Hi lovely ladies (an the occational male vistor)! I hope you had a good day yesterday! I celebrated Women's day at the theatre. Two days in a row I got to see two wonderful plays with a feminist agenda (which was much more inspiring than it sounds). I admire my friends who work as actresses and are trying to give women a voice in theatre, which still seems to be a very masculine and conservative place. I also overheard a group of clever female artists discuss the theme "A room of one's own". So today I feel the urge to jot down some of my own thoughts around the theme.
I feel that I have spent the last few years building my own creative room, some days it has been all about the physical space. The kitchen table doesn't work as a work space in the long run! However most of the time I think it is about finding a symbolical room or mental space where you feel comfortable. I feel that I have found my place in what I do, which I think is the reason why I hold on to this Syko project of mine, despite of the financial challenge. I'm quite happy not to spend any money on myself as long as I can stay in this "creative room" everyday. Looking back I feel proud of myself for daring to think outside the box and the comfort zone (my old work/network/education/status...) to create a room where I could be honest to myself everyday. It is no coincidence that my work is positive and happy, I want to share the joy! It took some courage to move into the happy Syko room from the intellectual chambers at the university. Becoming a mother gave me lots of confidence. In my book I put it like this:
If it weren't for my children, I would probably still be looking for my deep artistic expression. Having children helped me realize that sometimes scratching the surface is enough to find your creative flow, Art can be playful and happy, and what would be more important than finding the simple joys in life?
When I was younger everything felt more complicated, but now at 34 with a family and business to run and an often chaotic schedule I feel much more at peace with life and myself. Because I have found my own room. Do you feel that you have a room of your own?