There is no shame in not taking advice that is not accessible to you
Creating these positive affirmation pieces has been an interesting journey for me, as they were very much out of my artistic comfort zone. They aren’t in the style that I usually draw in and differ greatly from all the drawings in my notebooks over the past few years.
But when I first started making them, seeing the deep emotional response from people who were sharing the most vulnerable parts of themselves with me was a really incredible experience. I knew then that this was an important project for me to take on.
When I create these affirmations I ask myself two things. The first is: what do I need to remind myself of? These are often reminders that I need. Each affirmation is very personal. It relates to my own healing, which is sometimes very tumultuous and exhausting. And the second thing i ask is: is this advice accessible? I loathe positive rhetoric that is just coming from a place of privilege. Advice has to be accessible, otherwise it’s meaningless. It has to be relevant to marginalized folks, otherwise it’s exclusive and elitist and I’m not OK with that.
I want to thank each and every person who has allowed one of my pieces to have a space in their life, even just for the brief moment that they see it. That means a lot to me.
- Hana Shafi AKA Frizz Kid