Weekly Photo Challenge: Door

This week’s photo challenge is “Door.” I took this photo in Frilandsmuseet, an open air museum in Denmark which shows what the Danish countryside used to look like centuries ago.

I went to Frilandsmuseet for a theatre festival known as ISTA. Theatre students from several schools — including mine — collaborated to create a performance. Our stage and surroundings had a lot of history, which served as inspiration. The result was a piece of promenade theatre. The audience walked around from one performance space to another, immersing themselves in the piece just as we had immersed ourselves in the landscape and history of Denmark.

Writing Prompt: Helpless

Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it? 

As a student in the International Baccalaureate programme, I often find myself feeling helpless at the numerous approaching tasks, assessments and challenges. I try not to look too far ahead, instead concentrating on what’s coming right ahead. Usually, that’s my solution to reduce the helplessness. But a few days ago, I found another, quite surprising method to deal with it.

In my Theatre class, we are starting a new unit called ‘The Strange’, which will eventually come to focus on the practitioner Bertolt Brecht. In the first lesson, we were asked to think of a simple, strange action to do. It was supposed to be easy. Think of a strange action, anything strange, and perform it in the available space. But being who I am, the first thought in my head was I can’t do this. I’ve never been very good at improvisation or acting silly in front of people. I often feel too embarrassed to even begin to think creatively. This time, however, I decided to push aside those thoughts for a moment and to think imaginatively. To my surprise, a bunch of ideas were lurking beneath my discomfort and worry of making a fool of myself.

This may seem like something really simple or obvious, but I tend to worry a lot. This little experience has not made me worry less about other things, but a little corner of my mind is now more aware of the fact that good ideas, and maybe even eventual success, may be hiding behind a cloud of worry. You only have to push those worries aside to shine.