If confidence came in a capsule I’d pop a pill every day. I’d have no qualms about becoming dependent on a tablet. I’d happily become addicted. If it was available on the NHS so much the better but hell, I’d probably contentedly descend into debt to pay for it if I had to.
I’m already obsessed with Alyssa Edwards’ Dancing Queen – so here’s my top ten life lessons I’ve learned from the Queen.
Putting a piece of writing or a performance out into the world is like taking your new born baby and chucking it into a bear pit and letting everyone have a go at it while you watch, unable to help.
When we’re walking the same streets, facing the same challenges, going to the same places every day we start to lose sight of the bigger picture. Take a step back and view it from a distance – see how far you’ve come and how much has changed.
It’s important to realise that help is available and it should not be thought of as a sign of weakness – if you injured your body you’d go to the doctor. Treat your mental health the same way.
Work has a way of completely absorbing me sometimes and it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees, let alone see the different paths within the wood
Tribalism is coded into our DNA. As humans we have, for centuries, arranged ourselves into clans – we lived, hunted, and died together as groups, mainly geographically to begin with but as we have evolved we herd together according to class, gender, geography and, crucially for the creative, interests.
It is ingrained in us to fear the forest. Fairytales from our childhood paint the forest as a fearful place.
In order to understand your life backwards you need to begin by acknowledging your past achievements.
Recently I fell down some stairs and broke a bone in my foot. I’ve been on crutches and a stability boot for about a month now and will have the boot on for about another month. No worries, I’m up and about, getting to work, going to the theatre, it’s all good, right?