This blog is not for politics, so I won't be going down that road. This blog is for talking about being a creative; an artistic soul. I've been surprised how unexpectedly these two things...politics and creativity...are linked inside of me at some very fundamental, elemental, core place. I've spent a lot of time these past few weeks thinking about politics. How surreal life in general feels with this new President. How it's left me feeling unbalanced. I think it has a lot to do with energy...the finite amount of it that I have as one single person in the course of each single day.
It seems that politics and creativity are in battle for energy and attention, like war inside me. The creative, happy me battling the reluctant-yet-angry activist me. This political season has made me question the value of my craft. I've wondered if time spent making earrings or writing 100 word stories would be better spent making more calls to lawmakers and crafting better emails and showing up to more protests and marches? I find life a bit difficult to balance in the best of times, so lately I feel anxious, a little sideways. It's the classic push me, pull you (picture small cartoon like images of my conscience on each shoulder)..."this is who I am, I'm an artisan, I need to do this work", "you won't be able to do anything if your civil liberties erode even further, if public education goes to hell, freedom of speech and religion become a relics of a time that used to be..."
I don't know how it works for you, but sometimes I simply have to live with a conflict and stew about it periodically until it begins to sort itself out. Extreme reactions start to fall away as I think, read, ask questions, listen to my friends and listen to the universe. These are my conclusions (as of this moment in time):
Although not a lengthy post, I left and came back to this many times over many days. Although it's first words are that this blog is not for politics, clearly I was not able to stay completely away from my particular views. I decided to finish it and post it because this battle has nearly consumed me lately and writing about it helps me get to a better place. I'm still searching for a clear and focused point of view for this blog, but I do know is that it will always have to be about creative presence and expression and it will have to be an honest, if not raw, glimpse of me.
Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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