Wherever you go, there you are – Meghan bids farewell

 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  – Mary Oliver

My time with Curative has come to a close.

Five years, countless moments, boundless joy, immense gratitude.

I dovetailed into Curative’s fledgling energy all those years ago, when I was looking for fulfillment, community and a way to make a difference.

With each piece of Curative work, I got lucky. I found fulfillment. Community. A clear channel for my intentions.

Each word, pixel, post-it. I focused on the people we served.

The communities we enabled.

The team that is my family.

Curative and I grew. Matured. Expanded. I couldn’t be more proud.

It’s still hard to say goodbye. But it’s easy to be excited for what’s to come for us all.

 

As I release Curative into our respective next chapters, I want to honour our time together and share some of the things I learned because Curative exists.

  • Being joyful, loving and grateful expands our capacities to take on whatever life brings.

  • Tea makes everything better.

  • Diverse perspectives make for rich, sincere, resonant work.

  • People are the experts in their own lives. Co-create. Listen. Stay open.

  • Don’t be afraid to take the unconventional route to create change.

  • Laugh, dance, sing karaoke, eat ice cream. Changing the world is daunting enough.

  • Take issues seriously. But walk the path with a light-filled heart.

  • Your vibe attracts your tribe.

  • Your voice matters.

  • Inner transformation without outer engagement is useless. Outer change without inner work is unsustainable. Balance is key.

  • Be brave. That’s when the magic happens.

Also, some priceless lessons through our work: I learned how to support people affected by sexual harm; how to help young women know they’re a force; that our rainbow community can belong; that young people are supported no matter their journey; communities can work together to be healthier and tackle harm; and, that leadership in Aotearoa requires wholeness, to take on the unique challenges of our time.

 

To the wider Curative/innovate change whānau, our clients and the community stakeholders whose projects I was lucky enough to be a part of: thank you. It was a privilege and a blast.

To my Curative family: thank you for the juicy conversations, laughter, desk dance parties, shared lunches, bitmojis, memes, hugs, cups of tea and the space that allowed for my growth. I have been cared for, challenged, appreciated and above all, loved. I look forward to cheering you all on, as you move into the next phase of your journey. It’s going to be big. I just know it.

The greatest thing: through these past five years with Curative, I have been shaped into becoming more of who I already am. I’m moving into the space of transformative social change – being an ally of social change agents’ inner work, so our outer work is sustainable. The foundation: my art and yoga/mindfulness practices since I was 17. I’ll start with simple upliftment through what I create and share, then go from there. If you’d like to stay in touch, please do email me.

 

Farewell friends! Till we meet again,

Meghan

Meghan Jackson