Friday, 13 October 2017

Nobody Cares. So Do What You Love.


I wasn't the type of child that knew exactly what I wanted to do when I was older. I was that kid, the one that wanted to be an actress one week and an airplane pilot the other. In my childhood, I didn't see the love I would develop for books and my interest in neurological psychology.  Through my teen years, I was mostly lost. I thought I wanted to be a journalist, but I was never sure. How I found out what I really liked was Psychology, that deserves a whole new post, maybe someday.

Today, however, I want to talk about something somewhat cliché. Which is following your dreams, your goals and your own path.

If I had a penny for every time I heard someone tell me Psychology is a useless degree, I wouldn't need to work anymore.  I can provide you with many links showing it is not. In fact, Psychology is growing more and more each year, and it is much needed. But alas, who cares?! That's right, people don't usually care.

 *A quick disclaimer though; There are a lot of people who will support you along the way and people who have personally motivated me to follow my own path. This post isn't to put you down, rather lift you up, perhaps, if you need it. *

Psychology specifically is a career that actually can provide a good salary (at least here in Ireland). But, like everything in life, it doesn't come easy. You need to have a masters, PhD and experience to actually see a good salary in Psychology.  It is possible, it is there, it just isn't easy.

But, lets not get focused on Psychology though, this really is about anything you want to do. For example: You may want to do a History degree, or a Latin Language degree and so on. There will be people who will tell you, you shouldn't do it and it is a waste of time. Because those kind of people are everywhere. They are the type of people that usually don't really know what they are talking about, or really has nothing better to say. I have questioned each person that told me "Psychology is useless" and none of them actually knew anything in depth about the profession. Most people weren't even aware that Psychology/Psychologists aren't just "therapy".

Okay, you have talked enough B. What's the point of this post anyway? Well, here is the thing. I have a friend who is studying an Engineer degree, and another who was in her last year of Pharmacy degree and I also know someone who studies Biology. And of course, the most praised areas: Law and Medicine.  You would think: They don't hear this right? They must only get the praise. Well... You are wrong; or at least I was, when I used to think like this. That's right, every single one of those people have heard that their degree was useless and/or a waste of time and money.

Although I have focused on University/College/Higher Education degrees on this post; don't get me wrong. I write this in every area possible, this is about all the goals and dreams you wish to achieve. Please don't get discouraged. Not by money, time, effort, and most importantly, don't get discouraged by people. People who are telling you those kind of things are probably people who are ignorant on the matter or doesn't have your best interest at heart. Either way, there is always a way to make things work. Finance and stability can actually be achieved if you follow your dreams. It might not always be so straight forward, but there is always a way to make things work for yourself. If there are future doctors, lawyers and engineers hearing that what they are doing is useless, and they haven't given up, why would you?


Also, if you are an older person reading this; I might not be as wise or as experienced as you. But, this isn't coming from someone who hasn't lived an adult life. I have lived by myself for four years independently since I was 16. Trust me, I know there are bills to pay, but more importantly, there are dreams to be filled.

Those people who might have discouraged you: They don't really matter, and they don't really care. So you might as well do what you love.




Thursday, 5 October 2017

Five Books to Read this October

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know three things about me:

1. I like books, a lot.
2. I drink way too much coffee.
3. Autumn/Halloween season is one of my favourite times of the year.

So, here I am, on my very first official post combining the two; Books & Spookyness together. You can add your favourite coffee in the mix to make it perfect!  Here are the five books I would recommend you to read this October, some in this list are my all time favourite books.  Reading them in October will give you the extra spooky feeling I wish I had when I read them! I hope you pick any of these books, and if you have read them or plan on reading them let me know? I love talking about books so feel free to comment or message me if you want to!

Through the Woods by Emily Caroll is an amazing graphic novel! It has a stunning artwork throughout the whole graphic novel. The art in this graphic novel is dark and lovely, that is the best way I can put it. There are five creepy stories in this graphic novel and if you are looking for a quick creepy reading, this is definitely what you should pick up!




2. Messenger of Fear (Duology)
The amount of love I have for Michael Grant and his books doesn't fit in writing. Let's just say that Mr. Grant knows how to write in a way that anyone can understand. I feel like his books just easily grasp anybody who wishes to start reading, and comprehend it just as well.  I brought to the Messenger of Fear because I thought the cover was pretty. Really, just like that. When I finally read it, I couldn't be happier. This book deals with an interesting view of the world. This book talks about real life issues while still having a very interesting mix of fiction in it. This book talks about how it is easy for a good person to do bad things, and the consequences they must suffer/deal with. It is truly amazing! And if you liked the first book there is a continuation, The Tattooed Heart which is equally amazing!



3. The Canterville Ghost
If there ever was one of the sassiest gentlemen in history, that must have been Oscar Wilde. I absolutely love his work and his life story is just heartbreaking.  The Canterville Ghost is actually hilarious in my opinion. I wouldn't say it is scary, spooky or creepy. It is just plain funny. But, it does have somewhat of a Halloween vibe to it, as the name suggests the book's main topic is a ghost after all! This is a very short story, a quick read to make you laugh and get you into the Halloween vibe, if you are not too much into scary books!





Coraline by Neil Gaimen is one of my all time favourite books! It is so lovely it is hard to describe why I fell in love with this story. But here is a sum up: Black cat, evil witch, pink house, secret doors, key! (The key is so important!), the creepy vibe in general. This is a children's book, but if you get easily scared like me, it might scare you a little. Coraline is basically a girl who is very bored with her life, her parents ignore her, her new neighbours are weird and it seems like nobody would care if she just disappeared.  And then, she finds this little door, and when she goes through it, she ends up in her living room, expect; Everything is better. She has better parents and better neighbours and everything seems to be going well... How long do you think that lasts? / On a side note: If you are interested in this story, definitely give the movie Coraline (2009) a try! It has a really lovely production and also a very cool soundtrack! 




5. Poems Bewitched and Haunted
This is a very cute little book for all your poem lovers out there. It has collections of all kinds of Halloween related poems. I actually was so happy reading this little book, because I found in it a poem that I have been looking for a very long time and never knew the name (belle dame sans merci).  There is not much to say about this book, it is what it says; A collection of haunted and bewitched poems and they are lovely!



(All pictures are mine!)





I hope you liked this post and it could be useful for you in any way! If you have any thoughts on the things I talked about, feel free to comment, I would love to hear your opinions.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Introduction

Introductions are always difficult for me. It should be easy, right? We introduce ourselves quite frequently on a daily basis. Even when introductions aren't always; "Hi, my name is...", we still introduce ourselves to the world. We introduce ourselves every time we decide to walk out of the door.

So, why are introductions so difficult for me? My best guess would be; I don't usually fit into a box. A category, a stereotype. It is hard for me to say "Hello, I like classic music, but I will dance and sing to the latest Anitta song." or "Hello, I find people interesting, but I spend most of my time alone." Usually that makes little sense to people. But, you see... You don't fit into a box either. Nobody does. Even the box doesn't fit inside "itself".

However,  here is something I will tell you about myself: I enjoy learning.  And, I am only able to learn because there are others who are willing to share, willing to give and willing to teach. Maybe I can do that for someone too, with this blog.


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