Saturday, October 01, 2011

Equality Network Conference

The Conference was an extraordinary place to be. I was so moved, yet again, to see how our public institutions are working towards trans inclusion.

It is actually beyond everything I could ever have dreamed of.

It really wasn't that long ago that I believed that if I suffered it was my fault. It was because i was somehow sick. I had so greatly internalised my oppression that I could see it for what it was.

On Wednesday someone asked me where I got my hope from. I said it's because I'm sixty one years old and I'm still alive.

I guess so much of that survival I owe to my creativity. It was that above all, I think, which enabled me to receive the amazing love of my partner and my daughters and learn to come back to myself once again.

I was leading an hour's workshop on creativity in the afternoon, and while I think I communicated something, i don't think that was it.

Except maybe indirectly. What i was trying to express was that developing our creativity - in our work, in our relationships, in our art, obviously, but also in our daily life - helps us live in the present and value who we are.

And learning those things helps us free ourselves from suffering.

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