I first came to Knowmads for a Non-violent Communication Workshop. It taught me about one of the seemingly simplest skill that nearly 15 years of schooling somehow never truly managed to: listen, and I was impressed by how welcoming and supporting this place was.
Therefore, when Application for Team 9 was open, I decided to apply.
But the first day was not what I expected at all. I expected to be in a judgment-free zone, but ended up sitting with a bunch of cool creatures: a more-than-12-year-experienced designer, a 5-language learner, an artist, a 20-year-old who tried Pilates and film making, a marathon runner, and a lady who studied Peace & Conflict Resolution on the verge of starting a business teaching improv. My brain’s representative was screaming “How on Earth am I gonna fit in with these folks?” However, the more I got to know these people, the more connected and empathetic my heart felt. I realized it was my own judgment that I had to let go of, as one facilitator told me “No one is better than the next person, we’re just great in different ways”.
So the first morning went by. All I remembered was that my head went from worries, excitement, weirdness to a more relaxed and comfortable state. There was a paper clip challenge, but I can’t tell you about it cuz I missed it :( Too bad.
The second day, we got to draw our life journeys and applied different levels of listening. Some journeys were mathematic-looking with graphs and equations, others full of stick figures and winding lines. Then we danced wearing blind folds, drew blind portraits, meditated and wrote a letter to our future self. My heart jumped and said it enjoyed this. At the same time it was a little sad knowing this journey will one day end. But, instead of looking it simply as a special classroom, I know I’d be better off seeing it as a start, after which I will continue my life journey, empowered and supported.
Some little fun things worth noting down:
5 is a beautiful number, so yeah that’s it!
I can’t wait to find out what’s waiting for me <3