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Everything wrong with your friends

Now, there are probably a lot of things wrong with your friends. Maybe they send you memes on Instagram from private accounts that you don't follow or maybe they insist on having ketchup with every meal. Friends come in all shapes and sizes and although we strive to be effective allies to our nearest and dearest we often get it wrong. I don't know if you know this but humans aren't always rational. We do dumb things, we make uninformed decisions and generally just get things wrong. Which is okay for the most part. However in regards to the people we call our friends we expect certain qualities.

That time I was stopped and searched

If you're looking for me to validate your feelings about the police then let me tell you right now I am not going to do that. If you need to fuel your own biases and opinions then go to Twitter. I am not here to tell you what to think or reinforce any beliefs you may already have. I am not here to say that racism infests the judicial system nor am I here to argue the opposite. I just want to give an honest and frank account about the time I was stopped and searched by the police.

A list of Netflix and Amazon Prime recommendations

I'm sure during lockdown we have all rinsed the streaming services. Now is a great time to explore new films and television shows that you may not have watched if you're weren't confined to your homes for 3 months. I've put together a list of some TV shows and films that I have enjoyed from both Netflix and Amazon Prime. Some of these are ones that I watched a while back and some I discovered during lockdown. Nevertheless they're all worth a watch because I don't recommend garbage.

It’s okay to care what other people think about you

It's time to normalise this. You're gonna hear a lot of people round you preaching the idea that you shouldn't let the opinions of other people affect what you want to do in life. At face value, a normal sentiment and one that I think the majority of people would agree with. I mean for … Continue reading It’s okay to care what other people think about you

Why working with children is one of the best things you can do.

Of course it is sad that children won't be able to have their home away from home for a summer but when put into perspective, if you can't guarantee a safe environment, then there's no question. But camp will survive. This has got me thinking though, and this is a post I've been meaning to write for a while. I've dedicated my last 7 summers working with children in the US and I wanted to just shed some light on why working with children is perhaps one of the best things you can do.

How to have a conversation

I'm sure you are all in a similar situation where the stresses of quarantine and self isolation has you speaking to yourself more than you usual. Maybe you're reflecting on your career, relationships or just generally other issues that plague our society other than Covid-19. When you delve deep into the rabbit hole that is YouTube you never knew how passionate you felt about The Slow Food Movement (Look it up).

Putting it into Perspective

Let me preface this whole thing by posing a question to you. Have you ever complained, or got really caught up about something that just seemed silly or unimportant? I believe we call these "First World Problems". For example not being able to decide which of your £100 trainers to wear or whether to put your tomatoes on the side of your plate or throw them straight in the trash. The basis of the "First World Problem" issue isn't actually that these aren't real problems, because they are, but they're not real problems in relation to other things that are happening in the world, often things that are not even happening to us.