EDUCATED Meet Up!

Last night we hosted the second ever Human Kind Book Club meet up at the Yoga Barre in Winnipeg, MB.

Once again, I was floored by thoughtfulness, the insights and the empathy that you all brought to the conversation. Through our conversation I was able to explore so many additional perspectives of Educated that I otherwise would not have had the chance to do.

We welcomed NINE new members including our youngest member ever, baby Chole who is just two weeks old! We also had a few members back again for their second month. To all of you, thanks for dedicating your time to slow down and read these books, and then to come and share your thoughts with all of us.

Again, I was impressed with the level of vulnerability we dove into. We shared personal stories, experiences and thoughts, and for that I am grateful. I hope that HKBC continues to be a place of openness in this regard.

This time, I tried to write down a few different things that we touched on so those of you who were not able to attend could be part of our discussion. Here are some of the discussion points and takeaways that came out of last night’s meet up;

  • We loved how she wrote from the perspective true to the age that she was at that point in time in the story. She didn’t project what she has learned since then over the storyline, she was true to her feelings at that current moment
  • We had a few different women attend who work in education, all of them agreed on the importance of giving young people the tools to create a solid foundation for learning.
  • We thought that her journaling was a very important part of the story. It gave it validity and kept her from sugar-coating the past.
  • BELONGING – this was huge in our conversation. It was so frustrating to hear about her going back to her family and giving them chance after chance, but at the end of the day we agreed it stemmed out of a deep need for belonging and acceptance.
  • Mental health was a big piece of the discussion. Once it was clear in the book that her father was suffering from some sort of mental illness, it was harder to dislike him. This also helped a few of our members to realize that they not alone if they have people in their life who suffer from mental illness as well. That’s a big part of the importance of sharing your story – you’ll be surprised how many other people are going through something very similar
  • The mothers in the group agreed how frustrating it was to keep reading about how Tara’s mother constantly let her down, wouldn’t take her side and didn’t protect her from the dangers in her life.
  • SHAME  – we talked about where we think Tara is now, and if she has ever truly let someone in without fear of shame of her past. In the book she never develops a relationship or even a deep friendship, so we hope that she has gotten past that now.
  • This book was a nice reminder that if you don’t like the way your life is going, you have the power to change it!
  • Above all, we were in awe of Tara and what she has accomplished. In a situation that could have gone one of two ways, rather than becoming spiteful and jaded, she chose the path of love and forgiveness.

These barely scratch the surface of what we discussed last night, and we probably could have stayed all night! Thanks again to Heather for allowing us to use the space at The Yoga Barre and for welcoming us into your wellness community.

Our next book club meet up with be Tuesday, May 28 at 6:45 PM. More details on our next book club pick of the month to come later today!

Happy Reading

Annie

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