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Rumination

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Rumination is an experimental work I did for my Interactive Narratives class. The story plays out like a choose your own adventure book, but no matter what you choose, it all leads to the same ending.

The story is not meant to say that we have no choices in life, but that there is no point in ruminating about a past that can't be changed. I use to waste away my days dreaming about what I could have done to save my parents' marriage, only to wake up to the realization that the past is gone, but I still have a future ahead of me.

At the Garden of Forking Paths I made a choice. No regrets. I look ahead.

Related work: 1000 W0RDS by yuumei Tape it Back Together by yuumei


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Graceotter01's avatar
Graceotter01Hobbyist General Artist
I like this.
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Lylaj27Student Artist
wow this is kinda sad and weird....



I LIKE IT!!! great Job on this!
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SilverShy444Student Digital Artist
Wow, playing this narrative and seeing all these comments make me realize something I've already reflected upon regarding my personal case. You see, my parents were separated ever since I was born. My only close family is my mom, and despite me being on good terms with my dad recently, I had a lot of problems with him ever since I was child. But, the thing is, even tough I missed a dad figure when younger, I always had and have my mom, she always was a mother and a father to me, because I've never seen my parents together. So I can't even imagine how a child can feel when suddenly a happy united family they always had is torn apart. It feels so painful... I hope everyone that has been through this can heal themselves from the past and manage a good relationship with both their parents... All of the best wishes to all of you
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This is a nice message. But the fact that it lead to the same ending is, in my opinions, because the parents decide everything. So the child, since he isn't very intelligent and can't make choices on his own, had only two options: left or right, mother or father, 1 or 2. It's hard for a child to make the choice of going left or right. Everything else is decided by the parents, they "own" the child. When you grow, you learn. Maybe there could have been more options if the child was older.

Still, when you only have two options, you have to make a choice, no matter what.
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JoTheDreamerHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...
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izzymartyStudent Filmographer
Absolutely beautiful.
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Vixen525Hobbyist General Artist
I often wish my mom had left my stepdad far sooner. He may not have hit me, but he was cruel... To give a rather mild example, when he overheard me say I wished I was dead, he said it would be doing everyone a favor. I've written a few stories about my experiences with the various men in my mom's life, a fraction of what I experienced, but ones that stood out it my memory (she had terrible taste in men, and I got the brunt of it), and I wrote a poem called 'A Mother's Duty'.

Divorce can be harsh, but it's not the only depressing situation kids may face.

The stories and poems I mention are in a collection in my gallery: linked here
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TippleToppleHobbyist General Artist
I need a hug Hug 
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miki-chaanHobbyist General Artist
Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
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TippleToppleHobbyist General Artist
Thanks Meow :3 
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CutieKatieKitsuneStudent General Artist
This is a very beautiful message... <3 I love your art! 
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AverageOtakuGirlHobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is outstanding!
CoolerThanYou2511's avatar
I hate it when parents divorce! My mom tells me that when parents fight it's like this saying, "when two elephants fight the grass suffers". If parents are trying to divorce I think they should some how try to work out the problem because when they separate, it's the child(ren) that suffer the most. I even thought that there should be a law that prevents parents from divorcing until the youngest child is an adult, that way any issue(s) the parents had may have been solved by then or so the child(ren) isn't badly affect by the issues their parents have.
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LionclawOfColdBloodsStudent General Artist
I disagree.

My own parents have gotten a divorce when I was a child, but compared to when they were together, it was like a breath of fresh air. No more hiding in my room while they fight, no more being cornered into picking which of my parents I prefered better. No more abuse from my mother.

As the years went by, my relationship has greatly improved with both of my parents, I was able to focus on school more and I was able to better develop relationships with my peers. My mother even eventually realized the error of her ways in how she treated me as a child, and we have since made up and become closer than before.

Sure, divorce does sound like a negative thing. I was scared of the concept myself when I was a child. But, sometimes, its the best solution for two people to just get away from each other in order to stop clashing. I'm sure it doesn't work for everyone, but it did wonders for me. They did try to work out a solution before they decided on a divorce, but they could find one. I'm sure if they stayed together, I would be more messed up, and I might have ended up hating them.
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princessponypaintStudent General Artist
The music and the art tie together to make such a sad feeling
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YOKOKYProfessional General Artist
just amazing-featured on my page feature
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amyrosethekid77Hobbyist Digital Artist
this reminds me when i was taken away from my father. i fell into a deep depression that i am still feeling to this day. the voice in your head saying its your fault... and you believe it...... but... but you have no other choice but to believe it...
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This was amazing. I positively love your art style and the idea of the game. The author's note was inspirational and I'm positive it really brought some people up from the dumps. The music is sweet and continues to ring in my ears. Honestly I've been exploring your art for a while now through yuumeiart.com, which I found by accident. I'm glad I did though because your art is so inspiring and bring tears to my eyes. Your work never fails to remind me that even though we've gone through a lot of things, it doesn't hinder the possibilities in the future unless we let it. It reminds me that even in the pits of despair and suffering, there is hope for better days. There may be pain, but after that there's relief. After the rain comes the rainbow. Where there is dark, there is light, and where there is light we have hope. Hope for a new start and better days. Your artwork helps remind me that I have people who are willing to help, and that I don't have to keep my pain to myself. It reminds me that needing help isn't being a burden; it's just being human. This game and the author's note helped remind me that it wasn't my fault. My parents got divorced when I was only five. Since I'm the youngest, I thought I had done something wrong; that I made my father leave us. Over the years I have gotten past that. Although every once in a while I suffer from depression because of the failed marriage, I have come to realize that it was for the better. That my father and mother love me equally. This reminded me of that, and I would like to thank you for all that you've done for me. Therefore from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Yuumei, for changing my life for the better.
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Great style to express it, it's very well achieved!
LittleSingingDragon's avatar
I don't cry easily. I never do, even at the party with my old classmates I didn't cry. They all cried. I thought I had a heart made of stone.
Now why am I crying so much?
Why you do this to me?
Why...

You just made me feel better afterwards, because I know that we should never take our family for granted even if our parents love each other and we are sure never to feel like this. 
I don't.
I love and appreciate my family. It's dear to me and I do everything I can to make my family feel my love everyday, feel my gratitude for always being with me and lead me through this path that is named life. 
I always read and hear stories about children who have been in such a great pain, much more than what we could ever expect. Even through these comments, there are stories that make me feel so stupid because sometimes I actually complain about things that aren't even comparable to theirs.
And I'm so wrong.
I am not rich, I can't always have everything I wish, but I'm good tho, I'm happy. I am happy because I have an instruction, a home, and up to everything I have a family full of love, and I'm thankful.

I am gonna go outside my room and go hug my family.

Thanks for reminding me of the luck I have.

Best wishes to you and to everyone who -for a reason o for another- had been in pain but stood up despite everything.
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A-HarperHobbyist General Artist
Never actually looked at this before, and this is how my parents used to be with each other, it was not a fun experience and it's so damaging to the child when the parents act like that. It's sad when this happens, and it strikes true to the heart because I know first hand what it's like.
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minimoose33Student Traditional Artist
My parents are currently going through a divorce, and this was a wonderful creation to happen upon. i don't feel responsible for their problems but for awhile my brother has. It's been hard for us recently and it's so strange to think the family i've had for 18 years will soon be broken apart.... I really appreciate your work and every aspect of it. from the visuals to the meanings. 
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spirtiwolf101Hobbyist Artist
this. was. AMAZING!
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TheTwerpyWolfHobbyist Photographer
Well said. I myself have had my parents divorced. Sure! I was young. But none of it was ever my (or my sister's fault.) And I personally never saw it that way. I can never tell with my sister, she is older than me, yes. However she sometimes acts scarily like him, yet when we talk about him, she screams like he had killed somebody. Perhaps the reason we, or at least I, hadn't seen regret in through there is because my father isn't doing his "Job" right. He's too focused on his own work, and sex and now he's ended up married with two more children and 2 jobs; that may seem well, however he's having economical issues, his wife is rude and slaving him, using what money he has. And though he had 2-sometimes 3- jobs, he's not making much in wealth, Or time. He's always tired, and having self pity. He's hardly now acknowledged his family here in England, or there is Cyprus, OR with our theiving stepmother in Greece.

As for my mother, she may be unemployed, but not because of him, Because of cancer. Not some petty divorce. She now has two grown children (Us) and a fiance. My sister is making GREAT money, and my stepfather just got a job, I am in a public school of my choice, and my talent in piano is now being more improved with ACTUAL EDUCATION With TUTORS! I was completely self taught and if I had stayed in Cyprus, I'm almost certain I'd lose that talent. I do miss Cyprus, But not my father. He hasn't even remembered my birthday (or my sister's) 4 times in a row now.
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