Today, we had two groups: the teens who wanted to come along, and then the Science Centre kids who took part. I ran two groups. Rita was questioning the fears that come up when you realize that you want to change your life, because there is no going back. Rita wants to bring changes and she met with some resistance, and she was upset by it. She ended up feeling anxious. I know this anxiety (and the resolution happened for me at Moulie Point while I watched the waves), and so I thought it was important to facilitate and share it so that she could find resolution. The group ended up showing each other support and offering to be there for one another in times of doubt, which was lovely. I think the AoC group means a lot to the teens.
Everybody who supports me is a blessing and those who don't want to support me make me want to show them that they are wrong because I can do it, I am greater than I look. I know I have great things ahead of me. Negativity is something I want to get out of my way (Rita).
Drawing inspires me. Follow your heart and you will succeed. Never listen to what people say about you. (Jemima).
I am very grateful to have the support that I do in my life. When I feel supported it makes a big difference to the situation I am facing. I can automatically cope better. I know that no matter how things turn out I will have friends and family who care about me. When I think of support I think of rope. Rope holds things up and keeps things strong. My friends and family are my rope (Danny).
I feel anger and despair at the lack of value for life. I want to share beauty. I realize that art is my voice, and that is alright. (no name).
And the kids....I ask the kids what they value about being outside. These are their reflections:
I love flowers. Flowers are my best. (Carla)
I think flowers are really beautiful because they really brighten the world. Flowers are really, really beautiful! (Tarquin)
I like soccer because when I am on the pitch, I am at home. I love the king protea but I couldn't find it today (Daiyaan)
Keeping what you love close to you is so important. Photos of family, children, life. But we keep money close to us, and I have seen something new today (parent).
I like to be outside because there is more air. I like flowers. I like to play soccer. I like games. I like my friend Carla. (Shayan).
Thank you for this work and images- Nicci, Danny, Jemima, Carla, Rita, Tarquin, Daiyaan, Shayan and thank you to the Science Center in Cape Town for having AoC.