What is it like to be suspended in time, motionless, uncertain of what to do next, of how to carry forward? When the world seems to go against our preconceptions and we are lost, either dwelling over the guilt and regret of the past or the fear of the future, we default to a state of psychological and even physical abeyance. But the world does not wait for us to catch up – time continues to move forward, for that is its nature, and you can choose to either wither away with it or navigate alongside it.
Aileen Xie is an artist and creative writer in high school, based in the California Bay Area. Much of her work explores the intricacies of human nature, including guilt, ambivalence, and contradiction. When she’s not drawing or writing, she’s reading some classic literature with music playing in the background and a cup of coffee in her hand.