I’m Just as Strange as You. ~ Amani Omejer

Via on May 7, 2014

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{Warning: F-bombs up ahead.}

Frida Kahlo came into the world and began painting herself, way before the ‘selfie’ era.

Like so many artists, her artwork didn’t become famous until after she died, but she painted because she loved it, and she needed it as a way of expressing extreme physical and emotional pain.

Without the internet and the online writing community, I know for a fact that I would feel a lot more fucked up or strange than I do feel, now.

As a twenty-something, a creative, and someone who’s figuring out her life, I feel a lot of gratitude for the way the internet (especially social media and blogging) connects me with individuals who are just as weird and flawed as me.

It normalises, reassures, and brings solace to anxieties that would have a much stronger hold without this resource and net of connection.

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” ~ Frida Khalo

I write because to write and create, is to keep myself alive and to keep myself present, and to allow myself to get lost in a way that I know I’ll always find myself, again.

I share my words with the hope that they are of benefit, but the reason I create them is because I need the release and the creative process, whether the words get seen by the world or solely by myself.

Frida painted because it brought benefit to her, and little did she know it would then bring benefit to millions of others, too.

Seeing a face I’ve so often seen on canvas, in real life (well, video-real-life), her beauty is even greater and just as mesmerising.

And what an incredible life.

 

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About Amani Omejer

Amani Omejer is a writer and editor living in the green city of Bristol, UK. She spends her time writing, drawing cartoons, and tucking herself into pockets of nature. She believes in the importance of telling your story, connecting with nature, laughing, photographing moments, good food, clothes swapping, adventure, cold water swimming, drinking herbs, and napping. She tells her story on her blog. You can follow that and her other writings via Facebook, her website, or Instagram (@amaniomejer).

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6 Responses to “I’m Just as Strange as You. ~ Amani Omejer”

  1. Yoli Ramazzina Yoli says:

    Rad! :)

  2. Jamie Khoo says:

    Amani, I love this so much: "I write because to write and create, is to keep myself alive and to keep myself present, and to allow myself to get lost in a way that I know I’ll always find myself, again." I hadn't thought of it like this before but you've captured it perfectly – the power of writing to heal and find ourselves and discover truths. I'm so glad to have met you and here's hoping there'll be many more years of working together xxxx

    • Amani Omejer amaniomejer says:

      Ahh, love. I love this reply! Thank you. And yes, here's to many more years working together – defo :) the more I read things of old-time creatives, famous ones that we now can turn to for inspiration, I realise that creativity was their lifeline just as much as it is mine, they simply found mega recognition…and that they would have continued on (well, the people I've read about!) had they been recognised or not. Esp people like frida who wasn't recognised iin a big way until she died. This, to me, brings me such faith in the power of creativity as a tool to heal and live and be and discover ourselves. Because it's like the ultimate 'do it because you love it', thing…and if it spills out and is found by others and resonated by them, too, then that is a total and beautiful bonus. Love to you! xx

  3. Linda says:

    Beautiful.

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