As I write this I feel guilty for not getting through several things on the to do list done simultaneously. But after an afternoon making puppets at Horse and Bamboo with Bob Frith, my mentor for Future Fires, I am also aware of the importance for taking stock of where I'm at. Phyiscally, I'm worn out. Emotionally, I'm just about holding up. Mentally I'm excited about the final stage of Take Shape.
My brain is working overdrive to process the myriad of things 'to do'. The list has had admin 'Miracle Grow' applied.
Meanwhile, the young people taking part in Take Shape have really begun to take ownership of the proccesses in sessions. As the facilitator and lead artist I'm both thrilled and humbled by their enthusiasm about creating work togther.
Back to the Boo and my disccussions with Bob this week. Since then I've realised there is a fine balance as lead artist in directing and channelling the young people's energy and letting go, allowing them to shape the direction of sessions.
Over the last 10 week's as trust has grown between the participants and myself, I can feel myself gradually relaxing. I have a clearer vision of where we're headed, so I'm more than happy to let the young people shape things for the next three weeks. As long as theres no blue sweets...