If You’re Feeling Down

Hey, you.

I know, things don’t feel so okay right now, and it sucks. But it’s okay to feel the way you feel, and it’s okay to let it out. Cry, scream, let it out. It’s going to be okay.

Think about it. You’ve been on this planet for years, you’ve dealt with so many difficult things. You’ve dealt with heartbreak and sadness and loss and failure. Unfortunately, that continues throughout your entire life.

But you aren’t alone.

You’re not the first to feel like this, and you won’t be the last. And you’ll get through this, just like you’ve gotten through everything else.

You should be proud of yourself. I’m proud of you. Your family, your friends? They’re proud of you too. You’re doing the best you can, and you’re doing what’s right for you.

It can be hard sometimes, but you’ve come so far and you have so much left to go. So many sights to see, things to experience and feel. You may feel really down right now, but know that it’s only up from here.

You’re phenomenal. You’re wonderful. And everything will be okay soon.

Keep on keeping on, don’t forget that you’re loved, supported and you always will be.

Stay strong. You’re destined for great things.

Love, your friend, Dayle.

 

 

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Storm

Joanne stirred the diced tomato and herbs over the sink. The smell of fresh pasta and garlic swirled in the air alongside the tang of rain. She leaned over the piles of dishes and looked out the window to the overgrown grass of the backyard, eyeing the oncoming lightning.

“Whatcha looking at?” Hillary mumbled as she tapped at the keyboard from her seat at the table.

“Just the lightning. It’s supposed to be a big one tonight.” Joanne felt the room around her shake as the sky above rumbled. “Can’t be worse than the one in Italy, though.” The sauce mixture sloshed onto her hands and she groaned, fingers reaching for the aged tap.

The lights around the pair flicked off, the buzz of electricity dying.

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I Don’t Like Coffee

The Public Sphere was described by Habermas as a coffeehouse – but what if I don’t like coffee?

As a kid, my Nan and I would drink hot chocolate together, and we would talk about the world. I was only young, so for me, the world didn’t consist of many interesting things. My Nan, on the other hand, had a lifetime of stories and opinions and I trusted her. I didn’t like TV all that much, and I thought that the news was boring, so my Nan would tell me about everything, and the way she spoke made it sound so interesting. My Nan was my source, and I couldn’t think of anything better than that.

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#MeToo and the Megaphone of Social Media

The #MeToo movement began in 2017 as a way for people to demonstrate the sexual harassment and sexual assault that takes place all over the world. The above image is by Tasaffy Hossain – a human rights and gender rights activist who uses this image to promote research and awareness into sexual assault/harassment, and to further extend the idea that the victims of these crimes are not alone.

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WE ARE THE FUTURE

We Are The Future is a collection of interviews with people aged between 18 and 25, where we discuss the future in relation to ourselves and the world around us. A new interview with a new person will be posted each week, so watch this space. If you’re interested or you have ideas or feedback, contact me via Twitter or my Contact page.


I’m sick of hearing that people have “lost hope” for this generation – it’s bullshit. Our generation is the best yet. We’ve been given more knowledge than any other before us, and we are going to make some amazing things with it. We are going to build the future we want. In fact, we are the future. Continue reading WE ARE THE FUTURE

We Could Be Adventurers

In 2005, the wonderful science fiction/fantasy/adventure film Sharkboy and Lavagirl was released at theatres over the globe. As a six-year-old who aspired to be an adventurer, I was excited (to say the least) to see the inevitably phenomenal film. After days of begging, my mum packed me into the car, and off we went to see my first ever 3D film. Walking into the theatre was magical – I had my brand new cardboard 3D glasses with red and blue lenses, a giant Coke and popcorn, and I was surrounded by kids who, like me, were ready to pee from excitement. I forced mum to put me into one of those clunky, plastic booster seats (even though I was the tallest kid I knew), and the movie began.

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