Slowly getting back into this blogging thing! Buckets is still very much in development – the main challenge at the moment is booking in some rehearsal space, but the project has to remain somewhat in the background with exam season looming. So I thought I’d just write about something that has been on my mind the last few days.
After three lovely weeks at home and a few days in Venice, I have just headed back to Leeds for the the remainder of second semester at uni. I feel a little like I have come back to reality with a bang; rehearsals are well underway for a musical I am in; I’m organising a quiz night to help raise money for that show; and of course my actual degree has to take some priority, to name just a few things going on this week. So at the beginning of term, it can all feel a little overwhelming. Rather subconsciously, to help deal with this, I have taken to giving myself a little motto to try and live by, and displayed that in my room to remind myself of it. I only realised this as I was unpacking a getting myself straight this weekend, so I thought I’d share a few from this year.
Keep Calm and Have Fun
The first semester of second year was always going to be busy. I maybe bit off slightly more than I could chew, but I came back in September with several projects on the go an knowing I was going to be BUSY. This is great and I probably wouldn’t change it one bit, but it was nice when it all got a bit much too look over at my little light box and be told to chill out a bit and have fun doing the things that I love.
Do things for Fun
I care a lot about everything I am working on, and find it virtually impossible to not complete things to the best of my ability. Sometimes this is great, but sometimes it also work its way in to things that I care about that nobody else does, or it means that I stress about things that don’t need stressing about. So as I came in to second semester, I wanted to remind myself to only work on the projects that were going to be fun, and not to worry so much about the things that other people don’t really care about. This meant that last term was much more balanced and level headed because everything I was working on, I really wanted to put the effort in for and it was for fun, not because I felt like I had to.
You do You
Navigating the social life of uni can be tricky. Especially in the circles I find myself in, you see one group of people for a very intense period (working on a show) and feel so close, but then that relationship can change after that particular show is over. I found that this was giving me quite a bit of anxiety at the end of last term – never quite sure what people were thinking about me (although this is entirely due to my own brain being a pain rather than the lovely friends I have doing anything different!). So I have decided that this term I just want to do what I want to do and not worry about what other people are doing/thinking etc. So far this has gone well – had a fab time on Saturday evening at an event where we could sing and dance to ABBA all night which sounded like it would be right up my street! I was so glad I made it out and didn’t let myself freak out, despite being nervous to go. Here’s to the rest of the term, just doing me and not trying to be anyone else.
Theatre of Minds has a brand new project – ‘buckets‘ by Adam Barnard, performing in September 2018. We are crowdfunding at www.gofundme.com/theatreofminds-buckets to raise money for the performance rights so that we can make a donation to Young Minds with the proceeds of the production. Any contributions would be gratefully received, but please help us out by sharing the link even if you can’t donate.