All posts tagged: guide

How to Help Save the Planet

In my first year of Uni, I joined an environmental action group. I’d always been conscious of global warming and the responsibility of humans to stop our planet from – you know – dying, so I thought joining a group was the natural next step for me. What actually happened, however, is that I eventually found myself feeling like a fraud. While I was a part of the group, I felt like it DEFINED me. I began feeling guilty whenever I turned on a power socket or opened a packaged product or bought a new item of clothing. In my heart, I quietly knew that I couldn’t go cold turkey on all these things, but in my head I kept scolding myself with “you should – if you truly cared, you would.” Hilariously, I came to a breakthrough a few weeks ago when I read a Tumblr text post that went something like this: “You’re a fan if you enjoy a few of their songs; you’re a fan if you could recite every track in …

On Happiness

8 in 10 people would describe me as “happy”. That’s what I learnt when I was 14. During a Personal Development day at school, we split into groups of 10 and were asked to write down one nice thing about everyone else in the group. At the end of the day, we each received an envelope of compliments, and 80% of mine read some variation of the statement “You’re always so happy! xoxox” I went home that day awfully flattered, (I guess that was the point of the exercise), and never really thought much about it. That is until yesterday, when I found this envelope tucked away in one of my old diaries. I re-read all these compliments, and found myself sitting on the floor of my bedroom thoroughly analysing what exactly it was about me that made my peers believe I was perpetually happy. Was it just an easy way of saying “I don’t really know you”? Was it because I was a giant dork who just really loved school? Or was it because …