I will not apologize for my lack of a filter.

Ladies and Gentlemen I present you this post written by Jen of Properly Ridiculous. It explains extremely well what it’s like to be opinionated and shows it’s more about being honest than stirring the pot. I couldn’t have explained better myself.

If you’re after perspective or a good read, I highly recommend you check it out as well as Jen’s other amazing posts.

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Life is short, say what you have to say – how you want to say it.

This is something relatively new to me, while I’ve always been the girl who spits out something wild here and there, I have not always been this opinionated. And let me tell you, it’s liberating and I don’t think you’d regret adopting the same mindset.

You can’t please everyone. You are not everyone’s cup o’ tea and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but even if you try, it’s not happening. Just save yourself the hassle and do you, because no one else can.  There isn’t a person on this planet who has the same thought process as you, so let us hear what you think.

giphy Fuck a filter.

Talk to each other.Debate each other. Challenge each other.

Don’t get it twisted though, I don’t go out of my way to be disrespectful or rude…

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Anyone can do something.

Passion is a precious commodity,  an emotion that has led to many great occurrences over the years by those choosing to harness it. Each and every day, people across the world become more and more passionate about the things and people love. The problem however is that a lot of this passion falls by the wayside when our mind decides there’s nothing we can do with it.

“What good can I do?” Is a question I and I’m sure a lot of other people have asked them self numerous times. In such a big world it’s easy to feel so insignificant, so small. To feel like we can’t do a damn thing because we don’t have the “power” to. The simple truth however is that is a complete and total lie.

Not everyone has connections in high places or large sums of cash to donate to people in need, but what we do or don’t have shouldn’t limit what we are able to do for others. No act regardless of it’s size is insignificant. ANYONE can do SOMETHING to help.

Exhibit A: Stop a Douchebag.

Below is a video filmed by and uploaded to Russian Youtube channel Stop a Douchebag. The video shows a group of Russian citizens displeased with people ignoring road rules trying to show people about the dangers of reckless driving. A number of the situations shown in their weekly uploads end up becoming physical leading to them involving the authorities time and time again, but still these every day citizens continue their movement passionate about making the world a safer place.

Note: The name of the channel and movement is result of  translation issues. It’s intention is not to demean the subjects of the videos, they are extremely polite to others when they are polite to them.

Warning: This and other videos on the channel contain violence, threats of harm and PLENTY of swearing Russians. If any of this bothers you I strongly suggest you do not watch.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Oir5WLJmcM

Exhibit B: Love Army for Somalia.

Love Army for Somalia is a Relief movement started by French YouTuber Jérôme Jarre and a group of his friends. Jérôme decided he wanted to put the connection he had with his 1 million+ subscribers into action and chose the famine in Somalia when he saw the effects it was having.

1 million YouTube subscribers is not a resource everyone has to make a change, however Jérôme and his friends were able to inspire over 90,000 people to selflessly donate their own money to those who needed more than they did. In the 2 months since the movement’s gofundme page was created, 2.8 million dollars has been raised.

YouTuber Casey Neistat made the following video about the movement.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqQiimdTIL0

For a more detailed description of the movement and updates on its progress, visit the gofundme page here –>https://www.gofundme.com/LOVEARMYFORSOMALIA

Exhibit C: Manchester rallying in time of tragedy.

As most people should know by now, just days ago an improvised explosive device was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England killing 22 people and injuring more than twice that. Since the incident occurred more and more images come out and truly saddening stories have been shared by the media of people who were at the concert or in the surrounding areas at the time of the explosion. However, the people of Manchester have kicked into high gear and have banded together to help refusing to let this bring their spirits down.

Hospital staff returned to treat the wounded and taxi drivers turned off their meters to make sure people got home safely. People have taken to social media with messages of support sharing images of people still lost and even offering to share their homes with anyone need of shelter or a way to contact their loved ones. Reports of immense acts of bravery and kindness have brought joy back to our hearts as details have come to light of a woman leading 50 teenagers to safety. Even a homeless man came to the help of others pulling nails of a child’s face stating ‘If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that’. If that doesn’t prove anyone can do I good I don’t know what will.

Sources:
http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/23/taxi-drivers-turned-off-their-meters-to-get-people-away-from-manchester-arena-6654987/?ito=facebook
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/23/absolute-heroes-praise-for-medics-treating-manchester-victims
http://www.ladbible.com/community/uk-hero-woman-led-50-teenagers-from-arena-to-safety-following-attacks-20170523
https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/05/23/manchester-opens-doors-stranded-arena-explosion-roomformanchester/#.tnw_6bnfhzzV

Doing something is easy, it doesn’t have to be elaborate. Doing something can be as simple as spreading information so others too can act. All it takes is everyday human kindness. Not everyone will be able to donate money or share their houses with those in need and not everyone has the confidence to confront others about actions only making things worse, but everyone can do little things. Because in the end, doing the little things is far better than doing nothing.

If you wish to donate to support those effected in the Manchester bombing you can do so here;
http://www.redcross.org.uk/manchester
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester

Reasons for love.

Back when we were young and dumb and love seemed to be everyone’s business… In high school. Seemingly anyone in a relationship was asked the same question throughout the course of the first few years of school (we stopped being so involved after that). That question was “What’s 10 things you love about your partner?”

I never personally understood the point of the question, why we needed a list of things we loved about our significant others  let alone why we needed to repeat it to others. Whenever I was asked the question, luckily only one or two times I always gave a boring, unsatisfying answer. “There’s too many to list”  in some form was my answer of choice. I was even asked in response once “well then what’s 5 things you love about your partner?”, to which my response was simply that I didn’t know. The person asking went on to give me a disappointing look before talking to someone else.

Do we REALLY need to be able to list 10 things or 5 things? Why can’t the fact we love our partners for everything they are be acceptable? What made it even more ridiculous was the fact that a good portion of the answers I heard were aesthetic reasons. Their hair, their smile, their eyes etc. They aren’t wrong answers, a person’s reasons are their own. It’s just my opinion that love should be more personal than that.

To me love means loving a person for who they are including their flaws. To me love is about the memories you share and the experiences you have together. About feeling safe and warm in their arms and counting down the moments until you can see them again. About working together to improve after fighting. To ME love is about putting in nothing short of 100% when it comes to making your partner happy purely because they make you happy.

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I’ll never write for tv…

If my last writing post shows anything it’s that when I do end up writing it’s often an interesting experience. A lot of the time I end up having to put in a lot more effort than I usually do to get something down on paper… Screen. One of those two.

Here and there I have been known to ever so proudly proclaim that “I’m a writer” when in all honesty most of the times I’m not. Half the time I just end up sitting down, writing a few hundred words and then stop for any number of reasons. Seldom are productivity rates high when I write.

My current novel attempt is on a bit of a hold (there’s a shocker) at the moment and the reason for it is the same reason why I’ll never write for television. Filler. Or the slightly more colloquial term; stuff that happens between other stuff.

As much as we want otherwise, tv shows and novels can’t always be exciting. It’s just far too much to take in. That’s why we use filler material. Parts of a chapter/ episode or even an entire is written so we can take a step back from the story line, these sections are used to give more back story if needed or to build up to a major point in the story line. It’s a key element in the writing process and I really can’t seem to do it.

I sit there staring back and the screen wanting to write something interesting eventually realising that’s what most of the last chapter was. Most of the time this is what’ll end a writing session. A mental blank shortly followed up with an admission of defeat.

If I tried to write a tv show it’d be 1 season spanning maybe 5 episodes of constant action. SO EXCITING its boring. It wouldn’t make it close to the 10-20(ish) episodes per seasons most shows maintain these days. It’d be like making a cake without the minor ingredients, it MAY be good but it’s not a cake without them. OR you could even say (if you’re into terrible dad like jokes) it’d be like a making a cake without filling.

My Place (Revisited).

Some time ago I wrote a post that I entitled something along the lines of “My Place” and it’s something I feel like I need to recover. The theme of the post was managing stress and with a lot of crazy going on in the world and no decline in global stress levels, we all could use with a good way to deal with it. I am not saying this is a good way or the right way to deal with stress, it is however my way and I hope by sharing it anyone reading this can find the best way they manage stress…

“My place” are two words commonly used to refer to ones home, “Do you want to come back/over to my place?” being the most common phrasing they’re used in. I use them this way like most people, but I also use them in a way all my own. I still use them in reference to a place of my own, but this place isn’t a home or even a physical space/building for that fact. I use “my place” to describe a head space.

My place is visual headspace I go to when I am starting to stress out or when I need to focus on something. Almost like a form of meditation I push everything out of my mind, close my eyes and no matter where I am or what’s going on around me I can have some time to my self to gather my thoughts.

When I first chose my place I had to chose carefully. In the end I went with a beach I’ve been going to since I was a child. My family and I have gone to this beach for as far back as I can remember, but I chose this beach not because of any sentimental value holds but because of how extremely peaceful it can be. At night I can go there, sit on a bench and just  listen to the crash of the waves  with nothing but my thoughts to keep me company. It’s impossible to go there and not feel calm. When ever I go there it’s as if my problems just wash away with the tide and in that moment…

I can just be me.

Writing; Confusing but I love it.

Writing and I have a very interesting relationship. A few years in we’ve had our share of successes and failures, but now we’re at the part where the cracks are starting to show.

I love to write. For periods of time it’s all I spent my days doing. Multiple English teachers could vouch for the fact I was never very good at it in the begging but that never seemed to stop me. I used to write pages and pages of completely (grammatically) incorrect nonsense. I still do mostly write pure nonsense, but at least now I can do it with more proper technique.

Although my passion for writing has not changed and I am eager to write more and more as the days pass, I just DON’T. As you would have seen if you read my last post you would now that I didn’t keep the promise I made. If you’re a regular here or know me personally, you would also know that this promise is one I have made before each time with slightly more or similar amounts of success as this time arround.

I am actually in the process of trying to write a book! With my track record when it comes to writing commitment it would seem like such a venture is impossible and frankly I am starting to agree with that. It’s something I have wanted to do for a very long time now and although I keep trying I seem to be making little to no progress.

I love to write! But sometimes it’s just pretty damn confusing. I can’t seem to figure out what to write about anymore. I wouldn’t say it’s writer’s block plaguing me, content block I feel would be a better way to describe it. I CAN write, It just takes me some time to think of something to write about. Whether it be an idea for a blog post or filler scenes for a chapter it, it takes a lot more time than it used to.

Luckily I am not one for giving up (anymore at least). I am here after all aren’t I!? I am not going to let this silly problem take the fun out of writing. It’s going take some effort to overcome it but a little bit of hard work has never done anyone any harm. Let’s see how it goes.

Expect future updates 🙂

What’s the deal?/ Posting in 2017.

It looks like I’m starting to say this a lot lately but it has been a while since I have posted anything, Almost 5 months to be exact. I’ve unfortunately had to make this apology multiple times since rebooting my blog. What’s the deal Callum? It’s unfortunate because I haven’t really got a reason for it. It’s not like I haven’t been writing because I HAVE. My efforts to write a novel are ongoing on top of posting once a month for the website A Better Today Media so I have been writing, just not HERE.

I don’t have to talk about my work habit issues, Absolute Procrastination explain how bad it can get at times. I’ve been working on this blog for almost 5 years now, this blog should be my priority. The phrase “I’m a creature of habit” is becoming increasingly accurate as each postless month passes.

The question(s) at hand now is what happens now? How is 2017 going to be any different? The (scary) answer to that is that I’m going to set my self a goal. That’s scary because the G word gets thrown around a lot, especially by me. I say I’m going to set myself a goal and and it ends up becoming an empty promise. The promise I am about to make however I know is more than reasonable.

In 2017 (not including this one) I promise that I will post at least once a month. I know this goal is reasonable because that is my current post rate for ABTM. This said however isn’t a guarantee I’ll meet it. I will try my best but I MAY miss a few here and there as I have done with ABTM. Once a month is both a low and very fair minimum and I have set it in hope to motivate me to post more and maybe even eventually increase that rate.

I’m definitely glad to be back and hopefully I’ll see you soon.

Absolute Procrastination.

Unless this is the first time you are reading my blog, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that I procrastinate. I procrastinate so much before eventually blogging about it that my procrastination habits are equally as well known as the ABC’s. I don’t try to procrastinate. NO ONE tries to procrastinate… It just happens. One minute I’m thinking “Yeah I’m totally going to do some work!” and then all of a sudden *Poof*… Procrastination.

Normally I use writing to procrastinate, “Procrastablogging” if you will. However in the past few months I have descended into such a level of laziness I’m not even writing. I’m in a blogging limbo. I want to blog but it just doesn’t happen. I even wrote 3/4 of a post the other day that didn’t get to finish because I didn’t get back to it. I would say I had good reason for not getting back to it but I didn’t. There was a certain period of relevance for the post and I didn’t get back to finishing it in that time. Total laziness.

After 50 blog posts and 100 blog posts, I started to really rake in views. My posts weren’t all that good at that point, but because I was posting more than 3 times a week my writing was seen by more people. Consistency lead to views and consistency came from getting posts done and not procrastinating.

When it comes to life, procrastination is probably my number one demon. The really ironic thing is that I openly accept it but never really do anything about it. I procrastinate doing something about my procrastination problem. Weird no? Much like mankind will always collectively hate getting up in the morning, I will always procrastinate. It’s just a fact of life. What I really need to do is find a way to manage my procrastination. Although I feel like trying to do this will just end up in this entire process repeating itself. I guess we’ll see.

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Pokémon Go: Good VS Bad.

Pokémon Go, the most recent game to come onto the phone gaming scene has taken its popularity by force. The Augmented Reality piece of genius took the Pokémon generations of kids at heart have come to know and love after 20 years as the mega franchise has dominated the gaming and handheld gaming worlds.

The game (for all who may not know already) is played by walking around with a players phone collecting Pokémon/eggs, items and visiting gyms and pokéstops brought to life by using the phone’s camera and augmented reality technologies.

After months of anticipation and predictions about what the game would be like when it was released, the game has millions of people playing it world-wide and the number continues to grow as it is slowly being released in more and more countries. People have even gone out of their way to acquire the game by other means before its actual release date in their country.

In a video entitled Pokémon MANIA, YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat shows exactly how many people are playing the game. We see groups of people all around his home town of New York City either huddled in groups or walking around on their phones playing the game.

Naturally the game is receiving both good and bad reviews, that tends to happen with most new releases these days. Although the game is receiving a tonne of good reviews I feel that it’s also receiving a heap of negativity that it doesn’t deserve.

As well as the advances in the way we play games, Pokémon Go has had a number of positive effects on the people playing it. Personal stories have come to light of people otherwise sedentary becoming active and moving around a lot more playing the game. On top of this, the game is benefiting players socially as well. Game meet-ups across the world have brought large groups of people together to play and discuss the game with like-minded fans who might have otherwise not taken the opportunity to have a more active social life.

On the inevitable other end of the spectrum, the game is receiving a substantial amount of bad reviews from people who are surprisingly more than people sharing how much they dislike the game. There are ACTUALLY some legitimate beefs with the game.

The extent to which Pokémon Go has its users staring at the phones and not what’s going on around them has caused some rather concerning and dangerous events. People are walking onto private property to catch Pokémon, people are walking out onto roads or into dangerous areas not paying attention and a group of teens even used some of the in-game features to rob other players in the area. These issues have caused some speculation on whether the game is more bad than good (or vice versa) and has set in stone many people’s opinions on the game.

Although serious issues, the aforementioned examples are not situations that can claimed as being caused by the game on its own. Human involvement and a lack of thought process  is also a part of these events taking place.

It’s a little a lot concerning that people babe actually put the thought into using the game as a way to assist them in committing a crime, but the game aside there will always be ways for similar events to take place. Criminals adapt to whatever situations they put them self in and until crime itself is brought under control, these events ARE going to take place.

In terms of people walking onto private property, walking out in front of or bumping into cars or people and walking into dangerous areas, yes it’s the game causing these people to not pay attention this doesn’t bring the blame solely on the game. Thousands of different apps and games on all kinds of devices distract people everyday, it’s the consumer that’s consciously walking out on the road. It takes two to tango.

Apps and games such as Facebook, Snapchat, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans… HELL even Tinder have amounted to similar levels of popularity as Pokémon Go has since it was released. Similar, not necessarily the same but similar. It all comes down to 2 important factors 1. As technology has vastly improved in the recent generations the global population is becoming engrossed in some cases at a rather unhealthy level. 2. People are taking in what’s going on around them less and less causing serious lapses of judgement.

Don’t just judge Pokémon Go… It’s not a bad game. In this situation like most I respect your right to opinions, please just express them in the right setting. Opinions can often ruin things for others so please think before you openly post your thoughts to Facebook… Try talking to someone who shares your opinions or you often rant to instead. That way the damage is limited.

Pulse Club Shootings; My Response.

As I am sure most people have heard by now at 2 am local time in Orlando Florida, 50 people were killed and 53 more were injured in a nightclub shooting. Wielding a high-powered semi-automatic weapon walked into the Gay nightclub Pulse and opened fire on the unsuspecting patrons.

I have on a number of occasions been described as “verbose” or well spoken in some description and I personally am very proud of how confidently I speak when I put my mind to it, but here and now in this situation I am at a complete loss for words. I’m trying my best, I am racking my brain, I am doing everything I can to find the words to describe how this makes me feel but its hard.

I wish not to tell the story of what happened, it’s honestly too hard for me to do so and I don’t feel like I would do it any justice. If you would like to know more you can click here for my information source or go to any of your trusted news sources, it’s likely there will still be a story up relating to the events.

I also will not be speculating on what happened or why it happened, I don’t know why it happened, I will never know why it happened, I will NEVER know what went on in the shooter’s head, what cogs clicked into place that made him decide it’d be a good idea to go out and commit such a heinous crime.

This IS NOT a serious post. This is just how I feel about what has happened. If you want to leave hate you’re a tragic human being, go find a different post to leave it on.

*Takes a deep breath and sighs*
I legitimately don’t know how to write this…

I first saw news of this scrolling through Instagram, someone had posted a headline about it… I scrolled past it and didn’t think too much about it at first. More and more people posted about t, I knew it was a thing and that it DID REALLY happen.

I watched it being reported on the news. A lot went through my head. I remember the crying feeling coming on. None of this “manly tears” crap, had I stayed in the room I would have been the proud owner of a scale model of the Nile. THOSE KINDS OF TEARS.

I just…. Wow I don’t know…. I really don’t know.

50 brothers and sisters although they rest will never return to their beds. Not for some time will they see their loved ones again. 50 lives lost because ignorance in human form lost their grip on reality… Actually no that’s a lie, he knew what he was doing the whole time.

And to hear survivors talk of him bragging during the act! Boasting about the fact he has “plenty of bullets”… Who does that. How have we got to the point in society where people can just go out and do this. Yes these events happened in the past, but they were so few and far between. Nowadays it seems like there’s a mass shooting for each time the sun goes up.

*Gives up*

I really can’t write this anymore. I am done.

My thoughts, love and prayers go out to the family and friends of those who died and to the family and friends currently waiting as their loved ones get emergency medical attention.

To ANYONE reading this; I implore you to no matter where you go or no matter what you’re doing be careful and aware making sure anyone you are with is safe at all times. We are at the point where such tragedy can happen anywhere and for ANY reason.