March’s theme is DANCING ON MY OWN. Click here for this month’s call for submissions.
This month is all about independence, a perfect antithesis to last month’s “Soulmates” theme. While we love the people we love, we sometimes need independence from them to remind us how much we know and love ourselves. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t be an independent person in the company of others.
The “Dancing On My Own” theme is an invitation to write/make art/make music about yourself, where or when you feel most independent, the people who inspire you to be independent, or even how you don’t feel independent yet (and that’s okay!). Submit work that feels truly you, that comes from your core, that you create while alone in your bedroom or with your best friends at a sleepover. Send a playlist of songs you love dancing on your own to, write an essay about a movie character who inspires you to be more independent, write a poem about your first day of high school, make a collage of you in a car with your friends and celebrities you’d like to go on a road trip with.
I’ve tasted independence before, mostly hors d’oeuvres plates of pigs in blankets and stuffed mushrooms, but when I got to college, I got the entire bat mitzvah party buffet of chicken fingers, french fries, pizza, and a Torah shaped cake. I’m halfway through my second semester of my first year of college and I love going to the library by myself or walking to the 24 hour mini mart that’s down the street from my dorm after midnight with my best friends. I like being in college because even when I feel anxious and out of control, I’m reassured that I can take care of myself and function as a real human being who can do her own laundry and call in her own prescriptions.
The theme “Dancing On My Own” comes from the song “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn. It’s a song that makes me feel good about being alone and being independent. Not that being alone and independent are the same thing, but I feel my most independent when I’m alone. I’m reminded of those small moments where you’re by yourself and you’re loving yourself and your own presence, and you catch yourself feeling those feelings, and you’re happy because you’re always in your own company and you realize that you’re a good person to be stuck with. This month is about you, it’s about us, it’s about the world we live in and the space we occupy.
My inspiration for this month includes: (obviously) “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn, The Life of Pablo by Kanye West, ANTI by Rihanna, Somewhere directed by Sofia Coppola, “A Better Son/Daughter” by Rilo Kiley, running errands, Jenny Holzer, eating a meal by myself and being okay with it, Nicki Minaj, looking forward to voting for the first time this year, singers in groups who decide to go solo (Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Zayn), the finale episode of Freaks and Geeks, libraries, to-do lists, and Cardi B’s Instagram videos.
Have a great month, I can’t wait to see what your brilliant minds have in store for us.