“I hope you live to see the day when your world goes up in flames. And as you die, you’ll see my face. You’re the only one to blame.”
And here we go…
I’m doing it again. I’m pushing myself to that place where my mind shatters and everything I’ve worked so hard to create becomes something to be burned and broken. I’m not sleeping, I’m pushing myself harder and longer when I exercise, and I’m forcing myself to occupy the darkened fringes of my mind where the demons of days gone past still lurk in the shadows. It’s a horrible thing to do to oneself; to take a mind that has finally found happiness and beat it down again and again until it lies fractured and broken in its own excrement and filth. But why Chris? Why would you want to intentionally torture yourself?
I’m doing it for the sake of art. Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone and I’ve been sitting inside of mine for too damn long. My writing has become fluffy and weak; my mind has become an ooze of positivity, conformity, and bullshit. But all of that is going to change real soon. I’ll keep pushing until the fracture occurs and I’ll wallow in the beautiful mess of my own emotional masochism and the destruction of a mind I’ve never been able to comprehend. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to bring about the assassination of Chris Nicholas. Of what he has become, what he was going to be, and what people believed him capable of.
It all started with an epigraph: a quote by the world renowned philosopher Laozi – a man best known as the reputed author of the Taeo Te Ching. It went a little something like this:
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
And with those nineteen words came an entire world of characters, story arcs, successes, failures, moments of triumph and great sorrow. With those nineteen words offered as insight of what was to come: Vulnerable was born. It’s a twisted love story told by a man with a penchant for mayhem and hate. I’ve spent years toiling away at scripts based around angels of death, war, destruction, and broken spirits so it seemed like such a monumental task to produce anything else.
Ask anyone that knows me and they’ll tell you that I’m not the fluffy type. I’m more likely to offend than swoon. I shoot from the hip with little regard for what others think about me. But I know others; give me an opportunity and I’ll break your fucking mind. I’ve done it before and you can be damn sure that I’ll do it again. I’ll be your master and I’ll destroy everything you love and everything you’ve ever believed in. I have intelligence and I have strength. But I’ve never really known myself, and I’ve never been able to master the narcissistic monster I can become. True power and wisdom have always eluded me. I’ll always pull when pushed too far. But I can’t tell you why and I can’t stop it. I’ll never start the fight, but I’ll sure as hell finish it. And if there’s no one left to fight, I’ll start tearing apart my own fucking mind out of boredom and an urge to destroy.
Laozi’s words hit me hard. I’d chosen an epigraph that not only resonated with this author, but left him actually questioning his own behaviour. I’m stubborn. I’m loyal. I’m confident, an arsehole, and about a million other things. But I’m such an enigma to myself and everyone around me that it seemed only fitting to try and garner some kind of understanding of self as I ventured through unchartered waters with my love story. So I chose to open my novel in a shrink’s office, and I poured my fucking heart out onto page after page until my soul felt bare. I started off writing a novel to challenge myself and almost instantly realised that the reason I’ve failed in past relationships, job opportunities, and whatever the hell else, was because sometimes I can be a real piece of shit.
I’m different. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t care about people. I don’t care about their opinions, their problems, or their lives. I have a gathering of men and women that I rely on who I will protect with bloody hands. As for the rest: they’re nothing more than collateral damage when I turn my world to ashes. It’s not in my nature to love; it’s in my heart to maim. Yet for a long time I thought I understood love and romance.
As someone who defines himself as an aggressive creative, it seemed only natural that my interpretation of the sanctity of true togetherness contained an element of brutality. I spent years believing that true love meant being prepared to burn my world, just to prove my value and my dedication. The problem was that I didn’t know a damn thing about myself or what I was doing. And I’d watch as time progressed and the women I was with started to remove the rose coloured glasses of lust and watch me instead with the wary eye one casts on the damaged and the unstable. I’d take romance, hold it tight, and squeeze until its chest collapsed and it died in my arms.
Pretty scary right? Well recently I have fallen in love with myself, and I’m in the process of choking the fucking life out of that piece of shit. And I’m doing it all in the name of art.
This whole positive writer thing is fucking with me. I mean, I’ve produced some interesting pieces and I’ve had a little fun. But it’s not me. It’s not what I aim for. I want to change the world through my words and if I’m so willing to accept that everything is perfect then what would be the point? I want to draw battlelines, shatter preconceptions, and unlock the minds of the ignorant and enslaved. I want to take your hands and show you a world that you never believed possible. I can still show you beauty and I can still show you compassion. But I can’t do it by being someone so willing to blindly accept that what I am told to believe is beautiful really is.
Beauty isn’t a photograph, a model, or a shitload of likes on a blog or fucking social media account. Beauty is a thought, a feeling, an opportunity that makes you feel alive. Love isn’t about burning the world just to prove your worth, and it’s not about choking something until it dies. Love is about a thought, a feeling, and you guessed it, a fucking opportunity that makes you feel alive. Love and beauty are intrinsically linked and until one is prepared to accept that there is more to their soul than they can ever fully comprehend how can they ever expect to have true wisdom or power?
So here’s to the assassination of Chris Nicholas. That fucking misguided prick who thought that living a life of blind optimism rather than setting alight his heart and soul was wise. Here’s to the return of the aggressive creative who searches endlessly to understand himself and push his mind to places it can never recover from.
The devil is crawling up my back once more and the purging of my weakness has begun.