A special guest post from Robert “Bubbles” Beck who has some news that he wishes to share with the urbanLIFECLASS community…
It was a cold, misty October afternoon back in 2013 when a fresh-faced, 21-year-old me got off at Mornington Crescent tube station to meet a man, David Parker, for lunch to discuss a potential job opportunity that he had for me.
At the time, I had no idea that what would follow would be five and a half wonderful years that would see me meet some incredible and inspirational people, take me to Morocco (twice), and to start me on a journey of personal development and discovery that has made me stronger and more resilient but also more open and honest with myself and the people I love.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce today that I will be leaving urbanLIFECLASS for pastures new. I have accepted a job out in Shenzhen, China helping to set up and deliver a new creative education programme that will combine my passion for teaching with my theatrical background. It’s an incredible opportunity to grow and develop, both professionally and personally, in new and exciting ways. Despite it all though, I will still be incredibly sad to leave my life in London behind (if only for a little while) and I will miss sending out the newsletters and emailing you all. This responsibility will now pass onto someone new and I wish them all the luck with it.
Change can be a scary thing and big change can be almost crippling.
However, something that urbanLIFECLASS has taught me is that you must always be open and receptive to life’s twists and turns. At 21, I was so certain of who I was going to be and what I wanted to do. You quickly learn that steadfastly holding onto one goal or ambition in life is a sure-fire recipe for disappointment.
Living your life with complete tunnel vision means that you miss the stuff that exist in your peripheries. 21-year-old me would never have dreamed he’d be moving to China but here we are, and 27-year-old me is so ready to take the plunge and see what happens. I’m reminded of something that a wise, old friend said to me during a workshop once that nothing good ever happens in your comfort zone. Life is too short to waste time waiting around. Go out and live and if it all fucks up then at least you can say you tried!
I’m taking with me some pretty fantastic memories from working with David and the urbanLIFECLASS Team for these last few years. I’ve seen the team change and grow, people leave us, and then come back.
I remember my first breathe at The Chelsea Theatre and how it blew me away. I remember laughing and crying and being surrounded with warmth and love at the many, many workshops I’ve helped facilitate since I joined the team.
I’ve met friends, confidants and, yes, even a lover or two over the years. I am continually awestruck by the willingness to share and to be open that you find in the people who cross our doorway and I will miss hearing their stories and seeing them grow month on month as they track their own path to personal healing.
Thank you all for your generosity and for the laughs too.
Lastly, I’d like to end this short post by paying tribute to my friend, my mentor, my Nana! David took me under his wing. I could not have asked for a better guide and I hope now to go out and take some of his teachings forward so that I continue to be the best me that I possibly can be. I will miss seeing you every week and having to answer the same question that comes with clockwork regularity “any sex Bubbles?”
Anyway, enough of all these “emotions”! Onwards and upwards. I wish you all happiness, health and to stay fucking fabulous, always!