Friday, 19 June 2015

Introduction...


So I guess this is the part where I attack you with a series of nonsensical words introduce myself and thank you for taking the time to read my blog- even if you accidentally clicked on one of those infuriating pop ups and somehow ended up here as a result- thank you for staying around a little longer to read this post!

I am one to ramble I must admit, so before both you and I become at risk of being bored witless, I will do my best to inform you of a few facts about myself. I guess name and age is always a good place to start...My name is Olivia Charlotte Alice, current age is nineteen but alas, on Sunday I will be waving goodbye to my teenage years; I will open my arms out wide (or at least halfway) for the joys of adulthood, no matter how utterly terrifying or daunting the prospect of growing up and being a responsible, independent and self sufficient member of society may be. (2017 version of me just clarifying I'm now 22 years old and a university graduate but still have yet to figure life out- don't think you ever do tbh). 

I am a worrier, I have a lot of fears, plenty of anxiety and a heap of...well...'mental baggage', shall we say? Over the past few years I have come to the conclusion or rather a concluding question, which is, "Well who doesn't?" To some extent, every single person in this universe has fears, along with hopes and dreams and increasingly troubled pasts- but with these memories, feelings, events, experiences- we each, as a result, have a different and equally interesting story to tell. Life is a series of moments- how we act within those moments and how we later reflect upon them is our choice. I have spent far too long viewing my life as a glass half empty, constantly asking "what if?" instead of just saying "YES!" This blog post may appear inappropriately 'deep'  for a first post, particularly written by someone who has only experienced 20 years of life...But in reality 20 years is enough time for an individual to recognize and experience the ups and downs that life brings. I want to focus on the possibilities, to absorb positive energy , to take a chance and say yes to that interview or invitation that I am afraid of and just TRY. At the end of the day, I want to look back and know that I have lived a life in which I was primarily happy in. I want the number of days that I smiled to at least double the number of days where I cried, second guessed or doubted myself. Admittedly in this current moment, my writing has adapted to that of a counselor or life coach (neither of which I am), but nevertheless these sorts of topics and thoughts to me, in our generation especially, are important. It should never be seen as 'uncool' or 'embarrassing' to care about where you are headed or how you are feeling. We should embrace openness; it is refreshing to hear people talk about how they truly feel, unashamed and honest. Clearly to an extent we need to hold some things back, white lies and secrets are there for a reason as is political correctness, but when it comes to bottling things up in an unhealthy manner, that is when we need to let it go, shake it off and keep on moving forward. Yes, yes I did just refer to Frozen and Taylor Swift's hit no1 to make a meaningful point- currently two of the biggest musical influences on the younger generations are they not? (people reading this in the months after I post this- I know the reference may be a tad out of date so forgive me on that one!)

This blog is not going to simply consist of my constant ramblings regarding my hopes and dreams in life (don't you worry), occasionally you may be hit with a personal post. However I will be blogging primarily about lifestyle/wellbeing/travel/art exhibition reviews/book reviews, commenting on any  interesting articles I read, sharing photographs of places I travel to and just various general bits and bobs that interest me which I feel I should share. This blog is an experiment I guess you could say, it is part of my 'journey' to developing a niche for writing and truly engaging in blogging. I am an art history student, going into my third and final year of my degree with a passion to go on to have a career in writing, currently set on journalism. This is a kick-starter if you will, into the world of writing. Hopefully you will stick around a little longer to witness whatever delights that may unfold, if not, I appreciate you reading my ramblings thus far.

- Olivia Charlotte Alice
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