Day 38: Fire Starter

“Oh she’s certainly a fire starter that one. She doesn’t know how to leave things alone” she said, as I turned my gaze to the woman she was referring to.

“What makes you say that? She looks so calm and peaceful, how could she possibly be a fire starter?” I responded in disbelief.

“Oh but she is. That’s why she’s so good at it, that innocent look on her face, it catches people off-guard. No one sees it coming. Look at the meeting last week, everyone else was giving positive feedback, embellishing the truth a little to please the Chief Executive and there she was, giving the unfiltered truth and causing issues for everyone else.” She said.

“But isn’t that a good thing?” I asked puzzled, “surely the plain truth is better than an embellished truth”

“In theory yes, but not in real life. She caused a lot of problems for a lot of people, lots of fires had to be put out because of her comments. She was so blunt. To the Chief Executive as of all people! Everyone knows you tell senior management what they want to hear, not what is actually going on.”

“Isn’t that wrong? Shouldn’t we tell the truth so change can happen?” I pressed.

“Oh my sweet child, you’re so inexperienced. No one wants change, we like things the way it is. I’ve been at this job for 25 years and I like things exactly as it is.”

“So what did the chief executive do?” I asked, questioning my choice of work friends.

“Well she changed things. Aren’t you listening? She put procedures in place that changed the way we work. And now I have to learn new things when I’ve become an expert at the old ways. All these young people coming here with their ideas and ruining everything. I hope you don’t become like her.”

“hmmm” I responded, knowing exactly which one of the two I wanted to be like.

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Day 37: Puzzle

Today I was assigned the topic: puzzle. My first plan was to write about my love for online puzzle games , but then I thought no. My second plan was to write about the last time I put together a puzzle, which was with a 2 year old and I got some pieces wrong. My third thought was to write a list of things that puzzled me, I even texted my friends for some inspiration but due to them having lives, I am yet to receive their responses. So here I am with my final no plan option, which is to write about how impossible it has proved for me to write about puzzle.

Below is a list of things that puzzle me the most:

Why can we not take certain items in our hand luggage but can pack it in the hold luggage? I mean it all goes on the same flight, it will be harmful regardless of where its placed on the plane.

Why did the French not create numbers for 70, 80 and 90? 60 is soixante in French, 70 is soixante-dix (60-10), 80 is quatre-vingts (4-20s), 90 is quatre-vingt-dix (4-20 – 10). The French speaking Belgians also thought that this was strange and created actual words for these numbers.

Why is everyone so obsessed with being normal and fitting in? No one wants to stand out and be different anymore, we all just want to be carbon copies of celebrities. Why? I mean I would rather be extra-ordinary than ordinary. But that’s just me.

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Day 36: Frame It

So today I’m supposed to write a poem or phrases that would make for good wall art in my home. Personally, I’m not a fan of wall art, the only things I like on my walls are family photos and book shelves, but here goes.

Welcome to Family

A place where food is taken far too seriously

Board games are a topic of contention

A place filled with laughter and pranks

Where love is overflowing

With fathers playing loud music till dawn

Mothers pre-packing 2 months in advance

Brothers who Netflix through midnight

And sisters who write blog posts each evening

Welcome Home.

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Day 35: War and Peace

For a long time I believed that war was always wrong and that peace was always right, and to an extent I still believe this. I think that war should always be a last resort, when all other options have been exhausted and failed, then and only then do we resort to war. And even then, there has to be a very good reason for war. The reason should bring more good than harm and the war should be short term.

Nowadays we go to war for every Tom, Dick and Harry, however small the reason, we are quick to raise arms. We never try peace as our first option, we don’t negotiate and mediate, we just fight. The phrase ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorist’ comes to mind but then so those ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’. We’ve stopped trying to understand other people’s perspective and have this idea that we are right and therefore everyone else is wrong. Instead we should be open to seeing someone else’s truth.

This lack of understanding not only plays a part in war but in everyday politics. In most countries there is a right wing and a left wing, and nowadays people are either extremely right or extremely left to a point where they are both forcing you to agree to their views. Look at Brexit for example. Many people accuse Leave voters of being anit-immigration and racist and not fully understanding the purpose of the EU. That might be true for some, but there are those who knowingly voted to leave the EU because they felt that EU law was overtaking the UK’s legal system. This is not to diminish the racists and xenophobic acts of some Leave voters after the Brexit vote was announced, but we can’t paint them all with the same brush. In the same way right wingers call lefties snowflakes for believing in equality and fighting for other people’s rights, for believing in a more open and free world. This too is not to excuse some of the over sensitivity of political correctness, e.g. the people who believe that we need to ask babies for their consent before changing their diapers. Consent is a very important that I’m more than ready to fight for it, just not in diaper changing.

In conclusion to my rant, we all need to communicate more with each other before the world becomes worse that it already is. We need to be willingly to see the other person’s perspective, we don’t have to agree with it, but we should try to understand it. And hopefully this will lead to less wars and more peace.

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Day 34: Sounds

I love the sound you make when we’re in agreement, satisfied with the conclusions we both came to. I love the sound of your keys rattling through the door as you unlock it after a long day at work, you enter the room and greet me with a smile.  I love the sound of you breathing as we read together on a Sunday afternoon. I love the sound of celebration that you make whenever your team wins a game. I love the sound of us praying together each night, before bed.

I hate the sound of your snoring during the night, especially when you fall asleep before me and I have to endure the noise. I hate the sound of us arguing, slamming doors, and the inevitable silence that follows. I hate the sound of you leaving in the morning, because I know that it will be another nine hours before I see you again. I hate the sound of dismissal you make, when you are distracted by your phone as I try to speak to you. I hate the sound of your phone ringing when we’re in the middle of dinner and I know that you have to pick it up.

But most of all, I love the sound of you telling me that you love me.

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Day 33: Jewellery

It had been in the family for a very long time, for centuries my ancestors had worn it and now its between me and my brother. As the eldest child, it should go to me, but due to the medieval and sexist laws that still exists, it might go to him. My whole life, I have been trained for this, trained to inherit it. I don’t blame him for the creation of these laws, I blame father for not changing them whilst he had the chance. He knew what the law was and he made no effort to rectify it. Regardless of what either of us want, it is our duty to uphold the law.

There it stands, surrounded by glass. I dreamt of having it sit on my head for so long, and now I may have to forgo the dream. The magnificent diamonds almost over power the gold frame, with the rubies adding a hint of elegance. What a thing of beauty it is, its calling me to it.

My poor brother, he would not know how to carry the weight of it. He was never interested in ruling, all he wanted was to live his life on his terms. And now that might all change, depending on the decision of parliament. We made a pact that no matter what, we will still support each other. That a piece of jewellery would not come between us and the family. It’s a pact we both stand by and will continue to stand by.

Parliament has spoken, it is mine.

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Day 32: Rewrite a Poem

When I was in High School, I used to love rewriting poetry. So today I am very excited that my task is to do just that. I will be rewriting the poem ‘I am Nobody’ by Emily Dickinson.

I’m somebody! Who are you?

Are you – Somebody – Too?

Then it’s unfair to us!

Don’t speak! They’d hear us – you know!

How deadly – to be – Somebody!

How risky – like a hare –

To know one’s name – the winter Afternoon –

To an entrapping Snare!

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Day 31: The Teacher

One of my most inspiration teachers that I’ve ever had was Nadia. Nadia was my English Literature teacher when I was in year 12. She was the most eccentric and enthusiastic teacher I’ve ever had. Nadia loved books, and she loved teaching about books, and most importantly she had human interactions with books. By human interactions I mean she didn’t just talk about books in terms of metaphors and lexical choices, she spoke about books in terms of her screaming on the train after getting to the end of We Need to Talk about Kevin. Yes, we wrote essays and discussed literary devices, but we acted out scenes of The Tempest, making wind noises and shaking our chairs in order to mirror boats at sea.

In year 12, her class was my favourite, it was the class I hated to miss the most. I was always early, with my books in hand and ready for whatever fun, exciting lesson we had to learn. I remember how much I loved to write essays (that love soon died when I entered university). I remember the day she announced that we were studying Jane Eyre as our exam text, I almost died with excitement. My favourite teacher was going to teach my favourite book in my favourite class. There was nothing I could have loved more. I have never studied for an exam as much as I studied for that exam, I had notes, PowerPoints, flash cards, study groups. I had it all.

To Nadia and all the amazing teacher like her that inspired a maths-loving geek like me do an English and History degree. I am so lucky to have had a teacher like you and thank you for contributing into making me the woman that I am today.

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Day 30: Shopping

Honestly, if I had an endless amount of money and could buy anything, the first thing I’ll buy is a house. I don’t want a huge house with endless rooms because all my family members will move in, and I’ll rather save the money and buy them a house at least 30 minutes away from me. I would buy my parents their own house, nothing excessive because they’ll have to maintain it (and by they I mean me because they’ll get me to do all the work).  I’ll buy a 6 bedroom house for me, and a 4 bedroom house for my parents, which they wouldn’t even move into because they love their current house, so they’ll end up renting it out and making money from it.

The second item on my list would be bedding/ décor for the house. I am slightly obsessed with all things home related, especially bedding. I love splashing out on a beautiful duvet set, with matching cushions and a few extra blankets. I’d also buy a rug and a new carpet. Why stop there. I’d also get an interior decorator to do the whole house and do my parent’s new property as well.

The third item on my list would be a new degree in something fun and creative, like my first degree. The second degree could be in Climate change, or Poverty Reduction or African studies or maybe Creative Writing. If I had the time I’d do all of them and so many more.

Those are the top 3 things that I would spend my money on if money was not an issue.

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Please feel free to comment below on the things you would buy if you had all the money in the world.

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