Hello, anyone there?
Do you ever feel like nobody is listening regardless of your volume?
Do you ever feel like you can’t even hear yourself?
I created this response art in my art journal a few weeks ago and was thinking again about this today. What does it mean to be not heard? How does it feel like in my body?
I’ve been thinking about my voice and what to do with it and how to use my voice to be an ally without overtaking the narrative as a dominant voice. I have been reflecting on how my queer identity also shapes the story I tell and how that impacts my entire life and what I say. I’ve been wondering when it is appropriate to speak up and when it is best to listen. I am challenging myself to listen hard and think critically about when to use my voice.
We also need to remember to be in tune with ourselves and listen to what we are trying to communicate to ourselves, through our sensations, our thoughts, and our feelings.