By Ciéra Cree
On October 23rd, I had the pleasure of meeting a lady called Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh during her week-long stay in Norwich. To be honest, that morning I seemed to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed – both my mind and my heart felt cluttered – so I didn’t feel very prepared for our meeting, but in hindsight I’m so glad that I got the chance to meet her, so I thought I would write something about our little trip to Norwich together.
Neither of us knew the area particularly well (despite the fact I live in this country) but we managed to make our way to the city market without getting lost or relying on the assistance of Google Maps. The market was vibrant and abundant with both people and assortments of goods, varying from foods and jumpers to toys and jewellery. While making our way around the stalls we talked about university, performing arts, and poetry – namely on the mention of a piece I wrote recently about a girl in a polka dot dress.
After our market exploration came to an end, we went to a cute little place called Macarons & More for hot chocolate stop and a chat. It was lovely to sit down and have the chance to listen to some of her writing and to share some of mine with someone who has a mutual passion for words.
There was just something nice about being able to sit down and enjoy the company of one another and the surroundings, which I feel is something people can often take for granted. Many people feel the need to be constantly occupied or entertained, and in doing so they forget to appreciate the beauty that comes from just “being” and living in the present moment. As a workaholic myself (though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t procrastinate now and then) I appreciate why people can be like this, the momentum of life can move so fast that we can get caught up in it all. But there’s nothing wrong with slowing down. After our chat, we wandered between a scent store and The Body Shop before heading back to the Writers Centre.
I’ve taken quite a bit away from this experience, both in terms of writing and in general. Firstly, don’t be afraid to meet new people. If I had decided to stay at home, I would have never met this amazing woman. It’s so easy to say no to things, but to anyone reading this I encourage you to try saying ‘yes’ to more because you never know how things could turn out, or what you might miss out on otherwise. Secondly, The Body Shop is great, it must be said. It was only the other day when I was having a conversation about how I had never been there, so this trip must have been fate. Thirdly, authenticity. As a naturally shy person, I’m not the biggest fan of meeting new people, but I stayed myself and things went fine. It’s hard in a world filled with influences and pressures to feel that being yourself is enough, but trust me, transparency doesn’t go unappreciated by those you should appreciate.
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