A few of my close friends know that I’ve written an outline for a ballet. – Yes its true!
The ‘Seven Ages of Love’ is all about our emotional journey through life, the interactions, both funny and sad, and the opportunities life throws at each one of us.
I don’t normally talk about it much because the reaction I get is a strange sideways look to check if I have lost my marbles, but something happened this week that brought it to the front of my mind.
I was doing a series of coaching sessions with a lovely group of people and we were talking about how the vast number of colleagues lack confidence and how it can have a profound affect on their lives and careers.
They see as their ‘normality’ and believe its a fixed thing. However, was that always the case?
The opening scene of ‘Seven Ages’ is set in a schoolyard observing the way that very young children express freedom and excitement in everything they do.
At that age, its normal to run up to talk to another child they may never have played with before and instantly share the moment with smiles and laughs.
They don’t see wanting to connect with another child as scary, or worry about whether they may get rejected or ignored. They just run over and play.
So when do we, as adults, lose that magnificent ability to connect wherever and whenever the opportunity arises?
Isn’t it such a shame that a roomful of adults, perhaps in a networking environment or a big meeting, will struggle to converse, will huddle together for warmth around the edges of the room, or even avoid going in the first place!
So, how about we go back to being that uninhibited child we once were, explore opportunities to talk to people we don’t yet know and bring our fun side out to play today.
More to come in the following weeks