I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about why I'm doing what I'm doing. There is already so much content out in the world, why add to the pile? Why add to the noise? Why go through the trouble of writing and performing? What's the point? Who will hear? Who will care? And this is what I came up with:
I write because I can. I write because there are stories I would like to hear and no one else is telling them. I write because I don't want to forget what emotions feel like. Happiness, pain, enlightenment, loss--I want to remember them all, because they are all beautiful and are all reminders that I am human, though some of them sting and burn. I write to purge myself of demons that are destructive when kept inside but are poetry when put on a page.
I perform because I can. I perform because I have a story to tell and I will not sit silently waiting to be forgotten. I perform because it lets me feel, brings clarity to confusion, catharsis when the world caves in. I perform because the universe pours into me, presses against my chest and begs to be radiated outwards, laced with my spirit. I perform because when I can't think of new words to release the demons, I can open my soul and spew music into the air--music dripping in all of my emotions and the demons turn to song.
I can see the world and I can see how it can be better, but I cannot promise change and I cannot force anyone to do anything. But I can feel and I can think. I can create and I can share. I can write and I can perform.
Look forward to something a little different from me at Freedom of Speech Thursday tonight at Sabor y Cultura. Have to keep things interesting and moving forward. ;)