Art Journaling with Summer Pierre
As far as great learning experiences go, this particular adventure with the preview of Summer Pierre's new book is just awesome. "Kick ass" is a good description, but I don't think it totally covers the actual growth that happens if you apply what you learn.
So here's what I've learned so far:
Life is difficult and filled with all sorts of "adventures" which need to be worked with if we want to be the great galls we can be. Here's how Summer says it (so very well) on her blog:
"...one of the questions that has come up is about the overall philosophy of the book–which is to acknowledge and honor the lives we are living RIGHT THIS SECOND and not when we reach some idealized level in some idealized future. Yes “great” women are featured in the book, but so are their fears, their struggles, their chances, as well as their triumphs. It all looks so good in retrospect, but I can tell you that every single woman in that book experiences/experienced chaos, boredom, worry, doubt, loss, confusion, heartbreak, vanity, you name it. I can feel so stuck in my life and project whatever story of success on people I admire or look up to–it is SO EASY to forget that it is NEVER easy for anyone.
I think too often we hand over our desires, dreams, and actions to “experts,”–to those we perceive as great or gifted or special. At most we think, I could do that, but then…we don’t. It’s easier to give it up, to get lost in the distance we see between where we are and where we want to be. I get lost in there all the time, but it’s really just another story I make up so I don’t feel scared. The truth is, no one is living THE great life, so don’t worry about it being taken already. There’s room for you and there’s room for me. Stop leaving it up to the experts, don’t wait to know how to do it. Just live it."
So I created the above collage with an old photo of what looked like a great gal to me, and I added the sorts of adjectives which I admire most in people (today anyway) and the directive to play, always play, don't take things too seriously if you can help it.
One of the "great gals" Summer features is Margaret Cho. She tells us how she had to overcome the desire to please everyone around her, and really find her own expression, and her own story and once she started using herself in her work, she became a "great gal". Pretty neat because our own selves is something we can all access!
"I'm not going to die because I failed as someone else. I'm going to succeed as myself." -Margaret Cho