I will always speak up for myself and others because I didn’t realize how powerful my voice was until I had been silenced.
“Whenever one person steps up and says, ‘Wait a minute, this is wrong,’ it helps others to do the same.” – Gloria Steinem
When you realize in perfect succession, how each little step and instance in your life has led you to your passion. When for so long your path was not clear, and had so many forks and obstacles…Everything that has happened and will happen makes sense now. All of the puzzle pieces have clicked, snapped, and connected together. It’s time to take action! No matter how many doubts or fears you have that keep bubbling in front of your vision, attempting to dissuade you…they’re knocked down by your incredible vigor! Everything happens for a reason, and things that are meant to happen, will ALWAYS find a way. So now it’s up to you. :) <3
When I think of protests, I think of these images.
Nonviolent resistance. Sit-ins. Rallies. Marches. Picketing. Making love, and not war. Standing up for what you believe in. Influencing everything –the music, TV, film, literature, art…
That’s how real change is sparked. How you inspire millions to move together for a cause.
Anti-war, women’s rights, civil rights…Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Bob Dylan, Gloria Steinem, Bob Marley…all of these movements and their leaders ignited real transforming action. They influenced an entire generation to take charge and make a difference –peacefully.
Looting and violence is not a protest. Combatting brutality and violence with aggression only creates more hostility. This is not how change happens. Violence produces more violence and bloodshed.
Take note from those that came before you. Realize what succeeded and what did not. Research and get inspired. There’s a better way to create change.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
“I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” -Diane Von Furstenberg
And oh what a last few weeks it has been. In my class, our teacher had us complete a ‘healthy body image’ activity. The questions asked were:
‘How do you see yourself in the mirror?’
‘How do you feel about your body?’
‘How do you feel in your body?’
I didn’t even need to contemplate my answers. I swiftly wrote down, “I see myself as a very beautiful and confident woman; I believe that my personality shines through in my own appearance.”
So many of the young adults around me had such difficulty writing their answers down. It was surreal seeing my younger self in them, scrambling to piece together their insecurities into coherent sentences. I suppose I’ve taken my great confidence & assertive personality for granted. I had never visually witnessed the great depths of my progress from a young adult into a 29 year old woman. So many of my experiences over the last 10 years have shaped & molded me into the person I am today. Yet, sometimes others, particularly women, receive my poise & confidence in some way threatening & intimidating. This response has absolutely baffled me, but I’ve found that how we treat others is a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves. When someone is insecure & uncertain in themselves –envy, resentment, & anger arise. If we do not value & admire ourselves, how can we respect & care for anyone else? Simply be the incredible, & extraordinary person that you are. Perhaps you are meant to remind others how to love themselves as well. <3
Be the woman you want to spend time with.
Inspire, motivate, build her up, be kind to her.
(Do not call her names, tear her down, or be cruel)
When she dresses up -compliment and smile at her. Assure her that she is beautiful.
(Do not glare, roll your eyes, or give jealous stares)
Encourage, support, and speak positively to her.
(Do not call her any negative expletive: “bitch,” “slut,” or “whore.”)
When she is bold and strong, praise her.
(Do not view her strength as cattiness or competition.)
Do not ever turn your back on her.
Feminism is the belief in the social, economic, and political equality for both men and women, all sexes and all genders. (Let’s move past this idea of binary categories- sex and gender are fluid across all spectrums)
If you believe in this, you are a feminist. Do not let the negative connotations that patriarchal societies create deter you from supporting one another and making the world a better place -for EVERYONE.
I’ve always been encouraged throughout my creative career to sell my artworks or showcase them. Each time, I cannot bear the thought of it. Each drawing, painting, photograph, poem, story, and article that I have ever created, I have infused and forged a piece of myself into it. It’s as if I have chiseled pieces of my soul and placed them in each word, each drip of paint, and each click of the lens.
Every message and phone call exclaiming that you’ve seen these pieces of me encapsulated in my art is precisely (what I feel), every artist truly desires. That acknowledgement, that inspired reaction, the recognition, the…acceptance.
My hugest craving in life is to feel appreciated and loved. And when someone takes the time to notice and acknowledge my creativity, my heart flutters like a butterfly in my ribcage.
Artists create to express, and when their work sparks and ignites more creativity and passion –that’s ultimately what it’s all about. Thank you. <3 :)
(Quote originally by Henry Ward Beecher but I changed “he” to “she” )