“We have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here, right now.” This was a statement by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroanatomist, as part of a TED Talk.

On Thursday, 31st of August, Crossing Borders had a storytelling workshop, where people from different backgrounds shared their stories in different ways.
It is always nice way to start a workshop with an icebreaker. After making random pairs and drawing each other’s faces without talking nor even looking at the paper, we were allowed to see the drawings, to which we added messages like “I love your smile”, and throughout the workshop continued to share our own stories.

“The story” does not have to be dramatic. Nothing long, but very casual and quick.
Various stories in our life were shared, such as when we had experienced coincidences, what we found funny, and the best memory from childhood.
One of the silliest stories shared there was about someone who accidentally drank too much medicine as a baby, and was almost buried by her parents, as she did not wake for 48 hours. Thank god, they took her to the hospital before actually burying her body (although they even prepared for it!), and discovered that she was actually just sleeping.

When someone shared a story, it reminded other participants of other stories, just like a chain.

What makes a story interesting? How should we tell our story? The tip was in a TED Talk by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: appeal to the senses, use the right hemisphere of brain. She talked about her own diagnosis experience as a neuroanatomist using her voices, movements and emotion, describing the smell and sense of body on the day she had a stroke.

There are also other interesting way of telling stories; for example rapping! We watched ‘Newz Beat’, where news was communicated through rap. What a coincidence, one of the participants of the workshop was also a raptivist.

Overall it was a fun workshop; we went through different kinds of stories, and different way of telling stories. We always need to organize the structure of story and what goes into it. However, the most important thing for everyone at the workshop was to be right there and be in that moment.

Our next SpisDating is going to be held on Thursday, 21st of September.
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Article written by Kimika Tonuma, Crossing Borders Intern from Japan.

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