Inspirational post: Follow your dreams

Four years ago I went to a Yoko Ono exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Ono’s artworks were all interactive and her theme was to encourage peace. This one artwork involved a suitcase and we, the audience, were meant to write on an envelope where in the world we would like to go and place the letter in this suitcase. On that day, I wished to go to England ad almost two years ago that dream came true!  Always believe in what you wish for and never stop trying to make your dreams a reality 

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Inspirational Post: Donating Blood

So, this morning I was feeling a little down but then I received this text and it brought things into perspective. Sometimes I may not appreciate my own existence but it doesn’t matter as long as I’m leaving a mark on the world for the better, and a simple blood donation that I made saved approximately three lives!! Nothing makes life more worth living than that!

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Acne PSA #2

So, I’ve been receiving a few well-meaning comments about my acne lately (*every time I have a break out). I do everything I can to stop it and I promise that whatever you’re suggesting is something I’ve looked into. Sometimes I wear makeup to cover it up and feel good about myself because it’s hard to have decent self-esteem when you’ve got scars and spots (but unfortunately makeup usually makes my break-out worse!). Please don’t comment on acne, not to me and not to others! Maybe I’m just sensitive and other people with acne don’t mind, but I always feel worse about myself when people point out my pimples and try to give me advice about it. I want to be able to be happy in my own skin, whether I’m wearing makeup or not! So here is a no makeup photo with no filters except for the Christmas deer thingo. #psa

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Anxiety & Depression

 

“I know everyone sees me as being loud, confident and opinionated but I suffer from depression. These traits are my coping strategy. If we haven’t spoken for ages doesn’t mean I don’t care, it means I’m not coping. I don’t like to ask for help as I don’t like to burden my friends and family.

“Having depression and anxiety is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. Its wanting friends but scared of socialising. It’s wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely. It’s caring about everything then caring about nothing. Its feeling everything at once then feeling paralysingly numb.”

-Kathryn Rice Ne Brazer.

10 Interesting Facts from (mainly ancient) History

1. You know how statues from the ancient world are famous for their marble look? What if I told you they were painted back in the day… (Here is a photo I took from the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge. On the left is a cast of the statue as it looks today and on the right is a depiction of how it would have looked when it was made.)

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2. Spartan men only participated in homosexual relations until marriage so upon marrying the woman was required to shave her head and dress in mens clothing as a way of easing him into heterosexuality.

3. “All European lines converge in the 10th century… For instance, Charlemagne is the ancestor of literally every European” (Rutherford). Similarly, anyone with Chinese heritage is descended from Genghis Khan. (Further reading: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2930277/Eleven-fathers-Asia-800-million-modern-men-descended-ancient-leaders-including-Genghis-Khan.html)

4. The Biblical creation story and the ancient Egyptian creation story are quintessentially the same, except one is monotheistic and the other polytheistic.

In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void (Hu and Hauhet), and darkness (Kuk and Kauket) was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God (Amun and Amaunet) moved upon the face of the waters (Nun and Naunet). -Genesis 1:1-2.

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5. Christians in the Coptic Period practiced magic.

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6. The Greek word ‘δράκων’ used in the Bible is translated as ‘serpent’. While drakon is usually translated as ‘lizard’ it can also mean ‘dragon’ or ‘dinosaur’. Is this evidence for the existence of dragons in Biblical times? Also worth noting: dragons exist in every known mythology.

7. The Emperor Nero (AKA ‘Caligula’) made his horse consul (an important political position in ancient Rome).

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8. Images of penises were used in Pompeii as signs pointing the direction of brothels

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9. The ancient Egyptians believed the heart was the centre of thought. It was the only organ kept inside the mummy’s body. The lungs, intestine, stomach, and liver were preserved inside canopic jars. Meanwhile, the brain was thought as useless and thrown away.

10. There is a rumour that Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a serial killer from the 16th-17th centuries, bathed in the blood of virgin girls in order to retain the appearance of youth.