Sarah Durham Wilson is one of the most badass ladies I've ever had the pleasure of speaking to.
I learned about Sarah from her online presence on Instagram, DOITGIRL. The quotes she wrote and posted always pulled at my deepest need to see that particular sentiment being said by someone else, and then I felt validated enough to keep going. (That might sound vague, but damn did she pull on my heartstrings and my fears and my anger and my love in those moments, and this is the best way I can describe it.)
Today, I present the incredible interview I had with her just a few weeks ago.
Here is a list of some of my absolute favorite quotes from the interview:
I wish I had me back then to tell me, ‘It doesn’t fucking matter what these three white men think of your writing. You have to Frida Kahlo this until the one person goes , ‘Thank you for the light and the dark.”
They always wanted me to teach like them and not like me.
They’re all just showing their wounds.
You have to be really conscious to say, “I want you to have what I didn’t have. I want you to shoot for the stars.”
My mother wanted to protect me from wanting to be something that seemed impossible.
My mom was like, "Honey, why don’t you shoot a little lower."
I didn’t know I had literally done everything possible to attract that job.
I think being told you can’t do something can be great sometimes.
I can’t write what I’m supposed to write.
And a big kicker for me: I don’t have time to do what I’m not supposed to do.
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