BECOMING WHO YOU ARE. A STORY ABOUT 900 VOICES AND WRIST BANDS
Why belonging is about you being enough, no matter what
I'm writing to you still feeling deeply inspired by yesterdays miracles. The miracle of being showered in a Magical Bath of 900 Voices. This letter is my attempt to transfer some of the magic to you and inspire you with a profound Life Lesson.
Are you Ready?
Yesterday - instead of sending my Creative Love Letter to you - , I helped at my son's school.Yes, I played hooky!
But I had a good reason. This is my son's first year at the Parcival college - a Waldorf school in Groningen - and the school was having it's famous annual 'Voorjaarsconcert'. A spring concert.
I loved to get a peek behind the scenes. So, I volunteered to help. Yup, my help was not without a huge bucket of self-interest.
My chore was to be the impromptu door man in the very large Concerthall ( in my case door mother). I had to check the wrists of 900 students somewhere between 12 and 18 years of age. "Good morning, Can I see your wrist band?"
My Son's Wrist band
Standing in the door opening of the Huge Concert hall, checking all those wrists, I realized something important. We Wonderfully Weird Women are always on the look out for some sense of belonging.
Right? I know I do.
Yesterday - while observing all these students - I understood that belonging is never about being a member of a group.
Belonging is about feeling completely connected to yourself. No matter the circumstances.
And it was exactly that sense of belonging I witnessed yesterday. Children, young adults, students of all sizes, color and moods being united by that unique sense of belonging. The school's motto: Becoming who you are reflected in their attitude.
It's okay to not fit it.
It's okay to look like you.
It's okay to be moody, busy, quiet, bright, wonderfully weird... you're welcome.
You can be who you are.
You are enough.
In the evening my husband and I sat in the huge sold out concerthall filled with rightfully proud parents and listened to 900 voices. 900 Unique voices united by a common desire to perform, to sing, to be heard, to be seen. Knowing they were accepted unconditionally.
Was it any good? You betcha! We were being wrapped in the warm loving bath of those 900 voices singing Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror, Haydn's Requiem in C Minor, Bob Marley, Bill Withers, their own songs and performing mind blowing percussion. Seriously, that in itself was a pretty miraculous experience.
The parents wrist band
Why is this story about wrists bands and 900 voices important to you?
I know that you might never had the chance to become who you are. I grew up feeling encouraged to NOT become who I was. And I know you might have had a similar upbringing.
But I hope my words inspire you to start being who you are right now. Today. You are enough. Belonging doesn't start with a group.
Belonging starts with radical self-acceptance. Be your own school - hell, you might even start wearing a wristband if it helps - .
Make a vow - I belong to me, no matter the circumstances, whether I feel kick-ass focussed, super duper concentrated or more like a discarded rag, I belong to me.
Just like those 900 voices, your voice needs to be heard. Just as it is. Right now. Be you!
And if you want to join your Wonderfully Weird friends in my Facebook group, know you are always welcome there.
Sending you lots of - unconditional - love and a beautiful day.
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