By Victoria Lynn Hall
I’ve always thought of myself as a storyteller; not an author or a playwright or a screenwriter, like Jesse; but just someone who happens to tell stories through conversation, blogging, journaling, art, music, dance, fashion…
People have misunderstood this as an escape mechanism and told me that I live in a fantasy world but as artist Lynda Barry says:
“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.”
My self expression and creativity is my spiritual practice and my psychotherapy. It is how I tell myself the good stories that counter the lies that my depression tells me. It is how I cope with ugly truths and how I make sense of a complicated world.
I believe it is because I have my stories that I am able to accept ugly and complicated realities; not deny them, not escape them but accept them as just one of many realities; one of many chapters in a story that I don’t know the ending to, and I can’t know or control what happens next, but that I can own my part in.
Here’s a list of the movies we talked about in this episode:
Since we talked about Mindsets in this episode I’ll share this great article again from Brainpickings: Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.