Dare To Be Different.

Career and University.
Right now, I'm not so sure where my career is heading. I'm working in care as I have done for the past three years but I don't know where I'm going to be in ten years time. If you're like me and you're going with the flow then good for you. Just make sure that whatever you're doing gives you some aspect of happiness and reward (I know that we're not gonna jump out of bed every morning screaming with excitement at the thought of going to work, but as long as you don't dread it, we'll be just fine). There's been lots of times when I get asked why I didn't go to university or why I'm not planning to. The answer is extremely simple - because I didn't want to! There's no subject that I want to study for three years and I always hated revising and coursework anyway, so when the time came to join the working world instead I knew that was for me. You don't have to go to university just because your friends are or you'll feel you're missing out if you don't. Find what works for you, forget what everyone else is doing.
Alcohol & drinking culture.
Once upon a time, I turned 18 and thought I was the bees knees thanks to my new found love of partying and alcohol. The novelty pretty much wore off as I realised it was the same places, same drinks every time and I just got bored and stopped. Don't get me wrong, for a friend's birthday or special occasion I am more than happy to go out and have a good time and have a drink - but I don't want to feel out of control. I don't like the feeling of being vulnerable and at risk especially when you're surrounded by others who are pretty much in the same situation - so I just don't bother anymore unless it's for a special occasion. I don't think I'm boring for not wanting to get wasted every weekend, give me a night in any day. Whether you're a massive party lover and drinker, or you'd much rather be in the warm and cosy like me - then it doesn't matter. Just remember that you don't have to do what everyone else does.

Before I even start, you may not even have a hobby anyway - I know I never classed myself as having a hobby until I started up my blog. This is a bit of a strange one to talk about but something that really annoys me is when some people can describe others hobbies as 'geeky' or 'weird. So whatever it is that you do and enjoy, you just enjoy it and don't give a monkey's what anyone else thinks. I'm 22 and I still love spending hours on The Sims - I know there's other bloggers that love it too, but I've heard some people say to me and my sister 'Why would you still play the sims?' - Well who gives two hoots?! Same goes for any hobby such as knitting, reading, drawing, dancing and whatever else - I bet there's someone who says 'Why are you spending so much time doing that, go out there and live life?" Well, maybe this is how we like to live our lives, thanking you kindly.

I think that when it comes to blogging, it can be easy to get caught up in the hype and try to be like everyone else - especially those who may appear 'bigger' than you. I've learnt that it's definitely best not to follow the crowd and just find what suits you best. Write what you enjoy writing, it doesn't always have to be what you think people want to read about such as the latest Real Technique brushes. If you're not even interested in said brushes, then there's not an awful lot of point buying them to blog about them! It's definitely easier said than done not to try and conform, but try and form your own path and see where it takes you!

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  1. I really loved reading this post! It's so easy to compare ourselves to others/look at what other people are doing, but going on your own path is always best and everyone has different interests and directions they want to go in - that's what makes it interesting! Especially with blogging I've really tried recently to just write what I want for me, and I enjoy it so much more as a result, which is really the whole point! Also I am so with you on the Sims ;) Xx

    A Blonde Moment

  2. This was such a timely post! I think women especially are put into boxes, and it takes real bravery to try and forge your own path in life. You sound like you've got a really good head on your shoulders though! :)

    On an unrelated sidenote, your blog layout and header are bloody beautiful!

    Charlotte @ ginandginger.co.uk

  3. Really loved reading this post (im not very good with explaining my reasons sorry) But this post did make me smile =]


  4. I've really reduced my drinking even though I still enjoy going out and dancing! It's just more fun being in control!

  5. I don't drink at all and I'm not really embarrassed of it. People ask me or wonder sometimes why I don't drink. I just tell them I don't like the taste. Simple as that. Why would I drink when it doesn't benefit me? I'd rather have a milkshake :) Yum.