J. R. Lowe
I confess, I don't exactly have a specific topic or writing style, or an organised train of thought for that matter. On the plus side, that means there's probably something here everyone ;)
Vocal Memes for Established Creators (Part II)
After having a bit of a rough patch last year I decided to release my list of Vocal Memes for Established Creators to try and lift the mood, and I have to say, it was relatively successful. My decision to do so was largely inspired by my life motto which goes something like:
I Am the King of Petty
I have a confession to make. I'm petty. Very. Some might call pettiness a bad habit, but I see it more as a trait I've developed over the years in order to survive. Don't get me wrong, I'm actually a very tolerant and patient person, but there's only so many times you can be a blatantly ignorant ******** before I start getting petty. There are a lot of irritating people in everyday life, and you have the opportunity to simply walk away and avoid them most of the time. Unfortunately though, that's not always possible, especially when you live with them.
Dear Grandma, It's been almost ten years now since I've seen you in the flesh. Almost ten years exactly. I'm not that scruffy 14-year-old boy who used to run barefoot around the orchard anymore, and I no longer sport a golden mullet which could almost measure up to Steve Irwin himself. But don't worry, I still remember the lessons you taught me over the years when I was younger, whether intentionally or not. They're part of who I am now.
Be Kinder to Yourself
One of the biggest challenges in my life (and, most likely, for many others), is finding ways to be nicer to myself. Being too hard on yourself can make every minor setback or mistake seem infinitely worse than it actually is, and after a while, it can feel like you really do deserve the negativity and discrimination that you experience in your day-to-day life. To make matters worse, chronic self-deprecation is a sure-fire way to become a negative, bitter, and overall less inclusive person.
It didn’t belong here, that much was certain, but then again, neither did I. Not that it wasn’t welcome aboard the boat, everyone seemed to enjoy its presence despite the grim situation, but it was unusual to see a barn owl this far out at sea. It was perched at the edge of the half-rusted standing shelter, just a few feet ahead of me, watching over the crowd of swaying heads and the weary expressions of all ninety-nine refugees.
This Year I'm Fixing My Circadian Rhythm
It's that time of year again when we all start writing lists of things we need to change about ourselves while lounging around on the sofa regretting those extra three serves of Christmas lunch we spontaneously consumed days before. That's right, I'm talking about New Year's Resolutions *shudder*. Last year I wrote down a few resolutions for myself on Vocal. Did I achieve them? Yes, well, kind of...
A Disgruntled Salad Stick
Monday. It's not a bad view from the sea floor, I must admit. Mountains of coral form underwater forests in the sand that sway with the currents of warm tropical waters. Light shimmers in from the surface, illuminating the schools of fish which reflect every colour under the sun. Of course, I only know this from word of mouth because I unfortunately don't have any eyes. It could be an absolute s#%&*@!e for all I know.
5 Unexpected Advantages of Same Sex Relationships
It's easy to focus on the negatives when it comes to same-sex relationships. Whether it's the discrimination, lack of equality or the fact that you can be straight up executed in certain countries, the list of cons always seems to be greater than the pros. In fact, some may struggle to find any pros at all. But alas, no more! For below you'll find five unexpected advantages of same-sex relationships to help get your mind off the fact that homophobia sucks.
The Karen, the Mitch and the Bathrobe
It was essentially an immediate warzone when I arrived for my shift shortly after eight in the morning. Not in a literal sense, but the sharp noises and snappy remarks which emanated from the customer at the service desk were hostile to say the least. She was a Karen for sure. An above-the-shoulders platinum blonde bob cut was draped over her head, and she wore a hideously bright green pantsuit that screamed 'I'm middle-aged but in denial about it'.
Stop Calling Your Children 'Josh'
Dear expectant mothers, fathers, or people otherwise considering changing their names, I am writing to you regarding the present name crisis stemming from the overuse of the name 'Josh'. Do NOT, under any circumstances, contribute any further to this crisis by creating yet another birth certificate with the name 'Josh' on it. It's not trendy, or cute, or anything in-between the two. It's downright inconsiderate of you. Why? Well, where do I begin?
- Runner-Up in We Have a Dream Challenge
How Generosity Made Me RicherRunner-Up in We Have a Dream Challenge
I've always had a strange relationship with money. I'm not bad with it, but I've never been someone to spend hours looking for the perfect deal to save a few dollars, or that person who gets defensive over their belongings when someone asks to borrow something. Of course, when I get hit with multiple bills, or the weekly grocery shop costs a bit more than usual, I do worry a little bit. But I find comfort knowing that things always have their way of working out. I often find that as long as you keep giving when the opportunities arise, then you'll always receive what you need when the tables turn.