One of the things I was absolutely afraid of when going back into school was my mind being utilized for the left side of critical reading and thinking and no time for creativity. Well, I was correct! I didn’t know I had the capacity to read so many non-fiction books! I will admit, it took me a few papers graded with B’s and C’s before I got the hang of writing research papers. What came easy for me was the discipline of writing. SCORE!
While I went back to teaching this week, I have one more week before I go back to performing double duty of teaching during the week and then being a student at night. Then I go back into the dungeon of the left side of my beautiful brain. With that, I have committed to creatively writing once a week. I committed to writing a reflective post and a poem. Then I had the pressure of… ‘what will I write?’ So this year for my resolutions I decided to mediate, contemplate, consider one of the same three things every week:
- How will my creative work serve as “insertions” on holistic standpoints in black women’s narrative? These narratives include novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry. These insertions include performance work, educational presentations, literature and literary critics.
- How have I allowed the term, mobility, to serve or anchor my life? What will I now do differently?
- How have I allowed breast cancer to keep occupancy in my life? What will I now do differently?
These weekly meditations, contemplating and writings will serve as me defining them, confronting them and developing resolve. After I wrote out resolutions and goals for 2019, I realized these were the three revolving themes. I am thinking this can serve as part of my “self- care” and I commit to this for at least 45 minutes a week.
Well, that is the plan! I did not factor in a pre-teen and two teenagers with their very full lives! We shall see.