One day, not too long ago, I came to the realization that my values had always been handed to me by the religion that I followed or the people in my life that I looked up to.
At that same time I began to question if values that are given to you in a list can really be claimed as your values at all. That realization forced me to sit down and define what exactly it is that I believe away from all influence.
Today, as I sit here, hand running around the rim of my coffee cup and wrestling with my sense of purpose, I’m reminded that it’s been a while since I asked myself what exactly it is that I value.
Everything always seems to come down to people for me.
I long for equal opportunities for everyone, I seek to see the unique value in each individual, and I hope that all people can be provided for both physically and emotionally.
So, I have to ask myself, if those are my values, than, how do I fit into the world with those priorities in mind?
I suppose this year, my priority is sharing individuals with the world. Exposing their stories and their unique contribution to life through my different artistic mediums.
I’ve watched people for the majority of my life. I find it fascinating to observe people in their skin and as they interact with others. I think it can be easy to polarize groups of people, to form opinions based on the surface. That’s easy. But, what’s interesting and what’s difficult is remembering that no one person is the same as another.
It’s easy to simplify people, to group them or minimize them to a set of stereotypes. But, I have to believe that once you meet them you realize each person carries their story with them. No matter the surface there’s a connection that can occur between you and them on a deep human level.
I suppose my purpose, at least this year, is to cut away the outer layers of people through my art. To share with others the complexity of humanity and the individual.
Because, connection and understanding on an individual level, I believe, is a small stepping stone to a world filled with peace and rooted in love.