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.


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.


For a more detailed description of the movement and updates on its progress, visit the gofundme page here –>

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.


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;

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.

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…


(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


Dear ignorant people on Instagram,


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.


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.

Unpopular opinion: Please read all the way to the end.

This generation is seriously going to complete shit, and that I say with great disappointment because I am a part of this generation. Each and everyday I see more and more people getting picked on, more and more ignorance, more and more sexism and racism etc. and it’s an utter disgrace. There are people’s Facebook pages that you can open and every second post is about them getting picked on or something they feel is wrong with the world and that is truly sad. I have made mistakes in my time but I am able to look back and acknowledge that I have and use them to better my self, a SKILL I seldom see in most teenagers these days.

KIDS 13-18, SHAPE UP! What I see from you more often than is disgusting and brings about more and more negativity for the age gap. You have NO RIGHT to be picking on someone because there is NO justifiable reason, not even because they were picking on someone else. The most common reasoning behind bullying consciously and subconsciously is because the victim is weak, because the victim is vulnerable…. BULLSHIT! Real weakness is having to exert your dominance on someone who can barely defend him/herself just so you can look “cool”. You’re not “cool”, cool is anything below 18 degrees. Cool is anything you’d have to put a jumper on to feel comfortable in.

(SIDE RANT: If you see someone being picked on, it is okay to physically intervene only under the threat of injury or life. Once the confrontation is over find an adult IMMEDIATELY. Ignore all the bullshit social stigmas about telling on people, if someone is being physically or verbally abused you tell someone! It’s a common courtesy. WAS a common courtesy.)

Bullies 13-18, quick lesson for you. The 13-18 age gap is VERY small compared to the one you enter when you turn 19, you’re not going to be able to survive simply by flexing your muscles, acting tough and attacking anyone you feel like. There a people in the next age gap who will beat the piss out of you if you even rub them the wrong way. What happens then huh!? When you’ve been beaten up or verbally assaulted like your victims, what are you going to do? Shit all your tough guy act is going to do for you. When you’ve bullied you’re way through 13-18 one of the most important sections of your life, there will be NO ONE to help you when you’re on the receiving end. You’re “friends” won’t help you, your teachers won’t help you, life won’t help you. Because you have alienated all the important people in your life through being a self-centred ignorant jerk all you will have to help you is yourself and you’re going to feel exactly like your past victims because of it.

13-18 year olds… SHAPE UP AND GROW UP!

Thank you to anyone who read all the way to the end I commend you! The issue of youth bullying is one the continues year after year regardless of all that is being done to combat it because kids keep finding ways to just be generally rude. Please take a moment to share this to your page or message it to your friends, doing so only takes a few clicks and can mean so much in the progression toward the end of senseless bullying. With physical abuse being one of the leading causes of adolescent suicide we need all the help we can get.

As always, many thanks,

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


The internet scares me.

These days we do EVERYTHING on the internet. We socialise, watch tv, buy useless junk and even do our jobs using the internet proving that it can be a truly remarkable thing. Then again it’s full of bigots and ignorant keyboard warriors that make me want to douse my devices in lighter fluid and move to a country that doesn’t have a translation for “internet connection” let alone a signal to watch those utterly STUPID JOHN CEEEEENA “videos”.


The internet WAS a great thing. Truly revolutionary when it was first used as early as the 1960’s, and as it continues to evolve and expand a plethora of great things will come from it’s new uses and the ones yet to be discovered or invented. It’s astonishing how far such a useful tool has come… So much so if you stuck yourself in a time machine, went back 30 or so years and told someone about the way the internet is today, it’s QUITE LIKELY they call you mad. Kind of like that scene in Back to the Future 3 where Doc Brown is telling people in the bar about what the future’s like.

If I could I’d give the internet and ALL of it’s users a slightly vigorous fast paced slow clap for how AMAZING we’ve all been. BUT I CAN’T so I WON’T.


Of ALL the good uses the internet can be used for, “people” (re-enter the bigots and ignorant keyboard warriors) still chose to go and be a mophead and ruin one of if not the greatest invention this planet has EVER seen.

The internet is MEANT to be for fun, easy access, exciting and  slightly A LOT unsociable entertainment instead of abusing people you don’t know just because you can or because “it’s fun”. If you want to make someone angry, go outside and do it. That way you’ll at least get some benefit from the physical activity actually going somewhere and increased respiratory activity provides.

PRETTY PLEASE can we just go back to the internet that was Myspace top fives and adorable cat videos!?


Blogging is a lifestyle.

Two years ago I created An Opinionated World as a way to pass the time, as a way to share my thoughts and ideas with a world that often ignored people’s opinions on topics or areas they’re not “experts” on. Shortly after, I became addicted. I was posting 2-3 times a day multiple times a week, they weren’t even remotely good (trust me, they were doozies) but I was committed so I kept at it. Not long after I dropped down to posting 2-3 times and then eventually once a week but had become more confident in my content as I got better. A few months into blogging when I dropped down to posting whenever I could scrounge up an idea for a post I realised something that’s been pretty consistent to this day. Blogging is hard!

It’s been 43 days since I last posted something and normally I can find a way to push through a writer’s block and I’d have a post out 2 or 3 weeks later at most, but this is different. In a conversation I had the other day with another blogger I said that life’s a blogger’s kryptonite and regardless of the fact I was the one that said it, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Until we find a way to monetize our blogs and we’re able to focus on blogging more we have jobs, we have school, and we have lives that conflict with blogging.

In hindsight blogging can rather consuming. When I have forced my brain to think of ideas, practically beat myself up for not posting on time and spent an unnecessary amount of time or stayed up way too late to get a post done (I’m doing it as we speak/ type/ read) it would seem like it’s verging on an unhealthy addiction but when the post FINALLY gets out, the thought of people reading my writing makes it all worth it.


The football fan phenomenon/ pastime aggression.

SIDE NOTE: When I say football I mean the AFL (Australian Football League) not Soccer, NFL or even the American AFL (Arena Football League).

For the longest of time I had nothing close to a solid idea as to why it is people get so worked up about a football game. I go to football games (not so much anymore) and often see one of the many players on the ground will get tackled in a somewhat iffy way. After the player is tackled and both men/ all involved hit the ground one of the most annoying noises in the world (in my opinion) then ensues. Tens of thousands of fans roaring at the umpire all at once hoping he’ll make the call they want followed by close to half of those fans groaning/roaring/swearing-in displeasure and while the other half are high-fiving and ALMOST spilling their beer mid celebration.

It absolutely astounds me as to how much emotion could come out of something so simple. Seriously! The umpire has made his decision, fat lot of good whining and complaining like five-year olds is going to do. After some careful research and some risky first hand experience I have discovered why it is such a reaction takes place. Pastime aggression.

Pastime aggression is like passive aggression where a particular person is taking out their anger indirectly using a favourite pastime or hobby, in this case AFL. Or at least yelling at the umpires at the AFL.

I can understand being passionate about a sport and getting emotional about it, I have had a few of those moments in my time but when it gets to the point where people are hurling abuse at other people, players or umpires, that’s where I draw the line. There’s completely no need to get aggressive at all let alone that aggressive, the game’s going to over in within a few hours and there’s going to be another game next week. Why can’t people have their moments and get over it. I’ve seen pastime aggression so extensive that it almost caused a fight. Naturally egos are going to clash and people are ALWAYS going to think that their team is better than everyone else’s, but people really don’t need to be getting into fights about it.

Pastime aggression can come in all shapes and sizes. Have you ever been pastime aggressive? Have you seen any good examples? If so leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!



Blogging misconceptions

There must be something in the water, because I’m not honestly sure what it is that prompts some of the ideas I’ve heard and seen based around blogging. My theory is a mixture of facts or information people get from real bloggers and the ideas people get from movie/TV portrayals of bloggers. Although most of the portrayals are somewhat accurate, occasionally there are ones that are somewhat… Creative. So here and now I just want to clear up/ give my view on some of the blogging-based misconceptions I have heard of:

  1. Blogging is for sharing your feelings: Okay I can admit this much is true but in a completely different way to what is often thought of, primarily when people are taking at blogging. Blogging covers a wide array of topics ranging from blogs for movie buffs to cooking blogs to blogs like mine where people just speak their minds. Blogging IS NOT just people confessing their feelings like it were an online diary, it does happen but it’s only one of the many uses a blog can have.
  2. Blogging is easy: With or without a common theme to your blog, writing consistent content isn’t always a walk in the park. I personally have gone from writing multiple posts a week to multiple posts a month to one post a week consistently, thinking of a new topic for each and every post can be difficult. On one circumstance I went a month without posting anything because I couldn’t think of a topic that felt right to me.
  3. Getting followers is easy: It is highly unlikely that a blogger is going to become popular as soon as they start blogging. Much like speech writing or novel-writing blogging is about getting the reader’s attention and with out word of mouth and a little bit of luck, getting followers isn’t an instantaneous occurrence. Without people knowing your blog exists or where to find it, the viewer and follower count isn’t likely to go up.
  4. Bloggers don’t know what they’re talking about: This one in particular is a misconception that seriously annoys me. IT seems to be a common thought that just because bloggers aren’t experts in all the areas they cover they have no idea what they’re talking about therefore their opinions are irrelevant. This couldn’t be any less wrong. Bloggers are some of the most passionate and achieved writers I’ve ever seen and research their ideas before posting to their sites. Posting without knowing what you’re talking about can seriously hurt credibility, the last thing a blogger wants.
  5. Blogging is just a hobby: like I just said, bloggers are some of the most passionate writers I have ever seen. Some bloggers blog to make money by definition making it a job and not a hobby but even with a separate job blogging is more than a hobby. For bloggers (including my self) blogging is an escape, a way to release stress and get away from anything causing troubles in daily life.

Blogging is more than some people make it out to be, don’t let a biased opinion or someone trying to bring it down influence you and make you feel otherwise.