James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.

thoughts + feelings

92: Mental Stew

Issue #92: Mental Stew


Anxiety is a chokehold on the mind, stuffing down a screaming feeling that’s wired shut. It’s been making me think, is empathy a practice in keeping things to yourself? It’s a vague concept that’s provoked my brain all week, coming and going when there’s no distractions to take my mind away from the realness.

   This little tree, around the corner from my house, symbolized my vibes all this week.

This little tree, around the corner from my house, symbolized my vibes all this week.

I’ve had plenty of instances this week where I had to confront my true self, and that’s with quotation marks. Moments where I had to ask myself if making truths public would do more for myself or help others that come across it. It’s a strange practice in restraint and reflection. I’ve realized anxiety mostly comes from confusion and not knowing what the true outcome of a situation will be. Mix in the continuous making up of scenarios and you’ve got an anxiety stew for one.

Dear reader, I’m very confused this week and needed to talk it out with you. To have you intimately listen to my thoughts and hear the screams of my rambling subconcious. My thoughts aren’t complete this week, but maybe that’s the beauty in it all along—the mind’s imperfections.

James T. Green