Creating an environment that’s the exact opposite of what’s deemed “successful” in this town, this is at the top of my list. I want to create and foster an environment that is welcoming, safe, and encouraging to people. To say, it’s okay, try something new, make something new. Talk to the person to your left, your right…yes, they make think differently but that doesn’t make them wrong.
I don’t want people thinking that they have to settle for less, that they have to just accept that since this is a small town, they have to get sub-par work done. That women have to use their sexuality as currency when they want to negotiate the price.
Threatening messages, sure I expected it. I’ll get the stink-eye from others, no problem. I can be upset for a moment, then move on. My current support system is hands-down the best I’ve ever had in my entire life. I guess that’s what happens when you stay in one place for more than a few years.
So please, tell me what I’m doing is a mistake. I’ve got twenty over here who say DO IT.
I refuse to live as a reaction. To live in paranoia, to live in fear, to live solely because of what you think of me. Think it. Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, doesn’t matter. My day-to-day contains my family, my dearest friends, my art, my creations, my work, my play…the opinions of others: ah zero fucks given.
just so we’re clear:
- getting called out for doing something shitty is not the same as “getting hate”
- if someone is telling you that you did something shitty, they are not criticizing you as a person
- messing up does not make you an irredeemably awful human being
- but how you respond to criticism can be a pretty good indicator of your awfulness