Due to having several topics o’ discussion lined up in my head for this blog post, I decided to mash them all up into a what I shall affectionately refer to as a super-bonus-potentially-crazy-and-confused-but-in-a-good-way title.
… Proud of that!
Because i’m a fan of putting ideas into very uniform lists, with a numbering system that makes them clear, I shall not list my collection of three ideas, adopting a more literary, paragraph-oriented layout.
The longest, and potentially most wordy idea, is relating to the Duke of Edinburgh award. For international readers, or those who are unaware, the Duke of Endiburgh award is a scheme which is comprised of four key elements: volunteering, physical activity, skills and expedition. Each participant must complete each area of the award to receive the award at the end, and three of the four areas must be organised by the individual participant – or at least, that is how it works if you are doing it through school.
Today, I received an email from my school, inviting all pupils in my year to sign up to the bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, if they so desire. Usually, I would shy away from this type of thing: I have no comfidence, am terrified of volunteering [or more accurately, helping people I know nothing about in case I fuck it up], and I just feel like everyone at school who signs up would be a lot better, more advanced and more adventurous than me. Still, something inside me jumped at the opportunity: to prove to everyone around me that I’m just as capable as anyone else – as everyone else around me – is a desireable prospect.
Do you think I should do it? I know that some of you reading this will have done it: how did you find it? Do you have any tips for any of the four elements? How about ideas for volunteering placements?
Even if you haven’t done the duke of Edinburgh award, but you volunteer in your spare time, work on a certain skill – like a language – in your spare time, or have done hikes and/or camping before, I’d love to hear from you with any tips or advice!
Next, I just want to mention a book which I’ve just started to read. It’s called Try Not to breathe, and is by Holly Seddon. It’s not really my usual kind of book: crime thriller, I suppose you would call it, but I’m really, really hooked. It involves several characters’ points of views, which makes the book a little more rounded, if that makes sense. Personally, I really hate when bloggers say: “I won’t ruin the story for you, but…”, and then proceed to ruin all but the very last chapter of the book, because technically they didn’t give away the ending. So, I won’t be that blogger. All I will say is I recommend that you look up the book, and see what you think of any blurbs or non-spoiler reviews.
Finally, I just wanted to put a little message out there. One thing that I really want to do, inspired by
Elm’s latest Post
is to start talking to more of you guys, whether that be through messaging or Skype [still completely anonymously, using audio-only calls and blog-specific skype accounts]. I have a contact page up on my blog, but I thought I may as well rewrite my contact details here, in case you want to get in touch and just say hello! I really want to talk to more of you: you’re all amazing and individual and unique and wanna give all of you a hug, but not at the same time, because I have really short arms.
… Getting off the point slightly …
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I hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to hearing from you in the comments, and to hopefully hearing from more of you through Twitter, Skype, KiK and email 😀