I have been a writer for 14 years now, I'll figure it out one day.
There is absolutely denying it, beards are back, and it really doesn't look like they are going away, in fact, wherever you look, you are surrounded by beards. From the hipster in the independent coffee shop, to the car salesman in the showroom, hell, even Pierce Brosnan has a beard.
We live in an age where attention is income and selfies are the currency. There are entire industries dedicated to the people that love to take pictures of their own face and show it to the world, in case the world forgot what they looked like in the last fifteen minutes. So there is no escape from attention seeking behavior associated with selfies and pictures.
Most "normal" people don't like having injections, as the idea of it is uncomfortable and sometimes a little bit painful. But there are many people who suffer with a specific condition known as Trypanophobia; this is where there is an intense panic (rather than fear) of needles and medical procedures.
Now before any aggressive "whatabouters" jump down my throat, I am not explaining this to patronize, I am explaining this to do just that, explain. After reading something on social media the other day saying that a woman had asked her boyfriend to get her tampons on the way home and his response was, "Eeww, no I don't want them to think I am with someone gross!" I began to think that men need to be educated about periods (because for some reason they are not in school!)
Cetaphobia is a medically recognized phobia of large fish, or more specifically whales. It comes from the Latin word Cetus which means large fish, and the Greek god of fear Phobos (he was the son of Ares).
The phrase “nervous breakdown” is an old one. In fact, it’s so outdated that it conjures up an image of a beautifully dressed woman from the 1920s. She holds the back of her hand to her head as she collapses gracefully onto her claret fainting couch. All choreographed to classical music coming from a Victrola in the corner of the room.
It’s not looking great at the minute, is it? The world has descended into a dystopian Hades and people are turning on each other like the plastics. Half the world has shut down because of Covid, and the other half is trying to pretend it doesn’t exist. Lives, jobs and hopes have been lost. People are angry, frightened, and they’re taking it out on each other. There are 2 phrases I can’t stand right now, one is “The new normal.” The other is, “We’re all in this together,” because we’re not. We should be, but we’re not. A worrying amount of people are out for themselves and have lost every single iota of compassion for their fellow human beings.
For those of you who don’t know, our van “adventure” started in March, and for those of you who are interested, it came to a screeching halt in August. Now I know that 6 months isn’t a long time, but there were times when it fucking felt like it.