Cheese and ham toastie or Mozarella , Basil and Pesto Panini ?
Which one are you ?
Strange question ? Stranger concept!
The first is practically filling , the second a taste experience
It all comes down to your mindset.
Fear it …Embrace it
The choice is your SPACE.
Mid Vive Voces today I came to a conclusion; it is sometimes necessary to be blunt to be productive.
There is nothing more frustrating than seeing talent go to waste. So it is always better to push than “please” when it comes to straight taking with YOUTH.
To push the panini over the toastie , to serve up Mozarella , not just sliced red cheese.
Where else are you going to be able to ” act out ” differently before you hit the rest of your life?
Where else can you change overnight and be accepted , because its okay to mess up , pick yourself up and start again?
Each person I saw today had something they needed to hear for their own good, each person I see on Wednesday will doubtless be the same.
Of course the PACE jungle drums will have started to rumble and there will be rumours flying around about what was said , with “some” behind closed doors
…and that’s all they deserve to be called ” rumours ” – gossip , pretty little lies , as insubstantial as thin air
A Vive Voce is “a live discussion” between those that are there in that moment – a privileged interchange that is no business of anyone else but those that need to hear it.
If you can’t be trusted to keep this counsel and to now act upon it – what difference do you make here ?
…other than an unnecessary one.
Each Vive VOCE is a chance to change your direction , a way of being put back on track , a helping hand to a better outcome – PACE- wise , and maybe long term with your “real” future.
For those that want to act, it is often a life line that needs to be grabbed and hung onto.
Don’t kid yourself you know what to do – you really don’t , how could you ?
You , are a tiny little drama fish hoping one day to swim with stage sharks , little youth theatre minnows need to become big College fish , then theatre leviathans of the deep , better equipped to survive in demanding artistic seas; to avoid being swallowed on their first dramatic ‘outing’.
For those that want to fulfil their self potential through the use of PACE , but aim for something else; then carry the advise into all you do – here , at home , in school , wherever.
No relevance is wasted- you’ll meet this environment in any walk of life.
And , as was repeated “ad infinitum” today , to each who came – this advice is given to you in your best interest , not to get at you or to trip you up; it is to make you the best you can be – cliched as that might sound.
You can’t change the nature of man, but you can change the circumstance one finds themselves in…
By that I mean you may never be able to change the way you are made, but you can do something about the things you surround your self with , that inevitably effect the outcome of your current actions.
Any drama space is filled with diverse personalities but the drama is what unites and connects you all in the end.
So , to get the best out of the drama here , you need to bring the best out of the people that want to stay the course.
The lazy , need to be taught to work , to not sit back and wait for things to come to them.
The blinkered , need to be taught to look up and out , to think more, to not dumb down.
The formal , need to be encouraged to relax , to let go of school and the rule book.
The scared , to come out of hiding , to face up to those that affect them , to call them to account for their actions.
The negative , to embrace the positive in the light of others , to look for the good , to work with the flaw and to heal the divides.
There is one of the above in all , whom I met today , some a mixture of bits of everything , to more or less an extent
Why shouldn’t there be ? We are human and our instinct for survival tells us to do anything we can – to survive.
The law of the youth jungle is vicious – cut throat and unfeeling when it wants to be , but balanced with a resilience for bouncing back after even the toughest of times.
As you grow older you find yourself settling into a way of being and it is often harder to change. Too late to be bothered to try.
Parents often want to stop their children making the mistakes they made , this can be a pressure that is hard to deal with at times , but not one that you can’t learn to work more productively with. To see the positive. In what seems a negative situation is a step in the right direction. It will help with a more mature outlook on things
No different from your parents , and school teachers , we care about what you are doing here , how you are dealing with issues , with the work set and more importantly coping with the success of others if you yourself aren’t feeling that great.
If you take anything from your Vive Voce today , take the notion that you are very lucky to have a chance to do something about it.
Many young people get themselves into a way of dealing with things that determines and dominates their life before they get a chance to live it ” as fully they potentially could”
No one I saw today is incapable of more positive effort , no one is beyond this SPACE direction.
And if it is decided you need something different at this point – then that is for you and me to understand and others to respect.
Cross roads appear to offer you alternatives , the signs may not always be seen as positive , but they make you stop and think about the direction you want to onward take for you and who you want to become.
ENDEAVOUR 1/2 is still an ongoing process , but a step closer to THE SPACE – a place I am determined to keep “perfect”- for those that “perfectly” understand how important that is in their:
Intellect and Mindset
When it’s down in black and White , that may seem an impossible task
Not for me , not for the final group who launch this outstanding PACE venture, as a beacon of light for the fuutre , to those that will want “positively” to follow
Why shouldn’t we be the only people in the UK doing this ” our way ” , in Europe , even in the world ?
Why does youth work have to have limits and expectations of what young people are only capable of ?
Don’t we show again and again that there is no rule book for excellence .
Isn’t the Suzuki Music School in Japan and Barca’s Youth Football programme examples of this more challenging cultured mindset ? That nothing is impossible with a better artistic vision.
I hope those that move on into ENDEAVOUR next term , get the Significance of this their last audition stage ; that I really will be looking this time round to see everything I spoke about in the Vive Voce , put into clearer practise and that if I don’t believe the change , don’t get the butterfly effect – you won’t get a SPACE.
E1 is a step closer – I can already see the positive benefits of bringing you on
E2 have something more to prove – I am giving many the benefit of the doubt here , but coasting on the bare minimum is no longer good enough
It’s hard , harder than Odyssey I’d say , because now , there is no excuse , no one else to blame for not doing things , nowhere to hide from the spotlight.
Less about the “show” , more the process of showing yourself “getting it ” I reckon.
Why call it ENDEAVOUR?
Well , if you can’t get that …You’re not:
THE RIGHT STUFF
( a great film , a panini life style )
Time to make your mind up.