Today I decided to perform my single, “Lifeboat”, which was inspired by the thought of facing up to going into hospital and all the weirdness of being (almost literally) stripped down to merely being a patient on an operating table. No identity-affirming things like make-up, my own clothes, nail polish; just putting myself in the hands of a surgeon so appropriately named, “Mr Schneider”. [The German verb schneiden = to cut]. I realised that my feelings about this were rather similar to those about achieving other things in my life that I was less than comfortably equipped to do. A lesson in ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.
If you’d like to get involved and make a donation to the charity MIND – a mental health support charity in England and Wales, I am collecting donations to send to them as part of this “Beat the January Blues” effort, (as well as donating £1 per print copy sold of my next book – ‘Love Poems for people who don’t like being in love II’ – coming later this year -).
I will let you know how much I’ve raised by the beginning of February, and I’ll send MIND the amount I’ve made so far.
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