This year, there is a lot to be thankful for. Yes, the rage simmers but underlying it all is gratefulness for my family and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Family and friends and being together. Additionally, we are immensely grateful for you as an art community that supports each other. We were incredibly surprised at the outpouring of love and understanding as well as all the awesome images of rage for us as well as rage for yourself! We loved seeing all the variances of layouts and pages and art, all the amazing creativity based on one theme.
One thing that I found interesting is that many of you thought I was brave for going thru this and coming out with my story. I didn’t feel and still don’t really feel brave at all. I merely survived as many have done. My thoughts were that it wasn’t really bravery but merely wanting to live. And then I found out all the statistics of rape and violence and being angry all over again at the injustice of it and rape culture in general. Telling my story is not bravery, telling my story is in the hopes that someone will be able to relate and that it can help her in her own recovery because you are not alone. Being alone can foster insecurities while sharing can shore up those insecurities. Here’s another word of wisdom that I got from Janice (Maya of Scrapbookgraphics), who has been a huge supporter: 聽ACCEPT YOUR BRAVERY. She wrote to me about bravery:
…bravery isn’t about being fearless, it is about having fear and moving through it anyway…Own it because you probably had no idea you were capable of getting through something like this before now.聽 Own it because you walked through fire and came out the other side.聽 聽 Own it because you survived!聽 That is bravery enough!
What wonderful words to mull in my head, because I didn’t think of it that way. And maybe we should all take that piece of wisdom with your own experiences and be proud of what you went thru and are going thru and coming out of it in an amazing new way, stronger and smarter than before.
So, this week, be with your family and enjoy that time, it’s fleeting moments that need to be savored. Enjoy your bravery because you survived.
Here is a little freebie from us. Copper styled numbers perfect for counting down the holiday and there are extra numbers so you can use it in your daily pages! Click on the preview and get your download.
VIVIENNE AND VANESS