Let's say that you loved...ahem...Jonathan Taylor Thomas when you were 10 years old. I, I mean you, would ritualistically tear pictures and posters out of TeenBeat magazine, arrange them on the floor, and then carefully adhere them to the wall of your bedroom. Now, did I, I mean you, really think when I (oh well I guess the jig is up. It was me) was 10 that the more pictures of Jonathan Taylor Thomas I had up on my walls the more likely I would be to meet him and become his dream girl...well now that I think about it, I did! He would somehow feel my adolescent attraction and come racing to my door step. How is that any different from early man painting a good hunting season in hopes that he would have one.
Okay, as we grow up and our "decorating" tastes evolve we hang different things on the walls that still make us feel something. But the images still hold the same "magical" power even if we don't know it. There are a lot of art collectors out there who love Tuscan landscapes who have never been to Tuscany. They go to Tuscany through the images they collect an hope (whilst staring at said images) that one day they will get to finally go there. This collector might tell you that they simply think it is pretty! Other's collect images as a form of nostalgic memorabilia. Why do we look so lovingly into the past? Do we think that the more we love what happened there the more we may be able to make it happen again? Subconsciously we totally do! So I ask you this...look at something you have on your wall and think about why you 'really' have it. And does it pull out that oh-so-fantastic good feeling?
Last thing...have you ever not surrounded yourself with an image that made you feel good, or restricted your personal style out of fear. I have, but that is another blog.