Interpreting a Random Photo off of Instagram

On Instagram I follow a variety of accounts – mostly writers, as well as a few people I know – however I also follow a few accounts  with photos which make you think a lot about the intent behind them and how they relate to us as people in society. The photo below is one I came across and I guess I just thought it’d be something interesting to discuss.


I think this photo particularly expresses how much and the extent to which we are influenced by the media. One of my first responses to it was “society’s lies kill us inside”, originally not meaning to rhyme, however I think this sums up the photo in its briefest stance.

Everyday we are somehow connected to the media whether it is through social media or the television and we are driven by what it tells us to do or we are driven internally to follow the roles of others. However, have we ever stopped to think if any of it is actually true? When you watch the news, you believe it, but technically its evidence isn’t completely trustworthy – no evidence is completely trustworthy when said from the mouth of someone else. This photo encapsulates the idea that perhaps we are foolish for following something that isn’t even real – it’s merely a concept. It doesn’t matter, as a whole, what others say. You should do things out of your own accord and your own strength.

Of course, the long nose relates to the well known image of Pinocchio and a sense of distrust, however the fact that it is skewered through the man in the chair reflects just how much it affects us, even if we feel we are disengaged. It is easy to say that we can “take a break” from these things, but is it ever possible to completely “take a break”, when it has such control over our lives? The man in the photo may feel empowered and comfortable listening to the news but oblivious to how it is harming him internally. The lies or misconceptions through others, if we’re speaking to the extremes, could kill you – not directly of course, but through rises in stress and mental health issues, which I believe are partly caused by the media; how everyone feels the need to “keep up an appearance”.

Overall I just thought this was something interesting to discuss. I mean, after all, even this blog could be considered partial to this subject as a place on the internet. However, personally, I feel being here is a lot different. Here, it’s so much easier to fall into your own wavelength and be your own person, whereas elsewhere I still feel there is a lot of stigma.

It’d be really nice to hear all your thoughts on this too, so please leave a comment on how you interpret the photo 🙂 and let me know if you’d like to see more of these posts in the future.

‘The Impossible’ [Film Review]

So last night I decided to re-watch ‘The Impossible’ – a film that I saw in the cinema when it was released around 5 years ago. All I remembered of the film was that I cried my eyes out through most of it. And what happened this time? Exactly the same xD

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‘The Impossible’ is honestly the most emotionally draining film you will ever watch. Set in Thailand, it follows the journey of a family of five who travel there on holiday but, in turn, face the aftermath of a tsunami. With fairly graphic images of the destruction of buildings against skin, it’s difficult to watch without feeling as though you’re being damaged yourself. The acting of the mother by Naomi Watts and the son Lucas by Tom Holland, I personally thought was amazing. Often in films, scenes of devastation seem rather forced or lack a sense of realism, however here I felt everything they felt and it was suddenly as if I was a part of the situation too – something all films aim to capture and one which this film certainly did.

The fact that this film is based on a true story, most of all, enhanced the emotions you felt towards it whilst watching. It’s something that could happen to anyone. You start asking yourself all these questions. Would I survive in this situation? How would I feel? It makes you feel lucky to not have been in their position.

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What I loved most about this film, as well as the acting, was the way it was filmed to seem as realistic as possible – the camera floating between the depths of the waters and the freedom of the air; the camera dipping amongst crowds to show the sheer amount of people damaged by the tsunami (directly and indirectly) and the difficulty of searching for someone in such a vast and unknown space.

Honestly, I don’t really have anything negative to say about this film because I really felt everything it was trying to convey and I appreciate how it brings awareness to these sorts of issues which happen a lot more often than we think. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I wholeheartedly recommend it. But don’t be surprised if you have to grab some tissues.

oblivious [flash-fiction]

i sat in the room. i sat in the room with the chairs and the table and the tattered curtains. my feet blended into the cream carpets. my eyes blended into the walls. and it was enough that the walls were all that i saw. it was just me. in that empty room. with so much and so little. it was like the sound of rain was gently – ever so gently – tapping on the ceiling; on the walls on my head on my skin but there were no windows. hugging my knees to my chest, i felt as empty as the air; as something that held the world and yet never meant anything. water began to seep in through the cracks. water began to rise. and i could feel it swim against my toes and then splash against my sides and then lie heavy on my throat. it became so much i didn’t know what to do and i didn’t know who to call and I didn’t know who to –
i opened my eyes to the room again. i was sitting in the room. a glass was on the floor, red wine splattered on the cream carpet.
how could i be so oblivious?
it was so obvious.
how could i be so oblivious to drowning and yet feel it all along?

Lunchables, Capri-Suns and Cheesestrings: Still Allowed?

So as you all already know, I’ve finished school and am starting uni in September. You could say this is probably my step into adulthood as I’m moving out into a completely different city and will be starting new. However sometimes I think about how much that means I have to give up – pretty much my childhood in general.

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That sounded like a pretty serious start to this post but really I just wanted to talk about simple things like food. What annoys me is the amount of food that tastes amazing but has children’s packaging. There’s lunchables, capri suns, cheesestrings, chocolate yoghurt filled cakes things (which are heaven by the way) and loads more, but I feel like because they’re in kids packaging I would look weird buying them at this age. The person at the till would probably think I have a child of my own or something.

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It’s just strange how I’ve never grown out of these things, but I don’t think I should feel ashamed to eat them just because they’re for kids because they taste great xD I mean, why have capri suns exclusively on the kid’s menu? Are you forgetting about someone here? Even writing this I feel like I’m going insane but I’m hoping someone out there gets what I’m on about (and please comment if you do omg). I don’t know if I’m brave enough to casually eat lunchables when I get to uni but I sure as hell am going to do it now.

So should eating kid’s things as an adult be allowed? Should there not be kid’s packaging in the first place? Either way, if I have a child in the future I will be sitting down next to them eating kid’s food I don’t even care xD

To The Bone [Film Review]

Recently there have been lots of new films and TV series added to Netflix so now that it’s summer and I’m officially free, I’ve decided to make my way through a lot of them and hopefully review most of them too!

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First off I’m starting with ‘To The Bone’ which is a depiction of a girl suffering from anorexia nervosa and how she tries to overcome it (if this may be triggering for you, it may be best not to read). I had watched the trailer previously and had heard the mixed reviews but I thought it’s always best to watch it first before making a judgement. Lily Collins, who plays the main role, suffered from an eating disorder when she was a teenager and so she draws upon her her own experiences to portray the protagonist. On first thought it is kind of dangerous to cast someone who may easily be triggered by the content, however it was her own decision to lose the weight and if she feels it can be done for the greater good, then props to her.

Overall, I really liked the film. Not having any experience of anorexia myself, it’s interesting to have an insight into the lives of those who do. When people criticise this film for glamorising mental illnesses I just think that they’re criticising it for simply speaking up about it. But isn’t that what we all need? I think the film most of all brings awareness to something that most people are completely oblivious to or don’t understand enough to sympathise or be able to help. Yes, it won’t show the exact life of someone suffering from an eating disorder, but it never will because no one ever has the same experiences. The fact that I’m writing a blog post about it now is enough to show that it is getting people to talk. And the main problem I think with mental health is that people don’t talk about it enough. If we talked maybe there wouldn’t be such a stigma around it.

I think mostly people criticised the film for a portrayal of an “innapropriate appearance” however I think, again, that this only brings awareness. It may be triggering but it is undeniably clear what the film is about before you click ‘play’. If someone who is likely to be triggered by it decides to watch it despite knowing what it contains, then it’s their responsibility. If they see something online about it without their consent, that’s a different matter – the internet makes it triggering but the film itself should really only be watched by those who feel they can digest it.

Personally, I think that TV shows, films and books are the best way to express new knowledge on sensitive and unknown areas. I remember a while ago I read a novel containing a character who suffered from OCD and it wasn’t until I read this book that I really understood it. If I hadn’t read it, perhaps I wouldn’t even know now. Therefore, although films may not be able to portray something in exactly the way everyone wants it, at least they are speaking up about it. Otherwise, how else will we be educated? A film is more likely to spark our interest, whatever the content, than being fed information through booklets or at school.

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As a result, I don’t have anything against films such as ‘To The Bone’. I think it’s brave to put something like that out into the world, especially as it was so close to the actress’ own experiences. It gave me more knowledge on something I didn’t know too much about and I think films that have that kind of effect on you are the most important.

Have you watched ‘To The Bone’? What do you think?

lurking. [flash-fiction]

sometimes my mind is so loud i
feel it all in waves
waves of hiding beneath the
sheets and
waves of falling in between
the smiles.
and sometimes it’s so hard to
shut off the noise and
sometimes i yell at it
to fall into the sea
and float away with the rest of
my dreams.

but it always comes back.

like an anchor it hangs beneath my skull and i
try to repress it –
god i try to repress it –
but sometimes i wonder
if pretending it’s fine
is really making it
at all.

night-dreams. [flash-fiction]

the foot of the bed was broken and so were her dreams; falling to the side like tears that slid down the cheek that no one saw. and in the darkness of the night the bed looked safe and warm and maybe she looked it too – almost. but as the sun rose and the night was no longer an escape, you could see the cracking wood of her skin and the dent against the floor. she was making imprints within herself. her pillow was no use at all.