Day 242 – Happy Birthday Inanimate Object

Today we had a yard sale.  It was kind of a crappy day to have one…cloudy, and kind of gross out.  None the less we did make some money.  And I got to jam with a guy….he played my guitar that was for sale and I played my brand new cigar box guitar.  After the yard sale we head off to get dinner.  It is sweet to just have a nice dinner with Theresa and Darwin.  After dinner we head to Target.  Then we decide to drive up to Twin Peaks to see if we can see any of the fireworks…You see today is the 75th Birthday for the Golden Gate Bridge.  And they are supposed to be celebrating with a huge pyrotechnic display.  It seems as though the rest of the city has the same idea….This place is packed!  So we drive on….we end up on a hill above UCSF.  We hike up the hill and find a great spot to watch.  We huddle together to keep warm.  As the show starts I feel like a super dad.  I really cherish and enjoy the connection with Darwin.  I love my family so much.  I love this city so much.  Happy Birthday Bridge.

This is the second time in my life that I have wished an inanimate object a Happy Birthday.  Last year….On Memorial Day weekend we drove to Livermore to wish the Livermore Light Bulb a Happy B-day.  That was a little more strange.  Nonetheless….This was a little strange and bittersweet for me too.  You see, I think the bridge is great enough I guess….But it is also the most renowned suicide landmark in the world.  More that 1500 people have jumped off the bridge.  Last year before the project started I was suicidal.  Extremely overwhelmed, depressed and in a terrible place.  The bridge was something I would entertain in my plans.  So I see it as something not so great as well.  Kind of like seeing both sides of a coin at the same time.  I am very glad that things are a lot better for me now.  This project really has helped me in so many ways.  My life is filled with intention and purpose.  I love giving…it makes me feel so good.  I always say “How bad can life really be if I can still find a way to give gifts on a daily basis?”  And I feel much more connected to reality nowadays.  This project has truly saved my life.

Take it easy.  Take care.

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My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at www.undersong.com as well. Thanks for your time.
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One Response to Day 242 – Happy Birthday Inanimate Object

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    Wow, I just read your post to Ed and were are both quite overtaken with the power of this particular one……both of us have been in the same dark world of depression and understand more than most how lonely and difficult it is. I never pondered jumping from a bridge, but had ideations of driving into incoming traffic and other terrible ways to end life, so I understand how while you may be beyond that in your current thinking, it never really leaves your memory. I’m very proud that you write about this so openly; as I think we’ve discussed somewhat, depression still holds quite a stigma, yet it’s still so common and so many feel so alone. It is a gift to others to be so forthcoming about it…….
    I’m so grateful that you’ve found something in your life that has brought you through those hard time, gives your life purpose and meaning, allows you to be a better person for your family and friends, and gives you a focus to keep the dark side at bay. You are a very talented artist, a fine husband and a great dad, a very supportive friend to others, and the world is a better place with you in it….
    Had no clue about the Livermore light bulb, but looked it up……that is quite a feat. Ed asked if they can make something like that, how come in today’s world we have to replace them so often, which lead me to reading about a documentary called “The Lightbulb Conspiracy” about society of commercialism and the concept of planned obsolescence, but that gets me into a whole other tangent and it’s time to get to exercise, so I better get going!
    Thank you again for this most powerful and important post…..
    XOXO

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