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*5 Minute Philosopher

This interview is always on the last page of stylist magazine (http://www.stylist.co.uk/) and I love reading all the answers and thinking about my own, so thought I would share with you all…

What is the meaning of life? I think the meaning of life is what you make it. To laugh, share experiences, find out what you love doing and try and be the best version of yourself with every new experience.

What is the difference between right and wrong? Right is when you live in a way that doesn’t hurt anybody else, wrong is when you know that your actions are negatively affecting others. The lines can be blurred though.

Where is your happy place? Maybe on a beach or in the gym. I am happiest when I am with my friends or chilling with my family.

Nature or Nurture? I think both do, Nature provides the make up, but upbringing and experiences continue to shape us. Two people can be similar at birth but turn into completely different types of people with different personalities depending on how they have lived and their life experiences.

Is it more important to be liked or respected? Respected because it lasts longer. Being liked and loved by the people close to you is more important than being liked by people you don’t know.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be? Just generally being a bit wacky and weird and not afraid of being myself. Someone who goes after what they want, and is a good friend, I think that is really important.

Who or What is your greatest love? Who would be my family and friends. Big love for them. What would be Italy, I feel a way there that I can’t feel anywhere else in the world.

When did you last lie? 5 minutes ago when I said I would call someone back at work…. I am actually a really bad liar, my face gives everything away…

Does the supernatural exist? I believe that the Holy Spirit exists, but would you call that supernatural? On ghosts and stuff I am undecided.

Are you fatalistic? To some extent yes. I believe that everyone is on their own path but we create our own destiny. The choices we make and the way we lead our lives define us, which we have control over.

What is your greatest fear? Loosing everyone I love, or something happening to the people that I love. And public speaking.

Animals or babies? Baby elephant?

What talent do you yearn for? Either being able to Sing properly or being a fully qualified F1 driver – just to make my dad proud.

Do you like being complimented? I don’t know what to do with compliments so I get awkward when given one. I’m that person that instantly tries to deflect the situation away from me. I cringe thinking about it. But yes I do – doesn’t everyone?!

Do you have a high pain threshold? I’d like to think so. Although I had my knee taped up after an injury back in April and pulling that off hurt sooo bad. My sister who is a nurse might disagree with me.

What books do you recommend most to others? Honour by Elif Shafak, Small Island by Andrea Levy and The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini. They are about honour and sacrifice and true friendship, and they all changed the way I look at love.

Which has been the hardest lesson to learn? I think it would be not to take things personally. Why do I always do that? And how to let go, that’s always tough.

Which food sums up happiness? PASTA!!!!

What have you never understood? Bad manners to anyone but especially hospitality staff, and people who walk slow in the city.

What is the one thing you want to know before you die? Preferably when I am going to die so I can prepare for it.

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die? I believe that if I live by faith then I have nothing to worry about. But I think knowing I am going to die imminently I would be anxious about it.

Quinoa or Quavers? Can I choose another type of crisps? Doritos chilli heatwave!

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Come si dice…Peace?

I wish I could explain to her
Why there are so many wars, and peace is hard to find
I’m ashamed to say I’m only 21 and I live a better life
Than the majority of the world
Hatred, shame, brutality at the moment rule our earth.
If I tell her peace will return, it would only be wishful of me to think
And I feel like a such a hypocrite
Explaining humanity’s suffering from a distance, out the thick of it
Can I really understand how other people live
Whilst sitting in my house, with running water
And made of brick

come si dice…Peace? – 4/8/2014