I'm making it official. I am sick and tired of politicians, reporters and the rest of you, (you know who you are) knocking our young people. The bad press they get is endless.
Just stop for just a minute, take a breath and think of all the good stuff going on in their young and enthusiastic bodies. Think how difficult it is to grow up (you did it once), particularly in this fast moving politically corrupt world. Come on give them a break. Let's celebrate youth, afterall half the population wants to be 'young' again.
I have three young aged between 13-20, they are an inspiration to me I learn from them, they keep me sane. They are real, funny and honest. They are finding their way in a world filled with ditches (see my post 'dancing in ditches'). I hope they can dance through ditches and round all the moaners for that matter.
I know, that probably all of you reading this think like me but if not, think again. If you agree please send this to your friends, Tweeties and anyone that needs a bit of a kick up the bum and let's start supporting and celebrating our younger generation.
There you go I've had my rant, now its over to you.
Dreamers, there seem to be a lot of us. If you look at Twitter you can see lots of dreamers. Dreaming is good, dreaming of:
what you want,
who you want to be,
what you want to do,
how you want your life to be.
It's the beginning of the journey.
I remember as a child being told that, 'Dreams don't come true.' Well, I can confirm that if you believe that they won't come true, they won't. You are what you think. It's all about self belief when all is said and done.
Our best friend and worst enemy is our head. We spend so much time negotiating with ourselves why we can't do something:
Not enough time,
not enough money,
not good enough.
Gone on add a few of your own...
Write a list of what you want to do:
pin it to your fridge,
your bathroom mirror,
Read it out loud,
read it to trusted (note, I say trusted) friends and family.
But most importantly,
they must be YOUR dreams,
things that excite YOU,
things that make YOU feel good and,
YOUR face smile.
Then set about making them happen.
YES YOU CAN.
(More on this bit another day)
It's true to say that sometimes people can say things that unhinge you. It happens, sometimes it's not meant to be hurtful, but it might catch a raw nerve, a secret insecurity and before you know it you find yourself trundling, unhappily down a well-worn path that you have seen all too often. It's too easy to do.
We don't really know how other people think, or why they say the things they do. We only know how we think and we can control that. These words just came to me as I tried to rationalise a crap comment that someone made,
'You can get tripped up by thoughtless words or choose to dance through life's ditches'
I'll get my wellies.
I went to Norfolk last week for a couple of photo shoots. The weather was the worst two days in the last couple of months, but it was all planned and deadlines were looming. So I packed up my gear and headed off across the breadth of England.
Driving across Wiltshire and past Stonehenge is always the best bit, I love this road; the fields stretch to the horizon, dark clouds scud across the arching sky. There is a lot of sky. The clouds were menacing but the sun spat shafts of light across the fields, lighting up carpets of new shoots and the skeletons of trees bursting with energy, ready to stage their annual performance.
The road to the A303, Wiltshire. Acrylic on board
All too soon I reached Stonehenge and the A303, which shoots off towards London, splices with the M3 before becoming entangled with the hateful M25. The weather worsened as I headed eastwards.