Recently I was introduced to an amazing woman through Facebook. She has inspired this post. Not just She- She who Fights- She who Walks. I have been thinking about what makes my work worth doing -why not try something else, why stay and struggle getting the word out there about what I create. Why join the growing sea of individuals trying to stay independent, to carve out a place for their work to exist, or to connect with people who are excited to see and experience what it is...?
Why face my insecurities and beginners self conscious vibe? Because in truth, I may be just beginning one aspect but I have been on this path for a while. I have been questioning long enough. Is it the type of art I make, the matter its about, is it the way that I look, who I am with, what I am doing, what I am not doing.
What am I contributing to myself, to my people? I am still asking. I am still uncovering.
Am I my past-my memories, am I my potential-my dreams, am I my fears-my scars?
Paulette is a stunning example of how strength- courage and for real determination- do not exist outside of our everyday. They are our everyday. Her story- is everyday, Her story exists in a vacuum where people-women- suffer in silence, are not celebrated for their victories- their internal battle with identity and femininity.
I celebrate Her- I celebrate not defining myself through all of the conditioning and programming that has been chucked our direction since birth. What is my Value, what do I Value. Who am I- who I am- is NOT a stagnant notion, it is ever evolving and changin. To choose to define myself through a lens that doesn't allow for the affects of time is a life of anguish.
I have lost a special friend in the battle for life against Breast Cancer. And though she is not with Us now, I was given the most sacred of gifts given- the joy and sorrow of witnessing the soaring of her heart in the face of terrifying odds, she showed me what Grace is- I had never seen a more beautiful Being.
I cherish every moment-when I have the awareness. When I choose not to mill about with things that I allow to steal my joy. I open my eyes with Gratitude. Everyday.
I am what I choose to be-everyday.
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