I just read my previous post, it’s heavy and it feels like a million years ago because SO MUCH HAS CHANGED!
Basically a few hours after I wrote it, with the world on my shoulders, I had a long overdue chat with my coach and discovered the concept of “vicarious trauma”.
As soon as I heard of it, a whole lot of stuff started to make sense.
If you are new to the story, John and I have been travelling the world filming people who make a difference for the last 3.5 years. What this means is that for 3.5 years we have been exposed the some of the awful social problems that people are having to overcome.
Like extreme poverty, violence, hunger, slavery, crime, animal cruelty, and the impacts that a lack of social support, opportunities, rights and education brings.
Each time we visit a new project we immerse ourselves in their stories so that we can do the best job we can of telling them in our documentaries.
What has been happening, is that I have been collecting all of these stories and they have been filling me with up with a feeling of helplessness.
For the last year I could feel my motivation dwindling, I have had this feeling that I just can’t write and I find every new cause that pops up just adds more overwhelm to my already helpless self.
I get now that I was actually experiencing each situation in some way and if I hadn’t found a way to unload all of the sadness I would have actually burned out eventually.
That would be very uncool!
Since this revelation – I have got back into action and have been writing, creating and LAUNCHING our kids club. It’s like night and day, like I have wiped my compassion slate clean, ready for the next heartbreaking cause.
To manage the possibility of vicarious trauma long term, I have arranged to talk with my coach on a regular basis to debrief. Suddenly I am empowered and in action.
This week we launched THE TRAVEL KIDS CLUB – I have a feeling that everything in my life has been leading up to this project. We aim to inspire a generation of kids that their choices are important and that they can make a difference.
Get them young!!
I am going to talk more about that very soon, but if you want to be some of the very first members here is the link. please share it around and subscribe all the amazing kids in your life!