A lesson from my travels

I have recently arrived home from my travels in Spain. I’d been out in Barcelona for two months. But my time here is only a fleeting visit, in ten days I’ll be off once more, 4 weeks working and travelling around Germany. A case of “Hi and bye”. I really enjoyed my trip to Barcelona, it…

Acting

We are all actors. We try to portray to the outside world what we believe to be the best version of ourselves – through social media as well as our ordinary, everyday interactions. But it’s just a façade that we hide behind. We attempt to conceal our struggles from one another in an effort to…

Looking for a place to call home

I’ve been in Barcelona for nearly 6 weeks now. Time has flown by. I can’t believe that I’ve already been here so long. I’ve enjoyed myself, don’t get me wrong, but it hasn’t all been plain sailing. The first few days after I arrived were difficult, and so has been the past week or so….

A conundrum

I have a conundrum. A very close friend of mine is struggling. He’s struggling with the pressures that society puts on us, as well as his own high expectations of his work. I want to help him. To reach out. My words won’t cure him, but I hope that they’d make him feel less alone…

Learning opportunities

The importance of our attitude towards failure is rarely acknowledged, but it is a significant relationship that can define how we react to the numerous setbacks and challenges we all face. Failure is not a permanent condition, yet it is also at the root of so many of our anxieties – the belief that when…

Adulthood

Being an adult is tough. It’s much, much harder than we are led to believe. Even as an adult you don’t just suddenly have it made. Things don’t just fall in to place overnight. We’re all still searching, trying to find our place in this world irrespective of our age. How many of you know…

Opening up

The truth is it doesn’t matter who you open up to – a doctor, a family member, a friend, a complete stranger online – the important thing is to just say something. Give the world a chance to hear your voice. Speak up. Voice your concerns, your worries, and your anxieties. Opening up to someone,…

TEFL

I haven’t been totally honest with you recently. I’ve been hiding something… I’ve moved. I’ve moved abroad. I’m currently out in Spain, in Barcelona. Why? Well, I’ve flown out here to do a TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) which starts today. If I succeed and everything goes to plan then I’d be…

Why I blog

My blog is a little over 3 years old now. Originally it was just a way to address my day to day grievances, but now it is home to a more permanent ideal that I try to live by: openness and honesty with regards to my mental health. Hypocrisy you might think, considering that this…

Just listen

We all question whether we’ll know what to say if a close friend opens up to us. We wonder whether we’ll be able to say the words that shows them comfort and support. But we’re overthinking it. We make it more difficult than it needs to be. This conversation, if it ever arises, is not…

Marathon thoughts…

Today, not only would I like write about my experience of competing in the Greater Manchester Marathon earlier this month, I’d like to share with you some more personal truths that this event has brought to my attention… But firstly, I must say that the residents of Manchester deserve a huge shoutout for lining the…

I’m only 21…

I am well aware that I have a lot to learn. I don’t pretend to know everything or to understand everything that happens to me and to you. Life is complicated. I’m only 21. I’m naive. Many beliefs I hold strongly today I shall look back on with raised eyebrows, wondering how I could be…