I Bet You Didn’t Know You Had This Ability

Did you know?

We are all just sacks of water, blobbing about, pretending to be very resilient when the only thing saving us from obliteration is a thin film of skin. Throw a few stones in our direction and our embarrassing insides will spill out into the open.

Consider the overweight woman who relies on the civic duty of every parent to teach their child not to stare and point when they see her waddling down a public domain. Or the girl who has been never asked on a date, amongst friends who constantly discuss their conquests. Then there’s the man who considers it his primal prerogative to suppress the people around him so they don’t expose how small he really feels. The faux alpha, I like to call him. Don’t be mad at him, he’s doing the same thing you are.

That’s what we all do. Cover our weak spots, appear larger than we are, conquer all the females, protect our dominion….ahem. Self-preservation is a powerful incentive. You know it. I know it. The animals on National Geographic know it.

It’s not only powerful but provocative. It is those raw and vulnerable moments that are most precious in this world. When someone fails, stutters, goofs in the attempt of something. When someone is real, honest and unabashed. Package that vulnerability into your art and your audience will feel it too. It’s more refreshing than the coldest glass of Long Island Iced Tea. There’s no better business plan out there. It fuelled the greatness of artists like Van Gogh. For what is art-if not your own footprint on this world?

P.S- If you do see that overweight woman being insulted, defend her. If you’re part of that boy-crazed crowd of girls, say something about how romance is overrated. The last one is tricky but bear with me: the faux alpha needs a lot of love. Ew, I know. Kill him with kindness. Make it a group effort.