I know my creative projects are making a difference.
They may not be making a difference to thousands of people, but the people who are coming along to Campfire, the people who are regularly reading Dear Self, the people who look at my drawings, the people who come to the performances I make…they tell me how much it means to them.
More than that they do things in response.
They tackle their own creative mountains, they feel inspired and empowered to sing or speak, they fire up their own project, they self-reflect, they feel a part of something, they start writing regularly, they have the courage to do something and not be perfect.
While I am in a phase of ‘spreading the word’ I’d like to remember that knowing all this is enough. I have already succeeded. I just want more people to have these opportunities.
If I don’t ‘know this’ stuff then I am at risk of seeing engagement with what I am doing as a measure of my personal value (‘Oh you came, that means I am a good person…’). That’s a dangerous space for me.
There is so much I don’t know about my goals of building a community of people and inspiring them to greatness and being supported by my creative practice. What I do know is that standing on a clear platform of ‘I am enough’ and acknowledging that for some people my work does what I am hoping for it to do is the way to not get sucked into unhealthy measures of ‘success’.
It’s the way to stand on my feet as I share what I do with more people.
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Also, I’m performing a reading of selected Dear Self letters in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Dear Self – Friendship. September 16th/23rd/30th (click the link, click the link...)