This is my philosophy

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Finding My Passion

I was recently going through a self-development exercise and one of the questions was asking “What’s your passion?” It wasn’t until I began thinking about it I realised I’m not that passionate about anything, I’m not sure whether it’s a symptom of the slight depressive state I’m in or what. Is this a problem? “Who am I?”. “What is my purpose in life?”. “Does it really, cosmically speaking, matter if I don’t get up and go to work?” H2G2 (Fit the Fourth) Scene 4 Don’t get me wrong, there are things I enjoy but very little that gets me fired up – often I feel very ‘meh’. TV shows I used to watch religiously, now I’m like “Do I really want to watch this?”. Music is...

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So I went to the Oscars…

Not the real Oscars stoopid. My daughter’s school held their own version of the Oscars to present awards to the Media Studies & Film Studies 6th form students. We were asked to dress up, there were nibbles (no alcohol), and then there was the ceremony. There were two distinct areas – print & film. The students had to create print or video campaigns or short films on various subjects, some of which they chose themselves and the standard was amazing. It was great to see how socially aware and creative these 16 – 18yr olds were, so many times teenagers are dismissed for being selfish, thoughtless, and other negative attributes but these films and print presentations showed a totally different aspect. One campaign for child abuse was so...

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Learning Bravery

Almost two years ago I started a course run by Chris Brogan called Brave New Year (yes, I know it wasn’t new year at the time but it was a new beginning I guess). It made me think, it actually made me depressed, but I am working my way through the grey clouds and starting to make some changes. There’s one change I have yet to make but my bravery falters everytime I think of it so it stays, a niggle that I realise I cannot do anything about right now. However, the rest of me and my life has made a shift, I still have to work on my bravery and it will always be an ongoing project I believe, yet It has had an effect and I feel better for it. I have begun to take a few chances, to try new adventures, to think big rather than confine myself. Because of...

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Why all the ‘selfies’?

You’ll maybe have noticed lately that I have been posting pics of myself and having my social media avatars as actual pics of me rather than cartoons etc. You may be wondering why? You may also be wishing I’d stop – but that’s your problem not mine. It’s partly due to ‘being brave’ but also to do with me, my self-esteem, my depression. I want to document for myself that I can look good, that I can be happy – the photos are reminders of the times they were taken and how I felt. But then, the camera can lie can’t it? I am in no way looking for sympathy, for compliments, for opinions. What I am doing is my small attempt to try and lift my grey attitude into the colour spectrum, to find the violet-purple, the...

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I See Dead People

I came across this article via my Google+ feed – a company wants to create avatars of dead people based on their Facebook profile. It generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to, your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past. I don’t know about you but this idea totally freaks me out. Sure, I would like people to remember me fondly when I am gone and I know that often we ‘talk’ in our minds with those who have passed but creating an autonomous avatar is a different thing entirely. How accurate could they make it? Would it really reflect your true opinions and give the advice that you would give? As time passes the...

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