Career or Children?

Career or Children?

Most people in their 20s start to plan out their life. Working out when the right time to have children? Or working out what career path to take? And then you must work out what you want to achieve first; a family or a career? For a lot of people beforehand they could have both children and a career.

However, the economy is fucked.

People in their 20s and 30s can’t settle down with anyone because they can’t even move out of their parents’ house. You can’t really plan on having a family in the same place you used masturbate vigorously during those nights as a lonely teen.

As suggested by the lower birth rates a lot of people decide to spend their time and effort focusing on their career rather than having a family.

The prices of houses have continued to rise however, the wages have not. A lot of young adults see owning a house as a goal they would hope to achieve than something they can see happening in the foreseeable future. I should be happy with the amount of money I have been able to save but I’m not, as it is nothing compared to the deposit I shall need to buy a place of my own.

For those who decide to move out into rental accommodation until they have the money to finally own a place of their own, they will become unstuck. I understand there are certain circumstances that mean you have to move out and rent. For example, if you have to be closer to a university, if you are getting kicked out or if you can’t hold back the urge to kill your parents anymore. But if you are just moving out for the sake of moving out instead of saving you shall be spending all your wages on rent.

Not only will you not be in a financially stable position to have children you may be stuck renting a flat or apartment and physically won’t be able to cater for them either.

Before any of you middle to old aged people pipe up, I’m not just moaning for the sake of moaning. This is a serious national problem and it doesn’t matter if we look at moving to Scotland or fucking London we are all struggling.

Whilst I don’t want any children I am scared of the fact I am possibly going into one of the lowest paying jobs ever. Fucking writing. While it may depend on what route I go into it is still pretty low pay compared to other careers. However, I am passionate about writing and therefore the money doesn’t bother me too much. As long as I can move out of my parents’ house before it gets embarrassing, it should be all good.

A lot of young adults who want children are scared that that isn’t an option anymore. You want to be able to give your child the world, not bring them up in a state of constant instability. For many of us, we also have this biological clock ticking in our ears, constantly reminding us that we don’t have all the time in the world to waste.

What makes the least amount of sense is that all the high paying jobs are in the big cities. However, to own a property in one of the big cities is a joke. So a lot of people taking advantage of the better jobs are already financially privileged? Seems a little unfair.

We are constantly being treated like we are whiny bitches that haven’t grown out of our adolescence yet. But in reality, a lot of us crave to be an adult and to gain that independence.

Oh, but don’t worry about me, I’m just a spoilt millennial who is used to always been giving everything I want.

Gracie x

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The Reality of Social Media

The Reality of Social Media

I’ve been putting off this topic for ages because I’ve never known how to word it. I also didn’t want to come across as a hypocrite. However, I have recently had a week off work and had a lot of time to think. Think about myself and lifestyle and work out what I need to change. Anyway, back to what I wanted to talk about. Social media.

I got drunk the other night with a couple of my friends, but I didn’t post anything about it on social media, did it really happen?

A lot of people, especially millennials, post things on social media for a reaction. They post pictures to show people how perfect their life is. We all have this fake persona that we use when we are online; the perfect version of ourselves. This version of ourselves is sociable, funny, smart, attractive and flawless.

For those who are extroverted people, social media must be your jackpot. You are constantly out and about. You are able to post pictures on social media showing how many friends you have and how much fun you have. But you are only showing the good bits. You aren’t showing the many mistakes you regret when you were drunk or the crazy hangover in the morning when you look like a solid 2 out of 10 rather than an 11.

If I constantly posted pictures of my Friday nights it would consist of me watching Netflix and eating Domino’s in my sweatpants.

Another example would be I only tweet when I know it is going to be funny so that to all my followers I come across like a hilarious and witty person. I mean I am hilarious but that’s not the point here. There have been many tweets that I haven’t posted due to the fact that they were boring.

Social media was initially made for the user. It is customizable. It is personal. Post whatever you want to. But it has changed to post what will get you the most attention. Post what will get you the most likes.

Likes don’t mean anything. Likes don’t suddenly mean someone cares. You could be the most popular person online but have no one in your real life that actually cares. I’ll give you an example so that you understand a bit more. You know the laughing crying face emoji? The one where you’ve laughed so much you have cried? The last time you used it in a message, were you actually crying from how much you laughed? I’m going to guess no. It is the same with the Like button. You don’t have to actually like anything.

For someone who spends their spare time scrolling through social media, I have one thing to tell you.

No one gives a fuck.

I use social media as a way to spread my blog posts and to share funny pictures and videos that I relate to. Besides that, I don’t use it. I have got to the point where I will even unfriend someone because their posts annoy me so much. The Kings and Queens of social media are self-obsessed, narcissistic creatures. Their profile is a constant stream of images of themselves.

Some people even posts pictures of themselves when they are feeling down or lonely. They hope that the likes will make them feel better. It doesn’t matter if that picture gets 10, 20 or even 100 likes; you will still be a lonely and depressed piece of shit.

I am not posting this because I believe I am a perfect human being. I’m not, although I believe I am very close. I’m also not posting this because I’m telling you what you can or can’t do. I am merely posting this to let people aware of what social media is doing to this generation.

Gracie x

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Review: 13 Reasons Why

Review: 13 Reasons Why

For those who haven’t yet seen “13 Reasons Why” and want to, I would click away now as I can’t promise that there will be any spoilers. Or if you do continue to read you can’t get mad at me for I did warn you.

“13 Reasons Why” is a 13 episode drama on Netflix about how Hannah Baker, a 17-year old girl, takes her own life. Before she died she recorded 13 audiotapes each one blaming her death on someone else and their actions.

I have quite a short attention span and so if a programme is going to have hour long episodes they have to be good, otherwise I get bored. “13 Reasons Why” definitely ticked that box.

When I choose to watch a programme, I want it to make me think. For example, in this case, the programme was about the 13 reasons why she wanted to kill herself. I’ve always wondered what it would have to take to push someone over the edge. People assume it is one traumatic experience and then you’re done. But this programme showed that it is normally a number of little things one after another. I’m sure if Hannah only experienced one or two of the reasons out of the 13 she wouldn’t have killed herself. I also believe if she had experienced all 13 reasons but over a longer space of time she may not have killed herself. I think the majority of people also believe that you have to be mentally ill before you even think about killing yourself. But even the happiest of people could kill themselves if put in the wrong situations.

It was a good, short programme and I don’t think giving it a second season would work. Would it then be called 26 reasons why? Or would we be shown another person’s list of reasons why they killed themselves? There is surely only so many reasons why one would kill themselves.

The tapes start off with Hannah saying that the reason that the person has the tapes is because they are one of the reasons that she killed herself. I believe if someone decides to kill themselves; it is their actions and therefore their fault. Whilst there may have been people in her life that treated her like shit to the point of pushing her to commit suicide, none of them walked up to her and gave her the razor blades themselves. It was all her doing.

Some of the reasons were typical secondary school drama, things that you experience whether you want to or not. Some of the reasons were not everyday problems and I think the mixture of the two would cause anyone grief.

This TV show also showed that sometimes the ones who you love can be the ones who hurt you the most. Clay was reason number 11 and after watching it I’m still not entirely sure he should have been a reason why. Out of everyone, he was the only one who was genuine to Hannah and wasn’t just hanging out with her for his own benefit. Hannah told him to fuck off and he did. She had no reason to get upset for he only did what she stated she wanted. What people tend to do sometimes is they don’t necessarily say what they really mean but still expect you to know what they want. It is stupid and causes problems, which is why I am probably the most honest person you will ever meet.

I understand it is obviously a fictional story but I believe the ending was unrealistic. If a person is truly suicidal I think their parents or teachers or counsellors would have worked it out. I don’t believe you stroll along all happy and out of nowhere end up in a bathtub full of your blood. I think it is a state you gradually put yourself into and if anyone cared even a tiny bit they would have worked out and at least tried to prevent what Hannah did. The counsellor wasn’t asking the right questions and the ones he was asking were very vague.

It is also very difficult to admit when you have been raped or sexually assaulted. I believe someone has been raped or sexually assaulted if they didn’t say yes. It doesn’t matter that she didn’t say no for she never said yes either. I don’t think the counsellor in real life would have been almost blaming her for getting raped.

Besides that, it was a good show to watch and I believe it will make people more aware of suicide and possibly preventing it. The show also tried to suggest that being kinder to people will prevent suicide, however, I disagree. I could be the nicest person to someone if they have it in their head that they want to slit their wrists it doesn’t matter what I say, for they shall do it regardless.

Gracie x

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Why Don’t We Congratulate Skinny People For Staying Skinny?

Why Don’t We Congratulate Skinny People For Staying Skinny?

Recently, on social media I have seen a lot of before and after pictures of people who have lost weight to become a slimmer version of themselves. For those who have been able to achieve that, well done. I know staying motivated is hard work sometimes, although it does help to take pictures every so often so you can then see your progress.

I’m referring to those who change up their diet or start doing exercise. Those who resort straight to liposuction I feel are cheating the system. It doesn’t matter how good the plastic surgery was, if you continue your eating and exercise habits the way you are, all that weight will come back on.

As a society, we congratulate overweight people for losing weight but not skinny people for staying skinny, why is that?

Overweight people are clearly doing something wrong to their body, hence the reason they are overweight. Whether they are eating processed and unhealthy foods or whether they are just eating twice the amount they need, it is obviously a problem that can be changed. Not necessarily an easy change but you know what you’re doing wrong. No one is asking you to go the gym every day but if you did something as simple as cutting down on the portion sizes or cutting out ready meals and takeaways, you’ll notice the difference.

However, whilst some skinny people happen to have good genes or a faster metabolism, some just take care of their body and stay the weight they are. If a skinny person tried to take a picture and put it on social media, with a caption that talked about how they have looked after their body all their life and had stayed the weight they have, they wouldn’t get the same congratulations as the former overweight person.

Is it because it looks likes more effort is required to go from fat to skinny rather than from skinny to still skinny?

Think about it. Fat and overweight people get bullied a lot. Whether it is directly or indirectly, overweight people get reminded every day about their figure, how they don’t reach certain standards of beauty and are then seen as possibly unattractive to some people. Also, they sometimes get called lazy or unmotivated. Whilst all this fat-shaming is harsh and unnecessary does it help motivate overweight people to lose weight?

No one is giving skinny people the motivate to stay the weight they are. I am a fairly slim girl, always have been luckily enough. Even when I was at my heaviest, I was still slim and therefore no one really said anything negative. Whilst it may be harsh sometimes people need that push. For example, my drama teacher told me I couldn’t act, whilst it was harsh if it wasn’t for him I would still be trying to become an actress.

I’m not saying going from fat to skinny is any harder than staying skinny or vice versa. However, I would like a little appreciation every so often.

Gracie x

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Is University Even Worth It?

Is University Even Worth It?

You are looking at spending just short of £30K for the three years of you studying and the degree itself doesn’t even guarantee you a job. You end up walking away with a huge amount of debt, but now you have a degree. Whether you actually end up using that degree is a different matter.

And what if you spend all that time studying and then decide you want to have a career in a different area, which then requires another degree. What do you do then?

In order to get the job you want, you need to gain experience, but in order to get the experience, you need the job. I think unless you are wanting to be a lawyer or a doctor you don’t need a degree. There are cheaper and more effective ways to get the experience you need to get the job.

As years, have gone by the price of degrees has risen but the value of the degree itself has fallen. It would be understandable if the rise in tuition fees corresponded with the rise of wages. But it doesn’t.

When we are younger, we get told we can be anything. Absolutely anything. There are no strings attached. That’s why when you ask children in reception and kindergarten what they want to be when they are older, you hear so many creative and imaginative ideas. They don’t bear in mind whether higher education is required or whether it is even a good paying job because they don’t realise what else is involved when choosing a career.

You get to a certain age and you realise you have been told a white lie. You can still be anything you want, as long as you follow these rules. You have to do well in school and get the right grades. You have to continue onto higher education. You start to notice that whilst you can still be anything you want, not everyone can.

Normally, those who want to pursue a career in the creative arts are the ones who get the most grief. You got told you could be anything you wanted, so why are people getting so angry because you want to go into acting? Whether it is music, drama, art or fictional writing you will most likely have heard this phrase at least once:

“Get a real job”

No one is going to be able to give you a solid definition of what a “real job” is. Not even Google. And if Google can’t answer your question, you are fucked.

I have come up with a list of things that I have seen linked to “real jobs”. A job must have four or more of the five categories below for it to be classed as real:

  • It must require a paid higher education qualification. For example, to become a nurse you do have to complete a qualification at nursing school, although you don’t necessarily need a degree.
  • It must be well paid
  • You must have a boss or a position you can move up to
  • It must require you to dress up in smart or formal clothing
  • And it must also require a routine schedule that you must follow.

If you are in a job that ticks less than four of those categories, unfortunately, it is imaginary.

So, you can still be anything you want but it has to be a real job. For example, J. K Rowling is a writer but because she is well paid it is a real job but for me writing is just a hobby, right?

We end up being brainwashed into thinking that if you pick the right subject, you’ll get the right job which will eventually lead to success. In reality, you could not have gone to university and become just as successful as someone who has. Remember, that time students are studying non-students are gaining experience through internships and apprenticeships.

I’m not saying don’t go to university because there are a lot of opportunities, you can meet new people and most importantly get drunk all the time. However, I can get drunk all the time sat in my bedroom and I don’t have to pay £9000 a year.

Gracie x

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This Is for Those Parents Who Spoil Their Children

This Is for Those Parents Who Spoil Their Children

You are one of the reasons I am an angry individual. I say one as a lot of things infuriate me and we haven’t got time to go into that.

Whether you give your children money, gifts or both it is all the same principle. Even young children who can’t get a job should be disciplined to learn that they have to work to get rewards. For example, each chore is worth a certain amount of money. Then they will feel proud for earning that money than just being given it for nothing. Spoilt teens are one thing but spoilt children are difficult to control. They will moan and whine until you give in and they get what they want.

And I know what you’re thinking. “I’m not letting some nineteen-year-old tell me how to raise my kids”

Although, I have never had children I have been brought up in a large family. I’m one of six to be exact. I also happened to go to a private school for almost a decade. And I have seen the little arseholes some people give birth to.

Also, I used to watch a lot of Super Nanny, so I’m clearly an expert now.

These children grow up and feel entitled. They believe they can get whatever they want because Mummy and Daddy will get it for them. Whether this is backstage concert tickets or a scholarship; these children believe that money can get them anything rather than hard work.

Let me guess; your son or daughter is either in education or just finished education. They haven’t found a job yet but don’t worry they will. Until that day you’ll support them, right?

I hate to break it to you, but unless you threaten them with a cut of their allowance, they aren’t going to move their butts. Because everything is being given to them, why should they bother to work for anything?

Even if you do cut their allowance and tell them they need to get a job, they are going to struggle. It’s ok having all the qualifications in the world but if you have no work experience or employment history; companies aren’t going to look at you.

These teenagers turn into adults that think they are Jesus. They believe they can treat everyone like shit because they are angry. They have been thrown into the adult world after having to work for everything now. Their childhood taught them that they can get whatever they want without doing anything. Or even if they had to moan, their parents were soft and would give in almost immediately.

And now they have to work to earn the money they were originally just being given.

Currently, I work 5 days a week in a retail position I don’t massively enjoy, however, I do it to support myself for the time being until I find something to do that I do enjoy. This doesn’t include me spending a day, travelling into London, to do an unpaid internship. I manage my spending, I will admit that I’m not the best at it but I try not to indulge in things I don’t need. The last time I asked my parents for money was when I was at college working 15 hours a week and needed money for trains. But even then, once I found a better paying job, I paid for that myself.

As a child, like I said before, I went to a private school. I had to experience friends of mine getting new things every day, week or month and at the time I felt jealous. I’m glad I was brought up the way I was because I work so hard to get to where I am today. I spent months applying to different jobs online to get that internship and even then I was fighting for the place between sixty other applicants. Whilst it may seem small, it is a step in the right direction. It makes me proud to say that I got there by myself with none of my parents’ money being involved.

Gracie x

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