What’s a better way to introduce this week’s topic, then to present Exhibit A; All of the writing that has commenced on my blog. Though many people immediately rush to the usual excuse like I’ve been super busy, I’d like to take it in a different direction. I’m going to say what most people are afraid to say, I’ve been lazy.
I mean they say, honesty is the best policy. We tend to over promise and under perform. Just for once I would like to achieve the opposite. Is that too much to ask? Let’s start off with explaining, what I have been up to lately. (Whether or not someone reads this or not. Which is super questionable btw.)
This January, I started hosting an open mic called ONE MIC Mondays in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. This opportunity all of sudden just dropped in my lap and I’m not going to lie I was scared shit-less. I mean, I have only been performing spoken word for a couple of months. Out of those months, only really performed 3 times. Did I mention, the first one I completely bombed? I could only help to think that this was God’s way of telling me to keep going. Even though I’m not super religious, I would be a fool to believe in coincidences.
The open mic series is slowly but surely making a name for itself. It has definitely been a learning experience. I learned that alone, you can not achieve as much. We can not do everything on our own, sometimes we need a little help. There is power in numbers. Me, being the super ultra positive hippie that I am, created a team. Authentic Generation became my baby and right now it’s still an infant. The potential and growth I see in my team is tremendous.
Let’s bring it back! Didn’t want you think I was straying away from the topic at hand which is writer’s block! I haven’t been able to quite jot my ideas down but I simply felt that I was uninspired. When I sat down and actually took that statement in, I realized how selfish I have been. I mean what was I doing to help inspire myself really? I was simply blaming the world and everything around me for not being inspiring enough. How dare I?
Last night Authentic Generation performed at a open mic in Hunter College. There it hit me. I was about to go up to perform and I was nervous as hell! (Which usually happens. I have major anxiety issues.) I kept scrolling through my poem on my phone while other artists were performing. For some reason, my mind went blank. I was looking at my phone because I felt it as some weird comfort zone. I was reading the poems, but not actually taking them in. I got up and shouted out the team. Like for real, I have a whole team on my shoulders. Kept telling myself, “Don’t fuck it up!” (Ru Paul’s voice of course) And guess what happened? I fumbled. Had me questioning what kind of leader am I. Whenever I feel down on myself God seems to send me a reassuring sign because when every single one of my team members graced the stage, they did there thing. It made me feel invincible, as crazy as it seems. It was a complete artistic resurrection.
I am now coming towards you with the knowledge and power that the whole writer’s block thing, is a load of crap. Either you do it or you don’t do it. Don’t let yourself fall numb to the excuses that life clouds your judgement with. Don’t ever lie to yourself and say that you don’t feel inspired, you selfish bastard. Life is all the inspiration that you need!
WRITER’S BLOCK DOES NOT EXIST!!!
Get it out of your filthy minds…this life is too precious and short for you not be as amazing as I know you can be.
Stay tuned for next week’s topic.
Remember to always STAY BEAUTIFUL!!
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Those of you who know me well, know that it’s my absolute FAV day of the week.
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