Wow. I’m speechless. Milwaukie High School, thank you for a phenomenal day of sharing and discussing I Am Yours. I can’t believe that there were 300+ of you, listening, creating that space together, connecting and feeling the power and courage that reside within all of us.
I performed a piece from I Am Yours called To Speak is a Revolution (video in my linktree.) I loved seeing you nod along, snap your fingers, woot, and your spontaneous bursts of applause almost made me lose my spot.
Then, your questions and personal stories were mind-blowing! Here are but a few that were asked:
How do you overcome the fear of rejection? How does an artist persevere in spite of fear and obstacles?
What advice can you give on recognizing the people in life who can be safe spaces for sharing our stories of trauma, and how can we recognize those who aren’t?
How do we respond to those who say they don’t believe survivors or that our trauma doesn’t matter or try to shame us?
Is there a way to know when the time is right to share art that has been inspired by pain, and when it isn’t yet time?
What do we say to those who have abused us before, who aren’t people we can turn away or cut off, but are people we love? How do you mend those wounds so that the pain, resentment, and fear can be healed and released?
How do you create emotional boundaries without being seen as lacking compassion?
We spoke. We read from I Am Yours. We found answers. We spoke about creating art from the scar, not the wound. We spoke about success being the intersection of preparation and opportunity. We discussed how all human beings are born innocent, and then, we become the love or the pain that is modeled to us or given to us. We spoke about empathy as the path to connection and progress, even with those who are bullies. We spoke about finding compassion and love for ourselves, and how boundaries are actually a gift of compassion and dignity for all parties. We spoke about the wisdom within all human beings.
I can’t wait to return in the fall, when you’ll have read I Am Yours in your English classes. I’m in awe of you all. Thank you for trusting me.
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