KALANGALA| What is your shield like?

Every person has their own unique place in the world. It begins with the resilience we develop from the moment we are born, as our bodies build up the strength to survive and thrive. From there, our minds learn to adapt to the culture and society in which we are raised. As we grow and face various changes and challenges, we continue to develop our resilience and understanding of the world around us.

When we encounter cultural differences, whether through travel or moving to a new country, our resilience is put to the test. It may feel overwhelming at times, and we may struggle to find our place in this new environment. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to seek support and take the time to adjust. Finding a new balance in a different culture is a slow process, and it’s okay to be patient with ourselves.

In some cases, we may find that a new culture feels like home to us, more so than where we were born. It’s important to be honest with ourselves about what feels right and good for us. Wherever we come from, we have already developed the resilience needed to navigate our personal journey. Life has a way of guiding us, if we allow it to happen.

So, remember that no matter where you are in the world, you have a place and a purpose. Your resilience and ability to adapt are already within you, ready to guide you through whatever challenges come your way. Embrace the journey, and trust that you will find your place in the world.

Life guides us, if we let it happen.

Travel note: The beautiful Lake Victoria is located between Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. And they say, it’s the source of the Nile. In the Uganda side, you can find Sesame Islands and the hidden gem of Kalangala. It’s a place where I’d recommend for a two-night stay, at least. It’s perfect for hiding from the world and working with creative projects – or charging your batteries and just being.

Take out some paper and water/ acrylic colours. Choose colours that speak to you the most right now. Drip those colours randomly in the middle of the paper. Let your drops of colour be more wet than dry. Start drawing or painting with no clear goal or purpose. Your drops don’t need to become anything. Let yourself enjoy the flow of your chosen colours.

When you feel ready, fold the paper in half and let the colours mix with each other (in a way of a Rorschach test). Push the paper a little bit. Open it up and let it dry for a while. Now, you’ve crated your shield of life: Are you happy? Or, do you want to keep on working with your shield? What is the shape of your shield? How can it protect you from life’s pressures?

The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the resilience that you already naturally have. In this exercise, we call it a shield, but you can call it what you wish. We have so much that is not visible to the eyes: skills, knowledge, etc., and art is a tool to give them a form. Remember, this is just a simple self-learning exercise and not a complex therapeutic tool or process. If you feel stuck in your personal growing process, it’s always a good idea to find therapeutic support.