- Question submitted by Anonymous
The Parents Project is real thing that is really happening.
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- Question submitted by Anonymous
I HAVE AN IDEA. BLAME IT ON YOUR DOG. oh or
Go into her room and say “Heeyyyyy DAHLIAH (probably her name), I saw you were on everyoneisgay.com… is there anything you wanna tell me? Because I want you to know that I love and respect and support you always and forever” and when she’s super confused just say “Talk to me when you’re ready” and walk out.
The solution to this problem is OBVIOUSLY to buy her a pair of the underwear and wrap it in paper that says “LOL” all over it.
Sidebar: I looked on the internet and cannot find any wrapping paper that laughs out loud in any form, so someone should get on that.
Episode 104: Parents & Pronouns
"My parents are super supportive, but they keep forgetting to use my preferred name and pronouns. What do I do?"
- Question submitted Anonymously & Answered by Broderick Greer, Master’s of Divinity student
I am writing this response as a son, not as a parent. Since I do not have children of my own, it would be disingenuous for me to claim that I know what it is like to have a son or…
Today on The Parents Project, Broderick Greer tackles an important question about religion, sexuality, and celibacy.
"How do I get creative? I just really wanna DO something, but I’m usually pretty clueless. I always end up dreaming about love instead of making myself useful. I’m determined to stop ths behaviour, but I was wondering if you have any concrete tips how to get, like… new ideas!"
While I can’t tell you or teach you how to create new ideas, I can teach you to recognize them when they happen. I think that most people, including yourself, are under the impression that every kind of creative inspiration must be a gleaming beacon of profundity and wisdom. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming about love. Love permeates through life in ways we cannot even fathom. There is value in exploring its vastness. Anything that makes us aware of ourselves, of others, the world around us, or even the spiritual word is useful and important art. There is no right or wrong way to be creative. Whatever ideas you find yourself thinking about, no matter what it is, can be interpreted as divine signals to explore those ideas through art.
You must also let go of “newness.” There is no new idea, especially when it comes to art because art is humanity and our collective consciousness allows us to sometimes think and feel with the same hearts and minds. Every idea you have or I have has been thought of and executed before in a million different ways. That alone should be inspiring, not discouraging. Because now you have the opportunity to make us see something familiar in a unique way. And if you find yourself thinking about the same thing over and over, writing the same poem, drawing the same picture, do not feel disheartened. There are some things that I’ve written about many many times, because some things are always relevant. And some things just need to be written or drawn or sung about a thousand times because this is how we have to cleanse. “New” is just a bright shiny word. We should never dwell on it too long.
If you want some concrete tips, I can tell you what I do to keep the juices flowing:
1. Stream of consciousness free writing. Sometimes you have thoughts in your head that are too stiff or quiet. I recommend writing everything and I do mean everything that comes to your mind for a few minutes each day. That means you don’t stop to think about what you’re writing, you don’t stop to process it and you definitely don’t erase, backspace, or scratch out anything. You’ll find thoughts and ideas you’ve been unconsciously ignoring. This exercise is like consciousness yoga.
2. Write down funny or interesting things you hear people say in conversation, in songs, on tv, on the radio, etc. We are often inspired in quick bursts and before we can turn that inspiration into art, it leaves are minds. Keeping a log of thought provoking things you hear day to day can be a great resource.
3. Just do it. Yeah I know, easier said than done. But honestly, sometimes creating is like ripping off a bandaid. You have to do it with confidence, quickness, and courage or the process is a lot more painful. Whenever I’m writing a collaboration poem with my friends sometimes we find ourselves writing notes and ideas for days for fear of not having a quality poem once we start. But then we always have to remind ourselves, that if we don’t just do it, we will have accomplished nothing.
I really hope this helps.