Today’s post is for my favourite kids from OM because it’s 4 days away from the day they’ve been working their guts out for. I talk about OM a lot because being in it for three years makes it shape most of what you become over your secondary school years and every year teaches you different things- you meet different people, you work with different problems and you realise many new things about yourself.
Being a senior in the team, is the hardest- because you’re the senior you feel the most pressure to be responsible for what your team becomes and for what your team presents. You become the reason why things fail and the reasons why some things aren’t done up well ‘enough’. You face the expectations of the OM family, the coaches and your juniors. You decide how much your juniors learn and grow, or how much they don’t and you learn to stretch yourself like never before to do ‘everything else’ that your juniors can’t do.
Today I returned to the family for the umpteenth time for support and company and just to see how my favourite juniors have grown from their last year in OM. And I think it’s important they know that no matter how they do, with the hard work I’ve seen, they’re champions in my heart already. In my mind, they’re already holding the national champions trophy (even if they don’t really this Saturday).
This is us from a year ago after our competition at nationals. Allow me to attempt to describe this feeling to you: when you’ve performed at nationals and you’re waiting for the results, there is a sense of satisfaction, tinged with a slight fear. You’re on top of the world because finally all this shit is coming to an end, or a pause but you’re afraid because you want more than anything to go on stage and receive that trophy and be told ‘Congratulations on champs, you guys deserved it!’
In my OM journey of three years, I’ve gotten a silver trophy twice and a gold one only once, but the proudest I have been was last year’s silver trophy. We sometimes fail to remember the amount we have grown and learned just because of the colour of the trophy. And before my juniors face judgement day, i hope they have already awarded themselves a little trophy in their heads for the
Sweat, blood, tears, pain. The brainstorming just by staring and each other and computers, making a something out of every nothing, making failures work or letting go of failed ideas, trying and retrying, thinking of alternatives, working till late while coping with homework, managing their time, painting things over and over because you can’t get the shade you want or trashing costumes though it took shit to make them just because they can be done better.
When I had the luxury of bringing such capable and thoughtful juniors to worlds last year, I knew they’d be able to become the leaders that they already are today. And I’d like to invite you to enjoy the following pictures of us at Nationals 2013, taking into account the amount of hardwork that went into every set piece, prop, art work, idea, costume, choreography and most of all, every performer:
And I hope that with the next four days you’ll work such that as you’re waiting before the start line as we were a year ago, your heart would be pumping with excitement to show everyone what you’ve been working on and ready to have the time of your life. Our batch will always be cheering on for you guys.