The Journey Begins

Michelle B&W 1

Hello! And thank you for joining me.

There is no doubt a mixed bag of visitors here. Some that know me and some that do not. For those that know me from my Stomper Room days (what fabulous days of music, friendship and laughter), hello and how are you??? For those that are new to me, welcome. And thank you for joining me as I embark on a new journey and work mission.

What is my new work mission you say? Well, my new work mission is to help children feel good about who they are. Deeply embedded in my philosophy at Stomper Room, was to value each and every child, as valuable and unique. Music was my medium but this time, I am bringing this theme to the foreground and using theatre to do it. I want children to be comfortable with who they are and help them with this process. In a safe and creative way, I want to work with children to dispel and process any stories, that may have led them down the garden path. Am I “right?”, Am I “normal?”

So why is this important to me? Well, for two reasons. First, because as a child things were said to me that left me feeling exactly how I have described. I questioned myself, was I “normal?” Of course I was, but as a child I didn’t know better AND I didn’t talk to anyone about it, which probably could have helped…

To an adult, these comments would seem “little”, but they were enough to cause me to question who and how I was. They were comments said to me by other kids as I grew up or at home. I took them as meaning something was “wrong” with me. Looking back now, had I opened talked to someone about what was said, I could have been given a whole new perspective and thought quite differently about myself. Instead I held onto them and let them shape my view of myself, which brings me to my second reason.

We never really know what’s going on inside of someone by looking at their outside. Sometimes, people paint a really glowing picture to the world, yet so much more is going on in their inside world. This can be really serious sometimes, and I think we need to pay more attention to the subtleties of life that children experience. The mental health and well-being of children is important to me.

I get bothered when I hear stories of suicide in the high school years. At the other end of the scale, I get bothered when I hear children as young as 6 and 7 are developing anxiety. I also get bothered when I hear that anxiety is the most pressing concern with children in the middle school years. Mission Australia recently reported that “coping with stress, body image and depression take out three of the top four spots in the list of personal concerns” (Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2017) for young people in Australia today. This is a first in the survey’s 16 year history. “Mental health is now the number one national concern for young people in Australia” (Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2017). So the way I see it, if I can do my bit to prevent anything from getting out of hand with children then why wouldn’t I???

My bottom line is this, by becoming a trusted creative “other”, and making it my “business” to help children feel good about themselves, children’s good sense of who they are can be established and / or re-stored. They can feel comfortable in their own skin and it’ll set them up for a good life. A bit grand in outcomes? Well maybe, but any little bit helps and I’m a big picture, grand kind of gal. For how I do this, check out the news section in What’s Hot.

But before you go, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please add a comment here and let’s have a conversation.


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