Last week I attended a "Women in Film" event and it pretty much rocked my world. I felt accepted, inspired and ready to change the world. I even ran home in the pouring rain, smiling like a fool.
Why did this one event make me feel so alive?
While I sat in the audience feeling empowered, one of the panel members said that to truly be successful and make a name for yourself, you have to know what you stand for.
When she said that, everything that I had been thinking about over the last week - what I want to do with my life, who I want to be with, money and security verse fun and creativity, being my own boss verse working for someone else... you know how it goes - clicked into one word:
I stand for honesty, or at least that is what I strive for.
I want to create a company that utilizes creative media to change the world. I want to tell honest stories about everyday people and the heart of their emotions and actions. I want to address sexism and racism and every other "ism" out there because every person, every situation is unique and deserves respect.
Honesty means everything to me. There is so much around us in today's world that isn't real and it's a struggle to know who or what to believe. How do you tell the difference between honesty and greed? Between someone who wants the best for you and someone who wants the best for themself?
In addition to there being an abundance of lies in the air, there is also ignorance. In a world where the largest bank of information in the history of humanity can be accessed on our handheld devices, it is astonishing how little people know about each other.
I want to change that.
I want to make The Purple Stapler into a company that produces art addressing humanity's heart and soul. The truth of it. The nitty gritty parts. The sad parts. The awe inspiring parts. The funny parts. All of it.
It'll be hard. I will struggle. I will fall on my ass. But if I don't try, why am I here on this earth? If my purpose is not to do good, then I don't want to be here.
But I am.
And so are you.
Will you join me?