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How Lucky We Have Been

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We’ve watched each other grow up through the tenderest years of our lives. We’ve witnessed, in each other, the struggle of being a young adult during our last stretch of full time education; from boys into men and from girls into women. We’re now educated, we’re now ‘grown ups’, and we’re all just as confused about what happens next as each other. But one thing is for sure; we won’t be short of memories:

all the hard work

all the hours at uni

all the late pasta dinners

all the grades

all the justified (yet fruitless) bitching

all the frustration

all the apple macs

all the soggy, smelly and squidgy washing up sponges

all the bin juice

all the baby head pranks

all the poos

all the laughter

all the snapchats

all the friendships

all the boogying

all the cider (yugh)

all the triple cooked chips

all the music beatz

all the cheese

all the Sainsbury’s trips

all the spider webs

all the bucket lists

all the sunsets

all the BBQs

all the long walks

all the hot water bottles

all the coffee

all the day dreams

all the prison break

all the ‘LETS GET SMASHED TONIGHT!’

all the ‘AAH YEH GO F**K EM’

all the tequila (bahbahbadahbadahdahdah)

all the fairy lights

all the good timez

all da jokez

all the batties.

With all these memories safely locked away in my head and heart, it feels easier to say we are now ready to move out of student life and into the next phase of our own, separate, journeys. But right now we’re on the holiday of the rest of our lives, so go out and enjoy the sun.

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 Ya buncha big ole battios.

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My Do Lecture chair has arrived! (Taken with instagram)

My Do Lecture chair has arrived! (Taken with instagram)

Fresh bread in the mornin anyone? (Taken with instagram)

Fresh bread in the mornin anyone? (Taken with instagram)

Ben Howard - Keep your head up

Beautiful video. Beautiful lyrics. Beautiful Ben

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Where friendships are formed and dreams are discussed.

A students perspective.

After making a 60 second animation on why I wanted to attend The Do Lectures and receiving an email to inform me that I had a ‘sponsored chair’ with my name on it, I felt sure that taking a leap into the unknown would be good for me. Uni was feeling a bit slow. Life a little too routine. So why not shake it up a bit?

Wednesday 25th of April. Three trains from Bath Spa to Carmarthen. Then a long taxi ride with 2 strangers, characters in a story that hadn’t been written yet. I felt young, and I didn’t like it. I felt young and I desired to be more knowledgeable. I felt young and I wanted to be older.

From the very first moment I sat down under a shelter from the rain, a cup of hot tea to warm me from the inside out and a freshly baked piece of apple and cinnamon cake, I knew that I was lucky. I knew I was somewhere special. And not just because of the delicious food and drink but because for once I knew that this was a journey worth making, despite the unsettling nerves and doubt in my mind. After speaking to just a handful of ‘adults’ I realised that the only difference between us was a number, apart from that we had all arrived into uncertain territory and no one quite knew what to expect.

The deal with the sponsored chair was that 10 students would receive a sponsored ticket to the event and whilst attending would have to make a film about the Do Lectures. (My sponsor was Mail Chimp) Well, at first I thought it would be easy. We were handed an iPod touch each and told to record every little detail of the event. Inspired by my surroundings but troubled by the tight deadline (three days) I got to work and started with the closest person to me. We talked. We ate. We laughed. We cried. And from person to person I continued to be overwhelmed by the passion burning within them, whether it be the family tradition of baking fresh bread every day or launching a LifeSaver campaign. I soon realised that this film was more than just a trivial documentation of my time there. It was a challenge to capture my own personal journey of what the Do Lectures meant to me, a beautiful and exciting task that encouraged me to take risks.

Over a hundred awesome people that were happy to teach and eager to share their stories, regrets, dark nights and ideas surrounded me. The great thing about the Do Lectures is that not only can you sit and listen to incredible speakers talking about what they have done and are doing with their lives, but you can also have a drink or eat dinner with them afterwards, a novelty that still hasn’t worn off. I was shocked and enlightened by the kindness and generosity of people and how much they have to give. I questioned myself, my actions and my desires. I started to realise that people are WONDERFUL. Alongside this I learnt to accept who I am and above all, I know now that it is great to be young. That it is okay not to have all the answers because if we did then life would be boring. Taking risks is how we continue to learn and ‘failure’ is only a stepping-stone of progress towards your final goal. As Sean Carasso said to me ‘Be light as a feather… the failures and the devastations will be your greatest lessons and they will lead you to your greatest victories. Love the whole process.’ It is a joy for me to be able to say that there were many incredible people at the Spring Do Lectures that I feel honoured to have met as well as make friends with. Sean is an inspiration to me and so many people with his goal of ending the war in the Congo and if you haven’t already heard of Falling Whistles I urge you to check out the website, watch the video and read the story. (http://www.fallingwhistles.com/)

Being a twenty-year-old student I cannot emphasise enough how liberating it is to know that fear is not only fine but also integral to learning. A massive THANK YOU is in order to all those at the Do Lectures for initiating the Giving Chair Student Brief that enables students like me to attend the event and of course to Mail Chimp, my sponsors. By giving me their support I have had my eyes opened to the potential of human beings and the power of passion.

Thank you.

You see that? That’s hope that there will be some blue sky sunshine over the weekend. Wishful thinking? Maybe….

You see that? That’s hope that there will be some blue sky sunshine over the weekend. Wishful thinking? Maybe….

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. He who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

My ticket to the Do Lectures. So excited, only 3 days to go.

http://www.dolectures.com/