By Thorin Klosowski
Starting something new is hard. It can even be a little terrifying. Maybe you don’t know where to start, or maybe you’re scared of failure. But the only way you’ll ever get anything done is if you just get up and do it. Here’s how to conquer those fears, get off your ass, and actually achieve those goals.
and this period in time where we give attention to smoke and mirrors, song and dance, and media/political characters who can manipulate with savvy and grace…over truth, integrity and substance.
“…a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless.” —James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking."
As the wise Maya Angelou, mentor-in-words-and-spirit to many of us, says: “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.”
My latest for Parlour Magazine.