Human existence depends on the interpersonal.
Do you know how middle schoolers who struggle to express themselves compensate by listening to really loud, aggressive music? Instead of doing that, I wore goggles to school for a week. That same sense of playfulness follows me into every room I enter. It took 19 years, swapping the goggles with glasses, and a lot of bad days, but now I'm unstoppably myself.
What I've learned is that it takes a lot of vulnerability to be your authentic self in this world. I know what it feels like to be laughed at and not with, and that feeling turns people into turtles. Turtles who blast really loud, aggressive music into their little turtle shells.
The path to authenticity cannot be walked alone, so, at the very least, my work aims to hold the door open for any turtles that may be behind me. If the environment we create together is welcoming and we remember to bring snacks, they'll join us when they're ready. And the world will be better for it.
It is my mission to foster a more empathetic world. I write honestly, collaborate holistically, and produce spaces where others can show up as they are and discover (or, perhaps, rediscover) whom they’d like to be.