I spent my morning creating a full boaster poster for my friend. It felt surreal. He has always inspired me and yet, when I spoke to him earlier this week, he was sadly questioning his worth.
I was 11 when I received my first boaster poster. Mrs Hudson tasked the entire class with this activity. I took a blank A3 sheet from the front desk, decoratively wrote my name in the centre and then started the cycle for every classmate to add their comment. There was only one rule: To write something that you like about each person on their sheet and pass it on.
I was full with apprehension when we were on the last round. I would soon see my completed boaster poster and know what everyone thought of me. We were finally asked to pass the sheets back to their owners. The suspense was unbearable.
Every single comment on my sheet told me I was funny. I was deflated. It was not the image I was hoping for as an 11 year old at a new school. When I later confided in Mrs Hudson that I felt sad no-one had written that they thought I was smart, had a nice pencil case or even clear handwriting (as I had done for my peers), she reassured me that bringing happiness to people is a valuable quality and I should always be proud of myself for it.
Whether you’re an 11 year old starting at a new school or a 38 year old reflecting on your life, we all sometimes need reminding of our worth. I ask everyone to create a boaster poster for someone who needs some encouragement. You can even create one for yourself. It’s a powerful act of kindness to help someone remember how uniquely special they are to the World.