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Your imagination can be a very dangerous thing if you don’t express it.
Consider where you are now. Forget where you were two months ago, forget where you want to be. Where are you now? What are you experiencing? And using that as the fodder for whatever it is you’re going to make or write about, or even if that looks super different than what you would normally do.
It’s important just to grant yourself some grace in this situation. We all have to give each other and ourselves permission to not do what we had always imagined. This is not the ideal time, necessarily.
One of the ways that you can deal with your imagination causing you anxiety is to express it, to write it down, to make art about it, to talk about it openly.
For anybody who is trying to show up creatively . . . and is struggling to do that, to think about giving yourself an assignment that’s really easy, in your comfort zone. Something that just requires showing up and doing something really simple. Because often it’s just starting that’s the hard part.
Creating in times of stress is like running in humidity. You can do it, it just requires a lot more effort. . . . It’s important to remember that and grant yourself some permission to go slower, to walk through this.
Stress can really zap our creativity. And we are in a time of unprecedented stress, not just each of us personally, but collectively.
I had to let go of either sort of changing my expectations slightly—and in some cases really profoundly—for what I was going to be working on and what I was going to be working toward.
Part of the message I was trying to express in my show was, ok, these are our things that we grew up with that are precious to us, and you can't take them.
I just didn't ever see, you know, my face and myself reflected in anybody.
If anything I want you to take away from this talk is moments in your future and your present and even in your past that you can forgive when you felt lost, you felt uncertain, you felt like, "I should know what I'm doing but I don't"—that's ok. That is human. That is normal and that is right where you're supposed to be.
I believe—like I really really do believe—that each one of us have something inside, all of us. And the world will miss out if we don't do something about it. Because someone out there needs to see what we need to create.
But the beautiful thing—I think, for this—is that the magic has happened once I stop listening to everybody else and what everything is telling me that I need to do, that I should do, and I start listening to the muse.
It is finding a way—how does your muse speak to you? And try to put yourself more in those situations.
A lot of it comes from somewhere that I have no idea what that is. And we can call it the muse, we can call it inspiration, we can call it our inner voice. But seriously, I feel like there's something else.
I just started filming girls that were friends of friends, and I recorded this audio. I was like, I'm just going to test this microphone. And so I tricked myself with little things like that, like I'm just going to do this little thing. And then things happen.
I remember writing this, "Dear universe: Thank you for sending me so many ideas. Now please send me the time and energy to make them happen."
And we can actually be part of the events that are actually changing and reshaping our concept of what it means to belong.
The only reason why it’s not going to happen, is because you’re here. And you’re going to do something about it.
We only do this to people when they're aliens. That is, when they're different. Right? . . . But once you're different, once you're "the other," these rules are really easy to apply.