"I want to be good, but I also want to be better, which sounds like they're the same thing, but in a lot of ways they aren't." He goes on to explain, "For me, process is much more of my concern than outcome. I can't control the outcome, but I can control the process which helps navigate the outcome." Here he references how basketball is applicable to music: "During a game, you can't be focused on whether the shot's going in or not, you focus on shooting. The time to worry was when you were working on the process of shooting a.k.a. during practice."
"This is your assignment.
Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS.
Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. Put your two calloused hands on the turntables, in the clay, on the strings. Get behind the camera. Look for that pinprick of light. Look for the truth (yes, it is a thing—it still exists.)
Focus on that light. Enlarge it. Reveal the fierce urgency of now. Reveal how shattered we are, how capable of being repaired. But don’t lament the break. Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.
This is your assignment."
—Wendy MacNaughton, Courtney E. Martin
The goal is to decentralize your own knowledge and experiences. Spread your ideas around the world, let them hit the world, let them to transform and evolute, while transforming the world too. An idea that only remains within you is destined to die, an idea that breaks the barriers of the self will live in each person this idea reaches and in each new idea that is born from its inspiration. Give away your ideas, share your ideas, love your ideas, don't let them die.
I will never shy away from overextending myself or being open to the organic process of love flowering between people. I have seen so many people make shipwrecks of themselves because of insecurity. I have seen who I become in my insecurity and it's an exhausting experience. So many people meet now at this juncture of being used to being unloved and used to living on and within their insecurities almost like a survival instinct. I want new survival instincts for all of us, based on security, vulnerability without fear or emotional retaliation.
| Mykki Blanco
There is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist.. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
Put all your friends in [your art], everybody you loved, so one day they will find you and know that you were all here together. -Camille Billops to bell hooks
I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life... water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.