I’m no stranger to criticism, negative feedback & even straight up trolling.
It’s something that I understand I’m subjecting myself to by publishing my art to the internet every day — it’s one of the risks of putting yourself out there as a creative.
You will not always be liked & people will sometimes tell you what they think is wrong with your art.
There’s this tendency that many of us humans have, to attach to someone’s potential.
The notion that they could do better than they’re behaving.
That they have more to offer the world than what they currently are.
That this will most certainly be the last time they hurt us in whichever way they do.
We need to stop attaching ourselves to people’s “potential”.
This letter to you has been a long time coming.
I’ll say right now — please only read this if you genuinely care to grow with me into these next chapters of life together.
If you choose to read in full, I ask you to truly stick it out until the end — I’ll tell you right now, this is a long letter. It’s extensive, it’s a deep dive, and it’s not for the faint of heart.
Welcome to my virtual stomping grounds. I'm Ali - a writer, poet, advocate for intersectional feminism & world traveler.