A new year for The Creatives means more than just a number, it means embracing the unknown and in many cases, being okay with where we are now.
There wasn't an agenda set forth or any particular way to go about how this group collectively shares and communicates. That's how it has become. It ebbs and flows with those that join and the room for an openness is expected.
There are close knit friendships, there are newly met aquaintences, and there are unknown faces that sprinkle the room. With a third trimester belly, I do my best to sit back and observe as I so often tend to do. I take in the dynamic of the room. I monitor for safety, and I monitor for vulnerability. Sometimes I sense a sensitivity and work hard to watch out for it. Sometimes I notice an eagerness in a newcomers eye and I hope for it to be blessed.
The Creatives is a scary concept. It isn't for those who wish to pretend that they are 'normal'. Whatever 'normal' means. These women gather and display all their differences and journeys without hesitation and those that are new to it, I hope are wrapped up in safe arms and feel moved.
What took place on this first gathering of 2015 was the knitting together of these women. One by one, each and every woman shared and nodded with the journey of 'acceptance'. It isn't about where you can't seem to get/reach, but what you are doing today. And 'doing' today is the movement that will bring you into 'tomorrow'.
One actor-woman has the voice of a true singer and there is merit to this talent and dream. It isn't just 'you sing well' , it's a 'that's natural and beautiful'. And there is always a struggle for artists/creatives to feel validated enough to go out and do, but there is a whole group of women behind a voice saying 'do'. And we want us all to 'do'. Not for the pressure, but for the love of it.
And there it was. Our reasons behind ourselves. We crave to do these things, yet feel incapable, inferior and as if we've missed that boat.
We were made to do these things.
We are capable.
We are skilled.
We are on the boat.
There are seasons where we will be quiet, and restful in our passions, and there are seasons where we will be loud and busy in our passions. Neither season is to be ignored or seen as better as the other. In the quiet we are given the ability to see things, do things and expierence things that we need to be present and acceptant of. In the loud, we are given the ability to take all of ourselves and put it into something that makes, does, is, and will affect others.
Ultimately , we move where we are at. No matter what that looks like we will be moving to the beat of ourselves. Comparison isn't for us. It destroys us, so we say no to it and anything else that may block us from where we are and need to be this year.
We do 'Dreams' like we do 'Now'.
We do 'Art' like we do 'Life'.