Me: I wanna come to the studio! When're you gonna be there?
Friend: I will be there tonight around 8pm
Me: I wanna come!
You should come
Was there ever a point in your life where you just felt like you didn't know? You didn't know what to do. You didn't know what to say. You didn't know what to be. You didn't know how to be. You just didn't know. Today I didn't know. For some reason I just couldn't figure things out for myself. Around this time last year, I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I had a solid plan and I thought I was going somewhere and that it was going to be good. Things changed. I changed. Life changed. Life has a funny way of inserting itself into your plans and just messing everything up. But hey, that's life, right? Anyway, I was at a standstill. My life was moving but I wasn't going with it. So I texted my friend who has an art studio where he screen prints T-Shirts and a bunch of other cool stuff. I wanted to be in a space of inspiration thinking that maybe I'd be able to figure out my next steps. Going to the studio didn't necessarily help me solidify my next steps but it gave me a lot of clarity and I learned a lot about myself.
I've never been much of a dreamer. I also don't have much of an imagination. I've only seen about two Disney movies (Lion King, which I saw this past summer and I can't remember which other one I've seen). I didn't really enjoy cartoons as a kid unless they were based on the reality such as Caillou and Little Bill (those were my favorites). I never believed in the impossible. I never thought I could turn my "dreams" into a reality. But since I'm not much of a dreamer I didn't have anything to turn into reality. Today I learned to dream. I realized that I have wants and desires that seem far fetched and out of reach. I learned that I have the power to make these things happen. Today allowed me to believe in the impossible. Today I learned that my dreams don't work unless I do.
Lesson #2: "If your feet are burning, and I have what you need to protect your feet from burning, and I don't give it to you, I'm doing you a disservice by not protecting you"
Don't hold on to knowledge that can benefit others is what I got from this. My friend has a really dope T-Shirt company and people are always asking him why he shares so much of his behind the scenes work with everyone. He teaches people how to do what he does. His response was "if I teach someone to do what I do and they do it better, that just gives me the space to be even better, there's always a challenge." The things we learn are meant to be passed along.
There's been so many times where I thought I had it figured out. I thought I knew exactly who I was and then life would happen and who I thought I was wasn't quite who I was. I'm challenged everyday with new opportunities to become someone better than I was the day before. I'm not the person I was yesterday and the person I'll be tomorrow is different from today. I don't want to get to comfortable with who I am right now because that could all change. I want to lose my self and find myself a different person than I was before. Change is good, growth is better. I want to continue to learn more about myself as I experience hard times. I don't want to come out of my struggles the same person as when I went in.
This is pretty much a free write/rant about what I learned at the studio today. I hope you found some value in it somewhere. My thoughts aren't very structured in this post so try to look pass that and find one lesson to hold on to. Comment below if you do.
- Imani Kym
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