All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…

William Shakespeare, As You Like It 

We all act a specific way with family. And it’s likely going to look quite different than at school. Acting a certain way among friends will, of course, sound different from when we’re alone. The act we put on for a formal event has a set of requirements just like a job or presentation. So, why not learn to steer these acts in a thoughtful kind of way. Along the way we might even learn a little about ourselves.

As a teenage student I struggled. To read to write to attend. But I also never had anyone to push me to care. Now, after years of figuring it out, I find this strange idea known as "labeling"  as something absolutely fascinating. The Language Arts is so neatly intertwined within Theatre or Digital Art or Film that it's hard to separate them. You really can't have one without the other. Since I get to teach all of these this year I think I am going to have a blast. 

Specifically, writing has taught me about me. Taught me to shut up and listen. It has forced me to accept my limitations. It has led me to drama. In fact, if anything, writing has allowed me to be an empathetic individual and, hopefully, a more compassionate human. Because through art I have learned "There is always more to the story".

Then there is reading. Something that has taught me to be quiet. It still forces me to explore different perspectives, challenges my attitude and quiets my mind. Reading reminds me I could still be more aware. More compassionate.

But make no mistake, I still have a tough time sitting still. Often my ideas get lost among the many, many new, ever more interesting ideas. Old habits haunt me. Meaning? It is time to go read. Or write.