I listen to a lot of podcasts while working in the studio and a realization I made the other day is... that I relate more to those who swear. At first I laughed at myself with this realization. Thinking it was because I, myself, have a mouth like a trucker. Ok, more like a sailor. I grew up with my Dad sailboat racing. There is lots of colorful language to be learned when one is sailing. Maybe I just like people more like me.
But after sitting on this thought for a bit, I think it is something more. I believe when someone lets an F bomb fly it says to me that they are unfiltered, they are speaking from their heart, and truth. They are not calculating or worrying about what’s politically correct. They are being honest, they are being themselves.
Speaking of honest, in much of my writing in the beginning I edited out all my f bombs and such. I certainly didn’t want to offend anyone. I mean, I am here to make pottery, and I have kids to feed. Turning anyone off was not something I was willing to risk. I have seen people get offended by foul language, but have yet to see it the other way around. Haven’t seen any comments like, “That fucking bitch did not swear even ONCE in that whole interview!!! How dare she!!!”
When it comes to the words we use I like to look at it this way, we should not feel restricted on how we express ourselves. That would be like asking a painter to never use the color purple again in any of their paintings. Sure, many paintings would not be effected. Purple isn’t needed in every painting, or every day. But every once in a while nothing will do but purple. Without it, the painting would not be the same painting.
Slowly I have been letting go and keeping whatever word I wish to use as is. It’s like my purple and I think it is beautiful in places where it belongs.
Have you been censoring your self-expression in anyway?
Until next time, keep the sunshine in your heart and pottery on your table.
Off Your Rocker Pottery
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