The Spatial Experience: The setting and atmosphere of the Constans Theatre was very enjoying. As the lights dimmed at the start of The Divine, the entire room went quiet. Looking at my friends next to me, their eyes seemed to be drawn to the setting of the stage, much like a moth to a flame.
The Social Experience: Being able to attend The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt with my friends on the UF swim team was a great way to spend the evening. After finishing practice earlier in the day, we scurried back home to get appropriately dressed for the performance. Seeing their interest in the play allowed me to connect with them in a way other than in the pool. Sitting with them during the performance allowed me to realize just how important they were in my life. Knowing that they will always be there for me, helping me achieve my own Good Life.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: Watching The Divine allowed me to connect with the many struggles people face. Seeing the sacrifices that Talbot's Mother and Brother had to make to allow him to leave his life of poverty was very powerful. The sense of selflessness and dedication the actors displayed was astonishing. Even though the play was in a past setting, I realized that even in today's world, people are going through much of the same struggles. The Divine allowed me to Look at my own life to see just how thankful I am for the sacrifices my family has made for me.
The Emotional Experience: The Divine allowed me to think about my past, present, and future acts as a human. Showing me that being selfless could lead to even greater reward in the future. Seeing the happiness of someone else due to your own selflessness is a very great feeling. Even if you have to put your own wants aside, putting someone else you care about before yourself will allow you to grow as a person.