many hospitalizations, I sometimes felt  invisible and — sometimes — too visible.
  • These days, feeling invisible can be a good thing, especially when I’m walking around in public, singing or dancing.
  • When I was recently talking to my managers at work about feeling invisible in a weekly meeting, one of them said, “Maybe you are more visible there, than you think.”

Okay!

Before I end this visible/invisible post, I shall now make visible some images I captured yesterday:

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There are two things I want to make visible about those photos, above. For me, visibility often includes answers AND questions.

  1. I am trying to make visible, here, the tree in our backyard which, after tomorrow, will be visible no more.
  2. What the heck is that very visible squirrel — in the first photo — holding in its very visible mouth?

Thanks to Clay Aiken; to all the people I’ve met along the meanderings of my path (invisible and visible); to trees, dogs, and other living things; and to you — of course! — for both the visible and the invisible you bring here, today.

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23 thoughts on “Day 609: Invisible

  1. Your intentions don’t ever seen invisible to me, Ann. You are as clear a point-maker I’ve been fortunate enough to befriend.

    Selling those classics of your youth? Yes, unsettling, at best. I agree. But there could be a rather big pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. Those seem rather mint in your photo!

    Claymaniac! I hope your fellow followers are readers and reach out. No need to cloak that passion.

    Bye-bye good tree.

    Enjoy your Labor Day, my friend.

    • Thank you for another amazingly supportive comment, Mark.

      As usual, things are not exactly as they seem at first, however: (1) those comic books smell quite musty so the must-iness might interfere with the mint-iness and (2) I am no longer a Claymaniac (that is, I haven’t attended a concert in many years) (although I still believe Clay (a) has an incredible voice and (b) is a good guy).

      Now that I’ve made those details visible, I don’t even know if they’re important. Here’s what IS important to me, in the moment: YOU are one of my readers and you reach out … which helps me enjoy my Labor Day, good friend.

      • Thank you, Ann. Must-and-mint. That’s a combo for you that auctioneers should have ready to roll of their tongues. Good one there.

        I still hope some fellow Clay fans reach out to you. That concert-going period must have been a memorable time. I had the chance to see Clay sing live here in Syracuse during that stretch. Terrific voice, indeed.

      • We are hoping similar things, Mark. And that concert-going period was a Must for me, during that time, with lots of fun and lots of connections.

        Thank you for your terrific voice, here.

  2. Hope you’re having a good Labor day Ann. I rarely comment but that’s not because you’re invisible, it’s that I’ve nothing to add. Today I just want to say I see you, I hear you.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  3. Thank you for the revealing so much today Ann!
    Hugs
    Val x

  4. Peek-a-boo – I see you Ann!
    Diana xo

  5. Does that squirrel have a tennis ball in his mouth? And does he want to have a tennis ball in his mouth?

    Your efforts are never invisible to me. Happy Labour Day!

    • Happy Labour Day. The “U” in “labour” is invisible here in the US, but I am always glad when you are visible here in my blog.

      That looks like a tennis ball to me, too, but that can’t be true, can it? The fact is that the squirrel quickly became invisible soon after I captured that shot, so … we’ll never know, I’m afraid.

  6. Another great read !

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  9. A green walnut at a guess.

  10. I don’t have a heart condition, but I’m familiar with that invisible/too visible feeling. Strange how you can feel both at the same time.

    • It is strange, Annabelle, but not unusual. Thanks for making visible — to me and others — that you have similar feelings.

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