When it comes to my writing, or any other aspect of my life I enjoy and/or feel is important, I will occassionally have wobbles. It doesn’t matter what feedback I get or the support I have, sometimes self-doubt and fear creeps in and stops me from moving forward. Stops me from writing the post or doing the thing that scares me. It can be difficult to get yourself out of those ruts, but I’ve found a number of songs that will give me a kick up the bum, reignight my passion, and get me moving. I thought I would share some of them with you today. Continue reading
In honour of today being International Poetry Day, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite poems. I will bolden my favourite lines, but not in the first, because the whole thing is just brilliant. Enjoy!
The Sick Rose by William Blake
I’ve had a list of things I’d like to do before I die saved to a draft email for quite some time now, but haven’t done anything with it. But having had my birthday a couple of days ago (a reminder of getting older), struggling because my Nan wasn’t here for it (a reminder of how life is short), and seeing the movie How to Be Single, a fantastic movie about figuring out who you are on your own and doing all those things you want to but can’t exactly do when in a relationship, I got to thinking that maybe I should actually try and do something with this list of mine. And what better way to try and make sure I do these things than posting it here, where other people can see it?
I’m not giving myself a time limit. I’m not saying these things have to be done by a certain age. There just here, to be completed in my lifetime. Some of these things are more acheivable than others, so I’m splitting my list into two; those things that are acheivable, and those that are unlikely to happen. Continue reading
It’s 2016, and a lot of people are making New Year’s Resolutions, to finally start something they’ve always wanted to, or to give up bad habits. It’s not exactly a resolution, but I’ve decided I want to write more letters.
When I was younger, I collected stamps. Well, I still do, but it’s less frequest that I sit down with my album and add the stamps I’ve collected (Shh, stamps are like minature pieces of art). As a young teenager, I was a member of the now defunct Royal Mail Children’s The Collectors Club. The Collector’s Club had a penpal scheme, through which I formed a friendship that lasted into my early twenties, and discovered a love of handwritten letters. Continue reading
There’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, and feel the need to discuss. On Celebrity Big Brother recently, the housemates were asked, during to ask, to discuss whether or not people who have cosmetic surgery are good role models or not.
I object to this question. I think it’s the wrong thing to ask. Of course, it’s Celebrity Big Brother, so with housemates such as Alicia Douvall, Katie Price, Michelle Visage and Cami Li, who have all had cosmetic surgery, and Katie Hopkins who had previously made comments about Alicia’s appearance, it was all to cause arguments and TV. A good debate is not what they were after, but instead for people to get wound up.
But who says a person who has cosmetic surgery – whether they are in the public eye or not – should be a role model at all? I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure when a person decides to have surgery to change their appearance, whatever their reasons, they’re not really thinking about whether they’ll be a good or bad role model. It’s a personal choice. It’s their choice, and I don’t think we should be laying blame at their doors for low self-esteem and self-confidence in some young men and women, or whatever it is we’re blaming them for by considering them bad role models.
For context’s sake, I have not had cosmetic surgery, nor do I imagine I will, unless it was for medical reasons. As far as I’m aware, nor do I know anyone who has had plastic surgery. So I’m not coming at this as someone who is a fan or for cosmetic surgery, I’m kind of neutral on the topic. My only thoughts are worries about the possible self-esteem issues of those who have surgery, but that’s a conversation to have with individuals who would allow me, rather than a “preachy” blog post.
I just think it’s wrong that we think it’s any of our business to comment one way or the other on what a person chooses to do with their bodies. Look how we all started criticising Renée Zellweger when those photos appeared last year and people were talking about her alleged surgery. I’ll put my hands up and say I myself made some comments I shouldn’t have, until I saw a Tweet that has made me view those who choose to have surgery differently.
At the end of the day, I know that how I look, how I present myself and what I choose to do with my body was my business alone. That’s what we all think, right? Maybe we should start thinking the same about others, as well as ourselves.
Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice, and it’s not our business or place to comment on other people’s bodies.