Go to school. Take the tests. Let an institution tell you how smart you are by printing a bunch of letters onto a sheet of paper. Go to college and do the same thing. Get a job. Raise a family. Live out your days going to work, providing for the said family and attempting to stay sane until the bitter end. Which could be at any given moment of your life.
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This week’s blog post has spawned from my undertaking of the #530AM challenge, which I will begin Monday the 6th of November and keep up until Wednesday the 6th of December. It’s pretty obvious what the aim of the challenge is but for anyone who still isn’t sure of the premise basically I’m going to wake up at 5:30 AM every day for one whole month. It sounds like a very outlandish challenge I know, but the hint is in the name. It’s a challenge. Boy, do I like a challenge. Not you’re typical cinnamon challenge or salt and ice challenge no. This is a healthy and relatively simple challenge that I believe everyone should try at some time or another in their lives. But I’ve decided that I’m going to try this challenge even if it kills me.
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In a weekend I’ve watched more football matches than I have in the last two years. They were fun to view alright. But the experience as a whole has really made me think about why exactly I don’t go to these games very often or other public events like them for that matter. And it’s definitely begged the question; am I an introvert or a feckin’ eejit..
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You’ll be amazed at what happens when you do.
Lately I’ve found that I’ve started stepping out of my comfort zone, especially when it comes to doing things I wouldn’t normally do or be into.
I realised a couple of years ago that I wasn’t as good at that as I should have been when it came to relationships.
I can recount several times that I’ve been with a friend that’d maybe suggest something to do that they’re really interested in and I’d mentally cringe away from and try to avoid doing at all costs.
It was obviously very selfish of me to do so when I was younger and of course I didn’t realise it then. But as Fleetwood Mac write in their soothing guitar record Landslide,
“Time makes you bolder, children get older and I’m getting older too.”
Basically what I’m trying to say is that since then I’ve noticed that I’ve really tried to push myself to do things that I normally wouldn’t do for the people in my life that ask me to because they enjoy them.
It’s kind of hard to explain with words but I can always do my best.
But why I’m writing about this and why it is of any significance at all is because I’ve noticed and discovered that it makes me significantly happier and aswell as the people I do these things for.
The sole purpose of this piece is to inspire and encourage others to do the same (there I finally managed to condense it down to a sentence!). To reach out of your comfort zones, grab life by the clitoris and do what you don’t.
Shall we begin?
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It takes a lot to achieve a dream. Grit, determination, motivation, resilience, etc. Some people have all of these qualities. Others do not. This difference is what separates the individuals who are more likely to find success in their pursuits and the people who are less likely. But whether or not you have any of these skills is for another day. If you really want to achieve your dreams or ambitions, if you possess any of these abilities or not, at some point in time you’re going to have to answer this question;
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There’s been a lot of inactivity here on this blog for a while now. I thought I might sit down and talk about my noticeable absence but the truth is there’s nothing ‘noticeable’ about it at all. No one cares enough about the blog at this moment in time to actually ask “where’s my content?!”. Which is pretty much fine by me because it puts less pressure on the whole creative process and enables me to just write when I feel like it. Not when I feel like I have to do it because someone’s pestered or asked me to.
Long story short, I haven’t posted in so long because a spanner has been thrown into the works and it has come in the form of tragedy. Without revealing what said tragedy was or still continues to be, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk a little about how it is I’ve been dealing and coping with it and adversity in general.
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If this was the case..
And I was granted one wish from a genie in a bottle that gave out free superpowers, I would pick an ability that actually exists in the world today.
Some people indeed already have this super power and it’s something that can be learnable if you have the right resources.
It’s not super sonic speed.
It’s not teleportation or telekinesis (the ability to read thoughts and move objects with the mind).
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So in the very beginning of a blog’s life there is the networking stage that is necessary to gain a blog’s first users. These users are very important. They are your blog’s bread and butter in the early days of its creation. In this stage you have to go out of your way to make new ‘fwends’ that will with any luck turn into your first evangelists. These usually are fellow bloggers. Finding them can be difficult but if you know what you’re doing it can be done.
One of the ways that I like to do it is setting up a column in my Tweetdeck that shows me a live feed of tweets that include the hashtag #blog.
From this I pick out the good ‘uns. Blogs that show promise.
I will admit there are a few and I have reached out to a couple.
But then there’s the bad ‘uns.
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The other day, I don’t know why, I abnormally went out of my way to do indulge in some self-care. ‘Indulge’ isn’t the right word to use when it comes to self-care though. It suggests that it’s a sort of commodity or treat. Like chocolate for instance.
Anyway my point being that it’s something that I don’t purposely try to do. But I was just in one of those moods where I decided to look after myself for a day.
I did very basic and simple things that I otherwise wouldn’t pay attention to in my daily routine and just enjoyed them for what they were.
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Since it’s featured in the title of this blog I figured I’d go ahead and write about the significance of it.
I’ve always been pretty fascinated by the phenomenon of mentalism. I probably first came across it in the film series Now You See Me. For those of you who are not in the know, it is a series of films, two at current, that follows a group of magicians who were once all standalone acts working the magic circuit, brought together by a secret organisation within the magic world, The Eye. They have been brought together to prove they are worthy of joining the organisation.
Woody Harrelson plays the role of Meritt McKinney, who, if you haven’t guessed already, is a mentalist in the film.
He does a lot of cool tricks in these films and it’s probably through him that I really fell in love with the idea of Mentalism. Being able to manipulate over people simply through the powers of suggestion, observation and even hypnotism.
Whilst I haven’t learned how to do the last one yet, I have a good enough understanding of the other two and I have come to actually use them over the last few weeks. For what purpose you ask? Well I didn’t exactly rob a bank like the four horsemen. Instead I did something a little less crazy and maybe even cooler; I made some friends.
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