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 Defining Your Joy

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Claiming and proclaiming our joy.



WORDS
8/6/2021

Three weeks ago, we did a thing.

Outside in LA reopened officially for the first time since March 2020, and we wanted to experience it for ourselves. Knowing that Covid-19 was (and sadly still is) very much a thing, we emerged with a small gathering, just our MACRO fam and friends, for karaoke. Outdoors and under one of those perfectly clear moonlit skies that you dream about, we were singing, rapping, dancing, doing what we do, just us being us. Words cannot express how good it felt. At the end of the night when everyone was going home or going somewhere else for more of that “outside”, all we could talk about was our joy. The glory of it, how we'd earned it, and how much we need to continue to create it.


Three weeks later and the world has done what it does. But we hold fast to the feeling we had in our community that night. We vowed that we would keep creating it, and you know...our word is our bond. Even when — especially when — it is uttered silently to ourselves.

Today we claim joy. We claim it in the face of whatever comes or whatever falls away. We declare it as ever present and non-negotiable.

Over the next three months, UpRising will be dedicated to our joy, specifically the messy and unexpected ways we find it. Be it through the eyes of a visual artist whose works wordlessly illuminate and represent the joy of our shared experiences. Or a conversation with a creative that dives deep into the places they’ve buried and unburied their bliss. Our new favorite storyteller weaves a tale about tradition that reveals the power of memory in unlocking moments of delight in profound ways.


Starting next week, we’ll be dissecting and discussing and dancing to our JOY. We hope you join us for the celebration.


Over the next three months, UpRising will be dedicated to our joy, specifically the messy and unexpected ways we find it. Be it through the eyes of a visual artist whose works wordlessly illuminate and represent the joy of our shared experiences. Or a conversation with a creative that dives deep into the places they’ve buried and unburied their bliss. Our new favorite storyteller weaves a tale about tradition that reveals the power of memory in unlocking moments of delight in profound ways.


Starting next week, we’ll be dissecting and discussing and dancing to our JOY. We hope you join us for the celebration.

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