It was never mine to keep. Checking myself everyday.

It was never mine to keep.

I'm a teacher, photographer, artist, writer, soul activist, I am here to give.
Some people will be inspired to give to give. And will inspire others to give to give. Some people will take to take.

For me, I have to let go of the art itself. I have to let go of my attachment to holding on to the things that are not mine to keep. By sharing, I give wholly, giving to give. This is the purpose. This is our purpose.

I give my words because they are meant to tell a story outside of myself. When they're re-used and said, that is connection with others. I give my photos because they are meant to show a story outside of myself. When they're seen and shared, that is connection with others.

I used to be so attached to holding onto pieces of me, I would watermark my photos, ask for credit, and police my art as a part of the process. I thought holding on to ownership was a part of the art itself. I realized that it was my ego desperate for recognition and ownership, it needed to be seen. A name tag, if you will. It needed something I couldn't give. And I began to recognize a shift, a purpose in sharing myself. To give away.

Art is not meant to be policed or traced or tracked or chased. We all borrow, repurpose, and use ourselves and others in the process of creation. It happens.

What I've realized in this process, much like teaching yoga, that my art was never meant for me to keep to myself. In a sense, I don't own it. I live it and breathe it and I hope that it inspires, awakens, and ignites the artist within each and every one of you. People often say, "everyone's a photographer, a writer, a yoga teacher, and artist now"?

Well fuck yes, I sure hope so! I sure hope that more artists, writers, creatives, teachers are birthed everyday - because we are artists and we all have something unique to give, seeded inspiration or not. This is our co-creation.


And if I am truly checking myself in this life and creation, It's for me to give to give. It's for me to photograph to photograph. It's for me to write to write. It's for me to create to create. And I hope we meet each other there in creation, without ownership. Be seen as you are in your way. 

I am leaning and learning everyday and so are you. 

stephynow