I am a self-proclaimed isolated loner who wishes our world was a place where respect for other human beings was commonplace, existing like a vibrant multi-colored patchwork quilt; all of our diversities sewn colorfully together. NO tolerance for chastisement, bullying, or worse.
I write and I paint and do other creative things not only because my brain is wired for it, but because awareness and knowledge are powerful springboards for change. I have to believe that tolerance (not the same thing as inclusion), acceptance and respect for others who see/think/feel/look “differently,” is attainable because it is within our human condition to behave this way.
Nothing is perfect.
Nothing is finished.
Nothing is forever.
That is a ‘wabi-sabi’ philosophy in which to view the world. Whomever you are; use your voice for good, no matter how you choose to express yourself. In this technological age you can sew your own quilt stitches through random acts of kindnesses, through writing (see my personal blog) blogs like this one and in countless other positive ways.
I’m no Pollyanna optimistic ray of sunshine; in fact I have troubles with showing joy even when I feel it. I know this is a spectrum thing; I accept it with the knowing that because I do not show outward signs of emotion easily, they ARE nonetheless there.
When I am so far down that hopelessness wraps me like a heavy cloak, I go outside and watch the way that light attaches to a child. A pro-active approach to eradicating the things that torment us begins with a simple belief that there is good inside most human beings. I have to believe that “it could happen” or without the belief, nothing will.
My grandmother called patchwork quilts: “crazy quilts.” I love that phrase. A lot of things are just crazy enough to happen; even good will.
Kimberly Gerry-Tucker was born in Massachusetts; raised in Connecticut, by loving, supportive adoptive parents. It’s through her passion for art and her innate drive to create, that she expresses herself best. Her paintings have shown at numerous New England galleries since 2007. Kim has been a published author since 1999.