First day and nerves aplenty. But today is about being brave so here it goes. Assertiveness is not always my strong point but I was able to swallow my nerves and share an example of being negatively labelled by a teacher, to the whole school staff team. A label I aimed to overcome in the creative writing workshop. I gained a sticker for perseverance and was told that I was certainly not lacking in creativity at the end of the workshop. So left feeling somewhat braver!
Next was a workshop using music to inspire creativity in art. I actually believe that I only did art at school for one term in year 9. It was nice to do something completely different, I would never have picked up a paintbrush to do anything other than changing the decor of my home. The length of time it took to paint a picture, was only the length of the song. There were no strict rules, no planning, no time to worry about right or wrong. It was very enlightening and a very pleasant change.
Not knowing which of the workshops we would be joining made it possibly easier for us than the staff members who had known for the duration of the summer holidays. I was more worried about finding the correct room and being in the right place at the right time than whether my writing or art skills would be up to scratch.
So what did I learn? Be brave, take risks and allow the unexpected.