Presenting and de-stressing….

Afternoon. First thing I will say is that it is the perfect summer day today. Warm, sunny with a cooling breeze. Simply idyllic.

I was up with the lark this morning as I had a couple of mental health presentations to do at a college. It was considerably out of the local area so I had to leave early, along with the rush hour crowds.

I arrived in plenty of time and met my colleague at the venue. First up was a small group of young adults who do a Hair and Beauty course. I wouldn’t know the first thing about looking beautiful (which I’m not!) and hair style is non existent with me. But we had to perform this presentation and suffice it to say, it weren’t the easiest.

Whether that was because it was early or they didn’t want to discuss mental health, I don’t know. It felt a little bit stilted at times, very little interaction. We had a student with us who saved the whole thing from being a conspiracy of silence. She is disabled and has learning difficulties but put her views on mental health across with style, humour and brought everyone back into the land of the living.

It wasn’t a complete disaster, far from it. But when you have little interaction with the audience, you know it just hasn’t gone well. The tutors were of a different opinion to me, well everyone is entitled to that.

The next presentation was vastly different. A group of 20 students and they were interested and interactive. Very well informed and the discussions we had were lively and informative. Much more like it. But I suppose this is the beauty of each presentation. Different audiences and I think that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But I came out of this one with a more upbeat view and the day, albeit mixed, was getting better.

Now I’m off to the beach. To de-stress, to relax and to smell that sea air. Much needed away from the big smoke that is London.

A.S.D Brooks

Author: allenbrooks44

44 year old adult living with Autism...