Good ol’ Timu hearing. Does Dreameater know Kali can hear them? And is he saying all this for her benefit? Maaaaaaybe…
Been a bit of a difficult week for me. Running into some nasty old patterns. But I’ve been very fortunate with friends and readers who have written to me lately with a lot of kindness and support. I’ve had people tell me that I’ve inspired them to start writing again for the first time in years, or that they’re drawing again. I’m still very uncomfortable with the idea of anyone viewing me as an inspiration. I think that surely there’s somebody better than me, and that someday I’m going to inevitably let everyone down. But at the same time, that’s what I want to do with my life. I want to share my stories with you, and encourage you in turn to share your stories with others. I want to speak in more schools, because children have so much life and energy and creativity and talent, and so often it is stifled by more “serious” work, by impossible perfectionism, and by invalidating comments. I want to be a validating person. I would like to encourage and inspire and cultivate, because there is so much beauty in the world that is never born, because we snuff it out before it has a chance to grow.
Nobody has exactly the same experience in life as another person. We each have a story, or stories, that have elements wholly unique to us. Sure, many of them bear similarities — we are all human, all cut from the same basic cloth — but the way we see the world is something we can never fully share with someone else. Storytelling is the closest we can come, to letting someone else see through our eyes. And that makes it the rarest gift of all.
I find other people creating very inspiring. I get excited when I hear someone has a new idea, a new concept, a new theme they wish to explore. It feels like a new ray of sunlight is being born into the world. That something beautiful and new is being formed. And I love that in some small way I can be a part of that, even if it’s just to listen, and witness, and celebrate that birth.
What do you find inspiring?