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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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 🙂

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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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.

Internet rant part 2 (updated).

AGAIN please read all the way to the end.

Ladies and gentlemen it’s time to rant about the internet… AGAIN. If you haven’t seen my last rant about the internet you can simply scroll down if you’re on the main page or by clicking this link <– right there. In a somewhat LARGE amount of frustration I ranted my heart out (like the days of old) about people just being down right dicks by disrespecting and bullying another person. As both a subject of (mild) bullying and someone who has seen many people be bullied in some form over the years, I have developed a powerful hatred for the action taking place. With that being said, let’s get started.

Dear Ignorant people on Instagram,
*sighs* I hate this already……

Yes you “people”. I knew a day would come where I would unleash my opinions on you and that day my friends, is HERE.

But on a side note. In the immortal words of Terrance and Phillip…

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(I needed something to respectful to refer to them as so I thought I’d go with something that would allow me to make an old ass reference, cause you know. WHY NOT!?).

Dear Ignorant people on Instagram!

We (everyone else on instagram) DO NOT give a SINGULAR SHIT about what you have to say about the rest of us on Instagram. SERIOUSLY DUDE!

Instagram WAS cool man, what the hell!? It was a nice way to share great photos (and not so great selfies) with people who wanted to see them and then Instagram’s ignorant population rocked up.

Do you know why body shaming wasn’t a major problem before social media? Because the only way you could make fun of the way someone looked  was in person, and doing that OFTEN would have resulted in the person getting punched. WHY OH WHY can’t we go back to those times!?

WOAH CALM DOWN IT’S OKAY I’m not condoning senseless violence, that’s wrong and the wrong is what I am trying to fix here. No my point is that if someone were to get punched in the face for a reason (minus anything the person volunteered for) they would tend to avoid the reason they got punched, THUS quickly learning not to be ignorant. Sadly violence IS bad so we can’t use this option

*Sigh*

Dear ignorant people on Instagram,

GO AWAY! WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE.

CEREAL! (another South Park Reference. Look it up.)
Body shaming has no purpose on the face of this earth or any planet in the vicinity of this one (except the sun. Feel free to take your ignorance there). Yes I get that people don’t like each other for any number of reasons.

There are two things in this world, armpits and opinions. They both stink, everyone’s got them and no one wants someone else’s shoved in their face. I feel like if everyone learned that we could just get along. Such a simple concept yet there are so many stupid people getting in the way of it.

(SIDE NOTE: I feel like I keep making this disclaimer but when I say stupid people I’m not referring to people who aren’t as smart as others, that’s NEVER what I mean. What I mean is people who just don’t think before they act or speak and quite commonly end up making life miserable for people).

I feel like if every single word that was typed on the internet EVER was collated and everything that had something to do with body shaming was just went *POOF*, the internet would go from (if it were a book) the size of War and Peace (BIG book) to the size of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (children’s book).

There is just SO MUCH body shaming on Instagram (and the rest of the internet for that fact) that it truly disgusts me. So many little trolls on the internet sticking their noses in other people’s business because it’s “safe” and no one will ever find them.. Those people, come here. I want to tell you something.

YOU WILL GET CAUGHT!!!!

Yes the internet is a wonderful enough place for people to be anonymous dicks as well as just general dicks. But the internet is also a wonderful enough place for ignorant rude people to get caught. YOU WILL SLIP UP AND YOU WILL GET CAUGHT!

(This post went no where real fast… Too many jokes).

Dear ignorant people ANYWHERE on the internet,

If you’re going to contaminate this world with your stupidity, go find a padded room to do it from.

*Drops mic*

Again thank you for making it all the way to the end especially with this post since it doesn’t exactly flow as easily as my last rant. The internet is nothing like that safe place it should be and unless people are proactive about making a change it never will be. Everyone should have a place to feel safe and for a lot of people, that was the internet. PLEASE do your part, share this and help put a stop to online harassment.

Failure is not forever.

For those who know me, it’s likely to not take you a great amount of time to figure out the motivation behind this post. For those who don’t know me or live in a different country, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t know the events causing this post. It’s the post itself that’s important not the reasoning behind it.

In life there can and most likely will be a number of situations where we fall short of our goals and although it sucks (A LOT) and can be rather inconvenient at the time, know that even though we fall again and again it only makes getting up that little bit easier.

The expectations of others and more commonly the magnitude or importance of the set goal often brings about this feeling that we HAVE to achieve it or we are a complete failure. Being disappointed is natural. Although it’s tempting to just wallow in sadness and complain about life, failure is NOT forever. You’re only a failure if you tell yourself you are.

At first it may be hard to get past the concept of not doing as well as we hoped, we can use this emotion as a driving factor for the next attempt or even help find a different method of achieving the goal. Not doing well doesn’t necessarily mean you failed entirely, it’s likely there are some aspects that you did well at. With that in mind you can move onto things you didn’t do so well at and develop your skills moving you that much closer to your goal.

In those instances that repeating the task doesn’t seem all that appealing or may end up being tedious and an epic waste of time, look into alternate methods. Even though it too may take some time, it sure beats re-doing everything. On top of that you can get advice from others that may be of great help to you.

So until you can pick yourself up out of this slump, think about this quote and remember that millions of people worldwide are going through the exact same thing. No one is perfect.

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley

 

I’m thankful.

Traditionally Thanksgiving was all about giving thanks for that years harvest but as the generations have passed and more people have given the holiday their own little touches, it has become more about giving thanks and being thankful for all the things we have in our lives. Although Thanksgiving has come and gone this year I would like to share with you a few things I’m thankful for.

  1. Life: It’s such a cliché answer but it’s true. I have had my ups and downs in my life but I can definitely say I’ve lived a good 18 years. I’m thankful for the fact that there’s a roof over my head and food on my table. So many things could have gone completely wrong in my life and every day I’m thankful that they haven’t.
  2. Friends: Friends are absolutely amazing! Sometimes (or a lot of the time) we can be painful people and as annoying as we can get our friends are still there for us. They are there to keep us grounded and help us when we’re down. To call us out when we’re being total d-bags or point us in the right direction when we’re wayward. Without friends it’s likely that a good percentage of the world could have turned out to be emotional wrecks or completely different to how we are today and for that I’m thankful.
  3. Family: We spend so long around our family and without them we’d be completely different people. Our family is there when we’re happy and they’re there when we cry, our family is there when we’re enjoying life and they’re there when we just want to give up. Our family are constant support for any issues life throws our way and without a doubt they’re some of the most important people in our life.

    Side note: There are A LOT of families around the world that are forced to live at a disadvantage for any number of reasons and I don’t want to brag or sound obnoxious, but I’m DEFINITELY thankful that I’m not in one of those situations. I look-up to and admire those people in every way as some of the difficult situations have created some of the strongest people this world has ever seen.

  4. Opportunity: The opportunities we are given in life make us the people we are. Being able to travel to different countries or go on trips to certain places can give great experiences and teach useful information. Opportunity can come in various forms and although I haven’t taken on some of the opportunities I’ve been given I am very thankful I have been given the chance to learn and improve my life.

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for the things we are given in life but it’s not the ONLY day we can be thankful. People are thankful 365 days are year so instead of waiting for this day to make your appreciation known, speak up and let the people in your life know you appreciate them and what they’ve given you.

 

I’m ready for it to be over.

It’s exam time here in Australia. Yesterday more than 40,000 Australian year 12 students, including myself sat down to do their first exam for the last time. Apart from those who do language studies, Music or any other kind of performance exam and those who just don’t do the subject, the very first exam is English. Three glorious hours of writing trying to put together something that at least resembles three different kinds of essays. Needless to say it’s just a touch stressing. However in most cases English is the easy part, the calm before the storm. That however is A LOT stressing.

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To be honest I’m COMPLETELY ready for all of this to be over. If I could I would turn time forward and would skip doing exams altogether. I want to get the best possible score I can and be able to do the course I want, but the stress is just too real. On occasion we’re told to do the best we can possibly do and to not stress if we don’t get a high score but at times that’s easier said than done. Going into this year I personally (and probably a number other year 12 students) set goals for my self that I thought were reasonable and obtainable and as my remaining exams draw closer I can tell you for a fact that I’m not going to achieve a few of them and that sucks. A LOT.

Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed school. I have made friends, experienced wonderful things and learned more than I thought I would. School is NOT as bad as I have made it out to be in previous posts, it was just the right amount of stressful for me personally. School is what you make it; you get out of it what you put in. If you’re not ready to put in the time and effort it takes to do well it’s just not going to happen, and that’s no one else’s fault but ours. Not doing well in school has come down to the decisions I made and I will have to live with that. However I refuse to let it keep me down.

It’s entirely possible that I’m not going to get a high enough score to comfortably get me into the University course I want, but I’m ready to work. I know what I want and as long as it may take me I WILL get there.

Quick tip: To anyone going into year 12 in the coming years, BE PREPARED. Organise your work, develop a good study habit and knuckle down and get stuff done. It may be a struggle and sacrificing things may have to happen but if you prepare your self early come exam time you won’t be so caught off guard.