TOUCHED, MOVED, & INSPIRED…
I normally like to keep my birthday on the down-low. I don’t post about it and I usually like to be in solitude and reflect on who I have been BEING the past year - and then CREATE who I will be for this 28th year. BUT!!! I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of phone calls, e-mails, posts, texts, and high fives that I’ve been experiencing today. A friend of mine said to me, “It’s really hard for you to talk about yourself, isn’t it?” This is true and I won’t deny this on my birthday either. I’d like to acknowledge who everyone is being for me, that has left me touched, moved, & Inspired…
My family, (including the Poisson family) and Brook. The support I experience I feel from all of you has left me with the possibility of “WHO I CAN BE”. I appreciate your love and acceptance because it has made me love and accept.
HITRECORD - I’m so thankful for the community and supporting me not just creatively, but emotionally. Tori my dear, who made the sketch above, you are my sister by choice. I’m so thankful for the love you give me. HitRECord has taught me to be willing to meet people where they are - thanks for the past 2+ years of self-expression and listening. I will always bring a space of self-expression for others.
The Chicago School - To the friends I’ve made this past year, you are all awesome. I will always create all of you as someone who is willing to support others. Your selfless acts have changed my perspective. I realize Grad School is hard, but everyone continues to give and that inspires me.
TUMBLR FOLLOWERS - I appreciate you all following me and sharing your stories with me. It’s really a gift and I will continue to share my story because of what you all inspire.
LAST but not Least is my Homies from MSU/LAKE ORION, MI - So blessed to have such supportive friends. We’ve had some awesome fucking times and I only see those getting better.
Like I like to say, “best year yet”,
-Duane Kim Baldwin
PS. Of course I’d like to thank you all individually, that will come. thank you all for contributing to who I am today. Thanks again.