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  • Writer's pictureMaria Cahill

Chiara's Reflections on Involvement in a Cultural Association

What is the best thing about being involved?

The group was a cultural association offering historical re-enactments in which musicians, flag-wavers, and extras took part. Members were volunteers of all ages. I was one of the musicians and the best part for me was the collective creative process behind the music and the dedication to training and perfecting the choreography. Being involved and enjoying the result of such a collective effort was particularly rewarding. We shared a great passion and dedication. I loved that feeling.

What is the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge was dealing with changes in my life that made it hard for me to put as much time and effort into the group as I had in the past. When my commitment wavered, something broke. I felt that in such cohesive groups, it’s a bit like you’re either in or you’re out. Although my personal relationship with some of the members was still close, I guess it became difficult for me to feel part of the group in the same way as before.

What is the legacy in your life?

As a child, I was very shy and felt more comfortable doing individual activities and sports. It was this experience that showed me for the first time what it means to be involved and to feel involved. I had the chance to appreciate not only what you can achieve and bring out of yourself by doing things together with others, but also the sheer pleasure of spending time with them in this way. Actually, along with this, I also carry with me an awareness of how demanding it is to maintain such a connection, and how fragile a sense of belonging can be.


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