Blogmas 13: 3 x 10 List

I am officially over halfway through Blogmas, which must be better than last year’s efforts. Today’s post is inspired by a post on the blog Life Lenses and I thoroughly recommend that you check it out via the link here: http://catrionas-lifelenses.blogspot.co.uk. It is the 3 x 10 List, outlining things about me and my life in 10 lists of 3 – you may find it incredibly boring and I apologise if that is you!

3 things I’m looking forward to
✎ Going home for Christmas
✎ People hearing the Christmas special of ‘Let Them Hear
✎ Seeing lots of friends

3 things I’m not looking forward to
✎ Commuting
✎ Being anxious about work
✎ Potential post-graduation uncertainty
3 things I like
✎ Friends
✎ Kindness
✎ Productivity
3 things I don’t like
✎ Water
✎ Rude people
✎ Pressure
3 things I want to do
✎ 24 hour radio marathon
✎ Drink more water
✎ Go to the cinema

3 things I should do
✎ Write Christmas Cards
✎ Sleep more
✎ Stop worrying

3 things I can do
✎ Edit audio
✎ Write
✎ Buy things
3 things I can’t do
✎ Stop worrying
✎ Ride a bike
✎ Keep my room tidy
3 things on my mind
✎ Anxiety
✎ Food
✎ Work
3 things I talk about a lot
✎ Myself
✎ Insanity Radio 103.2FM
✎ Anxiety
3 things I want
✎ Less anxiety
✎ People to pay attention to what I email/say
✎ Better timekeeping
3 things that make me calm
✎ My bed
✎ My parents
✎ Glenn Miller
3 things that stress me out
✎ Packing to go home
✎ Being on time
✎ London
3 things I’m doing this weekend
✎ Working
✎ Driving home
✎ Carols by Candlelight
3 things I have done these past week(s)
✎ Had my first experience of a drive-thru
✎ Listened to The Last 5 Years A LOT
✎ Written my last essay of the term

Blogmas 12: Today

It’s day 12 of Blogmas and I thought I’d try a more personal style. I started my work experience at Create and had a wonderful first day doing fun things that actually contribute to projects they are involved in (and two people offered to make tea for me! Usually that’s the intern’s job). One of the best things about it is that they remembered me from last time and my fellow intern, Eleanor, who I hope is doing well whatever she is doing.

However, yesterday I was incredibly anxious, and will probably be the same tomorrow. The good thing is that I packed my sandwiches yesterday so I have food to pick up, plus a drink from Pret A Manger that I didn’t finish AND plenty of croissants to pick up for breakfasts all this week. If nothing else, I’ve tried to be organised!

Tomorrow is another challenge that I know I’ll overcome. I have podcasts to keep me entertained, hopefully a plan to meet a friend after work, and fingers crossed that I don’t get back too late to walk home safely (because taxis are not what I want to spend my money on). There’s a partially edited podcast ready to upload and, although my kitchen has been gutted, I do at least have some food and a microwave to make basic meals.

I don’t really think I’ve said very much in 250 or so words, but it’s a sort of self-expression. It’s okay to be anxious and an adult. You can get through it and be a ‘normal’ person on the outside even though you’re internally screaming (or something like that, I don’t think in screaming terms). Ultimately, look after yourself but don’t be afraid to take the challenges that come.

Now, it’s time for me to go and wash up my baked bean covered crockery and utensils, have a shower, and get my eight hours of sleep ready for ‘work’ tomorrow.

 

London 2012: Four Years On

Today marks four years since the London 2012 Olympics opened in spectacular style with an Opening Ceremony that surpassed expectations and challenged the boundaries of what is possible in an live event. Thousands of people were involved in the evening, masterminded by Danny Boyle and Frank Cottrell Boyce, and now is a fitting point to look back at the wonders we remember so well.

I vividly remember the countdown to the ceremony on screen, 60 diverse photos of numbers from across the capital, perhaps even the country. I was sat alongside some of my greatest friends during my favourite week of the year, Bredon, and were treated to the most amazing hour of shocks, surprises and stunning stagecraft. The opening segment ‘Green and Pleasant Land’ gives a sweeping overview of British history with impressive effects and a phenomenal scale of organisation with the numerous volunteers on stage. ‘Happy and Glorious’ is perhaps my favourite segment, showing the love we have for the royals and the willingness of the Queen to have a comedic part in the proceedings. The small touches, like a small look inside Buckingham Palace and the presence of Brazilian tourists, gave this section extra charm, even if it was pretty clear that the person jumping out of the plane wasn’t actually our monarch.

‘Second to the right, and straight on till morning’ was the last section I saw live and I was underwhelmed at first. However, on a second or third watch it certainly is spectacular, featuring staff and patients of Great Ormond Street Hospital and a stunning display of logos and pictures via lights on hospital beds. The combination with children’s literature and the appearance of J. K. Rowling makes this an even more magical and captivating part of the show, reflecting the transfer of stories into reality in the minds of children.

I missed out of Rowan Atkinson’s starring role in Chariots of Fire first time around, due to being in bed, but when I did see it there was a further sense of amazement and laughter as Atkinson wins the famous race from Chariots of Fire. As a music lover the ceremony really reflects the rich musical heritage that the UK has to offer and this permeates the rest of the ceremony, including the Parade of Nations. The later parts of the ceremony didn’t capture my attention or imagination as much as the first hour, but they are still just as well crafted, if a bit repetitive to watch when you reach the athletes entrances.

Four years on there’s a lot that has changed, both personally and on a national level. Four years ago I had just left secondary school with a broken relationship with my best friend and a pending operation date for spinal fusion. Now, I have plenty of friends (including the one whose friendship I’d lost for years ago), am almost four years post-spinal fusion and am starting my final year at university with many more blessings and far less anxiety than when the Olympics were in London. On a national scale, who could forget the recent Brexit, the changes in student loans and many other non-political differences that have appeared over such a short time. On that note, I’d like to leave you with this article from Buzzfeed about the hope seen from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony for today’s Britain. And now it’s time to look forward to the hope of success in this year’s Rio Olympics!