I AM NOT SORRY FOR BEING SENSITIVE.
I am not sorry for being sensitive. I see it as a strength. My empathic energy is deep and sometimes it is overwhelming but it is real and it is beautiful. I'm not sorry if I fail to meet your expectations. No matter who you are. I'm eccentric, creative, loving, free-spirited, and I certainly do not fit into any singular category. I will no longer attempt to.
I am not sorry for wanting to be happy. I am not sorry for occasionally buying non-organic food. I'm not sorry for eating those McDonald's fries on the way home from a gig. I am not sorry for thinking crystals carry energy. I'm not sorry for being a little bit of a witch. I am not sorry for not categorizing my sexuality. I am not sorry for being messy. I'm not sorry for not fitting in. I am not sorry for wanting to be alone sometimes. I'm not sorry for taking medication to curb my relentless anxiety. I'm not sorry for the weird things I say. I say weird shit. I also curse a lot and I'm not sorry about that either. I'm not sorry for expressing love. I'm not going to hold back anymore. I'm not sorry for crying. I'm not sorry if you find that uncomfortable.
I'm not sorry about my mom-body. I carried one child to term and hosted several other souls in my womb. I'm not sorry that I gave up on breastfeeding. I'm not sorry for being a mother with a social life. I'm not sorry for making time to spend with friends. I'm not sorry for making time for music. I'm not sorry for making time for art. I'm not even sorry for the times I was sorry. I'm just moving forward with authenticity.
About the photo:
A friend shared the call for submissions at a time when I was particularly feeling the need to reclaim myself. The photo was taken onstage at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. I chose Maxwell’s because it is a venue I have performed at many times and I always feel powerful and strong there.