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Writing with ADHD
It has taken me an unbelievably long time to start writing this. Eight months in fact! Most of my readers by now are probably thinking I’ve slipped off into the abyss. Some may not even think of me anymore. Even now, as I write this sentence, I wonder how long the burst of motivation I’m feeling is going to last; I wonder if I’ll ever finish it.
Stand Up For Ukraine
In all the years that we humans have graced this planet with our presence, there has been one constant that seems to follow us wherever we go… war. Even when we speak of peace, the routes which we plot out to get there can often be considered an offensive strategy – peace by force, whether you like it or not. We trudge onward, leaving a trail of destruction in our wake. At times it feels almost impossible to go on, the relentless stream of bad news becoming overbearing, willing us to switch off and stop paying attention. It is imperative that we keep paying attention.
Call Me Freedom
What does freedom mean to you? Is it staying up all night and sleeping in? Having no one there to dictate how you spend your time or make the choices you do… Is it deciding that you will have that mimosa before noon, or choosing between the red or blue top without your partner breathing down your neck? Is it the luxury of being able to take a sick day when you need it? Does it arrive each time you head to the polling station and vote for what you want to see in the world? Is it buying enough food for the month and still being able to pay the bills? Perhaps freedom is having no bills! Perhaps it is being able to walk down the street where you live and feel safe.
- Runner-Up in We Have a Dream Challenge
Lessons in AweRunner-Up in We Have a Dream Challenge
I’m sitting on the bus on my way to work. My headphones are plugged into my ears and I’m looking down at my phone. I enter my workspace. It’s a glorious building, built in the 1930s and decked out like an underwater haven. A sea of emerald meets my eye as I walk through the front doors. Though I’ve seen the architecture many times and often take it for granted, when I stop for a moment to look up the sight before me is truly magnificent.
5 Signs You're In Recovery
As a society we speak a lot about what is wrong with us. How we can improve or progress. Whilst it is perfectly healthy to want to better ourselves, we can never really appreciate the now if we are constantly worrying about the future. Furthermore, it can be important, particularly for those of us who have been overcoming past trauma, to take a moment to live in the present and appreciate how far we have come. After all, isn’t that what we have been bettering ourselves for? To step out of the past, away from the anxiety of the future and into the present?
What is Load Bearing?
Load-bearing. I’ve seen this term come up time and again within different contexts. Some are simply about how to correctly assemble the structure of a building with strong foundations so that it can withstand enormous loads. Other articles, particularly about emotional load-bearing, talk of the disproportionate amounts of mental and emotional labour women in heterosexual couples have to bear when they find themselves running an entire household on their own, despite putting in the same amount of hours at work as their male counterpart.
Actions Over Words
Actions of care. That is my love language. By actions of care, I don’t mean that I want somebody to do everything for me. I do not want a servant, nor do I wish to be coddled or treated as if I am helpless. What I think of, when I think of actions of care, are the times when somebody close to you knows you and thinks about you enough that they engage in small actions that might make your day brighter, or your life easier in some way.