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Monthly Archives: May 2015

You’re allowed your bad days.

Everybody gets them. Whoever says they don’t is lying. Whoever says they have them all the time, every single day, is also lying. Sure you can have a long streak of bad days, but that doesn’t mean all days will be bad. There will be good days, and if by any chance some of you reading this don’t believe that, well, come back to this on on of those good days, and read this:

I told you so

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– amillennialsmind (31/05/15)

Some days are just the worst, and the next two days might also be just the worst. But hey, just think, at the end of whatever it is getting you down you can say “I did that…I did that!” then you can go and kick more butt!

What if it’s really bleak?

Don’t want to hear it. Don’t care. Nothing is so bleak that you can’t come out of the end of it, and still carry on as you intended. Absolutely nothing. You need to set yourself a goal, and be realistic. Don’t set a goal of playing rugby on the moon with Jeff Goldblum, or something like that that’s equally as stupid. Set yourself a goal, and head for it, don’t stop. Just go for it. Before you know it, you’ll have achieved that goal, and you’ll have a positive you can attribute to yourself. No one can take that from you. That, is such a good feeling.

Just need time?

Also fine! Go and grab your significant other, your friend with benefits, a film, your teddy bear, a homeless man whatever you need, grab it/them and just chill out with them. Take as long as you need. Just so long as you get your head together, and then get straight back to it when you feel better! Don’t get into the habit of moping around and feeling sorry for yourself however!

Look after yourself!

You are singly the best and only thing to help through the bad days, look after yourself!

Someday everything will fit right into place for you!

Sleep well!

This needs to be talked about, this is important.

“I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity”

– Cardinal Pietro Parolin

“DEFEAT FOR HUMANITY”?! Are you aware of the actual definition of “Humanity” is, Mr Parolin? Are you? Because I don’t think you are. I’ll tell you anyway, just in case you don’t know (I’m 90% sure you don’t already know). Google has the definition of ‘Humanity’ as follows:
humanity definitionSee that last one? See it? AND can you see the synonyms? One of them is “Tolerance”, in case you can’t see it.

Why is the recent vote results of Ireland’s gay marriage referendum a “Defeat for humanity”? Is it because it goes against what you believe to be the correct way to live a life? Well, let me tell you something, allowing gay marriage in Ireland was  VOTED for by  nearly 62% of the voters in Ireland. Nearly 62%! That’s winning by a margin of nearly 11%! That’s not a small margin, a lot of people voted in favour of this new legislation to legalise gay marriage. Dude this is huge step forward in getting people all of the rights that they deserve. Everybody should welcome and celebrate this fact. Everyone.

Gays are contributing members of society, so they deserve this right!

While yes, I agree, there are some homosexuals that are horrible people, absolutely horrible people. Some serial killers have been known to kill to fulfil their disturbing homosexual desires. Yes, these homosexuals, not really the people we want in society. But let me tell you something else! THERE ARE MORE HETEROSEXUAL SERIAL KILLERS THAN HOMOSEXUAL SERIAL KILLERS. There are a lot of homosexuals that do a lot of good in society, and society would be missing something without them. I can give you a list of homosexual people who actively,and/or positively contributed to society. Here goes…

  1. Alan Carr
    While I’m not a fan of him myself, he does bring laughter to thousands, if not millions of people. He is an entertainer, and for those who are fans of him, he is priceless. They’ll never again find another Alan Carr if he was to disappear.
  2.  Tim Cook
    He is currently the CEO of Apple Inc. Whether you are a fan of Apple products or not, you cannot deny that they help expand and improve the technologies that we have today, making everyone’s lives just that little bit simpler by having all their devices connected. Taken a picture? Save it to both your phone and your laptop.
  3. Freddie Mercury
    Before you say it, yes I know. Freddie Mercury is no longer with us. But how does that take away from the fact that he is the reason some people have some unforgettable memories? Or that he and his band Queen created some of the best timeless rock tracks? Tracks still enjoyed by heterosexuals and homosexuals alike, all over the world. Queen is one of the best-selling bands of all time, a lot of their best tracks feature Freddie Mercury’s vocals.
  4. Sir Ian McKellen
    Fantastic actor. Gandalf and/or Magneto couldn’t be played by anyone else. It just wouldn’t be the same, and no one will be able to replace him!

Do I need to continue?

The point I’m trying to make is that not all homosexual people are evil, and need to be shoved out of mind. Most (By that I mean, nearly all of them) are just people like me, like my neighbours, like the girl who sits next to me in Chemistry and like the guy in the Co-op that gave me that chocolate bar, free, because he couldn’t be bothered to scan it through to the till.

Even those in your religion are realising that you can’t keep denying people rights, because they’re different.

The Archbishop of Dublin, who is, incidentally, one of Ireland most senior Catholic officials, has stated that the church needs a “Reality check”. Times are changing, people are changing, opinions are changing. Mr Parolin, you are living in an outdated world, and you need to leave it and join an increasing number of people, religious and otherwise, in this new and more tolerant world. It’ll do you good to stop hating on specific groups of people. It really will.

Mr Parolin, your religious leader, Pope Francis, himself, said in 2013:

“If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”

If you Religious leader is for accepting the homosexual community into the Church, then why can’t you do the same? It won’t harm anyone.

I’ll tell you what will harm people…

You, spreading such hate about the gay community! Teens that haven’t yet come out, are terrified a lot of the time to do so! Because people like you, who are unfortunately very influential, are spreading such disgusting things about them. There’s nothing wrong with them! It’s not a choice, before you, or anyone else for that matter comes out with that old excuse. Do you think they’d choose to enter into a life of bullying and torment? No, they wouldn’t. I certainly wouldn’t want to do that.

Did you know that 30% of completed teenage suicides are because the victim is unsure of his/her sexual orientation or because they were bullied because they’re young men who find men attractive, or because they are young women who find other women attractive?

No. I don’t think you did. You just spread this hate without first thinking of the consequences. That, that is disgusting.

Your words won’t just harm teens/young adults, but fully grown adults too!

I just… Ugh, why is it so difficult to accept the LGBT community?

There’s nothing wrong with them. Nothing at all. They are people too, and you should start seeing them as such. They deserve the right to marry as much as heterosexual couples. You’re worried about it ruining the whole family unit ideology, why? What’s wrong with two dads, or two mums? Personally I don’t see how this is could be a bad thing. Stop living in your Medieval world Mr Parolin, and join us here in the 21st Century, the date is now the 28/05/15, and I’m sure it’s going to be a fine day for everyone fortunate enough to wake up into it.

I just like to say…

The LGBT community is just as important as anyone else, and they deserve to be treated as such. I hope that many, many countries follow in Ireland footsteps.

Equality is what “This” is, and it does need to be talked about, because it is important.

Have a nice day!

I don’t understand why the dark is so bad…

Okay, I understand why it might be scary for younger kids, because they don’t know what’s in the dark, and what they don’t know scares them. That’s how they grow up to become adults, because if they’re scared and/or cautious of something they don’t know or don’t understand, it’s less likely to be able to kill them. So kudos little ones!

But with older kids, teenagers and adults, that understand that so long as your wardrobe door is shut, nothing can come out and hurt you, why is the dark so bad?

It’s unknown…

The dark is an exciting place! There’s so much that is unknown, doesn’t that excite you? I will happily walk about in the middle of the night, it’s amazing. Aren’t you interested to see what could be out there in the dark? Like the nocturnal animals? Oh and an urban environment in the dark is a stunning sight. The night sky is beautiful too, away from the light pollution of cities. Who is going to argue with me about this being a beautiful picture?

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Nobody. That’s who. And if someone would like to argue with me about it, I’d like to see them come up with a compelling argument as to why I’m wrong, I’m genuinely interested to hear it.

Don’t you just want to walk around at night and just have nobody around, no cars (Or depending where you live, fewer cars), nobody shouting or screaming, it can just be you and your thoughts? It’s honestly one of the best experiences ever, for me personally anyway. I would highly recommend it.

Okay, so there are dangers…

There are obviously dangers with the dark, it’s remarkably easy to break your leg while out walking in the dark, or to get lost. Getting lost is potentially one of the worst as even with the most strongest of minds, if you’re lost, in the dark, panic will quickly set in. That will also make breaking your leg somewhat easier, and more likely to happen. If that’s your goal then by all means! Go and get lost, but I didn’t tell you to do it.

If you’re going to go out in the dark, just make sure you have a light of some description, you don’t have to use it, but just have one with you (The torch on your phone I find is more than adequate), also a phone, that’s not dead, just in case it goes pear-shaped. If you’re just out sitting and enjoying the view of the night sky, then you’ll likely be perfectly safe, but if you’re walking that’s when I find problems can arise, via injury, for instance.

For me…

For me, someone who’s not too fond of people. Don’t get me wrong, some people I think are absolutely amazing, some of my friends are, in my opinion, better than anyone you know. One of my friends built a friendship with a moth, and if you don’t think that’s cool then you are lacking some imagination. You can read a little about the moth, he was called Phil, on her blog actually – wordsunplugged.wordpress.com. But generally? People aren’t for me, I find it hard to get on with them. I think I enjoy my own company far too much (Oh man, I’m going to be so alone, but that’s cool, I’m cool).

I went off on a little bit of a tangent there, my apologies, yes, for me the dark is the most excellent of places. There’s nobody about, and I can just sit and enjoy the nothingness that might be around me, it is a peaceful place for me. Sometimes I think back to when I was younger, and wonder why I didn’t enjoy the dark as much. Damn kid, you were missing out!

There is so much wonder I find in what you can observe in the dark. Foxes foraging for food, for instance, left overs that humans just threw out. To look up at the night sky and, more often than not, remind myself of this quote from Douglas Adams:

“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

After having reminded myself of that genius, from Douglas Adams (R.I.P), I then try to imagine what’s out there! What if there really is a restaurant at the end of the universe? What if the nearest planet to harbour life is only in the next star system? Imagine it being so close? Just 4.37 light years away! I’m aware that a light year is 9.461×1012 km, but astronomically that is like from your house to the village shop, it’s hardly anything. I want an alien friend. I’d call him Small Stevey, regardless of his size relative to mine, he’ll be Small Stevey.

It’s not for everyone I suppose

I know it’s not for everyone, I’m not stupid enough to try and get you all to believe that the dark is the best thing since sliced bread. I do find it hard sometimes to understand why some people find it to be such a bad thing.

I still stand by what I said earlier, nobody can say that the night sky isn’t a beautiful sight. I’d love to be good enough with a camera to take such great shots, unfortunately I don’t actually have the time or the money right now to be pursuing that hobby. I’d never make a living out of it, that’s for sure. I have to get my A-levels done first before I can do anything else. One day maybe.

It is currently 01:20, and so I am going to head off to maybe go to bed, I don’t know that’s not really working out for me. Maybe I’ll watch a film. Interstellar seems appropriate after this.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing this too. Bonus.

So what makes a “Millennial”?

Well as it happens, two people doing the naughty between the early 1980s and the year 2000, at least that’s according to the definition I found on Dictionary.com. They say that a Millennial is;

(usually initial capital letter) Informal. a person born in the 1980s or 1990s, especially in the U.S.; a member of Generation Y

Although there is no set in stone definition of a “Millennial”. For instance, while I was looking for it’s dictionary definition many sites and other sources stated that a millenial is someone who is reaching adulthood about the year 2000, whereas other state that millennials are born between 1982 and 1994, which contradicts my first example of alternate definitions because, I don’t know about you, but a 6 year old child is not an adult in my books. I decided in the end to settle on Dictionary.com’s definition as it fit nicely between the dates stated by some definitions and yet included other definitions (Such as that Millennials were born between 1982 and 1994).

Why are they different?

Millennials are also significantly different from other generations, not just because their birth years might be 30 years apart (Although that is quite a significant difference!). They have been found to be far less religious than previous generations. They are also incredibly well connected, they use social media and mobile phones far more often than older generations (Some may argue that this is just because they’ve grown up with it) and they have an incredible ability to incorporate new technology into their day-to-day lives, according to researchers at the Pew Research Centre in a report published in 2010 (Source: http://pewsocialtrends.org/files/2010/10/millennials-confident-connected-open-to-change.pdf). Millennials also tend to be very well educated, higher education and University educations. While I’m not about to say that previous generations were uneducated and were morons, because that’s a ridiculous thing to say, and who do you think taught the Millennials? Millennials owe the previous generation a thanks for this characteristic, and they also owe it to the fact education is so widely “advertised” for want of a better phrase. The need for and the importance of education is literally everywhere. Your teachers drum it into you at school, your parents do the same at home, your dream job likely requires one. Anyway, I digress!

Millennials generally have quite a positive outlook on the future ahead of them, despite that many in the Western World have economic catastrophes to clean up. The USA has a national debt pile of nearly $17 trillion! And the UK has a national debt of £1.56 trillion! Where’s the money gone!? That’s a question asked by many, and yet the solution is still that Millennial Generation will have to pay off the debt.

I must admit I am one of those Millennials with a positive outlook on the future, I think there’s so many interesting things to come! So many! It’s very exciting! NASA have plans of landing people, actual living people, on Mars sometime in the 2030s. Now don’t tell me that’s not interesting! I’m a bit of a physics and space nerd, so that’s the first example to come to mind, but that’s not to say there won’t be any more interesting things to come. Great works of literature, great films and plays, and maybe a new inspirational band to pack out every single arena they play in. That band to really send a message for change.

As with every generation…

Like many generations before, millennials have experienced events specific to their generation. September 11th, 2001, the Iraq war, and the War in Afghanistan. Despite these devastating events, there was no collective reaction to these events, now you can argue with me that the mourning, from around the world, and then the invasion of Iraq were reactions to 9/11. However what I mean is, for instance the Boomers generation actively protested the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, peaking in 1968.

We are Millennials.

So we are the Millennial Generation, Generation Y. We are here to stay, and I sincerely hope that our positive hopes for the future become a reality. I also hope that our closeness with technology doesn’t backfire and our own technology turns us into slaves.

I would like to think you’ll enjoy reading what goes on in the mind of a younger Millennial.

Have a good day!