Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Because We Can - The Happy Project
Today, I had the pleasure of going back to my middle school to participate in their summer concert. I have been going back every Tuesday for about six months now and have been entrusted with their really rather wonderful school choir.
Today, after months of hard work, the girls absolutely aced it. The tricky harmonies and beautiful expression that my high school choir just can't seem to cope with, they delivered perfectly. The applause was huge and they so deserved it.
I also, by some freakish act, ended up conducting and playing in the wind band...neither which I am entirely capable of doing. But, yet again, the kids were amazing.
Many people ask me why on earth I'd choose to go back to my old school. I broke out of there once already. But, honestly, it's nights like tonight that turn my visits into something my love. It's seeing a group of talented, hard working children take the time to do something amazing that makes it so enjoyable. I feel a strange sense of pride that I am entirely unable to justify because they're not my children and it is certainly not my talent.
But, why I really love going back there and taking part in nights like to night, is because it is something I do for no reason other than because I want to. I am not obliged to. I am not in a position where something in my life relies on me doing so because I am not paid. I just want to do it.
And that, to me, is what happiness is: it's taking the time to do things that please us, just because. That is, I think, something that we can all try once in a while.