I was talking to my eldest on the phone this morning.
This was at 7.30am as she walked back, cooling down after her run and before she starts working at home on her production company. And before she goes off to her other job that pays to keep the roof over her head whilst she builds her business! Her evenings are all about rehearsals.
I feel exhausted just thinking about it!
And there are those who believe that without facing the rigours of schooling the youngsters won’t be able to deal with the rigours of a working life. Are they joking?
This particular morning she was feeling somewhat overwhelmed – not surprising considering she mostly works from the minute she wakes to the minute she drops into bed, supper on her knee. She sets herself so many challenging targets. Yep – she has the kind of work ethic you rarely see – even without the rigours of schooling!
I do worry that she’s over doing it though. And try to offer words of wisdom about tackling things in a less intense way (having made my own mistakes in that department)!
She’d been telling me her concerns about the admin emails she’d been reading when she first woke.
“Emails aren’t the best way to start the day” I offered. “You need a more meditative awakening”.
“Hmmmm” came the reply. She wasn’t having it.
I tried again; “Remember what I said about working softer? It’s just as effective.”
Being a parent you just can’t help offering advice, can you! But that didn’t convince her either. So I went on…
“A few moments to calm yourself to confront the day, rather than leaping straight into it” I said.
It went quiet her end – did I hear an impatient sigh?
Then; “Yea, but mum…I just have to get shit done!” she said.
I laughed and copied the language. “Well, just try getting your shit done softer.” It got her giggling. And consequently created a bit of release perhaps.
But I’m not sure I’ll be able to convince her of the softer approach until she manages to prove it to herself – independently. She’s too much like her mum!
Very independent. Very driven. Very passionate about the things she wants to achieve. Very focussed. Knows how to set goals, overcome challenges, and keep going till she gets there.
All this without the rigours of school.
So to all those who say that you have to go to school to find out what the real world of work is like, I say RUBBISH!
School is nothing like the real world of work because it keeps you subservient. In the real world of work you have to be independent to succeed. You have to make choices, solve problems, think for yourself, know how to get stuff done – for yourself and not because someone’s telling you to.
Home education is great for giving kids the skills to get shit done – as Chelsea says!
And a tip for all you hard workers out there; working softer (not necessarily slower) is sometimes more effective – try it yourself and see.
(Chelsea’s next production ‘Shop Play’ is in Brighton next week. See here for details)