It took me 45 years to learn this…

“I think I if I could go back in time and give myself a message, it would be to reiterate that my value as an artist doesn’t come from how much I create. I think that mindset is yoked to capitalism. Being an artist is about how and why you touch people’s lives, even if it’s one person. Even if that’s yourself, in the process of art-making.”

— Amanda Gorman, Poet, NYT Arts & Leisure, Sunday 03.14.2021