We are continuously learning, people who are younger and older than us continually give us wisdom that we can learn from.
One of the proudest jobs I’ve had was when I directed shows in Italian schools. In 2017 I went to a fantastic school in San Giacomo, a tiny town in Lombardy. The show was extracts from my children’s book The Wonderful World of William. Just before the show, one of the students - @matildegasparini_
- gave me a hand-written letter explaining how much she had enjoyed the week, how she was grateful of my faith in her as a performer and how I taught her about life, about trying, about obstacles and challenges. She also wrote that she now wanted to be an actor, which made me smile immensely. Matilde was a fantastic performer who actively listened to her stage partners and reacted in the moment, which is what I always defined as acting. I said it then and I’ll say it now: I’d love to direct Matilde again; she was a pleasure to work with, who gave so much as a performer. But one thing she wrote, the final thing in fact, were eight words. Eight words that I think about a lot, when life is grinding, when I feel stagnant, when I feel I’m swimming against the tide, I think of these eight words - “I promise you that I will not stop.”
I think we can all say these words to ourselves, when life is getting you down, when you don’t feel you’re moving somewhere fast, just remember to say those words; say them to yourself before you go to bed, say them when you wake, before you meditate, after you laugh, after you cry. Say them and smile when you do.
Don’t give up. Learn from everyone and everything around you. I learnt from a 14-year-old Italian girl in a small town 70 km outside of Verona on that glorious day in March 2017 and I think you can, too! Promise me that you will not stop!
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