Obsessed with Lady Gaga/Ally
Since seeing A Star Is Born a few weeks ago, (have you seen it yet?!?) I’ve been obsessed with Lady Gaga (the actress, the voice, the talent, the grace), the character, Ally (brave, real, vulnerable, trusting), the movie (SO much to love), and the movie’s message about using your voice and expressing your message (Share it. Sing it. Write it. Make art with it. Don’t be shy and keep it to yourself).
I’m dying for Kep and Maddie to see this movie. Waiting patiently for them to be “in the mood.” I was told it’s even better the second time around. I may just have to take myself out to see it again.
I woke this morning (Monday) to beautiful, thick fog. Kep left for the airport at 7 AM. I fed and walked Carly. Maddie’s in bed with a fever. I brought her 2 aspirin and came to sit in my kitchen corner nook, staring into the fog and feeling the slowness in my breathing and thinking. It felt like a dreamlike state.
Then it occurred to me that I haven’t been very present lately in my morning writing practice. I’m easily distracted. Some mornings I skip it altogether. The phrase “back to basics” dropped in, and I put the timer on for 10 minutes, wrote “fog” at the top of the page, and didn’t stop.
The prompt led me to write about the world outside my window and how different things look and feel in fog, to community, to being seen, to a to-do-list item, to feeling proud of myself for ignoring the to-do-list item and staying put and present — writing through the distraction, to the spider hanging on her thread outside my window 7 stories up, to thinking about how spiders represent creativity and thinking about what it is I want to create. What do I want to say? To share? What idea or message do I want to, in Lady Gaga’s words, have “mind-blowing, irresponsible, condom-less sex with?” I scribbled the WTG message / mantra: “All of It” (as in all emotions and all of us welcome on the page) and felt the rush of energy in my body, imagining new, additional ways I want to use my voice to share this message with others. A few insights dropped in that I’m excited to explore.
I shared Lady Gaga’s provocative “mind-blowing” quote 8 months ago. I’m bringing it back because I love the trust, and ignition, I felt today with this writing practice, this prompt, “fog,” this artist, Lady Gaga, this character, Ally.
It’s all about trust, isn’t it? Trusting our desires and what lights us up. Trusting our message. Trusting our voice. Trusting our surrendered, versus controlled, writing to take us to who knows where!? Not our business, really. Our job is to trust and enjoy the ride.
“When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condom-less sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time.”
Do you have an idea (or a moment of presence) you want to have “mind-blowing” aliveness with today?
Hit reply — I’d love to know! Share your writing, too, if you feel brave and wanting a witness.
Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:
2. Keep your pen moving as you write the thoughts, feelings, and images that arise. Don’t stop to think or edit.
3. Accept ALL that you write - the pretty + ugly; absurd + boring. Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...