Well being project

Having another think about play and creativity I thought about things I enjoyed from my childhood and so read a few kids books that I loved;

The little Prince –  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

trees

Particularly thinking about how the Boaboh trees that take over planets. I always read this as a metaphor for when we don’t look after ourselves and eventually everything feels a bit to much to deal with.

Oh! The Places you’ll go – Dr Seuss

the places youll go

This and ‘If’ have inspired my whole life, I loved them both when I was younger and still turn to them when I am filling particularly lost or unsure.

I believe that these childhood stories might help to inspire me because it feels like am returning to a more playful, even happier time.

Where the Sidewalk ends – shel silverstein

where the side walk ends

If – Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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Jessy Plant

A Brighton born artist, now studying a Fine Art Degree at Cardiff Met Uni.

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