“You find who you are by seeing it. It takes a journey to develop your voice.” ~Rapper DDm at Creative Mornings Washington, D.C.
I was blown away by the Creative Mornings event with DDm about the power of language. He redefined language as our entire presence – what we say, what we do, and how we look. Hundreds of creative people sat enraptured at 8:30am in the main room at the Renwick Gallery on Friday. We laughed and we learned, together. Language conveys who we are. To learn who we are, we need to explore.
So get out there, way out there. Leave your comfort zone. Try new things. Meet new people. Put yourself in a place that inspires you. Be around people who are proud of who they are, and who celebrate your unique perspective. Learn something that you’ve always been curious about. Create something beautiful. Be shiny. Do something that makes you smile for the joy it brings you. Find your voice, and use it.
I saw this cartoon yesterday and it made me smile for so many reasons. We spend so much time trying to fit in and belong. I wonder what would happen if instead we embraced what makes us weird and different, what makes us stand out. And what if we encouraged and celebrated what makes others weird and different? Maybe then we could really see that what makes us different doesn’t divide us, but rather unites us. Let’s be weird. Let’s be awesome.