Writer I Teacher I Artist
"When I write, what I hope to get across is my best self. The self that I always hope that I can be. And what does that look like? It looks like being really empathetic and sincere and honest and not an asshole. And sort of listening to what it is that people are actually asking as opposed to being like 'Well, I have this thought and you should listen to it.' Basically it is like, 'Well, how do I want to be talked to? How do I want to be shown?' This form of love and listening. I do believe that listening is an act of love."
Coco Papy recently wrote this:
In the span of 365 days: I used to live in New York and feel like if I left, I might die of boredom. Now I’m a small town southern woman who can’t get enough of conversations with old women at the grocery store about cornbread recipes. I used to be obsessed with social media. Now I make a living doing doing social media.
I used to wonder if I’d ever be able to step into a classroom as a teacher. Now I am getting ready to watch my middle school creative writing class graduate with some of the best writing I’ve seen in a long time and I’m lined up for classes to teach art in the fall. I used to hope that one day, I'd be able to make more than a few bucks writing, that I'd be able to translate something I deeply cared about into an actual, feasible working life. Now, I'm doing it, and doing it in ways I never thought possible. I used to be in a long-term relationship and fear losing it or never being good enough. Now I’m alone and think it might have been the best thing to ever happen to me because I am good enough.
Who have I become y’all? The answer: Who I’ve always wanted to be.
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