Daily Prompt: Critical

I am my own harshest critic. Not only am I critical about things I’ve done, I’m critical of the way I am. I spend a decent amount of time criticising myself, usually about the things I don’t do because I’m too shy or worried about the outcome.

I’ve been critical of how little I feel like I’ve pushed myself in my first year at university and over the summer. Last year I only tried one club for one meeting, the following week I felt a bit homesick so I didn’t go. For someone who doesn’t enjoy nights out this would have probably been the best way for me to meet new people and I didn’t do it.

As for my summer, after trying unsuccessfully to find a summer job, my summer has been nowhere near as productive as I’d hoped. Most of my time seems to have been spent exercising or being with my family. Arguably, my summer has been productive, just not in the way I expected. I think my fitness has improved since I’ve taken up spinning and gone swimming more often on top of my usual running and gym workouts.

However, being critical isn’t always a bad thing. It can allow us time to think about something that’s happened and how we would do things in the future. Being critical can give you a goal, something to work toward, something you want to achieve.

Since I only have a week left of my summer being critical of my first year at university has given me goals for next year. I’ve got an idea of the clubs I want to try and the things I hope to have done before Christmas (or at least by next summer). I want to push myself to do these things to improve my confidence because most of the time I am critical of myself that’s what it comes down to.

Therefore, I think we should be critical of ourselves but only to a certain extent. Be critical of yourself in a constructive way. That way you can reflect on the action you will take in future. Don’t dwell on what’s already happened, no amount of criticism can change that.

Keep enjoying the little things…

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Room by Emma Donoghue | My Thoughts 

Opening Lines

Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark, I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero.

Summary

Room by Emma Donoghue tells the story of five-year-old Jack who has lived in Room with his Ma all his life. Jack is about to discover that there’s a whole other world outside Room. 

My Thoughts 

Since the story is told from the point of view of a five-year-old, it took a bit of getting used to. However, I quickly got used to it and found this quite a unique way of writing. This different point of view makes for a very interesting read because some of the topics mentioned may not be considered child friendly. Also, the fact that the story is from Jack’s point of view allows the author to keep things from the reader for a while.

For me, his personification of everyday items was slightly irritating at first. This warmed me to him in the end because I felt like he almost viewed them as friends, since Ma was the only other person he really knew.

I’m going to leave this post here because I think it would make for a better read if you know as little as possible from the outset. Overall, I really enjoy this book and would definitely recommend it.

Keep enjoying the little things…

 

 

Get To Know Me

Since I’ve moved to this blog from Worries and Wonders I thought I’d write a ‘get to know me post’. (You might have to bear with me on this one because I’m not great at talking about myself.) 

Here are five things about me:

1. I am titanium 

Well, only partly – I have a titanium rod attached to my spine. I needed this after being diagnosed with scoliosis about two years ago. For those who don’t know, scoliosis is a curvature of the spine.

2. I love exercise 

One of my favourite exercises is running and I’m currently training to run the Scottish 10k for charity. I also love spinning, yoga and going to the gym. 

3. I have an anxiety disorder 

At about the age of nine I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I did struggle with this for a few years but it’s much better now.

4. I’m an avid reader

I’m currently reading Room by Emma Donoghue (look for a post on my thoughts about this soon!). My favourite books include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. 

5. My music taste

From a young age I’ve been a fan of Shania Twain. Nowadays I also love the likes of Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. 

Keep enjoying the little things…

Social Media Detox

Like many people, I used to spend most of my spare time scrolling through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

In some ways I think they’re useful to keep in touch with people. Although, if I was having a bad day it usually never failed to make me feel worse. 

Social media usually just contains the best, or sometimes the worst, snapshots of someone’s life. Whether it’s pictures of people on holiday, or doing something exciting or a post ranting or complaining about this or that. Reading these posts often made me feel worse. I often found I was comparing myself to them and their experiences and coming up short. I even compared myself to people’s ‘selfies’ (I don’t like that word) on Instagram and felt even worse about my bad skin and the rest of my appearance. 

When I first started university, I struggled to meet new people and opening Facebook and seeing pictures of people from school with all their new friends made me feel even worse. It felt like they were showing off and rubbing it in. I doubt these were there actual intentions, but it definitely didn’t make me feel any better. 

As well as this I started to think about the number of people on Facebook who I was ‘friends’ with, and how few of them I actually spoke with. There were people in school I’d never spoken to much and people I anticipated speaking to at university but didn’t. 

After a while of this I decided I needed a ‘detox’ and I was going to try not going on social media for a few days. Initially, I think, this was just until I got past the first while at university. I started to notice a difference pretty quickly, though. Overall, I felt happier. I’d stopped comparing myself to others so much and it felt so much better. 

I’ve been on this ‘detox’ for the best part of a year and it still feels much better. Most of the time I only open these sites when I get a notification now and do occasionally find myself scrolling through them before checking the notification. I’ve also noticed it’s almost like default for me to open Facebook if I’m out in public and waiting for something or anything like that. 

I even found other sites to scroll through which made me feel better, or even motivated or inspired sometimes. EyeEm inspired me to try to taking more photos, which is something I’d been meaning to do for ages. Pinterest is always full of good tips or ideas for anything and everything. Finally, of course, WordPress always makes me feel better, making me realise I’m not the only one who’s had these feelings or experiences or simply enjoying the writing of others about something they’re passionate about. 

Do you use social media? What are your thoughts on it?

Keep enjoying the little things…

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog!

I’ve moved from my former blog Worries and Wonders. I’ve debated changing for a while because I sort of regretted my previous choice of name, despite the fact I haven’t had it for that long. I felt like I could have done better.

I decided to choose a name inspired by one of my favourite phrases, ‘It’s the little things in life’. The little things that seem insignificant to most in really do make all the difference to me. Whether it’s doing something that others deem unnecessary or a passing comment someone makes in a conversation. This small things in life stick with me.

Keep enjoying the little things…