We had the good fortune of connecting with Tom Williamson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tom, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by anything that embodies and expresses the beautiful complexities that come with being human. I am inspired by the relationship between tension and relaxation that accompanies any act done while in a state of flow. There is something inexplicably mesmerizing to me about the nuanced paradox that is life, and seeing that distilled into a tangible form is what I live to create in myself and the environments I find myself in. The entire reason behind creating Breathe, Rise + Thrive (BRT) was to plant these seeds of inspiration within every person I get to work with, so that even if they can’t see it in the moment, as long as they remain open to life’s unpredictable possibilities, it will take root and blossom.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What I love the most about being an artist is the ability to inspire others to not be afraid of shining their light and carving a narrative out of their life that they could only ever dream. I feel this is one of the qualities that many great artists share, so I don’t feel that it sets me apart, nor do I even want to be set apart from others. Now that I’m responding to the question, I can actually see how problematic it could be in furthering the perceived divide we already have to deal with as people in a society, but that’s a whole other issue. Getting to this place of accepting who I am, for me and no one else, has been incredibly difficult and it honestly feels like a moving target because I never know which way the wind is going to blow me. It is still an everyday, moment to moment, process but what has helped along the way has been an undeniable faith in something larger than me. Some folks find it in the form of religion, some in spirituality, and others in the eyes of their beloved pet gerbil. For me that faith comes from the wind. It is invisible, but we know it exists and its power is undeniable. Coming to that realization has been a big step for me along this journey and has taught me to roll with the punches while knowing how to counter them, because this journey we call life will throw you for a serious loop. If there is anything, I’d want the world to know about my story it is that swift change often occurs when we are least expecting it, and it is not until we notice the difference that we are aware a shift has even occurred. Bruce Lee said, ‘Be like water.’ I say, ‘Be like wind.’
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1 – Paddle-boarding in marina, jumping into the ocean, swinging by the dock for a bottle of wine Day 2 – Spending a day biking through venice and covid bar-hopping Day 3 – The magic bar on the westside where they do card tricks and serve you wine Day 4 – Jet-skiing to catalina and then boat hitchhiking back Day 5 – Hiking and cliff jumping in malibu followed by dinner at malibu cafe, paradise cove, or cafe habana Day 6 – The playa vista pet bakery to play with the kittens that they have for adoption Day 7 – Hiking in topanga and then brunch at inn at the seventh ray ***Day 8 – Swan boats in Echo Park followed by dinner at Lady Byrd Cafe***
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out my mother and the book “The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak
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