We Day! And a song!

Today I was part of the Vancouver We Day Crowd Pumping Team! Wow! I felt happy, sad, moved, inspired, uncomfortable, energized, tired, confused, clear, hungry, full, disappointed, overwhelmed, amazed… and more! What a day! I spent 11.5 hours at the arena (arriving at 6AM today) and still went to improv practice after! Bam!

I have been writing SO MANY songs lately (like 5-7 a week!) and I have decided I need to start sharing some of them and putting the music down so I don’t forget the vision I have in mind when I write. I really wanna be in a band but I don’t have time at the moment so I have to plunk my own guitar haha.

I have more thoughts I want to share later but for now I was inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Demi Lovato’s messages (at We Day Today) to write this song:

For My Children – Lyrics

VERSE ONE

When I think about what I need

I got clean water and a place to sleep

I’ve friends and community

but there’s something missing

separation that I see people hating and being mean

I want respect for everybody

PRE-CHORUS

That’s the world I want to live in

A world that I want for my children

CHORUS

When you’re scared, turn to love

When you’re alone, remember love

We can change the world with love

Before you judge, remember love

Show somebody that you care

Speak up for those who are not there

Treat each-other with respect

and believe in what comes next:

it’s love, it’s love, love

VERSE TWO

It is easy just to blame

Other people for our pain

If they’d only change their ways

“The world would be much better”

We all have a role to play

You contribute everyday

We have to work together

PRE-CHORUS

That’s the world I want to live in

A world that I want for my children

CHORUS

When you’re scared, turn to love

When you’re alone, remember love

We can change the world with love

Before you judge, remember love

Show somebody that you care

Speak up for those who are not there

Treat each-other with respect

and believe in what comes next:

it’s love, it’s love, love

BRIDGE

Structures are in place that make it hard to see beyond the struggle

Hating only add more hate. I think that love’s the only way to move beyond… and make the world incredible.

CHORUS

When you’re scared, turn to love

When you’re alone, remember love

We can change the world with love

Before you judge, remember love

Show somebody that you care

Speak up for those who are not there

Treat each-other with respect

and believe in what comes next:

it’s love, it’s love, love

#IC25 silence sleeps tonight

#IC25 #invisiblechildren

Right now, I am being silent for Invisible Children’s campaign 25. One hour of silence for each of the 25 years of war Central Africa has endured. We can stop this.

As a fairly theatrical person I have observed that I use my body so much more when I cannot use my voice. My gestures, my grunts and laughter, they are all amplified. Silence amps up our other tools for communication. I am grateful for my body and my literacy right now. They are both helping me communicate. I am sad that not everyone has this luxury. That is why I am doing this I suppose.

I am also enjoying listening. Absorbing information from other people and relishing in these moments of thoughtful reflection I am privy to.

One world. One peace.

We are the change. See you in the morning world.

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O

LOVE LOVE LOVing this for three reasons:

  1. Shel Silverstein is super cool and all of his work is wonderful. I love songs/movies/books that you can draw a different meaning from each time you experience them and I definitely get that from his work.
  2. Children’s books that teach lessons which can be more relevant to adults than children rock.
  3. I love when people read to me and watching this was like having that : )

I think it means that you need to complete yourself. There is a quote “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” And sometimes someone can complete you by allowing you to complete yourself. I think.

Falling off the bike

Today I had one of those lazy/productive days. I had a bunch of computer-based jobs to finish so I was sitting around being lazy but getting stuff done at the same time. Later on I started to feel ill from all the sitting and computer radiation or w/e so I decided to get out and go for a bike ride. My goal was to check out the new Surrey rec centre type building by Gateway but sadly I did not get very far. I got lost in my thoughts and collided with the curb, falling off my bike.

It hurt.

I called my Mom.

I waited in the rain for her to come get me and take my lame-ass home.

While I was waiting I sat and watched these kids that were rollerblading around their driveway. There was a little ginger girl. She was so small but so eager to go as fast as she could. She didn’t fall at all but with every warble in her movement my heart leapt. How could someone so fragile be so careless? It was wet out. Big girl Jenni here could even stay up but somehow this little red-headed girl didn’t care or mind in the least. Charlie Brown, I empathize for you.

I’m so grateful it wasn’t serious. I had my helmut to protect me. However, I need to find a new bell… it didn’t make it haha x D

The Education of Everyone

I have come to the conclusion that:

Teaching=Directing=Parenting

Teaching is about helping people come to their own conclusions.

“Teacher’s open the door, but you must enter by yourself,”

– Chinese Proverb, ancient wisdom via beingtricia‘s RT of RainbeauMars

This seams to put the power in the hands of the students. How can you teach someone that is unwilling to learn? But then as a teacher/director/parent sometimes you have to persevere and keep trying if you really care about your student/actor/child and want them to learn. That said, there is a fine line between being an unbiased teacher and indoctrinating your students. I think that you have to lead people in the right direction but ultimately you have to let them figure it out for themselves. There are a few ways to do this but I think the most effective are as follows.

Asking Questions: When you word things open endedly you leave room for people to think about them and respond. I think this is especially relevant in advice-type situations or when you are trying to help someone with something. For example, I can tell you what to do or I can ask you what you think you should do…

Leading by Example: This is very important. When you are trying to shape people and help them grow modeling proper behavior is essential. For example, I have a friend who is a bit younger that I am trying to instill more kindness in. I could lecture this friend about manners and compassion but that would not have much lasting impact, in fact they may just get annoyed with me. I think instead I am going to try to be especially kind and polite towards this person (despite how rude they may act towards me). Then maybe they will say way in which they can reach out to others through my example.

Personally, i’ve come to a point in life where I can recognize the lessons others have tried to teach me in the past. I had to figure most of the things out by myself in order for them to have any relevance in my life. It’s really to bad in some respects, if I had just listened to these people then I could of begun living a life as fulfilling as the one I have now much sooner. Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination though.

“Ain’t about how fast I get there

Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side

It’s the climb”

– Miley Cyrus, The Climb

I really like mentoring and helping others but I am still having trouble finding the best way to do that. Perhaps balance is the key.

What do you think? How do you “learn your lessons well”?