I wrote today's message while listening to Cleo Sol’s Single, Rose in the Dark. Before you continue reading this message, play it as you read.
Healing your inner child is a hell of a ride. As a child, we don’t have the experience or the language to articulate our reality. As adults, we’re immediately told that by a certain age that we have to have our shit together. I don’t know about y’all, but as a creative, this has been the beast in my life. Finding the balance to thrive in society as a functioning adult, while also battling the demons of my youth. I believe I was blessed with the gift of creativity to share my own stories, but also the stories of my peers. To be Black and creative is to be a little crazy. Despite all the bs, we choose to create art to capture our struggles, but most importantly our beauty.
This message is for the person who is still fighting for greatness and healing. Some days we win on this journey and some days we cry, hurt, and feel all the things. Cleo Sol says, “ I had to grow the rose in the dark.” The process of healing isn’t pretty. It’s very personal and real, but I hope that it’s all worth it in the end. The other side is greener.
Let this be your reminder that you matter.
I’m proud of you for existing, creating, and trying each day. There is no timeline for your greatness. This journey is continuous.
Dayana, Community Manager of #blkcreatives