What is 2020 teaching us? A TON.
Political failures? Check. Systemic racism? Yes, indeed. Freedom Vs. Privacy? Yup. Freedom Vs. Health? For sure. Conspiracy theories spreading as wildly as Covid-19? Oh yeah. And so much more... I have personally learned to put self-care in the forefront of my life, to take care of my body, mind and soul in the ways that work best for me, the importance of daily routines, personal accountability, finding joy in creativity, shifting my relationship to time and my beliefs around money.
But I'd say above all - the number one lesson this year has shown me, and is also the mantra I'd like to highlight today... is:
I. DON'T. KNOW.
I, you, she, they....we ALL don't know anything about anything.
By 'Knowing', I am not referring to deep grounding knowingness that comes from the guts or the naval or the heart.... but rather the knowing that derives out of our need to CONTROL.
Life as we had KNOWN it, shifted drastically over the past year. Collectively for sure, personally - to some of us. All we know for sure, is we know nothing at all....
*Fun fact: The mantra, or concept of 'I don't know' plays a huge part of my creative process. Be it in the black page (or blank screen as let's face it I write primarily on my laptop) or in the moment before going on stage when I tell myself "I don't know what's going to happen."
It's freighting to admit with vulnerability that we have no control, but also freeing and gives room for discovering the UNKNOWN in the creative process. And to me, that's where the magic is....
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman