Art of Giving Joy

I have always had the passion for clowning long before I came to Armenia. During my studies at UWC Dilijan I discussed with my teacher that I wanted to dedicate my Extended Essay to clowning. Surprisingly, several months later Patch Adams came to visit Armenia and UWCD. This person’s actions had always inspired me; his image kept me going in different life situations. I don’t like giving labels such as “idol” or “hero”, because they put too much pressure both on me and on him. He is just an inspiring person for me. The first thought in my mind when I met him here was, “How is this even possible?”. One can never expect such kind of coincidences - to meet a person you admire in such an unexpected place.

When we met it felt extremely unreal. My first reaction was fear: this person is a celebrity, and I wasn’t sure how to talk to him and was generally
terrified at first. But when I got to know him, he turned to be so natural, just a simple person. There was an inexplicable magnetism that brought us together when we were clowning together. After he left, I realised that I got to know him as a person, as a friend: today we keep in touch, we write letters to each other, because he doesn’t use social media or email. Besides, we met this winter in Russia to do some clowning.

Even if I don’t become a professional clown, I know that I need to have humanitarian touch with people; this is something that is essential for my personality. Every time clowning feels different and fresh. Even if you have been doing this for years, the first emotion you have is fear. We are humans and we are afraid of not receiving emotions or love, that’s why you always try to receive feedback. When I go clowning at a hospital, I of course give joy, but at the same time I receive strong emotions from patients.

Eva, Italy, UWCD’16