Self expression is a vital part of understanding life, and enjoying it to the full.
Last night was mad real, I am full of gratitude for everyone that participated, as a speaker and as part of the audience. There is something powerful about expressing yourself and one of my favourite quotes that explains why is: When I say be creative, I don't mean you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem - Osho. By stifling expression we are stopping ourselves from being. To start the night I said the following:
Recently one of the statements that has governed everything I do is: we are not vases to be filled, rather we are flames to be lit. What this means for me is that this is the end of being passive recipients of shit or the struggle. Living in this age is a blessing and I am filled with gratitude for the gift of life at the same time I acknowledge that as a free, living and loving being I sometimes go through shit and the hardest part about going through shit in this time is the unfortunate perception that expressing any other emotion that isn't happiness is weakness. So we a result of that we are forced to walk around like zombies with smiles on our faces concealing those scars, that pain we feel, the sadness and the loneliness. At the same time we are continuously confronting imagery of perfection so when it comes to interacting with each other our conversations are filled with "How's the weather", crackling false laughs and we don't see the need for compassion and the yearning of love we all have. When we want to reach out our cries are met with blankness as those we run to can barely confront their demons let alone know how to comfort ours.
As a result we have become the netflix and chill generation in situationships and are afraid to talk about our feelings, love and etc. As a writer, I write for my sisters who's voices are silenced. I say to you, your voice is valid. I write for my brothers who need pure love to aid them on their journey.
Below is a video with the expression that was shared by those that blessed the mic. We will definitely be doing another session soon!