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For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”- Aristotle
This week I want to share with you my dream for Be Awesome!
Over the last few weeks the Be Awesome team have been planning our first ever, self-initiated ‘Random Act of Awesome‘. What seemed like a crazy idea just a few weeks ago is now very close to becoming a crazy reality! We have a team of volunteers, we have secured a sponsor, we have t-shirts and stickers and a photographer to capture it all. I don’t want to give too much away; all will be revealed here at BAHQ very soon 😉
But..with everything so magically coming together for this first event, I couldn’t help but stop and reflect on how far the Be Awesome concept has grown in such a short space of time and how far the dream now stretches for the future.
Be Awesome started in January this year, when after contemplating my goals for 2013, I felt a strong urge to write about some of the powerful life experiences and the lessons that I’ve learnt over the last few years. The challenge I created for myself back in January was to blog once a week for one year.
Very gradually I started to share the blog with my family and friends and I started to receive messages from people thanking me for something that I wrote that inspired them and encouraging me to continue.
I started to recognise that there is a strong underlying message behind Be Awesome and that this message is bigger than a weekly blog and bigger than just one person:
Be Awesome aims to empower the world with the belief that in every single moment we each have the power to choose an awesome way forward.
We have all been given the gift of free will and we each have the power to exercise it to our benefit or detriment. As Mastin Kipp so eloquently put it this week:
“Free will boils down to this: you can choose to connect to Love, or not.”
It’s such a simple message but one that we can lose sight of so easily in the complexity of our day-to-day lives.
A few weeks ago I was involved in another Real Education workshop called ‘Real Life Design‘ (RLD). This was one of the most rewarding personal growth experiences I’ve been involved in because it brought together so much of what I’ve been exploring in my job through design thinking and applied it to the design of my ideal life.
There were a number of great processes that we went through to imagine and start defining our ideal lives and during one of these processes I started to discover an unexpected vision for Be Awesome and my future life.
Although Be Awesome currently exists as a blog and growing online community, the ultimate ambition is to empower the world with the tools for strong personal decision-making. I realised during RLD that deep down I have a great desire to support young people and this desire came together with my other passions to form a very exciting vision for the future of Be Awesome.
Imagine the “Be Awesome Festival”, the single most memorable and personally empowering day of a young person’s school life! The Be Awesome bus (we’re talking one seriously pimped-out bus) arrives one morning on the school oval and unpacks to form a mind-blowing experience of physical challenges, games, play and music. It’s what we call experiential learning, but for the kids involved its serious, confidence-building fun.
During this one day, Be Awesome festival experience, these young people learn a series of very memorable lessons about standing up for themselves, trusting their gut instincts, knowing how to seek support, surrendering and taking calculated risks.
The Be Awesome team returns to the school one week later to reflect and debrief on the massive festival experience, supporting the students in integrating the powerful lessons they’ve learnt.
One school at a time, one country at a time, one generation at a time, Be Awesome will help to create a world of connected, empowered and inspired individuals.
This vision brings together so many of my passions; music, ephemeral architecture, exercise, personal growth, play, education and travel!
This is my dream.
Will you join me for the ride? Will you support me?
What’s your awesome dream? How can I support you?
Til next week, Be Awesome!
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