Do you ever feel cripplingly awkward? Yes, it is going to sound self-centred, BUT do you ever feel like the whole entire world is just staring at you? And you are so afraid to move or breathe or blink you just stay planted to the spot? Standing like a stone pillar? Just standing and hoping that the earth will open up and swallow you whole or the skies will become infested with aliens who will laser beam you upwards or the walls will envelop you?
‘Why don’t you drink?,’ is a question I’ve been asked more times than I care for. Pubs and clubs are so central to adult life, so many feel like they need to drink, to be drunk in a social environments to have fun, to fit in. Why does it matter if I don’t drink or if I’ve never been drunk? I still have fun, I relax and you know what I remember all of it, I don’t need to piece together any of the night before or stay in bed the next day.
Recently a friend of mine who has a wonderful blog questioned her self worth in line with her blog value. It reminded me of Essena O’Neill’s sudden departure from social media and the influence social media holds over teenagers, specifically girls.
In regards to Essena O’Neill I’ve seen many people create an argument for pro-Essena or pro-social media. However I don’t believe it is that simple.
I recently started watching the TedTalk LifeHack series and although this series contains different episodes there was one which resonated with me greatly. The talk made me feel powerful, inspired and positive about being confident within myself.
The first weekend of 2015 has already passed us by. Though we all make resolutions at the beginning of the year but keeping to them isn’t quite so simple. We often forget the habits we have developed are influenced by our surroundings.
Sometimes in life you just have moments and words that stay with you. This past year, more so early 2014 I tried to live by these words of wisdom: ‘This is a moment, it will pass’ and ‘It’s only awkward if you make it awkward.’
After the first week hype of the New Year we all start to fall back into old habits which start to creep in and those resolutions …well our determination starts to fade. So think of this post as a reminder, a gentle nudge to get you back to your determined self, the feeling you had on the 1st January 2015 00:01 as the fireworks cracked in the sky, the resolutions and promises you made to yourself aren’t in vain.
You are young, healthy-ish (those pot noodles are not helping), fresh-faced, eager and slightly foolish enough to venture into the unknown. Now I’m not recommending we put ourselves in danger – but when you are young, you are foolish and that makes everything a little more fun – being slightly foolish, though slightly mortifying looking back as an adult, is completely awesome as a 20-something year old.