Strong Voices, Moving Words.
Is it really that in order for one to conjoint to a community, there has to be a sort of death or disappearance?
Or were we all cooperative with one another all along?
On Jan 7th the #JeSuisCharlie massacre made people realize that even though Paris may be very much likely a world full of different beliefs and cultures, it is still a linked society. World cities such as these is where people from any background are free enough to speak up for the ones that aren't able to do so.
And as I write this, I look outside [encore] and can't help but think how, sadly enough, I'm not present in the times of tension and mournfulness in a place such as Paris, which I dearly cherish and will forever be attached to.
Its hard to understand why sometimes it is that these incidents happen to people that just want to speak up and have freedom to grab a pen, write and draw.
This is when its our turn to stand up for the ones that were brave enough to have a voice for the rest of us.
This is one of the assets you don't get to see in many individuals. Luckily enough though, talking to leaders such as a young woman named Rupi Kaur, makes you feel life makes more sense. Kaur can be seen as a poet, artist, innovator, but most importantly, a voice to her own community. Rupi not only inspires others through her talks about love, loss, violence and life's bittersweetness, but she also marks it on paper, we can see that through her new book named 'Milk and Honey'.
It took us over a week or two to arrange our interview via Skype. And, once arranged on a Sunday afternoon, I couldn't help but notice that she carries freedom even in the way she speaks and expresses herself. She demonstrated throughout the whole time during our conversation that yes, although life runs sometimes like a dirty oil machine, that may splash dirt to our clear windows, one thing Rupi has to fathom throughout it all, is the way she carries out the situation, just by the means of speaking up.
Sounds easy, but it takes a whole lot of courage.
Once you read her latest interview you'll get a sort of glimpse as to what I mean. It may sound crazy, but it really does take one person to be able to make a difference in any subject. All of us may have realized this through circumstances happening not only in Paris and through poetry, but also through relationships. And I am not just talking about the relationship we have with others, but the ones we have with ourselves.
I really hope these days of fright and torment don't make one forget the fact to listen, speak and most importantly, understand... yourself as much as others.
It doesn't get better,