Back to the studio

It’s a weird thing stepping away from the online world for a while, first to have a bit of a break and then to start work on a new studio. People often talk about how we’ve lost a sense of connection because of social media, the internet, our phones, but I most often experience these things as bridges of connection, connection to my friends, my family, my community and the world.

第一次“脱网”出游后,再次回到办公桌前开始工作,还真有些不习惯。人们总说,自从有了社交媒体、互联网和电话等,人与人之间都变得疏远了。然而,在我眼中这些新兴发明恰恰成为了我和家人、和朋友,乃至和世界联系的渠道。

This amazing capacity that we have to reach out human to human, to hear one another’s stories, to lend a hand, to share a message is profound. Of course it does not negate the beauty of a hug, the gift of sharing dinner or the blessing of chatting in comfy chairs over tea. It is not a substitute. It’s an addition.

人与人的接触、倾听、分享和互相帮助都是人类社会独有的沟通方式。当然,它既不能替代温暖的拥抱、热闹的聚餐或坐在沙发上惬意得喝茶聊天。

When I first started blogging, over 10 year ago, we shared our lives online, our hopes, our dreams, our fears. We discovered that even though there might not be anyone like us in our neighbourhood there were people like us in the world. There were others who felt misunderstood, left out, frustrated. There were others who had creative dreams and aspirations. There were other square pegs escaping the tyranny of round holes and searching for a tribe.

十多年前,当我第一次在网络上撰写博文时,就已经开始与大家分享我的生活、期望、梦想和对未知的不安。自从有了互联网,我发现朋友圈的范围不再仅限于生活中接触的人,它涵盖了世界的各个角落。到处都有人正经历着与你类似的人生沉浮,到处都有人与你有同样的梦想和期盼,到处都有人会因受到排挤而毅然转身寻觅自己的世界。

Over time, we were able to curate our world, following like-minded souls and filling our streams with affirmations of our own values and beliefs. What a joy! What a relief! Finally we felt more at home in the world and that’s a good thing.

久而久之,从安排好自己的生活,找到志同道合的朋友们,到依靠自己的判断力和信念来扩充自己的朋友圈。这样一来不但能让人放松,而且能让人找到快乐。慢慢地,你就会模糊了家和世界的边界,并惊奇地发现“家”可以在世界的任何角落。

Let us all feel at home in the world.
Let us all know that we belong.
And let that feeling, that knowing, empower us to be a part of the world.
Let it help us bring the love, the smarts, the goodness and the creativity that we have always had inside of us to where it is needed.
Let us not hide in our silos. Instead, let us be empowered by our studios.
A studio is a safe place for us to explore, experiment, create and develop. It is also a courageous space in which we risk and dare, a place where we fly and fail. It is where we train to become creative warriors.
How might you bring your creative heart, your love, your talent out into a world that needs you? Where is the world calling your name?
You have magic inside of you and the world at your fingertips. What is it time to do?

with love,

世界那么大,处处是我家。世界那么大,总能找到属于自己的那片天。有了这份信心和勇气,我们将不再渺小。
既然如此,我们何不带上心中的“爱”,不变的初心,智慧和创造力上路,把它们传播到世界各个贫瘠的地方。别再停滞或退缩,让我们陪你一起共创美好的未来。
我们每一天的生活都是一个可以去探索、试验创造和发展的空间。在这里我们可以毫无顾虑地勇往直前,这里承载了我们的所有成败,这里是我们造就创意天才的孵化基地。怎样才能引领你的创意灵感,你的情感,你的才能进入这个真正适合你的世界?哪里才能让世界真正认识你?带上你富有魔力的双手,通过指尖的敲击释放出你强大的惊人创造力。是时候启动了吗?

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