I had set myself some goals for this habitat trip. My goal was to be a useful member of the team, which may include doing the labor work that not many members would enjoy (making cement for the walls and the floor). I also wanted to befriend someone in this activity, because everyone in this acitivity except for said person already knew each other and were on friendly terms.
The main difficulty of habitat builds is the physical requirement. The physical work was quite tiring, but once I knew the mechanics of it and convinced myself that it was not so bad, the labour was barable.
I guess this particular build did help me learn something about myself. I have always valued solitude and is comfortable with it. To consciously put an effort to be involved in a group for the sake of others was quite tiring. Sometimes I didn’t know how to act (would it be to obvious and hurt their feelings?). In the end I turned off my inner-conscious voice and went with the flow, hoping that it would make others happy as well. I also need to work on my self-disciplinary skills. For example, not giving in to peer-pressure and taking initiative to encourage others to NOT break curfew.
Teamwork in habitat builds are important. I learned that we need to remind each other to take care of themselves. For example, when I was mixing cement, I would know at times when I friend/ partner needed a break. She was reluctant to take one unless I did as well. Therefore we had to work at a pace both of us could manage.
During activities or projects I mostly inhibit my more radical behaviour and emotions in order to efficicently complete the task. During this particular build, I had to debate when it was appropriate to put the happiness of the group (fun) over the goal of the project (work (finishing as much of the house as possible)).