Week 2, Day 9: I’ve got Pop Rocks on the Brain … and I’m not talking about a craving
Suggested Optional Pre-work Before Reading this Post:
1. Pop Rocks, flavour of your choice (yes the 80s candy)
Pour the pop rocks in your mouth, and make a list of all the thoughts you have about the quick experience. Might look something like this:
Now, imagine many of those feelings not on your tongue, but as explosions of ideas in your brain. That is how I am feeling this week.
This second week produced meeting upon meeting of new faces, stories, ideas, and learnings. Our conversations morphed into endless notebook pages detailing accomplishments of the Ed Fund and hopeful visions for the future.
I’m in awe of the possibilities, and to steal a quote from one of the kindergartners referenced in the caption above, “it feels like there is a party in my [brain]!
My list of sensations from the pop rock exercise includes:
…exciting, fast paced, continual, non-stop, always popping, exhilarating, unfamiliar, fun, intriguing, refreshing, novel, millions of pieces, a treat, a quick burst, unexpected, independent yet related parts, little pieces working together to create an interesting experience, put a smile on my face…
While it may sound off the wall or harebrained to bring up penny candy from the 80s, Pop Rocks mimic the flow of our brainstorming sessions to determine how we can impact the programs of the Math and Science coalition.The analogy offers you, an outsider, a way to grasp the pace and vitality in the room, otherwise indescribable. The bits of thoughts fly around the room like the candy on your tongue: ideas bang; reactions pop; sidebars zing; reflections sizzle; all followed by an aftermath of calm when meetings ajourn, melting together into a new flavour of work at a non-profit.
Together, my partners at the “Ed Fund” and my fellow PULSE volunteers will prioritize the vast list of prospective projects. While I will resist letting go of any of the ideas, “with pop rocks on the brain,” I eagerly await to see which project I can get started on. And like any good sugary snack, my second week here has left me hungry for more!