Bonus Poem: I was reading different articles about Greta Thunberg, and the startling difference in opinion towards her, like Britain's democracy crisis, inspired me to write this: "The Greta Thunberg Divide" Disillusionment and crisis. Mocking and idolising. The people and the parliament. (and the People stuck in the middle.) Confusion and clarity. Capitalism and charity. … Continue reading “The Greta Thunberg Divide” – Bonus Poem
This week the UK has been in political turmoil. It's two easy words to type: political turmoil, but it encapsulates so much chaos and confusion. There's disinformation, there's bias, there's complexity. There are people on every side who think that their opponents are "the bad guys". It's manageable one minute, and devastating the next. And … Continue reading 5 Simple Rules To Solve Brexit Divisions
There's a shortage of validation for mental health. For most people, the advice they get when they are struggling is generic, archaic, unhelpful, not relatable, or all of the above. If you've been through this yourself, or have tried to help someone else, you'll know it's often hard to know what to say outside … Continue reading My Top 6 Easy Tips for Awesome Validation in Mental Health
It's a short post this week, as I've been away for a music festival and am also starting a new job this week. I am doing better at posting something every single week. It's been made a lot easier by having a job that allows me regular Monday to Friday hours, and I hope I … Continue reading Can Persistence Pay Off For You, Specifically?
This week I wanted to write about the fine line between finding yourself, and escaping from yourself. It's hard to put into words, so I hope this poem makes sense. Pains ( A Glittering Gown) Are you depressed or are you deep? Inspired or insane? Going through a bad time or growing through a bad … Continue reading Does Belief have Limits? (feat. a poem)
Ethical consumerism is a tricky beast. On one hand, you want to buy ethically and not contribute to exploitative tax-avoiding planet-killing companies. On the other, you only have a limited budget and time, and the alternatives can be hard to find and expensive. https://youtu.be/OagTXWfaXEo Fear not, for your efforts are meaningless! To be exact, your … Continue reading 3 Ways To Make Ethical Consumerism Make a Difference
Being true to yourself is a common theme of self help. The advice is generally that being your authentic self will ultimately not be penalised, and that by letting go of hiding your anxieties, you will become more confident and relaxed. Self-help as a genre is divisive. People either lap it up, or view it … Continue reading How To Like Yourself Even When The World Says No
Yesterday I heard a radio conversation about it being 3 years since the referendum. I listened to people calling in and talking about why they voted and if they would change their minds. Few would. I think this is because the referendum represented far more than just the deceptively simple "in or out of the … Continue reading Brexiteer or Remoaner? You’re both part of the Stalemate, and that’s a good thing.
A popular image of the SJW is that of a self-appointed, brutal and totalitarian thought-policing dictatorship, completely opposed to free speech and any expression of dissent. It’s not a well-liked representation. However whilst student activists exercising their democratic right to protest is hardly an abuse of power, there is a grain of truth to this … Continue reading Reformed SJW Thought Police? How I learned to be gentler with myself and others.
Something I’ve been noticing a lot recently is the absurdity of the ad break in TV. More specifically, the contrast in “entertainment”. I go abruptly from watching something I have enjoy, to watching a series of seconds-long clips selling everything under the sun. Both will try to grab my attention and entertain me, but only … Continue reading Who’s In Control of Your Ad-Break?