That much may be obvious. If you're reading my blog you might know I'm looking to explore the relationship between writing and social change. But this time, I'm not really talking about creating change outside of myself. I'm thinking about the changes unfolding within me.
I keep writing and reflecting on new practices, because I'm generally being good to myself these days, which is fairly new to me. So while I do have some beliefs and ways that I staunchly believe in, I generally like to approach the world open to the possibility of new light in my life. As far as being good to myself goes, I'm still learning a little more each day about what that means.
Newness is the stuff of growth and change. It's the spirit of creativity, and innovation. So being open to newness means just about everything to me as an artist.
Another reason I like to be open to change? There was once a time when I was stuck. Stuck in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence survivor advocates often describe domestic violence as a pattern of power and control, and I was trapped in that pattern.
That pattern means there was no one moment when it all went wrong. There was no one point when I should've walked away, in spite of all the time I've spent wondering. I was stuck in a pattern, and it was going to take a change to break the cycle.
So, as a survivor, I like to keep my arms open to the ever-present possibility of new healing. That doesn't mean I won't settle into new patterns, get comfortable until they become old ones. But now I want to try nurturing the patterns that have good roots. If I'm open to new beginnings, from places that are good for me, I'll wander into my own healing path.
And this change might begin inside me, but, as I know from being in community with survivors, those who share their stories also spark new cycles of healing in the air around them.
Speaking of trying new things, here's the trailer for Season 2 of that web series I like, "Black Folk Don't." The show is in a new location, and it looks like they're taking on some interesting and important topics for the new season. The first couple of episodes are out, and you can watch them on the "Black Folk Don't" website.