Taken from Swan, by Mary Oliver

Whatever 'being human' may or may not encompass, for all of us it necessarily includes the experience of having, or being, a body. For many of us, we will have been instructed to ignore the needs of our bodies, or even that our bodies exist, to subjugate our bodies to the requirements of lesson plans, learning outcomes and classroom management.

For me, the instruction I most internalised was not 'sit down' but 'be quiet'. To obey this was to move closer to achieving the status of 'good' or 'ideal' student.

What instruction did you most internalise from your schooling? What can you do to do the opposite today? I will be taking some time to Be loud.

Share your reflections and plans here.

As Mary Oliver said in her poem Wild Geese, 'You do not have to be good'.