As you're all no doubt aware, the coronavirus pandemic has had a far reaching socio-economic impact on our economy, no more so than our artists and entertainers. In these past two weeks, we've lost 150 million dollars. I'll give you a moment to take that in. As teaching artist and a sole trader myself, I myself have suffered a significant financial loss, but I still have my drama facilitator job with the education department to keep me afloat. However, a lot of artists, and most artists, aren't that fortunate. Consequently, I've created this article to raise awareness on how you, reading this, can help support us; your local artists. Most of these examples will be Australia/Brisbane based, as that's where I'm located, but I'm sure you can find examples from wherever you are in the world to go in its place.
We all know what Coronavirus is and what it’s capable of. It’s all affected us in some way, shape or form. Maybe you’re like me and work in the Queensland arts sector and have had your upcoming productions and the classes you teach cancelled because of new government legislation. Maybe, like me, you’re worried about how you’re going to be able to pay rent in a fortnight. Maybe even the next month. Or maybe, like me, you’re just plain scared about the people closest to your heart, especially your grandparents, catching it. Maybe you’re worried about catching it yourself. Maybe you just want it to hurry up and leave. Maybe you’re angry, hurt, frustrated or anxious. You’re allowed to feel all of these things and more. If you weren’t feeling anything, then that might be a bit worrisome.
To my January/February self,
Those that know me, know that I love to read. It’s one of my favourite hobbies and it’s what’s inspired my love of storytelling, journaling and creative writing. I have over 300 (maybe even more) in books in just my bedroom alone and I never appear to have enough. Although, one could argue that it’s never possible for one to have enough books. Without further ado, here is a list of books that have been published this past decade that have left a footprint on my heart or have challenged my way of thinking. Sometimes both
Break-ups are awful. They’re full of immense pain and hurt for both parties involved. You might think it’s easier for one person, but it just looks like it because they’ve had more time to mentally and emotionally prepare for this moment. And it’s okay to not be okay, just like it’s okay for you ‘not being okay’ to be your new okay for a while. I’m told that it gets better, and whilst I’m still waiting for it to get better, I have my positive pants on that things will get better. But I’m also giving myself as much time as I need to heal. I’m not going to lie to you, I thought it would be quicker; but I’ve learnt over this past month that it’s a long and enduring process and I think I’ve finally embraced that. I don’t know if I’m allowed to plug my previous articles on here, but I wrote a very intimate blog post two weeks ago called ‘Grief’, if you would like to get more an insight into my thought processes and my experiences with grief
Grief. A five-letter word that brings with it an avalanche of emotions, feelings and thoughts. It feels like someone is constantly pushing down on your chest; like the walls are closing in on you and there’s no fresh air in sight. It feels like time, just like your body, heart and soul is frozen and you’re stuck in that one state. You’re stuck in that moment when your heart was broken.