I think we can all agree, this has been one hell of a year and has taken its toll on the best of us. Over these past few months, I have come close to losing my Broad status. With Broad being an acronym for Bold, Resilient, Open-minded, Audacious, and Determined, I have only consistently upheld one of these qualities—resilient. I’m still here.
But, I have not been bold or audacious—by choice. In the past, I would say or write exactly what I wanted without any regard for who it might offend or whose feelings might get wounded. As an artist, I felt it was my job to push the limits, speak the unspeakable, and cause discomfort—at the least—outrage, at the best. Now, I feel our nation is a constant state of angst and aggravation, and I haven’t wanted to add to that just for the sake of getting a laugh or raising eyebrows. I felt the need to use my words to unify...but had no idea how to do this. So, I stayed silent. Big mistake.
Also, I no longer consider myself open-minded. There are certain people’s opinions that I have absolutely no interest in hearing. If someone votes and spends their money in ways that promote rampant gun possession, the objectification of women, greed, racism, isolationism, bullying, or any sort of cruelty, then I don’t give a fuck what they have to say. Frankly, I don’t want this toxic rhetoric to fill the same air that I breathe.
Moving on…determined requires a solid, forward focus. Over the past few months, I have been all over the board with my thoughts and actions: unfocused, often overwhelmed, and sometimes downright paralyzed.
So, for me, I either had to give up being a Broad or redefine what the word means to me. I chose to reinvent myself as a Broad 2.0: Balanced-Real-Outspoken-Audacious-Deliberate. I challenge each of you to define Broad for yourself in a way that works for your life…right here, right now. I’m certain I will reinvent, revamp, and rejuvenate the word on a regular basis, but evolution is the key to survival.
Speaking of survival, I think for this group to not only survive, but thrive, we need to do some reinventing of our own. I initially saw this community as a platform, a stage for speaking out. Now, I also see it as a source. A source of support, resources, knowledge, exploration, contacts, and a wealth of other things.
In these dark days, I think we should all embrace the concept that “Living well is the best revenge.” So, I want us to use this page and our community as a place to ask for assistance, offer expertise, find first-hand information, network, and seek whatever it is you need to succeed.
Whether you just need help from the hive mind, a sounding board on which to bounce ideas, an expert to teach you a new skill, or a a shoulder to cry on, ask. On the other hand, if you have an area of expertise, life hacks, leisure time, or resources you want to share, offer.
Let’s get our revenge by becoming our best and making our wildest dreams come true, together. Let’s use this community to help each other start podcasts, run for political office, cook real food, change our own oil, forge friendships, gain body confidence, form a forum, produce a play, build a tiny house, do stand-up comedy, set-up a support group, grow a garden, invest for retirement, write books, perform burlesque, speak other languages, go to grad school. Bake vegan cupcakes, learn self-defense, lift weights, identify poisonous spiders, climb mountains, start a business…all of it.
I’ll start. What can I offer? This March, I’ll offer a self-publishing workshop. If you’ve ever wanted to publish a book, but don’t where to start, I’ll walk you through every step from formatting, editing, blurbage, cover art. and marketing.
So, let’s do this. Let’s help each other make our lives bigger…better…Broadier!
Here’s to the Good Life,
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