Every time I sit down to write, I have no clue what to write about in the days leading up to it. I generally sort of decide in the hours before hand, (In the hope that inspiration strikes me!). This is mainly because I don’t have a niche per se, I have the same type of topics that I would regularly write about, (Which are split into categories beside where I write!) such as Mental Health, Opinions I have, films or books, any travel / places to visit and anything educational I come across. Bit of a wide variety! Then also due to the fact that I don’t exactly have a consistent upload schedule, such as media on Mondays (There’s an idea!), it can be hard to grow a large audience, with over 700 followers, it is hardly a major issue, but considering its over 2.5 years old, it is quite low. Also, by changing content a lot, some regular readers can get turned off. But do I feel that having a niche is a necessary thing when writing online?
I enjoy music, some would say too much, I generally have something in my ear at all times of the day. It used to be more media / visually driven, but while I have been working from home I have found that it is easier to have music in my ear rather than visual content. This has led to me on different weeks listening to different types of music. I have gone through the pieces that I focus on for maybe 2 weeks at a time.
While in quarantine I have definitely been watching more tv than reading books. But it was while consuming this larger amount of tv shows and films, I came to notice how many of these are converted from books! On top of that, how some of the adaptions are amazing and others fall flat on their face, repulse the audience and cause a backlash amongst fans that can be shocking. With the biggest success lately being Normal People by Sally Rooney which was adapted by Hulu and the BBC into a 12 part series of about 35 minutes an episode from a 266 page book, I thought it was interesting to notice how it became a tv show rather than a film. I know some will say the book could never have been a film due to the time jumps and how the relationship builds, but think for a minute, cast your mind back 10, 15 years ago. I guarantee Normal People would have been film. There was a shift in what the public wanted in terms of content over the 2010’s, so, taking this into consideration, is it wise to turn beloved books into visual media and are they still the potential cash grab they once were?
Following the murder of George Floyd by US police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota over the past week, there has been an outcry globally due to the nature of his death. We are accustomed to hearing news from the US regarding murders involving guns, of black people. (See February 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while out for his exercise). It has come to the point where we as the general public are perhaps desensitised about a subject that we should be continuously speaking out against. George Floyds death has resulted in numerous protests (Some turning violent) across the US with peaceful demonstrations taking place all over the rest of the globe.
As has been confirmed by the latest post-mortem conducted on Mr. Floyd, he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression. In the video of his death, it is evident that the officer has his knee pressed onto the neck / back area of Mr. Floyd for an unnecessary amount of time (Roughly 9 minutes), and that Mr. Floyd repeatedly stated he was unable to breath. Mr. Floyds family have said that the riots over the past few days will not return their loved one back to them and are pleading for those protesting / causing havoc in some areas, to stop and use their voice to vote in the upcoming Presidential election.
While this death has been the catalyst for all of these protests and is viewed as the focal point by people as to the reason that they are ongoing, it is evident that this is more the straw that broke the camels back. With the initial outcry being with regard to the lack of accountability being witnessed by the public regarding the officers involved, following the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the remaining officers are as of yet, not being held accountable. This is a reason for the continued protests, but it is not the cause, the cause is the broken system, a system that is not only broken in the US, but is fractured around the globe.
With more and more time being spent in quarantine with no end in sight regarding when shops will open, and amongst other things, for life to return to normal. Due to this I have found myself watching and rewatching numerous shows at an alarming rate! Over 2 days I watched/consumed Westworld, 4 days I watched 1 season of Fear The Walking Dead and consumed another and over 7 days I consumed a re-watch of Community. But what is the difference between watching something and consuming it?
While in quarantine with just about nothing to do, I have looked back over some of the books I have read before. So, for this week, I looked at the book Know yourself like your success depends on it by Michal Stawicki. I’m sure you can already guess what this book is about. (I’ll give you 1 guess if you aren’t sure. Made your guess?, Good, I’m proud of you!) Now, lets get into this, are you interested in knowing yourself a bit better? Keep reading to do so!
After Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement over the last couple of months, it is safe to say that everyone became thinking that climate change was going to continue at the same rate it had been. The polar ice caps would melt at alarming rates, other countries would follow suit in abandoning the agreement and that the air in certain cities would continue to be unsuitable to our lungs. But then, amazingly, coronavirus happened and while it is a plight on humanity and we wish Covid-19 never happened / spread, we can not ignore the advantages it has had on our battles against climate change. It has reduced car emissions, airplane emissions, pollution from companies and ourselves to such a large extent that you are now able to see the Los Angeles Skyline clearer than anytime in the last 50 years, alongside some natural wildlife returning to Venice canals! But what can you do at home to continue this effort as we begin to re-enter society? Continue reading “How To Live More Sustainably?”
I had the idea a few months ago to write pieces on all the things I learned last year as I was working on new habits and doing different things that I had ever done before. But like most people, I procrastinated and decided to write on other easier topics that meant I didn’t need to become reflective. But as quarantine is really the best time to be reflective, I figured I’d start now. So, what did I learn throughout last year while running a marathon and 5 half-marathons? Continue reading “What I learned In a Year of; Running”
While in quarantine, (Due to, you guessed it, Coronavirus), I have spent a fair bit of time watching tv shows and consuming other media. Over the last week or so I started watching Hannibal (Which is an amazing tv show I have to say). In the first season, we see Will Graham struggle with the concept of identity and knowing who he is as a person. While I was in bed going to sleep after one of the episodes, the question of Who Am I? Popped into my head and I picked up my phone, entered the notes app, and began writing down some things that I thought of; Continue reading “Who Am I?”
Over the last week, I started thinking about things in my life that I want to change or do more of after Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has left its mark on society. Over the last 3 years, I have been to New York twice and Rome once. But there are so many places I want to see in this world so I made a list of where I would like to go and for how long. That will be shared next week, but before then, I had to begin thinking about what changes may take place for those who travel. Here are some of those potential changes; Continue reading “How Aviation Could Change After Coronavirus?”