I had high hopes when I travelled to London on Friday.
I had signed up some time ago to a course, which I thought was designed to unleash powerful creativity.
I was quite taken aback to find that the course required me to sit still for hours in rows in the same windowless room. I’m not a fidgety person but after two hours of active listening I was ready to bolt. By the end of three hours with nothing but a 10 minute break, I was ready to jump around like a five year old in ‘music and movement’ class.
I didn’t think anyone still ran courses where you stayed in one spot absorbing for long stretches of time.
When concentration lapsed, we were supposed to go to a particular bit of the room and stretch – but even so, I’m surprised that the course leaders honestly believe that people learn most effectively when they are sitting and listening for hours on end.
I was contemplating not going back after lunch but decided to give it another go. By 4pm we had spent ANOTHER one and a half hours glued to the same spot.
I left. And so now I’m on my way to a Bowie Buffet – a party to celebrate the great artist’s return to music. I think I’ll feel more alive and full of creativity dancing to ‘Fashion’ or ‘Jean Genie’ that I would stuck in a conference room in Bloomsbury.
Or am I a wrong to quit early on a course that could start to deliver if only I stayed?