This is what I know. That is quite the statment to start with but hey if Oprah can say it so can I… This week has been one where I have continued to think about creativity and hopefully practice more of it. As well, I have gone down memory lane as it was pride week here in Regina. When I first came to Regina I was starting a new life alone. My sons had stayed with their father in Montreal and I broke up with my partner shortly after coming here. I remember the pride events that I took part in in those early years. They were very important to me. I shared my coming out song at a few events and hung out with my gay friends. We had a bond as we knew what it was like to be other and to be separated from friends and family.
As I stood in front of Regina City Hall a week ago and watched them raise the ranibow flag I got teary-eyed. I hadn’t realized how much pride still meant to me. I find that I live more outside that community these days and yet, it remains important to be seen for whom I am. And to be accepted that way. It is the first year I talked much about pride at work perhaps because I had a singer/songwriter event coming up that was a part of pride week. I sat on stage during that event sharing my experiences through stories and songs and realized again how important telling my story is to me. We all want to be seen and accepted as who we are. I had a first nations friend tell me that he doesn’t reveal to the music community that he is a cop because he has had flack for that. He is such a kind and generous soul that it is hard for me to imagine this. This can also be the challenge with sharing our creativity. We want to be accepted when we share our creative projects and it can be a very be a very vulnerable experience.
So go out and be creative in this world. You will make it a better place!
Yours in creativity and music.