Here are some people who are actively doing creative things that are elevating and amazing.
Because sometimes we need to focus on what’s life-affirming
(and not this crappy political morass).
The force of the imagination can open a tightened chest.
Check out three these mighty real folks:
Three Amazing Artists with a message
My former student, Jordan Hiraldo, who made it out of a tough childhood on the streets of New York City. He realized by keeping his ear to the local scene, he could do something amazing with his lens and capture artists in their everyday hustle. Because, let’s face it, we have to hustle. Check him out here.
My colleague, teacher, friend, Holly Wren Spaudling, whose off-grid childhood primed her for a life of inquiry and poetry as inoculation against cultural madness. Check her out here.
My guide Maya Angelou, whose childhood trauma left her elective mute at 7 years-old. She found her voice again only after a savvy poetry teacher refused to listen to her work if she wouldn’t read it aloud. Here is Maya’s insistent message to young people: “You are all we have.” Listen to the whole journey here. (Get your tissues/snot sleeve ready!).
Prompt Yourself Up
How about you, amazing person?
What creative impulse runs through you, and how can you let it all hang out– like, now?
(Because I can’t keep listening to these confirmation hearings, it’s killing me, I’d rather look at anything even remotely amazing that you make– yes, you, really).
How has your childhood shaped you?
How have your unique conditions given you a unique eye– and what does that eye see?
What have you made lately?
Can you reach for some materials now and release your imagination, just because?
How will you be part of setting us all free?
These are the questions that art can often answer better than fact alone.
Do something amazing, and show it to us. The world needs this everyday.