So, real talk: working within teams is very difficult for me. Yup, I said it.
It absolutely has nothing to do with others. Simply put, within my head exist deadlines, administrative minutiae, and creative ideas that have no ceiling. It can get pretty wild in there! Funny thing is, it is by working with and leading a team that I am learning my strengths, weaknesses, fears, triumphs, and more. It is by facing the parts of myself that are difficult to live with, and by having a team to support me, that I am able to grow, heal, and soar. Over and over again. I am expanding!
I am an artist, an intellect, and an organizer of transformative spaces, and I also happen to live with depression, anxiety, and have mastered the class of self-criticism and judgment with perfect scores! Imposter syndrome? Yes, of course, this is absolutely a part of the cocktail!!! So, what is it that keeps me alive, focused, clear? What is it that moves when I cannot? What is it that challenges the aspects of myself that seek perfection, approval, or that become self-righteous in my pursuit of a fuller life? What keeps me in check, loves me, builds me, and catapults me?
Remember that thing I said I didn't like to work within?
TEAM. TEAM. TEAM.
The thing about Speaking Down Barriers is that while it does its work in the world, it also does its work within me and each one of our team members. I praise #SDBSquad for their commitment, their courage, and for sharing their gifts with me and the world.
You speak down barriers in my life. Forever, I thank you.
P.S. And my girlfriend & family are on a whole other level of support, ego-checking, and safe harbors. I shall "Be humble. Sit down." Love to my "yes and no" folk, telling me the truth to grow me.
Some days you have to remember what love truly is.
It is 'I accept you. All that you are and believe yourself to be. You are amazing.'
I believe this can cure hurt. I think it does much for those who may hurt themselves, commit suicide, or feelings of not belonging. Think about that. Really...consider it.
Taking the time to consider all that we have found to be whole about ourselves, whether through spirituality, religion, connection with others, art, etc., is a very powerful thing. This is what people are longing for...real people who connect WITH you. People who love beyond judgement or ideas of what should be and understand that there is something beautiful in truly loving people.
The funny thing is...love is probably one of the only things we didn't have to be taught. Instead, it becomes the thing that we have to relearn.