Sierra is a freelance artist/illustrator who is a part of The Inconvenience, a company that expresses its talent and passion for connecting communities through theater, music, dance and visual art. She has been type-one diabetic for 20 years and is just now experiencing the repercussions of not taking care of her condition and trying to conquer how overwhelming it can be to deal with the medical and healthcare world.
What do you wake up thinking about?
I usually wake up thinking about the dream I just woke up from. I also usually have a song stuck in my head which sometimes feels like it sets up my mood for the day. Today I woke up singing the song "Heaven" by The Rascals. It's a song that talks about how lonely it can feel being in a world that may not want to connect with you, and how if you just look inside, you can find a piece of heaven and be your own beacon of love and light.
What's your morning ritual?
Before all of this, my morning ritual was waking up next to my adorable, most likely snoring boyfriend, going to Devon Market (a block away from my apartment), picking up some croissants and some form of caffeine and watching The Daily Show while figuring out what the day has in store. These days I'm woken up around 5a.m. to start my antibiotic treatments, get my levels checked, take more medications, and get ready for physical therapy and wound care. I recently had a surgery where I lost two of my toes and a bit of my foot because of an infection from a few blisters that weren't taken care of correctly. It's interesting how something that at the moment seems so small can take away so much.
How does social media play into your daily life?
Having to be in a facility where I feel disconnected from what I used to be around, I have found that social media has kept me feeling connected to those that I love and miss a great deal. I have been able to share my experience and my thoughts on what I am going through and I have been able to get feedback and support from many people I wouldn't be able to connect with without the instant circulation that is social media. I have also been able to work on a lot of commissions and freelance projects even though I am in no position to make it to meetings or go out into the world and do the art hustle I am used to.
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
The opportunity for us to connect with ourselves and the world around us is always a choice that we, as humans, must make on our own. No matter where you are or when you are, there will be distractions and things that can keep you from realizing this. We must always try and be aware that we are limitless in our abilities to connect with ourselves and those around us at all times.
What is most important to you in life?
Trying to always live a life of intent and compassion is something that really speaks to my spirit. I feel like I have spent too much time feeling as though what I wanted or what fed me was foolish, or wasn't good enough. Earlier in life, I cared too much about not being who I thought I should be, what I thought I should look like, what I thought I needed to wait for. What my life and my experiences in it have led me to realize is that there are no answers, there are only an abundance of lessons you must allow yourself to learn and grow from. Everyone you meet in this world has survived and will survive so many things. Let us do our best to help ourselves and others realize our true potential to do great things and let us all celebrate the limitlessness of the human experience.
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