I was going to write something that relates to today being International Women's Day but fate intervened. And there's nothing else to do but submit really.
My friend D.L. (yes, again I mention her...what a celebrity!) sent me this link just a few minutes ago and it touched me so much that I could not help but tear up. I knew it was something I just had to share and I'm sure a lot of you, especially the women (it's our day after all!) would appreciate this and maybe cry along with me.
I understand that this happened about two years ago but I just saw this and just feel beyond compelled to share. Just to give you a background, Marina Abramovic (the artist) and Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen) met in the 1970's and collaborated in a number of projects that I would describe as completely avant-garde in the world of performance art. Abramovic is known for her works in exploring "the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind". (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramovi%C4%87)
Again according to Wikipedia, Abramovic and Ulay had a passionate relationship until they both decided to embark on a journey that would serve as a proper (and dramatic) ending to their intense love story. In 1988, they walked the Great Wall of China, with each of them starting from the opposite ends, until they met in the middle. When they met there, they said goodbye to each other and never saw each other again.
In this video below, Marina Abramovic sits with strangers for one minute in total silence. What she did not know was that Ulay was present and would sit in front of her. What happens next is something that I find so indescribably beautiful but at the same time, painful. In one word, I would say that this is one of the most soulful things I have ever seen. I have never witnessed anything like this, where so much was said without any words. All I could think of was being in their shoes, on those chairs, face to face with someone I hadn't seen for forever but with whom I connect so much.
What would you do if this happened to you?