Braving the Days: Stand Back by Jordannah Elizabeth

The question is: is there a separation between life and the liver? Lately, life has been happening to me. Every day has brought an acute opportunity for me to take a path of action or caution. Caution would allow me to withdraw from opportunities to interact with invitations, opportunities to travel and moments to bond and break bread. I have the choice to write or to sleep. I have the choice to touch or to sit alone, I have the choice to relate with my family or to never call.

Specifically, in the arts there are two phases of one’s career:

The season where you pursue and the season where you are pursued.

These seasons after the first inception become interchangeable. Many times a new or emerging artists much must pursue opportunities to create their art before they are offered opportunities to create, simply because the initial pursuit affords an artist the ability to be seen, thus attracting the result unsolicited offers.

Maybe I am in a phase where I have chosen a formidable aloofness out of a fierce attempt to maintain privacy in a culture and governmental structure that find public behavior and interaction to be a new, usable and profitable way of interacting.

This is all okay. I don’t mind receiving opportunities. In fact, I quite appreciate them, but there is this light amount of flailing I experience. A quiet flailing. A flailing I find to be natural as a human being who took much of her life to pursue and now finds it appropriate to stand back.

If I do not stand back, and take stock of my position in the balance of the experience of “pursuing or being pursued,” I can never truly understand who I am as an artist. One who drives forward without reflection will not likely find themselves in a position to be pursued.

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It’s been 12 days and I am returning to this piece to complete it.
I feel the same way I did two weeks ago.

There have been times when I’d take a break and return to my writing for the column and I’d feel differently. Today, I just feel like moving steadily and privately, and maybe I’ll live my life that way, forever.

 

 

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Jordannah Elizabeth

Jordannah Elizabeth is an American author, music and arts critic, editor, and folk soul musician. Elizabeth is also a civil rights and feminist writer who often offers commentary on racial and gender issues in America. She has interviewed notable writers and musicians such as Talib Kweli, Saul Williams covering topics of race, class and cultural appropriation. She is the founder and director of Publikprivate.org, a literary nonprofit organization that helps musicians, arts and culture journalists and creative writers find jobs and internships. The blog has featured contributors like Pulitzer Prize winner, Mark Fritz, Cat Power music director, Gregg Foreman and film director, Lee Davis. She is the author of "Don't Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As” published by UK based publisher Zero Books.

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