I am honored to have collaborated with @Coach on this piece for #IWD2019. I wrote these words thinking about 1 woman’s story, and also, my own. Yesterday this page reached 400k followers (!) and wow...thank you. It’s made me reflect on a lot, and inspired to share a little bit of the story of what led to days like today:
Photo #3: One night in late 2016, I was feeling like a failure. It was the result of a lot of things all falling down on me at once. It was like I had been keeping my head in the clouds, trying to stay afloat up there in my illusions of what I thought “confidence” was and then on one night, it felt like my head fell from the clouds and crashed right into my heart, and everything fell apart. These are the words I wrote that night. I shared it on Pinterest, just as a way of giving a little closure to a hard night, and I didn’t put much effort into “trying to get it out there.” What happened next was beyond me.
Till this day, I haven’t still haven’t been able to figure out how that particular poem “got out there.” It’s been pinned over 100k times and I still don’t know how it happened. But I do know it taught me this: in one of my lowest place, I created something that connected with others who felt the same way.
Photo #4: This photo represents 2017. I spent 2017 creating like I was a kid again. I started painting again. I started writing short poems with permanent markers. Things I had given up for more “grown up” artistic endeavors. I found hope in the simple things. In late 2017, the self-doubt and feelings of failure were kicking in again. I began to realize that something in me had to change. I had to do something that would remind me that making art wasn’t about popularity or success. It was about connecting with people, one on one.
Photo #5: So In October 2017, I started making art like this: art and words based on the stories that people sent me. I still deal with self-doubt and other limiting beliefs but making art for other people has humbled and reminded me: all along, this has been about something bigger. All along, by grace, I am not limited by my fears and failures. (continued in the comments)