New Things Are Hard (Episode 9)

Bec and Nat open by talking about how they discuss everything with a certain intensity…even eyeliner. Bec asks Nat five questions to help listeners get to know her better. They branch into their topic: new things are hard! Bec’s hard new thing is running a solo business and just doing art in general. Nat feels like teaching is back to being new again. They do a NEW thing on the podcast with their first call in. Listener Nicole asks them to reframe the notion of the essential reworker and how they’re viewed, which sends Nat and Bec down a path of asking why we as a society have already forgotten our essential workers. And should we even be calling them that if we don’t treat them as such. Is it really just essential "work" we're talking about? Nat suggests that art and books, in particular, are a great antidote to capitalism and the hard stuff, aka newness. They end by deciding that everyone would gain from finding a work of fiction that feeds their spirit.

The quote Bec can't quite find is from Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who has much to say about newness and fear. Here are two good ones: "It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning." And another: "Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”