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10 November 2016

We live in a world where ultimately we are told that in order to live a good life we need to do well in education and work hard for our entire lives to get money, and to some extent this can be perceived as true. But is it completely true? Well of course it isn't for people who are born into money because they can live a leisurely life knowing they don't need to work for money - they already have it. This is not what I'm getting at though and this post is in many ways an extension onto a previous post where I talked about how money and material possessions really aren't a compulsory ingredient to happiness. To read that post, click here.
Why am I writing this post then? A few weeks ago I was talking to someone at college who, from what I can perceive of him, is an intelligent, friendly and down to earth person who has a clear idea of where he wants his life to go and is motivated to work toward achieving his goals. From this, I can conclude that he is a very academic person and hence why his response to me saying that I'd like to go to uni to get a degree in either maths, physics or sociology and then go onto be a teacher, was that I should really do something else if I get a degree in maths or physics as these can get me into a lot higher paying jobs. This post is not in any way to shame what this person advised me, but rather to put it out there that this is the sort of world we live in: a world where we are encouraged to go into careers based on how much they pay monetarily as opposed to how much we want to go into that career.
I am in no position to complain because I've given into this influence by studying quite academic subjects at A Level just because I am good at them and know that by doing them I will be able to reach my full potential and when it does come to progressing into either further education or a career I have very little limitations as to what I can do. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. It means I'll have access to very high paying jobs when it comes to it (assuming I do as well as I am projected to). But that's where you start to see the problem.
Nobody ever asked me if I want to do these high paying jobs. I'm just told that I want to because I'm capable, and hence I start to believe this and believe that I want these high status jobs even though I really don't. There's a difference between capability and desire. Assuming I did get a degree in maths, yes I would be capable of getting a high status job in the banking industry, however I don't desire to have this type of job. If it were up to me I would be happy as a graphic designer, journalist or even a tube train driver. I'd love to do any of those three things but I'm not encouraged to love those things though because they're not academic or high paying jobs and my capability exceeds that in demand for those jobs, therefore it is assumed I want better (better meaning higher paying, not better as in what would make me happy).
So what should we take from this? I personally take from it that we live in a world where money is valued more than happiness, and hard work in academic areas is valued more than happy work in areas we want to work in. We are taught that we should do things just because we're capable of doing them, even though we don't want to. In all fairness, I think this is something where you can take from it as you will because there's no set interpretation. This is just my opinion and I'd love to hear yours either in the comments section below or via email by clicking here.

15 October 2016

"I'll be back next Thursday" - Me, July 21st 2016.
Good morning, afternoon, night or whenever you're reading this wherever you are. Welcome to "next Thursday", or at least a Thursday. Actually, it's Saturday. Nevermind. The point I'm trying to make is that in my last post I lied again about coming back to regular blogging on a weekly basis, and it's actually been three months since my last post. So what have I been up to?
If you remember, I came back from being on holiday shortly before my previous post but then shortly after that I went away again, this time to Cornwall with my girlfriend's family. I had a wonderful time there. We visited the Eden Project, as well as partaking in many other activities such as horse riding, paintballing, kayaking, archery, go-karting, swimming... The list goes on, and I enjoyed every activity we did. I had a great time and I will definitely consider going back or doing that sort of thing again in the future. It's certainly different to anything I've ever done before and I enjoyed it a lot!
After this, I spent a few days in London with my mum and dad just visiting family. After this, I returned home and it was just a few days until I got my GCSE results. Leading up to this event I really was not nervous at all because I knew that whatever my results were, they were that and it was too late to change them. So what would be the point in worrying about it and letting the nerves get to me? I had done all of my exams already and had found them all easy so I was fairly confident in my performance and I had it in my head that I had achieved all of my target grades and got the grades I had wanted to get.
With this in mind, I went to school on results day slightly nervous but with confidence at the same time. I opened my results and I was struck with disappointment. Although now I look at them I think I still did good, I did not by any means achieve what I had thought and wanted to have achieved. I was predicted A*s in every subject aside from business studies and English. I was predicted to achieve A's in both of these subjects. My actual results however, instead of being ten A's and A*s showed that I had achieved five A's and five B's. Although I knew I was going to get B's in English, I was extremely disappointed with myself for the other subjects I had gotten B's in (business, biology and religious studies). Upon completing my exams I was confident in myself achieving at least two A*s (maths and religious studies) so achieving none had a great effect on me. I soon got over this however and just took it as a lesson for the future though. I recognised what I had done wrong and I aim to change these things during the next two years of AS and A Levels at college, and this leads me onto my next point - college.
I began my first year of sixth form at East Norfolk on September 5th and for the first week, I hated it. I don't know why this is but if I were to hazard a guess, I think it's just because it's different to what I've been doing for the past five years where I know who everyone is and I know where I'm going. As mentioned in a previous post, I began studying geography, maths and sociology. After three weeks of college however, I recognised that I wasn't enjoying geography nearly as much as I thought I would and hence this lead me to swapping this for physics, which I have now been doing for three weeks and am enjoying a lot.
Overall, after being at college for over a month now, I am enjoying it a lot and to any of my local friends who will be progressing to college next year, I highly recommend East Norfolk Sixth Form for a number of reasons, but to put it in a nutshell, I enjoy coming every day and I feel like I'm making progress at a high rate with some great teachers and a great learning environment.
A few other things which have happened are the Lowestoft Kuk Sool Won 30th Anniversary Extravaganza, in which I led two demos - my class's sword and self defence techniques demo (which went extremely well and I am very proud of) and the junior's staff form team. I also took part in a demo with all of the black belts as well as a second/third degree sword demonstration and a board breaking event where I successfully broke my board first time with a palm strike. Aside from this, I also had an article published in the local newspaper, after being contacted by someone from Archant who had seen my Tweets about a MCS beach clean event in Lowestoft which I had taken part in.
My article in the Lowestoft Journal
So, that's what I've been up to. I've been very busy but I hope to return to a regular blogging schedule from now on however this may not be as regular as it has been in the past. Be sure to check my Twitter for more frequent updates on the blog. Have a great week!

21 July 2016

Greetings and salutations, readers. I'd like to begin by apologising for saying that I would be posting every Thursday following my previous post whilst failing to mention that I was going on holiday for two weeks which meant that I was unable to post.
But yes, during my absence I was on holiday and I had a great time. We returned aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas for the second time, but this time it was different. Unlike the previous five cruises we have done, this one was not in the Caribbean, but in the Mediterranean and I have to say it was definitely a lot different to what I expected, both onboard and on shore. My previous cruises have all departed from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale in Florida, however this one departed from Southampton which meant that the majority of the guests onboard were English and Scottish and until last week I never realised how much of a difference the nationality of the people onboard makes to the experience. This isn't a bad thing of course but I was just amazed by how different everything seemed because of this factor, for example I usually make a lot of friends without effort on Caribbean cruises because all of the American kids want to be friend with that British kid, and obviously that was turned on its head this time because everyone was that British kid. I did still make a few friends but I didn't really spend much time with them as I usually would and instead I spent more time either with my parents or on my own which I thoroughly enjoyed.
We travelled to nine different places including places in Spain, France, Portugal and we also had a surprise stop at Gibraltar which we didn't find out about until we actually were on the ship!
Of the places we travelled to, I would have to say that Barcelona was my least favourite and this was probably down to the time of year we were visiting - it was just too hot! Normally I'm fascinated by cities and seeing everything working chaotically in motion, but something about Barcelona just caused me to adopt a mild disliking of the place.
On the flip side however, my favourite place that we travelled to was either Cannes (France), Valencia (Spain) or Lisbon (Portugal). I enjoyed all of these places simply because of how different they were to what I was expecting and how nice they were. I'd definitely like to return to Cannes among other places in France as it seems like a place I would really enjoy visiting. The tour we did of Cannes was very much based around movies and popular culture due to Cannes' long history of affiliation with the film industry, being home to one of the most famous (if not, the most famous) film festivals in the world: the Cannes Film Festival.
I enjoyed Valencia once again because of how different it was to my expectations. We toured Valencia by horse and carriage which was certainly different and a very enjoyable way to see the city. I would definitely recommend doing this from the city's main square if you ever travel there!
Finally, I enjoyed Lisbon because of how nice everything was there. From the scenery to the people, it was all wonderful. The city was beautiful and the Portuguese people were very friendly. Although there didn't seem like much to do there, there was plenty to see and it was just spectacular, from the modern high-rise buildings to the small, winding streets which became jammed with traffic as the decades old trams passed through. This city is simply amazing and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to travel to Europe. It's a must-see, without a doubt. We toured the city on the Caravel on Wheels, which seems to be quite a new thing judging by its very little online presence and lacking familiarity with both tourists and locals. The tour lasted around two and a half hours and went around and out of the city to show us the best of what the area has to offer in terms of historical sites and each seat was equipped with a touchscreen showing an interactive map with videos telling you about the different places you were seeing. This tour was probably one of the best things we did on holiday and again it is a must-do!
Overall I had a great holiday however I'm glad to be back home and back in my normal routine of not doing as much as I feel I should be.
Another major thing that's happened in the past few weeks, this week to be precise, is that I have changed what college I will be attending in September. A few days before I went on holiday I attended the taster day for the college I was pretty set on going to, only to be left disappointed at the end of the day. This led me to contacting East Norfolk Sixth Form in Gorleston the following day and submitting an application there which in turn led me to attending their taster day the day after and I was much more impressed by this college. Yesterday I attended my interview there and not only have I been offered a place but I've also been put on their ExtENd programme which, in a nut shell, is a very well structured gifted and talented programme for students achieving the highest grades at GCSE which prepares them for applying Russell Group universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
I'm very excited to start college and when I do start I will probably begin posting bi-weekly updates on life in general and what's going on in college, both to keep you all in the know and to keep almost what might seem like a diary which would be nice to look back on in a few years when I finish college and later in life.
That's it for this week's post and I'll be back next Thursday with another one, so check back then.
EDIT: If you would like to see some of my holiday photos, you can by following me on Instagram (click here)

18 June 2016

I have returned (finally), and with me I bear news of many things. Without further ado, let's get started!
So, where have I been? The main reason I haven't been active in the past couple of months is that I've been busy both revising for and doing my GCSE exams at school. For any of my overseas readers who aren't familiar with GCSEs, GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. The result of these exams are the outcome of my 12 years of compulsory education and for some people who aren't going to college, they will be the results that get them through the rest of their professional lives. I however will be attending college and I will be attending the taster day in a couple of weeks, so be sure to check back then for some information about what will be my first day at college!
How did I find my exams? Well if I'm completely honest, I thought they were a breeze and they were a lot easier than they were talked up to be! All of my mock exams and in-class tests have been much harder than the exams were, so I'm fairly confident that I've done quite well in most subjects. I think I may have messed up my English language and literature exams very slightly but I don't think I did so on a major scale. Other than that, there were very few things I'm not too confident about and the rest I found went quite well, this of course was the result of lots of last minute cramming and revision, which works well for me and which was strongly discouraged by the school who told us that cramming never works. After taking 21 exams, my last one being yesterday morning, I have now finished school and only have to go in one more time (Tuesday) for my leavers' event which I'm looking forward to quite a lot because there will be a bouncy castle. I LOVE bounce castles!
So what's been going on outside of school? Still, quite a lot. My biggest and most exciting pieces of news are Kuk Sool related. The first bit is the most exciting thing that's happened all year, and possibly in the whole of my Kuk Sool journey. As of the end of April, myself and classmate, Oakley, are the official instructors of the advanced juniors class at Kuk Sool Won of Lowestoft. I completed my instructor course in November 2012 and Oakley is to complete his in the coming weeks and it is amazing to be able to put the experience and knowledge gained from this course to practical use with both planning, taking and reflecting upon classes. I feel that since we first took over the class we both have improved a lot in the field of instructing and I know for sure that I have gained a lot more confidence.
My other piece of Kuk Sool related news is that I took part in the WKSA European Championships in Norwich two weeks ago and I had a very good outcome. This was my first tournament in the second degree black belt division (as I only promoted to this rank at last year's tournament) so although I was determined to get at least three medals to beat what I did last year, I was not expecting to get as good as I had hoped. Through determination and lots of practice however, I was to beat my goal by a long way by getting five medals! I got bronzes in reverse sword, short stick and sparring. silver in self defense techniques and gold in traditional empty-handed forms. I am delighted with the outcome of the tournament however one bad thing did come of the day and this was an injury to my foot which I incurred during my first sparring match when I kicked a little too hard and my opponent blocked the kick with his knee! My foot was quite bad during the days which followed however I made a full recovery after about a week. Some of my videos from the day can be found here whilst some of my photos can be found here.
Outside of both Kuk Sool and school, I have some more exciting news and that's the structural change and expansion of BBHS Eco into Waveney Eco, which is being directed by myself. This change involves expanding the group around the Waveney area instead of just limiting it to the Benjamin Britten Academy, from where myself and the other members of the group have just departed. For more information on this exciting change, please visit the FAQ page.
So that's what's been happening, but now I've finished school I'm on a two and a half month break so I'll be sticking to my usual posting schedule once again which means there will be a new post every Thursday, so I'll speak to you all next week!

31 March 2016

Being in the final year of compulsory education, a lot of pressure is put on myself and my peers regarding our future career ambitions and really deciding what we want to do with our lives. With that being said, I'd like to share the outcome of these thoughts with you and let you know exactly what my goals are in life and where I want to be in, for example, 10 years. So let's work chronologically with this, starting with my current situation.
In just over a month I will be sitting my GCSE exams which for me consist of 21 exams spanning over a period of 32 days (with a one week break during this period). In these exams, I am predicted to achieve mainly A*s and A's which I'm fairly confident I will achieve in most subjects. If all goes well with these, the acceptance of my application to the A Level courses in computer science, geography, mathematics and sociology will be finalised and I will begin my 2 year study period at college in September. From here I plan to go to university to study either geography, sociology or mathematics. At the moment, I am leaning towards mathematics for my university degree as I believe a degree in this is not only something I would enjoy working towards but it is also something desirable in terms of opening new career doors and opportunities for me in the future.
So what do I plan on doing when I leave education then? As of now, I plan to re-enter education but from the other end; I plan to be a teacher. Of which subject I still have yet to decide but I am in no rush to as still have 6 or 7 years to do. At the moment, the subjects I have in mind are the subjects which I am planning on taking at A Level (geography, ICT, mathematics and sociology). I have chosen these subjects both because they're things I enjoy learning about and they are things that I am good at.
Why do I want to be a teacher though? The simple answer to this is that I enjoy doing it. I regularly teach at Kuk Sool, having graduated the leadership course just after I turned 13. I am experienced and confident with teaching both beginners and advanced students of any age group and in both large groups and small groups and generally my teaching is well received and I often get good feedback from both students and those observing my teaching. Another reason I would like to be a teacher is that I enjoy breaking things down, explaining things and helping people understand things. Aside from the actual teaching aspect, there are two more reasons I would like to be a teacher. One of them is that I admire my current teachers at school for what they do and I look up to some of them as role models and people which I want to be like when I'm older. The other reason is that I enjoy creating things - lesson plans, presentations and various other resources which would be beneficial in teaching. With this being said, I'd like to put my resources to practical use in teaching.
Where do I plan on teaching though? That is a question with an answer yet to be decided, I do however know that the answer will heavily depend on my Kuk Sool training for I'd like to continue training Kuk Sool wherever I decide to locate myself. For the first few years I will probably stay in Lowestoft, my home town, where I can save up some money in order to put a deposit on a house elsewhere and then I will go from there. I'd like to move to London, where most of my family are, however I'd be equally satisfied in another city with a good infrastructure in place and which is easy to get around as living in a big city has always been my dream simply because I love seeing the world in motion. I want to live somewhere where there's things to see and do whatever hour I am out. I want to live in a city which never sleeps.
What are your ambitions for when you're older? What do you aspire to do or be? Where would you like to live and what's your dream job? I'd love to hear from you with your answers in the comments section below or via email.

6 March 2016

This post follows on from my Grades over Education post from last year and is based around the same concepts however is more about how the grades we get affect our lives than how grades interfere with our 'education' receiving.
I'm currently in year 11 which is the final year of compulsory education in England and it is also the year in which we take our GCSE exams. This means that I am just weeks away from beginning my exams and most of my controlled assessments and coursework has been completed, handed in, and marked. One of the most unfair things I see in the current examination process is the inconsistency in marking and difficulty of the exams themselves.
The first point I'd like to make is regarding grade boundaries. These are the numbers of marks you need to get in order to achieve certain grades. For example, the grade boundaries for my recent business studies controlled assessment meant that I had to get at least 38 marks out of 40 in order to get an A* and I am pleased to say that I was successful in doing so. In 2012 however, you only had to get 36 marks to get an A*. Does this mean that someone who gets 36 marks this year is less qualified than someone who got the same amount of marks 4 years ago? Apparently so.
According to my teachers who have discussed the matter before, grade boundaries are adjusted each year in order to ensure that certain percentages of the country get certain grades every year, hence the grade boundaries are shifted around each year in order to satisfy a quota of students achieving each grade every year. Whether this is true or not, I have no idea. If it is however I find it to be an outrage. I believe that grade boundaries should remain the same every year, no matter what the national performance is. If as a whole we perform poorly it should stay that way. The grade boundaries shouldn't be shifted in order to compensate for this and make people look more qualified that they should be.
To put this into context, let's say a maths exam was marked out of 100 and the highest anyone in the country got was 50 marks. From what I understand, this system would then cause the grade boundary for A* to be lowered below half of what the paper is out of. 50 marks would probably be about a C or D grade the previous year, however someone achieving the same amount of marks the next year would be getting an A*. Although this is a very extreme example, it is still a valid one if what my teachers have told me is correct.
Another one of the many factors I took into consideration when thinking about the accuracy of grades representing our knowledge is the fact that the difficulty of exams is inconsistent and differs every year. This makes the examination process even more unfair for it means that someone who did a maths exam last year could have had it much harder than someone doing it this year. This means that two people of equal intelligence could come out of exams with very different results just because they did the exams in different years and one year was a lot harder than another. This again is not fair.
In my opinion, the grade system should be scrapped all together and the results of exams should be more in depth than a letter or number. They should be written feedback summarising what you are good at and what you need to improve upon. This way, we would get a lot more out of exams, as would potential employers reading our resumes. In the long run I feel it would also level out the playing field and remove most of the things many people see as unfair in the current examination process, such as the things I mentioned earlier in this post.

What do you think about this matter? I'd love to hear from you so drop a comment down below with your thoughts!

25 February 2016

One of the most common things I hear spoken about when people are on the topic of gender equality is the amount of women in high up jobs. In my opinion, we have it all wrong when we use this as an indicator of whether men and women have reached equality, however, because gender is not the only factor taken into account when selecting someone to do a job. In fact, it's quite the opposite and this is very rarely a factor taken into account at all.
So when people use this as a measurement of gender equality, I struggle to see their logic. It's almost as if they're hoping for more than just equality of the sexes but in fact they are wanting synchronisation of the sexes, which is ridiculous. They're not wanting men and women to be given equal opportunities but rather they're wanting equal amounts of men and women to be interested in and want the same things and this is just absurd! Yes, men and women can be and are interested in the same things but it seems ridiculous to almost be suggesting that they have to. It's almost as if they want to sacrifice freedom in a bid to secure what they believe is gender equality, however is it really 'gender equality'?
If we were to try and get a perfect balance of men and women in every institution then surely we would actually be becoming more sexist for we would be selecting people for jobs based on their gender, simply to balance out the amount of people in said institution belonging to each sex. This isn't gender equality, this is sexism worse than what we currently have in Western society. You have to consider that when a man and a women are both applying for a job, it's not up to their gender to decide who gets the job. It's up to their skills and what they can bring to the table. If the man is better suited to the job, he will get it. If the woman is better suited to the job then she will get it. In most cases their gender won't even be revealed to the person choosing who they want to do the job.
Another factor to consider is the fact that women and men generally aren't interested in the same sorts of job. Yes, that is a very bold statement and it's not true always, but in a lot of cases (going by statistics) it is true. I often see articles about very small percentages of technology companies and engineering companies being made up of female workers, and I've seen a lot of push to get females into these industries over the past few years, but has anyone ever considered that maybe the lower amounts of females in these fields is just down to a lack of interest in said fields by females? Just because only 30% of Google's employees are female, it doesn't make them sexist. It just means that either less women are interested in the jobs they have to offer there or those who do apply for the jobs don't get them for valid reasons, such as their competition being better suited for the job.

So do we still think using statistics for numbers of women in certain jobs is a good scale to measure gender equality? Drop a comment down below with your thoughts on the matter."

4 February 2016

I'm forever seeing social media posts consulting 'society' to change and making bold statements such as 'society is wrong', etc. People don't seem to understand the concept of change, and who exactly society is though.
So what is the definition of 'society' then? There are actually multiple definitions, I've chosen the one which seems most relevant to the point I'm trying to make though.

Society (noun)

The body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community.
Society is us. We are society. Us; the people. When we're suggesting change in society and making observations that 'society is wrong', we're forgetting that we are a part of said society. It is within our power to make change in society and we are fully capable of doing so.
There's no point in sitting back and simply being a social commentator if all you're going to do is complain and point out the wrong in everything. Yes, you're doing a good job of making a point of things not being right, but I'm sure people are capable of thinking for themselves, and you're definitely capable of doing more than what you're doing. Yes, it's nice to hear someone else's viewpoint on things every now and again and it's nice for people to point out problems. What, in my opinion, isn't nice is the fact that these people often sit back and do nothing about these problems. They expect others to take action on them. It's just lazy. But back to the point I'm trying to make, I also find it ironic that people are often blaming problems on 'society' and leaving it at that. Society is us and if we don't like how society works, we can change it by working together as a community.
People also often don't seem to understand that change is possible and if a large enough proportion of 'society' changes its opinions or views, society has changed. Change has been made. It doesn't always stay the same; in fact, it's forever changing. It's not going to be the same all the time unless you have it in your head that it is, because if you're convinced that change isn't possible then that will become true. In our masses, we are the ones making change in society but if we don't think change is possible then it won't happen. It's a fact. If we begin to realise and acknowledge that actually we are the ones capable of creating change for the better, then that will begin to happen and the world will become a much more pleasant place to live in. So why don't we?
It's time we stop just making observations and we start making change. Instead of consulting change in society and pointing out problems in social media posts and then sitting back and waiting for someone to do something about them, be that someone and make that change. Create a better society; a better world. You're capable of doing it, so what are you waiting for? Create campaigns, petitions, fundraising events. Create change.

21 January 2016

Happy Thursday! As you may recall, I was extremely inactive in the month of December due to my mock exams and the preparation surrounding them. Today, after weeks of eager anticipation, I got my results for them which I am very happy with. I achieved/exceeded my target grades in all subjects apart from the sciences which I thought is quite ironic as they're the only subjects I really revised for! So from that can we take the conclusion that less revision leads to better grades? If only!
In all serious though, I'm grateful for the fact that I didn't do as well as I'd have liked to in my science subjects as this gives me both guidance and motivation to revise more for what I need to focus on when it comes to preparation for my actual GCSE exams in May/June this year.
For those interested, here are my target grades and mock exam results:

Subject Target Result
Business Studies A A*
English Language A A
Geography A A*
ICT A A*
Mathematics A* A*
Religious Studies A A*
Biology U1 A* A
Biology U2 A* C
Chemistry U1 A* B
Chemistry U2 A* B
Physics U1 A* A*
Physics U2 A* B

Now that all of this mock exam related business is out the way, I am able to resume posting as normal. Normal posting will resume on Thursday, 4th February.

14 January 2016

Life is not a straight line. It's not a set timeline. It's not something that can be done right or wrong. It's what you make of it.
It's okay if you don't finish school, get married, get a job or live comfortably at a point when some of your peers do, because each person is individual and can do whatever they want. They don't need to be doing the same thing as their peers. You're allowed to do what you want with your life, and if you're not happy then you are in the drivers seat and you can make change. It's okay to back track, it's okay to have time, and it's okay to go against what others are doing. After all, it's your life and behind all of the things society implants into our brains and these 'natural' senses of morals, all that matters is happiness and survival, both of individuals and of large groups. Don't worry about what other people tell you you should be doing, worry about what you want to be doing and what you feel is necessary in order for you to be happy and satisfied, either now or in the long term.
I personally consider myself a happy person and I use my happiness in order to try and keep other people happy. Do I do it because I have been told to or feel pressured to? Of course not! I do it because seeing other people being happy makes me happy. Happiness is contagious. If I can make other people happy, their happiness makes me happy. Ultimately, most things I do come down to me trying to make myself happy and when it's put like that, it does sound very selfish. In making myself happy, I am making other people happy though so to a certain extent it's not so selfish. I am doing it because I want to though. Just like you should do things that you want to do.
There's no point in living a life in which you are unhappy just to fit in with what's expected of you and what other people say you should have done by now. Don't live by unnatural guidelines and game plans which are created by people who think they know what they're on about and think everyone should be the same. Live by the natural guidelines, or lack there of should I say. There are no guidelines. No time frames. No game plans. Just your life, waiting to be lived to its fullest and exploited of all good things by yourself. Make the most of the time you have here, don't do things just to fit in and don't be unhappy. Your happiness is - in most cases - in your own hands and you're the only one with full power and control over it. If you're unhappy then make some changes in your life and I guarantee that you'll find a way to be happy. Happiness may not come after the first change you make, and maybe not even the second change. If you keep making changes and remain focused on the goal of happiness, it will come eventually and you'll be grateful for it and the changes you made.
Remember, nothing worth having comes easy. You need to work for it in most cases.

20 December 2015

Wow, what a month!
Firstly, I'd like to apologise for my absence from posting. I've been really busy at school and I haven't had time to sit down and write a post for this blog nor the other two I run. Why have I been busy, you ask? Exams.
As you may know, I am in my final year of compulsory education which means I'll be sitting my GCSEs in less that 6 months. I feel like I should be more worried about them but I'm not at all worried, which I'm hoping is a good thing. Anyway, in order to get us ready for our real exams, we sat a series of mock exams last week at school and I've been doing nothing but revising for the past couple of weeks in preparation for them. Actually, I tell a lie. I've been doing nothing but thinking about revising for the past couple of weeks in preparation for them. I only really started revising the weekend before the exams started and, to be honest, yes that did put a bit more pressure on me that I'd have liked but at the same time I'm glad I did that because it seemed to work. I managed to get through almost all 9 of my exams confidently, with one exception. The one I'm not too confident about is chemistry and I'm not afraid to admit that I've fudged that one right up. At least now I know what subject I need to focus more on though!
Aside from chemistry however I think I've done really well. I got through my maths exam with ease and I didn't even think about revising for that because maths is just something I can do. I got through my English exam well and I think I've done quite well on that but I'm also pretty confident that my teacher will pick up on a lot of things I can do better. I think I've probably gotten a B in English which, to be honest, I'm not too fussed about. I can live with a B, in English anyway. I also think I did quite well in my religious studies paper which I found to be really easy!
I surprised myself in my biology exam which I completed with ease, despite biology being my weak point. I've either done really well and surprised myself or I've gained confidence in some very questionable 'knowledge'. My business studies and ICT exams were very easy, as was my geography one to a certain extent. The only thing I think I've mucked up in my geography one is one of the case studies. This shouldn't affect my grade too much if I've done as well as I've thought in the rest of the paper though. The other two exams I had were chemistry and physics. Physics I believe I've done okay in however I didn't finish the final page, and chemistry... Well yeah, that happened.
So aside from my mocks, nothing much has happened. Kuk Sa Nim came to town for the Kuk Sool seminar last month, and a grading took place which I assisted with. Aside from that, it's all been quiet. School's finished for the year, Kuk Sool's finished for the year. It's just time to sit back, relax, and watch the calendar roll over one more time.
I'd like to thank everyone who played a part in my 2015 for making it such an amazing year full of great experiences and great fun. I'd also like to thank you, all of my readers and followers who have really helped me with the blog over the past year, making it bigger and more successful than I'd ever have imagined it to be. I'd like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and I hope you all have a happy new year full of great times and good fortune. That's me done for the year so I'll see you all in 2016 where I'll be posting every Thursday. See you soon!

15 November 2015

Following the recent occurrences of terror attacks around the world in various locations, I thought it would be appropriate to write a post in response to them. Before I start however I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to anyone affected by the attacks and the families of those who lost their lives. The events were truly tragic and it doesn't seem right to talk about them without first addressing my sympathy and sorrow. On with the post.
It's time we unite. Not just as a country, not just as a continent and not even as the west. It's time we unite at the world. As one body. Let's not just, as some are saying, "kill the terrorist scum" by dropping bombs on Eastern countries. That's not the way forward. Surely that would make us just as bad. From my understanding, a lot of terror attacks happen because Eastern countries and terror organisations feel threatened and under attack from Western countries and hence retaliate with attacks as such. If we were to attack them in return, we'd simply be asking for war which is not what we want. If we attacked them they'd probably respond in exactly the same way we responded to their attacks. Even taking the effect on us out of the equation, it's still not the right thing to do - it's killing; killing is wrong.
There are bad people in the world who kill without remorse. We can't become this though. I believe we need to unite and seek a way to stop this madness without using "revenge" as a motive. We won't be able to kill all of 'them', and even if we were able to it would be wrong and there would just be another uprising of new 'terrorists'. Instead of attacking and setting a bad example, we need to teach. We need to work together and let these people know what they're doing wrong. We need to teach them that this is wrong, selfish and cruel. We need to help stop what these people doing.

12 November 2015

A question that daunts us all: what happens when we die? There is no definite answer. There never has been and there probably never will be. All we have is our own opinions and in this post I will share with you my opinions, which seems very strange now that I think about it.
Those who have the misfortune of dying, which is most if not all of us one day, will see what really happens but until then it's just guesses based on what we want to happen and what other people say they want. Some people claim to have died and seen things and then come back to life. Some believe these stories and some don't. Again, it's up to you to decide whether you believe them. I personally remain without an opinion when it comes to these stories. I do however have an opinion on what I think happens to us when we die.
One of the first things you have to consider when thinking about what happens when we die has to be beliefs in things such as religion. I personally consider myself religious in that I believe in there being a God and I believe in Heaven. I don't believe in Hell however because I believe that by sending people to Hell, God would be undermining the concept of forgiveness which plays a part in his religion. I believe that when we die we go to Heaven. Everyone goes to Heaven and gets to live the life they've always wanted. They don't need to be bad or sad anymore because they have everything they want right at their disposal. They can be happy and have whatever they want.
Some however don't believe in God and this may change their views on what happens immensely.
Another factor to take into consideration when answering this question is what you think you really is. What makes our person us? What is us? This is a hard question to phrase so I'll try to explain it like this. If it were possible to extract all of the information from my brain and say import this data onto a robot's hard drive, the robot wouldn't be me. I wouldn't be in control of the robot, the robot would just have a hard drive filled with my memories. So what is it inside of my person which I actually am? Is it a physical thing or is it just a spirit? Whatever it is, does it count as part of my body or is it just a thing? When I die and go wherever I do, will my body come with me or will it just be my spirit? Is my body even a real thing or am I just imagining everything? What if my body isn't even a thing? What if none of our bodies are real things? Sorry, I'm supposed to be answering the question here. I'll get back on track now.
If you didn't get anything from that last paragraph, the point I was trying to make was that we don't actually know what makes our person us. Our body may not even be part of us and may just be a shell which only exists on Earth and we lose it when we die and go somewhere else.
It is also important for you to consider what you think life actually is before drawing conclusions to the given question. I honestly don't know what life is. Was it created on purpose or accidentally? Does whoever/whatever created it know about it? If so, what do they want from it? Why did they do it and why do they maintain it? In some respects, this could link back to the religious side of things. As I say, I don't really understand the meaning of life but I do have a theory about the creation though and it combines the religious views with the scientific views. I believe that the universe was created by God, as was Earth and life, but life didn't start as human life. It started from single cell organisms which evolved to create life as we know it today - humans, modern animals, etc.
Who is God though? Is it this almighty being we all picture it to be or is it just a teenager in a larger universe who has us under his bed as an old science project? Or is the Earth or even universe just a tiny thing floating around among other particles in this larger universe? I probably sound like a 5 year old in my attempts to explain these theories because I'm just not one with words today. Apologies for that.
The last thing you have to take into consideration when trying to answer this question, in my opinion, is your own opinions or visions. When I was little I had this reoccurring dream which I had at least 3 or 4 times. Three or Four times may not seem that significant to you, but it does to me and this really stuck out to me. I was in a small house with a Chinese family. In a living room with open French doors on each side of the quite narrow room. One side led to a green courtyard, surrounded by a white wall whilst the other led somewhere unknown. I was sat on a red one-seater sofa with a dark wood coffee table in front of me and a two-seater sofa the other side of it. 
I remember some Chinese soldiers or assassins or something coming into the courtyard and the Chinese lady telling me to hide in a panicked tone. The men came in, dressed completely in black, and shot her with their machine guns. One of them came around and saw me hiding behind the sofa, and that was it. They shot me. I was dead. 
Normally, you would wake up at this point but I didn't. I just fell down and I was dead. It was just like being alive though. I could still see and hear, I just couldn't do anything. Is this what happens when we die? It's certainly the closest experience to death I've ever had, even if it was just a dream!
That probably sounds ridiculous.
What do you think? Leave a comment down below with your thoughts!

5 November 2015

Wow, it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Apologies for that but I've been kind of busy! What have I been up to I hear you ask? Lots of things! Let's start from half way through the school term, just after I last posted an update post. 
As you may already know, I am head of the Eco Group at The Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft, and during the summer holidays I was contacted by one of the many people behind the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards who had come across the group's website which I created and run. She told me that she was impressed with what she had found out about our group online and informed me that we were eligible to enter the education category of the awards and sent me an application form via email which I filled in whilst waiting for a flight to Koh Samui from Bangkok Airport! I submitted the form and was thrilled to have Mr Champion burst into my SE lesson half way through the school term with a huge grin on his face and bearing the great news that we had been shortlisted for the awards. In the weeks following this great news, we had the people come in to video us for a video clip to be shown at the awards and we also received the extremely exciting news that the awards event would be hosted by actress Dani Harmer and TV presenter David Whiteley. Another piece of news which we received was that the event would be on Tuesday 27th October. This piece of news disappointed me immensely as it meant I would be unable to attend the event alongside my team as I stayed in London with my grandad for the first half of this week, as I do every year. Although I wasn't able to attend, I'd still like to talk about the awards ceremony but I'll save that until later in the post!
As I mentioned above, I stayed with my grandad in his house-boat in Hampton Court, as I do every October half term. The only difference this year is that I made my way there all by myself on the train, as opposed to having my mum with my like I normally do. I loved traveling alone because it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy the train ride (and eat free biscuits and drink way too much tea bc first class). I got there alright and was greeted by my grandad and his wife at Liverpool Street station, from which we departed on the bus to Waterloo station where we got the train to Hampton Court. The following day, we walked into Kingston via Bushy Park and had a look around the shops and got a coffee. Later that day, I had a mini birthday party with some other family members who live in London, like I do every year when I go there for it is usually on the week before my birthday! (And this year was no exception)
The next day, we went out into London during the day and then later in the afternoon we went to the car garage to look at a new car which my grandad wanted to get. The following day, of course, he bought it. I now see where I get my impromptu decision making skills from. But anyway, earlier on the Tuesday (before we bought the car), we went to Everyman Cinema to see Spectre. I loved everything about this, from the film to the cinema itself. The cinema was made up of comfortable sofas rather than your standard cinema seats and we had the most amazing ice cream during the film. For most of the film, I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Skyfall but I still thought it was great and I thought it was amazing when it got nearer the end! Later that day we went to the Hammersmith Apollo to see Dynamo. Wow. This was probably the best thing I've ever seen and the most amazing night of my life. I've never been so excited and happy. I've been watching Dynamo on TV for years but I've never even dreamed of seeing him in real life, yet there I was. The whole thing was amazing and I'm not going to spoil it for anyone. You have to see it to believe it. On the way to this, I got some very exciting notifications on my phone which came from the Bernard Matthews Youth Award Twitter feed. We won the award and I am very proud to say that! You can read more about this at bbhseco.org.
The next day, I headed back on the train but it didn't go as smoothly as it did on the way there. I got to Norwich alright but the Norwich to Lowestoft train was cancelled due to a mechanical failure so a substitute coach was put in place which unfortunately filled up before I could get on. This meant I had to get in a taxi provided by the train company with some people I didn't know and this taxi only went as far as Somerleyton, from where I got a lift from one of the ladies in the taxi to my house.
On the Thursday, my mum and I visited my aunty and baby cousin in Ipswich and then on Friday we went to Norwich. I returned to school on Monday and then Wednesday was my birthday. I had a great birthday and would like to thank everyone who made my day special by wishing me happy birthday, giving me presents or doing nice things for me. I really appreciate it and am very thankful for it all! As well as it being my birthday, I also had an interview with the principal of Lowestoft Sixth Form College which I really enjoyed. She was extremely friendly and helpful in answering my questions and letting me know about sixth form and I really enjoyed meeting her and discussing the college. I was extremely pleased to be offered a place at the college at the end of the interview and I look forward to accepting this place when it comes to it!
I'll be returning to my usual posting schedule next week, so I'll see you all in the next one!

20 October 2015

As someone who's been blogging for a very long while, I think I'm in a good position for speaking on behalf of quite a lot of bloggers, especially those who I follow and have connections with. In this post, I'll be outlining a few points as to why I love blogging and I'll also hopefully persuade you to join me in blogging to create some sort of cult in which we shame society and complain about everything that's wrong with the world, even those little things that don't matter or affect anyone at all. Okay, maybe we won't do that. It would be nice however if I could bring over a few new people to the blogging community in order for them to start their journey of expressing their feelings online.

So firstly, why do I love blogging?

I love blogging because it gives me a chance to express my feelings on things which bother me. This is important because I'm a very introverted person who doesn't like to show or express their feelings in person. I only tend to to express my feelings when something's really bothering me or getting to me because I fear that I'll look or sound silly if I express my feelings usually, and I really don't like to create a scene which I always fear will happen if I try to express how I'm really feeling in certain situations. I do however feel comfortable expressing my feelings towards certain things online and on here, and to further this point I'd like to make a point of saying that I've never before told anyone how I feel about expressing my feelings and being introverted. It's something I've only talked about in this post.
Another reason I love blogging is that I love being able to share my opinions, especially as someone who wants to be a teacher one day. I also love the fact that the people who are reading my blogs are able to leave comments of their own opinions below my posts and I'm able to either have debates or nod in agreement to people furthering or agreeing with what I'm saying. Blogging has opened my eyes up much wider to problems in the world and it has given me a much better insight to alternative views on things that people may have, and this is amazing!
Through blogging I have made a lot of friends and connections with people all over the world and have deepened my knowledge of subjects which I'm interested in greatly. Although it's taken about four years to get there, my blog is doing well, attracting between 60 and 150 unique page views every day and getting at least one comment on every post. I feel good after writing blog posts and I love everything about blogging!

Why you should blog!

Well, why shouldn't you? If you've read and understood what I just said then what are you waiting for? You can write about whatever you want (that's the beauty of it - there's nobody to tell you what you're doing is right or wrong because there is no right or wrong. It's what you want it to be). By blogging you'll make new friends, you'll feel good for expressing your feelings, and you'll get feedback on these feelings. And if you're worried about not being able to set it up yourself or build up an audience, don't worry - I'm here and willing to help. Just drop a comment or email me if you wish for me to help you out with anything like this!