In October while attending CCSDL conference 2014, I met Josh , a positive intelligent young man. Inspired by his teacher ( N von Krogh) who asked students to complete a project titled “15 reasons to live”, Josh made this video. I hope watching Josh’s 15 reasons to live gives you inspiration to come up with your own top 10 reasons to live. The students projects at CCSDL in B.C. inspired me to bring this idea back to our wellness team at BCHS .
The Mental Wellness team Living Aware, Living Informed, Living Empowered will be coming up with their own top 10 reasons to live to share with the Bishop Carroll High School Community. This project is an adapted version of what Mrs. von Krogh did. The project we plan on doing is also inspired by The Buried Life , who are positive young Canadians who go out and cross things off their bucket list by doing the things they want to live for, but a very important part of the process is doing something kind for others.
Directions for our project:
For our project I’d like you to reflect on your life and think about things that matter, the things that make you, you and give you reasons to live life fully.
Some questions to ponder:
What do you live for and love?
What are your reasons to trust, to overcome adversity, to cope, to laugh, to love?
What makes you get up every day?
What makes you happy and makes your life worth living?
What do you value?
What motivates you to make a difference?
What are the peak moments in your life that have impacted you?
Who are the people or relationships in your life that make you want to celebrate life?
What are the places in the world that inspire you or bring you comfort?
What do you want to do before you die? What are your TOP 10 reasons to live?
This is a reflective activity. You might start listing 100 reasons to live randomly. Then go through your list and pick the top ten to CELEBRATE .
You may wish to celebrate your TOP 10 in several ways:
- An Art piece
- A display
- A magazine article
- A mobile
- Music … there are many ways to celebrate your reasons to live … an album cover …
- A photo gallery
- Use a tech tool like @haikudeck to tell us about your top ten
- You can make a YouTube video
- You can be creative and come up with your own ideas
You may wish to collaborate with some others or you may choose to make this more personal to you .Who you do this with and how you do this is totally up to you.
Check out the trailer by Alan Zweig’s 15 Reasons to Live for more inspiration.
Our wellness team want you to think about all the things that make a difference to you and hopefully seeing others projects inspires you to think of many more ways to enjoy your own life as well as ways you can make a difference in others. We will be displaying or sharing some of the presentations at our Mental Health Symposium.
We challenge you to find two people who would be willing to do this project and share this project with us so we can spread more HOPE in the world. What are your ten reasons to live? You also need to think of one way you can make a difference in someone else’s life. I’d like you to reflect on one of my favourite quotes when you do something good for someone else, something that will make them feel that you care and that they matter.
“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention
You can look back here at a later date to see our projects.
Now it’s your turn. Go make a difference and when you do please post your ideas to this blog or tweet @sspellmancann so I can share your inspirational projects.