Rae’s busy time on AWAKE’s 8-Week Programme

Wow! Where do I begin. Well, Working at Awake during the 8-week Summer Programme has been an enlightening experience, to say the least. I’ve met some great people from around the world and had the chance to work on some amazing projects with them. I’ve always wanted to excel in the media and production field as a musician and sound engineer and this experience has really taken me “off the leash” with my creativity and work ethic… but to be honest, that’s not why I’m so inspired to write this blog post.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a desire to become better at everything I do, whether it was composing music, singing, writing, dancing or mixing and mastering and so on, there has always been an internal driving force that kept me going. My only problem was that I had no solid clue as to what that driving force was or how to control or summon it. I was hot one day and cold the next, happy today and heart broken tomorrow. Life was always about the pursuit of money and success, that became a cycle that I had to live with which, over time, brought me to the point where I relied on substances and alcohol to ease my emotional strain. I’ve always had a lot to be grateful for in life, I just couldn’t always see it.

All of that changed after I attended the happiness course, offered by the “Art of Living foundation” which our founder encouraged us to take part in. At this point, I was ready to try anything. Long story short, it completely changed my perspective on life and gave me the tools to understand who I truly am and what my purpose is in the world. After searching high and low for some sort of sign, I’ve learned that true happiness comes from within, where nothing and nobody can take that away from you.

During the 8-week summer programme, I was given the task of creating a documentary about one of the 17 UN Social development goals, namely Quality Education. I had the chance to visit my old high school, Sutherland High, where I reconnected with some of my past teachers, the principal and even some of my old school mates who are now teachers themselves. This was a great chance to reflect on my life since I graduated from high school. I was totally humbled to get to speak to some of the current students and share my views and experiences with them with the hopes that they will benefit from it.

Now, as the summer programme comes to an end, what can i say… I wish everyone could feel the way I feel as I write (type) this blog post. I feel like I’ve “found myself” and that’s something that, I’m sure, everyone wants. To know who you are, know your purpose and hear your calling loud and clear. That’s just amazing, isn’t it? I’ve realised that I have a passion to share this happiness and joy, whether it’s with music, documentaries and videos etc. or just a conversation. I’m driven by the fact that I can contribute to making the world a better place for all of us. Let’s do our best, 1 day at a time to become the best that we can be.

So… Who’s with me?

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