I have this big, crazy dream.
I’ve had it for a while.
Due to my experiences… as a creative creature who lost sight of herself (for many years) – and then – found herself again… I have wanted – for a long time – to use my specific talents and gifts – in helping and encouraging others (whether kids, teens or adults) to EMBRACE their beautiful uniqueness and to love and accept themselves (exactly as they are right now).
And so… I wrote a poem. And (kinda like Dr. Seuss likes to do)… I illustrated it too.
Here’s a titbit (PS: read the words on each page out loud for the best effect):
“You need to stop day-dreaming! Work hard at school!
You must pass your tests and obey all the rules!
Study your maths and your accountancy
You’ll need them one day in a job – wait and see!”
“Stop playing those games! Stop fooling around!
Stop laughing so loudly. You need to calm down!”
“Your art’s just a hobby, your jokes are not funny
You need to pass science if you want to earn money!”
“You need to be cultured, refined and mature
and dutiful, dainty, discreet and demure.
You’ll get a good job and you’ll marry one day,
life will work out – IF you do what we say”…
And Hat started thinking:
“I’m sucking at schoolwork. I’m just getting fatter.
I’m good at the stuff that does not seem to matter.
Perhaps if I *fix* myself – all will be well,
’cause people want “normal” from what I can tell.
If I tone myself down and re-program my mind,
then I’ll be like the others… and all will be fine”
And thus, on that day, Hat resolved to reform
she would be like the rest and conform to the norm.
She tossed out her weird stuff and went on a diet,
she banished her dreams and became rather quiet.
She even threw out her collection of hats.
She stopped writing poems…
and she stopped popping rats.
Out went her artwork and prized peacock feather…
then “Hat” was abandoned…
she called herself… Heather.
Okay – so, there you go.
That was about 1 third of the book I’ve made. Update: it’s finished!!! 🙂
My Big Dream is two-fold. Firstly – I’d like to see this poetry-picture-book published – and distributed far and wide… with the hope (and the big-fat-dream) that it will help somebody to think twice before attempting to mould themselves (or their kids) according to other people’s expectations and ideals.
The second part of my Big-Fat-Dream… (and probably the part that most excites me, because I’ve been dreaming about this for bloody ages)… is to create a unique little short-film… of this poem.
So – there you go.
I’m putting that little dream “out there”.
Do I attempt to crowd-fund this thing? Update: That’s exactly what I did! Thank-you, backers!! 🙂
Do I put a “donate” button on my website? (uh… no)
Do I brown-nose friends-in-high-places… (not that I have many of those).
Or… is this just another one of those well-meaning little projects that gets tucked away in the cupboard and kept as a cute little heirloom for my future grandkids…. (?)
Drop me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: 11th November 2015
The book is finished! 80 full-colour pages of illustrated poem about finding misplaced MUCH’ness and having the courage to be *SEEN* for who we truly ARE!
You can buy a copy from Amazon here, if you want. 🙂
LOADS and LOADS of love, gratitude and hugs to all the amazing people… blog-readers… crowd-funding backers… who made my dream come true!
Now on to Book #2 (the “lite”, kid’s version…)
And… the film! (Squeeeeee!)