March 19, 2004

boundaries

Sometimes taking things personally can be useful. I suppose I'm mostly thinking around queer issues. Speaking personally, I can contribute what I know from experience (rather than just hypothesis). Being offended sometimes reminds other people that we're talking about real people who might find what they are saying offensive or hurtful.

However, even then, taking it personally has its limits. Even if I do decide that the personal aspect is worth raising, I gotta remember that they didn't necessarily mean it that way. Otherwise everything has a tendancy to be overwhelmingly horrid.

I've also noticed that a certain distance from people's opinions about my performances is a necessary requirement of actually having the guts to get up there and do anything useful. In the end, the small enjoyment I give one person has to outweigh the people who think what I do has no value.

There is a lot to be said for contributing - even if other people respond poorly.

Posted by carla at March 19, 2004 10:19 PM
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