When organising an event you can never tell if it’s going to go well. As a kid, I hated birthday parties for this very reason. I’ve mostly avoided organising things in my adult years, preferring the method of ‘turn up and hope others do too’ socialising. It’s easier that way and you don’t have to get so invested in the outcome. However, I took a different take in organising the craft group at the local mosque, and I’m glad I did.
With a lot of help from a lovely woman at the mosque called Asma, the event was a resounding success. (Read about it here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Not only did people come, they enjoyed it. People started mingling the moment we opened the doors, and everyone was smiling and enjoying themselves.
Every time I think about it I want to cry or laugh, possibly both. It feels good to foster decent relationships and bonds in the community. It feels good to see people stepping outside of their comfort zones and the strict social lines we follow in order to have fun and meet new people.
It’s a small thing, but it felt wonderful.
The event is going to be a monthly deal, so if you’re local to me (hello Oshawa) let me know and I’ll give you the details.