“ Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

Oscar Wilde

When writing this blog, I wanted to include a quotation but found myself stuck between two beautiful quotes so I thought what the hell and decided to include them both! I find these quotes to be very relevant to a recent event that Open Minds hosted called ‘Free Flow.’ This event encouraged people to wholly express themselves by their own means. It enabled people to showcase their talents and represent themselves as themselves.

Often in life the hardest thing to do is to be yourself, which, when you think about it, sounds silly but nonetheless is true. Often we are trying to be like others who, perhaps, we see as being better than us. Of course you can aspire to be like someone in hope of bettering yourself but remember that that person’s individuality is what makes him or her an inspiration, therefore you too should be your own person. Please, please don’t get lost in the sauce.

So what happened on the night?? Well, the night mainly consisted of singing performances and spoken word but it would have been great to see some other forms of art. (*Cough* Rappers come forward *Cough*). This event was so effortlessly entertaining. The communal atmosphere enabled one to feel more engaged with the performing artists. The relaxed, informal environment helped people to appreciate every thoughtful word of a poem or a meaningful lyric of a song. It was incredible to see so much unexpected talent brought to the stage; people who wouldn’t have dared to perform nearer the start of the academic year took a step of bravery and showcased their talents which really highlights what Open Minds is; personal development and character growth. Each of our events really aims to encourage people to believe in their talents and bless others by sharing it.

Yasmin, a Loughborough student who performed on the night says, “spoken word has always been something I was interested in and since I’ve been writing poetry pretty much all my life. I thought Free Flow was the perfect opportunity to perform especially as it was such a comfortable and open space for people to express themselves…everyone was so receiving and open.”

Tashika, another student, says “I’ve always written poetry but I’ve never shared it. When I saw the poster for the free flow event, I felt like it would be a great opportunity for me to begin sharing my work. To be honest, I encouraged myself to perform because public speaking is something that I still struggle with and in order to develop this skill, I will have to actually put myself out there.”

Both students express the fact that performing in front of a crowd is a challenge, but here at Open Minds we intend to provide a supportive platform to make this challenge easier.


All in all, it was a beautiful night full of creativity.

Written by Toyah Panton,

President of Open Minds