"You're a drunk single angry mean loser who will never have children."
-James, September 2016
The Text that started it all. The Original #Sareytales. When I received this hateful message, it stung. I hate admitting it, but it hurt. And almost instantly the idea to turn these ugly words into beautiful art popped into my head. Although, perhaps the concept had been churning for some time, and I just needed this one malicious text to motivate me to do something about it.
For the past 3 months, I have been creating #Sareytales on nearly a daily basis. It's been a cathartic, exhausting and exhilarating experience. At times, it seems to consume my life, my every thought and dream. It's become something bigger than the words it was inspired by. I almost forgot about James and his text. Until last night.
I received his text (featured above) September 2, 2016. Last night, almost exactly 3 months later, an email from James appears in my inbox with the subject line "Want to apologize". Totally shocked and somewhat curious, I opened it. It was a short but honest email. He said he was sorry for his awful words and explained they came from a place of insecurity. I was actually surprised he confessed to the latter, I assumed he felt entitled to his cruelty and never thought about their effect.
I wasn't sure if I should reply to the email or ignore it entirely. A part of me just wanted to send him the #Sareytales design he inspired. But we are imperfect beings and I have no room for grudges in my life. Instead, I replied saying thank you, that I appreciate his email. And that his words really inspired me :)