Glastonbury was wonderful. But, before I go further, let me explain why this particular journey defined an important personal process for me.
I have social anxiety. Like... it's kind of a big deal. Like... I had to overcome a fear of ordering pizza because my palms started to sweat at the thought of addressing a total stranger on the phone.
And, when I was offered the opportunity to teach a workshop in Glastonbury, hosted by the ever-fabulous Glastonbury Wire Studio, there was a brief moment of panic.
Which lasted three months.
But you know what? I was happy for the discomfort, because I knew that it would be an amazing experience.... even then, all those months ago when plans were put into place. And I was right to trust those instincts.
It also didn't hurt to have two of the most amazing hosts in the world, in Tabatha and James, who immediately welcomed me. I even crashed a birthday party.
Photo: Glastonbury Abbey
But I have to say, those of us who suffer from anxiety are greatly helped by the understanding, care and attention, and kindness of others. Because even though we may have acquired the skills to hide our discomfort, we still experience it. And it is through the grace of others that social pressures are alleviated, and we are allowed to be authentic... not anxious.
Thank you, Tabatha and James, for the fabulous opportunity, the amazing conversation, great food and a chance to explore relationships with others free from social pressure. And many thanks to the 16 amazing woman who shared the classroom with me. You're dedication to the craft, to perfection and creative expansion, to building an incredibly relaxed atmosphere all helped this socially anxious wire wrapper find a little peace.