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This quote has recently come into my life (for some reason I’ve made it sound sentient) and it has absolutely made me think hard about somethings because to me it’s truly inspirational. A view that often makes its way into people’s heads is that we need to succeed in what ever what we do. I’m not sure why we think it but we just do. Do we really need to succeed all the time though? Failing and or falling down (often the same thing) is what makes us human. It makes those times when we succeed so much better because we have to work for it.
When ever we fall it always feels easier to lay down and pull the blanket of defeat over our self. It’s those times where we really need to remember quotes like this. I know what it feels like to succeed under the watch of defeat. It’s one of the most amazing feelings in the world. You feel as though that everything is over then and there and that it can’t possibly get any better. Then all of a sudden it happens. We achieve what we were working for. We over come the odds and the prospect of defeat.
There are a few things this quote teaches us. It teaches us that it IS okay to fail and that getting up after failure is always the best option. So remember this quote. Use it to guide you to true glory!
The following is an oral presentation on Gender Equality I wrote and presented for my year 12 English class.
The topic I shall be talking about today is gender equality.
Before I lose your attention I would like you to do something for me. I would like you not to face me but to face the people at your table and to face your class mates around you. As you sit here looking around at each other, you sit there as a class. You sit there as friends. You sit there as equals.
Every day people of all ages both male and female are teased and or discriminated against because of their gender. Young and teenage girls are told what to do what wear and how to behave, they are not included in supposed male activities and have their opinions ignored simply because they are female. Young and teenage boys have to like and wear supposed manly colours, enjoy and play sport and at all times have to be strong and composed. As much as I would like to say otherwise, gender discrimination DOES continue to happen after the teenage years and into adulthood. Men do all the hands on jobs and all the heavy lifting while women to all the smart people behind the scenes jobs and get paid less for it. Are these ideas and concepts correct, accurate or acceptable? No. Plainly and simply, NO. Why such gender based assumptions are even around today eludes me and the fact the people live by and agree with them disgusts me. People regardless of their age and gender should be allowed to do what they want, wear what they want, believe what they want and enjoy what they want and be paid based on their job and not on their gender.
Lets take a trip to the Middle East and again look around at your class mates. Half of you go to school whilst the other half are not even allowed to dream of an education. Half of you go out and work for money whilst the other of you stay home cooking and cleaning not to make money but to make sure that the rest of the family have food to eat and clean clothes for the next day. Half you are strong and superior whilst the other are ignored and unimportant. It does not take much thought to figure out how these groupings are decided. It takes very little thought to figure out that these groups are split into male and female. Although such thoughts exist in certain places in a handful of countries, saying it’s less of an issue is in my opinion completely incorrect. Gender inequality is a serious issue regardless of where it is and how often or how much it happens.
For those who may be asking why gender inequality is such a problem and why we so often hear about why a change NEEDS to be made, just imagine that you’re being left out of activities amongst your friends because your name starts with the letter F or you were born on a Saturday. Along side gender based discrimination it’s absolutely outrageous.
An article posted on the website theconversation.com on November the 17th states “In 2010, single men’s wealth was on average 23% higher than single women’s wealth holdings.” and that this is double of what it was in 2002. An article published on the website Dailylife.com.au in reference to Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and her thoughts on gender equality adds emphasis to these statistics stating that “this is astonishing, especially when you consider that young women are more likely than young men to go to university.”
Finally in the same article, the writer Senator Larissa Waters states “the courageous women I know who are loudly, proudly advocating for equal rights and opportunities for women are certainly not “whingeing” – they are feminists, they are leaders and they should be applauded for their work.”
Anyone can join the movement toward the gender equality whether directly involved or not and you most certainly do not have to be female. Progress can come from anywhere, anyone and at anytime in various shapes and sizes ranging from anyone spreading the word in any way they can all the way to Emma Watson making a speech in front of the UN.
Regardless of who you are, where you live or how much you get paid, you CAN help gender equality become more world-wide.
If any of you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you would have seen an update that said on Friday I would be going back to my roots. Sadly because I have been all kinds of lazy I was not able to get the post out explaining what on earth it was that I meant simply because I couldn’t be bothered. HOWEVER the good news is that I am in front of a computer now, I’m in the zone to post something for you all and I am going to completely beast it out. Let’s do this!
I started this blog back on the 21st of May 2013 and around that time I stuck to a rather simple posting habit. I would post an inspirational quote once a day every day I managed to find a good one and when ever I thought of a topic I could write my opinions on I would do it. It was an easy format to follow, it was (slightly) consistent and I kind of miss it. So I am going back to it. Sort of.
What does this mean?
What it means is that once a week a will post my opinions on what ever topic I feel like and when ever I have something else to post about I’ll post that as well.
Will you go back to posting quotes?
Quite simply. NO. It was fun posting the quotes when I first started, I would find a quote and then based what ever I was planning on posting that day around the quote (or sometimes the other way around) and It was a good time. I enjoy doing stuff like that as I find inspirational quotes rather enlightening, but the problem is that it got way to tedious to keep doing. It became hard to find quotes that matched my daily topic and when I did find one that matched they hardly ever made any sense. I will most likely not be going back to posting quotes in the foreseeable future.
Aren’t your posts now based on your opinions?
Mostly yes, but they are slightly different to what I did originally.
What is the difference?
The way I would post my opinions back in the beginning would be my opinion and only my opinion. I would write solely on what I thought about the topic. Nowadays I try my best to take both sides when writing a post. As I am not perfect yet I don’t always take both sides and often find my self changing between my side and both sides multiple times in the post. So these new posts will be an awesome sandwich of my ideas, opinions and points of view.
When will these posts start?
This coming Friday (23/1/2015), Hopefully.
Changing to this format has been something I have thought about doing for a while and this way I’m certain I will get the most enjoyment out of posting, thus creating more motivation to put out more content for you all. Like I said though the posts will start being in this format (one opinion post once a week on top of other posts (just checking that you remembered :) )) HOPEFULLY this Friday and I say hopefully this Friday because I don’t always post on time. I can be rather consistent with getting out content when I want to be but when ever I set my self a due date the odds of meeting that date aren’t often in my favour (where’s Effie when you need her?), so If I post my opinion piece a day early then that’s great but if it comes to Friday and you don’t see the post go up, don’t worry it will be up shortly.
I swear people aren’t paying as much attention to Silverliningsdaily as they should be. She has said on a number of occasions to use your words and people just aren’t doing that for some unknown reason. Let me explain what on earth it is that i am going on about;
Just the other night I was watching the news when a report came on talking about a video that had been uploaded to YouTube showing two girls getting into a fight. This much I am used to. Trust me there is thousands of hours of videos on YouTube about girls fighting, it’s not a rare occurrence nowadays. However the thing that really stumped me is the fact that the mother of one of the daughters was encouraging the daughter to fight the other girl and at times telling her to hit the girl more. Her MOTHER was doing this, NOT one of her friends. Her MOTHER. The woman that brought her into this world and the one that is SUPPOSED to be teaching her about what is right and wrong in this world is encouraging her to beat this girl senseless. Wow. Just wow.
As I am not the mother of the daughter I can in no way think of any possible reason why she thought encouraging her daughter was a smart Idea. Quite honestly I find it appalling. After the training in martial arts I can tell you that the best technique to end a fight is to not start it and I can also tell you that this method is rather common knowledge. I have only seen the short snippet of the video that was shown on the news and don’t have any intention of watching any more of it so I have no idea why the two were fighting, but I can say that instead of yelling instructions to her daughter, the mother should have been the one separating the two.
I can guarantee you that 90% of conflict can be solved using words and that this fight is definitely one of those times. A lot of the time a fight is completely unavoidable in these situations, but if the mother was there she should have been separating the two instead of watching and encouraging it (I am not sure if she was the one filming it but I believe the possibility is highly likely).
To end, a few notes;
To the mother: There is no reason why you should have been antagonizing this instead of getting in between it. Please have a long hard think about what is right and wrong ESPECIALLY when it comes to your daughter, your daughter hurting others and setting a good example to others as a parent.
To anyone who comes across a fight: Get in between it. Don’t think, don’t watch just get in between it. People can die when stupid shit like this happens and whether you believe it or not you DO have the capability to get in between it and at least attempt to resolve it.
To everyone else: USE YOUR WORDS!!!!!
To view silverliningsdaily’s post about using your words, please click below:
Don’t get me wrong, I love being at home and not just for the reasons you’d think. Admittedly I enjoy being at home because of video games Facebook and YouTube. However I also enjoy being at home because it IS home. It’s where I’m used to being, my friends are close my other favourite places to be are close and I greatly enjoy being able to kick back and relax at home when the day is not so good outside.
As much as I love being at home I also like to getting away for a while. I love being able to go on holiday for a few weeks and refresh far away from the real world. I am currently in the small beach town named Ocean Grove roughly 30 minutes drive from Geelong and being here is incredibly calming. I have been coming down to the beach with my family around this time of the year for the past 5 or so years and other times of the year for a number of years before that and I love it.
The beach is within walking distance of where we’re staying and a strip of shops is just a short drive away and I honestly can’t see a reason why I or my family would ever stop coming here. Being away from constant internet connection and out of a situation you’re used to being in forces you to adapt to your surroundings and find other means of entertainment other than the screen on your desk at home or the small one in your hand that you may or may not be reading this on right now.
Being away from the real world is giving me a lot more time to do stuff I should be doing more often. I’m getting more time to read, I’m getting more time to spend with my family, I’m getting more time to relax and more importantly I’m getting time to be my self and have fun without being connected at the hip.
To anyone reading this, I highly recommend taking a trip from anywhere between 1 and a half and 2 and a half weeks to just get away. You can really go anywhere you don’t go often or haven’t been to before. You don’t necessarily have to go somewhere remote you just have to separate from routine and have a go at different things.