For well over two years, life has been particularly insistent that I pay attention to myself and my journey. It happens to all of us from time to time. What doesn't have to happen is that any of us feels the need to apologize to “social media” for our absence.
I sometimes feel compelled to “privately” share bits of what I've been experiencing with a few individuals. But very few (if any) details will be posted here or anywhere else.
We members of DA who are genuinely here to learn are grow creatively, can sometimes mistake an interest in what we do with our talents for tangible support of who we are as individuals. It's an easy trap to fall into. And it's rife with predators.
No one deserves to become fodder for the entertainment of those who sift the silt of social media, searching for missives of tragedy. These “trolls” thrive on the challenges and the setbacks of others. The willingness of some to over share has become emotional porn to those who choose to exploit the marginalized, the vulnerable.
Well, I'm not going to feed the predatory. It only encourages them.
What I will do is continue to acknowledge my fellow creative souls, continue to spread some DA Love whenever and wherever the inspiration strikes. And I will always come from a place of best intentions first, when giving or receiving constructive critiques.
People almost invariably leave DA because of one form of abuse or another. People also choose to stay with (or return to) DA because of the connections they've made. It's those connections that inspire me to recognize my right to creative expression, to develop my gifts without ridicule.
Deviant Art is always meant to be a safe space for all of us to just be. And as long as we stand together and “show up” for one another, it will be just that.
So yes, I'm back. I've missed being active long enough. It's time to put my artist's muscle memory to the test. Oh, rest assured, I'll be spreading plenty of DA Love here and there as well.
And I won't apologize for that either.