One of the great things about Wellness Wednesdays is that everyone is free to come as you are. That means any and all types of backgrounds, sexualities, genders, in any mood, at any point in your healing journey. Come with a smile on your face, or tears on your cheeks. Come searching for community or just seeking some dinner.
Some of us have no choice but to come as we are, to any place. No matter how hard we try to hide, our truth emerges, whether it's in the quiver at the edges of a forced smile or in the colors of a piece of art. I'm not always bold enough to make my truth immediately visible, but I draw strength from those who do.
This makes me think of a film I've seen - "Pick Up the Mic" is a documentary that shows that the term "queer hip-hop artist" is no oxy moron. And although mainstream hip-hop may be full of hetero-normative expectations and even homophobic attitudes, the artists featured in this film are bold enough to come to the stage as they are. It's an inspirational reminder that opening our lens to the whole range of diversity in any field creates a beautiful picture.
Here's the trailer for "Pick Up the Mic." You can watch the whole film for free on Hulu here.