he idea for this video project is inspired by the work of vulnerability & shame researcher Brene Brown. I was really drawn to her findings around belonging. Particularly that fitting in is not belonging. That true belonging doesn’t require that we change who we are; it requires that we be who we are, and I wanted to experiment with recreating Dr Brown’s work as a visual creative piece.
“If I get to be me, I belong. If I get to be like you I fit in.”
And it is having the courage to be vulnerable, to be seen, that enables us to truly belong and to own our story.
Like many before her, she uses the wilderness as a metaphor.
“It is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching, a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. We can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not.
Sometimes the wilderness feels very lonely and punishing. The loneliest steps are the ones between the city walls and the heart of the wilderness, where safety is in the rear view mirror, new territory remains to be seen, and the path out to the unknown seems empty. But put one foot in front of the other enough times, stay the course long enough to actually tunnel into the wilderness, and you’ll be shocked how many people already live out there – thriving, dancing, creating, celebrating, belonging.”
Curious? Let’s meet out there sometime …