When Words Become Pictures…

This is what we are

I came across a few words from Aubrey Marcus recently. I don’t know anything about Aubrey Marcus but what he wrote has inspired me to create this little piece of art which is going to the wonderful Pembrokeshire seascape artist Anna Waters to be used in her work with refugees.

Sometimes it’s hard to feel that there is anything we can do to undo the damage we have made to our planet, but this is one of those little quotes that helps me to remember my place.

It becomes increasingly less important to me as I get older that I have some sort of soul or energy that lives on after my body dies. This ‘personality’ seems a bit of a burden to carry around in some form for eternity. I find great comfort in the sense of a sort of recycling. Perhaps if we can truly appreciate that we are all part of everything and everything is part of us … (as Joni Mitchell once sang ‘We are stardust …’) we can pause now and again and just marvel at what a bloody miracle everything truly is.

I am calling my bit of art This Is Who We Are.

Here is Aubrey Marcus who inspired me with:

“You are comprised of: 84 minerals, 23 elements, and 8 gallons of water spread across 38 trillion cells.

“You have been built up from nothing by the spare parts of the Earth you have consumed, according to a set of instructions hidden in a double helix and small enough to be carried by (an egg) and a sperm.

“You are recycled butterflies, plants, rocks, streams, firewood, wolf fur and shark teeth, broken down to their smallest parts and rebuilt into our planet’s most complex living thing.

“You are not living on Earth. You are Earth.”

Aubrey Marcus (IG: @aubreymarcus) is the founder of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Onnit is an Inc. 500 company and an industry leader “with products optimising millions of lives, including many top professional athletes around the world”.


Anna Waters is a full-time professionalartist who works and lives in Pembrokeshire. When not at home, she can generally be found in the company of fellow artists, sketching and painting.


Pembrokeshire.Online would love to hear sayings or quotes that have inspired you to create something. Email Kitty at speaktofish@gmail.com with ‘Inspiration’ in the title line. 

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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