Saturday, 30 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 30

Day 30: Your highs and lows of this month.

The most logical starting point to commence the beginning of this challenge's end would be to phrase the question of how I could possibly fail to acknowledge the emotional fluctuation that came as a result of a month's worth of devotion? It would be ridiculous as my 30 day blog challenge has, of course, brought both highs and lows of its own. It would also appear that the 29 previous themes were engineered in such a way to lead up to this grand finale, so I can't ignore that either.

Friday, 29 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 29

Day 29: Goals for the next 30 days.

The next 30 days are sure to be full of change, with the first being a huge snap back to reality. It's been 16 weeks since I last set foot inside a classroom but fortunately I feel a great sense of anticipation towards commencing my sixth form studies. In addition, there's the return of training to normality which means that I will once more be forced to juggle school, social life, swimming and blogging as best I can. I'd ideally like to begin by catching up on multiple hours of overdue sleep, although I'm not sure if that will be at all possible due to everything else that requires innumerable hours of my time.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 28

Day 28: Something that you miss.

There's a large number of things that I often find myself longing for however very few are long-term, which gives those that are an even greater desirability. For example, during the course of this past week I've been completely bewildered by the absence of an easily accessible Internet connection, however this will soon be a luxury that I'm once again able to take for granted as we're now partway through the 300-mile journey home. On the other hand, snacking on the sweet treats sold by my primary school's break-time tuck shop is a happening that I will never again experience. Do you see the difference?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 27

Day 27: A problem that you've had.

Like yesterday, I really haven't had chance to blog however I started this challenge and so I'm determined to finish it. Again, I'll have to keep this one short but will certainly touch up on a few details once back in England and with a stable Internet connection. Not to worry, we leave at some point tomorrow so that means it will only be a couple of days from now.

Staying on the topic of camping, there have been a couple of difficulties that I experienced this week which are really quite relevant. The first being that I've been forever tripping over guy-ropes! No matter whether it's day or night, I always manage to stagger and stumble around our pitch, almost as though I consumed more alcohol than I can handle. Of course, this issue is even more of a nuisance during the early hours of the morning when the arduous task of relieving oneself can only seem to be made a little less complicated.

I've had another camping-related problem but I'm sure there's no need to remind you once again. I've gone on about it enough already but all I'll say is that it's one of the many fears of the 21st Century teenager.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 26

Day 26: The kind of person that attracts you.

I don't believe in pure physical or emotional attraction -- for me, it's a combination of the two. Of course, I'm naturally drawn to both toned and curvaceous girls with an ethereal gorgeousness that can only be gifted at birth, but personality is always the deciding factor. A beautiful character serves to greatly enhance those visible qualities, whereas the reverse can also hold true.

Monday, 25 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 25

Day 25: Someone who inspires you and why.

I could have chosen many people to write about today (such as Liam Tancock, the person who inspired me to swim competitively, or the greatest athlete of all-time, Michael Phelps) however I chose the person that I did for two main reasons. One, it's a lot easier for me to write about this person in a short period of time and, two, she truly does continue to inspire me with each and every day that passes.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 24

Day 24: Your favourite film and what it's about.

I'm not sure if I actually have a favourite film however I do have a collection of most-liked films from which to decide on one to write about. I've also compiled a list of motion pictures that I'd like to watch, rather similar to my list of celebrity crushes.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 23

Day 23: Give pictures of 5 girls who are famous and you find attractive.

Today's challenge originally asked for pictures of 5 guys who are famous and I find attractive but I thought that pictures of 5 girls would be a lot more fun.

Although it embarrasses me to say it, I've actually made a list of 55 female celebrities that I currently have (or have once had) a crush on -- and that number will only continue to grow. Narrowing it down to my top 5 is going to be extremely difficult!

Friday, 22 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 22

Day 22: Explain how you've changed in the past 2 years.

In the grand scheme of things, two years is a relatively short period of time however such a vast amount of factors can play a part in completely altering one's being. There are two main categories in which my recent maturity falls - noticeably physical and hidden emotional.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 21

Day 21: Your favourite TV shows.

Due to the fact that normal routine makes for an incredibly hectic schedule, I'm very rarely able to take advantage of the most widely used form of entertainment in order to indulge in a period of distraction from reality. On informing my mum the subject of this post she replied, I quote, "that shouldn't be too much of a challenge to complete as you don't have time to watch television."

As it happens, she was so very mistaken. Not because the above statement is incorrect but due to all that has occurred today - more on that later. And there are, however, a couple of shows that I watch on a semi-regular basis.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: How important you think education is.

How better to open my discussion than with a quote from one of the world's leading inspirational figures?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 19

Day 19: Disrespecting your parents.

Disrespecting my parents. What on Earth could that possibly mean? All right, I'll admit that this type of situation arises every now and then however it's not something that I'm particularly proud of. It's certainly not something I'd like to make a habit of.

Monday, 18 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 18

Day 18: Your beliefs.

Given the fact that I went into great detail about a few of my religious beliefs in a previous post, I was originally under the impression that it wouldn't have been so difficult to publish this one. Despite having originally said that I'd keep my writing concise, that didn't happen and so I've inadvertently assumed the task of rewording all that I've written before.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014

Scotland's third home Commonwealth Games are now well and truly over however, despite this, I'd like to relive some of the action by sharing with you a few of my personal highlights from the pool. Unfortunately I missed a large majority of the excitement due to training, travelling and just being generally busy however that of it that I did manage to watch was action-packed and had a profound effect with regard to inspiring me as an athlete myself.

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 17

Day 17: Your highs and lows of this past year.

As I stated on day 08 of this challenge, innate human nature causes us to much too often overlook the highs of life due to a couple of bad experiences. The majority of my following points for discussion fall into both categories as each appear to contain highs and lows of their own. Similarly, I'm certain of the fact that I will forget to mention a number of positive events that occurred in this past year for reasons described above.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: Your views on mainstream music.

My iPod shuffle on Day 11 says it all, to be honest. I listen to a lot of mainstream music however I cannot tolerate radio stations that repeatedly play the same songs - every single day - until you begin to hate them.

Friday, 15 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 15

Day 15: Your favourite social networkers.

This originally asked for my favourite Tumblrs however that would be extremely difficult because I don't use Tumblr. However, this is still a rather arduous task as I don't regularly watch YouTube videos or follow celebrities' social media either.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: Your earliest memory.

My earliest memory is of one of the few holidays I've been on abroad and it involves my younger brother, toy glider planes and giant ants. We were in Italy at the time and, although I have no recollection of the rest of the holiday, I distinctly remember this one incident.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: Somewhere you'd like to move or visit.

From a very young age I've repeatedly dreamed of travelling the world, both appreciating and revelling in it's magnificence all the while. It's the thrill of venturing into the unknown that appeals to me because I have an innate instinct to explore. The only flaw in my plan is that I have no clue about when this may become a reality or the more pressing problem of how I'll fund the exploit.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 12

Day 12: Bullet your whole day.

I had originally been under the impression that today's post would have turned out to make for extremely dull reading however an impromptu decision on my mum's part did mean that I would no longer be concealed by my bed covers all day long, catching up on multiple hours of sleep overdrawn from last week.

Monday, 11 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 11

Day 11: Put your iPod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.

I have an ever-growing list of about 80 brilliant songs and albums that I'd like to download (including Reckless, Jubel, Multiply, Ghost Stories, Inside/In Inside Out, Razorlight, Eyes Open plus Day and Age and most of Simple Plan's albums) so they obviously won't make an appearance, but here is a section my library so far:

  1. Laura Palmer - Bastille - All This Bad Blood
  2. Mirrors (Live) - Ellie Goulding - BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2013
  3. Lover Not A Fighter (feat. Labrinth) - Tinie Tempah - Demonstration
  4. Fix You (Live) - Coldplay - Coldplay Live 2012
  5. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day - American Idiot
  6. Tomorrow (feat. Megaman & Styalz Fuego) - Wiley - The Ascent (Deluxe)
  7. Don't Matter - Akon - NOW 68
  8. Crying Out For Help - Example - The Evolution of Man (Deluxe Version)
  9. God & Satan - Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions (Deluxe Version)
  10. Make this Go On Forever - Snow Patrol - Eyes Open

Sunday, 10 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 10

Day 10: Discuss your first love and first kiss.

Well, this is awkward...

I can't discuss my first love and first kiss simply for the fact that I've never had either. I'm afraid the numerous instances of primary school 'kiss-chase' do not count towards the tally. I suppose I could consider how I'd like them to be although I'm not sure I'd want to have an expectation, especially since it's unlikely that they'll turn out that way. The only thing I'm sure about is that I'd like it to happen naturally and be meaningful rather than being forced and false.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 09

Day 09: How you hope your future will pan out.

Today's post is comparatively similar to Day 02 of this challenge however there are some slight differences.

As I mentioned before, I'm completely focused on succeeding in my academic studies over the course of the upcoming couple of years. This is so that I will have the opportunity to attend university and maximise my chances of studying my first choice of degree. Again, another thing I've previously brought up is that I'd like to meet and make a number of lifetime friends throughout this experience.

I hope to eventually settle into a job for which I have a raging passion as there's no use in dragging yourself out of bed every morning to do something you don't enjoy. However, income is an equally important factor to consider when contemplating career prospects, especially in this day and age. Even so, my main pursuit in life is happiness.

Friday, 8 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 08

Day 08: A moment you felt the most satisfied with your life.

As bad as this may sound, I believe that innate human nature amplifies the negatives in life which results in us overlooking the positives. By that I mean we could experience good in every day, week, month or year but fail to appreciate it because of something adverse that occurred, giving the false impression that the entire time frame was undesirable.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 07

Day 07: Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.

Right, my birthday is on the 28th June so that makes my zodiac sign cancer. Here's what I found...

To start with, my element is water and the life pursuit of those born under the sign of cancer is supposedly constant reassurance and intimacy. I think it's fair to say that the element reflects my lifestyle completely and, yes, I would most probably be fulfilled by the latter.

Cancer's secret desire? Apparently it's to feel safe (emotionally, spiritually, romantically and financially). Okay, I'll admit it, despite only scraping the tip of the iceberg, I was slightly astonished by this point! This is pretty much everything I've tried to convey in previous posts. Then again, isn't this similar to what everyone craves?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 06

Day 06: Write 30 interesting facts about yourself.

Hmm... I think I can just about manage to write 30 facts about myself but I can't guarantee that they'll all be interesting!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 05

Day 05: A time you thought about ending your own life.

This is an extremely morbid topic so I'm going to do my very best to keep this post as short and uplifting as possible.

I guess the one time I seriously contemplated ending my life was at the height of being undiagnosed. As I've mentioned before, the effects of the disease bring about an emotional downward spiral, especially since I didn't even realise the true reason behind the way I was feeling.

Since then I've still thought that plummeting off a roof or sheathing a knife in my chest or neck wouldn't be so hard however I truly don't believe I'd have the will to do it now. You have to think about the people who'd be left behind. They suffer too.

Monday, 4 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 04

Day 04: Your views on religion.

Now, as much as I take pride in everything I do, religious education was one of those lessons I couldn't help but fall asleep in. I'll briefly touch on my spiritual beliefs as I feel they'll add context to my views on religion, however I believe there is a whole day of this challenge dedicated to beliefs so, to avoid boring you, I won't go into too much detail.

Although I'm sceptical about the seemingly impossible tales contained within the bible, I am under the impression that there's some form of Higher Power. I'd also like to think that you - or rather your soul - goes somewhere when you die, rather than simply rotting six feet under the ground.

The chance to see lost family members and friends once again would be a blessing, however the possession of superpowers and answers to unanswered universal truths is also appealing; I would definitely want the ability of telekinesis! I suppose all this is my idea of heaven.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 03

Day 03: Your views on drugs and alcohol.

Ha. This is a very controversial topic but I'm going to proceed to give you my views anyway.

Drugs. In my eyes, the logical starting point is to say that I've never smoked/snorted/injected/swallowed (whatever) drugs in my life. And I don't ever intend to.

Being the scientist that I am, I need to be more specific by stating that I'm referring to illegal drugs. This is because we've almost certainly all been given prescription or over-the-counter drugs at some point in our lives. 'Calpol' was my childhood favourite. It made being ill a little more enjoyable. Unfortunately my mum now refuses to let me have it, regardless of how much I plead!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 02

Day 02: Where you'd like to be in 10 years.

Where would I like to be in ten years? Hmm... That's a very good question. I'm going to take that to mean not only where I'd like to be physically (as in where in the world I'll be) but also my ideal stage in life.

I've already mentioned here that I've done a good job in mapping out my life up until the age of about 24/25. But I'm going to tell you again, regardless.

Friday, 1 August 2014

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 01

Day 01: Your current relationship. If single, discuss how single life is.

Unfortunately, yes, I am single and it's a bit of a bummer.

People always come across as being surprised when I tell them that I've never been in a serious relationship, let alone a casual one, but I don't see why that is.

I guess it's never been a priority of mine as I've constantly been otherwise occupied, whether it be due to [swimming] training or schooling. Therefore, I wouldn't have had available the time required in order to contribute the effort that's needed in a relationship for it to work.

Also, as much as relationships are a part of growing up and extremely valuable are the experiences that come with them, I haven't yet found the type of person I'd like to be with.

At least I don't think I have...

As I briefly touched on in this post here, I'm not just looking for a girlfriend but rather a best friend who I can hang out with and feel comfortable around.

By the time you've finished reading this post you're almost certainly going to view me as a massive softie but I'm going to continue, regardless to the extent of which I may end up embarrassing myself.