Cheerios

This idea has just popped into my head, but do you know how amazing Cheerios are? Compared to Weetabix, i believe Cheerios are the greatest cereal one can buy, i will explain in detail why i think so.

Firstly, the packaging is great for all users. There is always a little maze on the back of the box, which can be used to entertain the children whilst you each your Cheerios. There are often prizes to be won, that could only be found out by buying a packet of these scrumptious hoops. This benefits all users, and makes the experience more thrilling.

Secondly, the content inside. Unlike most other brands, Cheerios fills the cereal up to the top of the box. When i was younger, and we used to have Coco Pops, the box would only be filled three quarters of the way. With Cheerios however, you get more because you deserve more. Consequently, this puts a smile on all breakfast eaters who have it.

Next, there is the taste. My goodness, when you eat a Cheerio, it is almost like God came down and kissed you on the head. These taste delicious. I could happily sit down all day; just eating Cheerios. The mixture between the wholegrain and the honey taste makes the experience all the more exciting; which one will you eat next?

Finally, the shape of the Cheerio. I don’t know who came up with the design, but it was genius from day one. The texture is soft, easy to eat, and absorbs milk well. It is also just a nice sight to see in cereal, compared to the mundane rice-shaped breakfast others have. Spice up your breakfast, pop a banana in if you want to!

Overall, Cheerios is the greatest cereal ever known to mankind. If you have any suggestions for other cereals, please let me know.

This is by far the weirdest thing i have ever written, thank goodness for Cheerios

The Flash: A review

I have never written a proper review before, but this idea came into my mind, and i thought it sounded fun.

The Flash, a CW show that has been running since 2014. It follows the story of Barry Allen, a forensic scientist that gets struck by lighting in the particle accelerator incident. Join him and his friends as they fight crime, and confront other meta-humans.

That was the basic premise of season 1. It was the best season of them all. The story was simple and had an endpoint. The villain was executed extremely well, with the reverse flash being revealed slowly to the main cast, as they realised it was him who killed Barry’s mother.

There were a few issues though. The pacing in the first season seemed slow at times. It does not take over 23 episodes to build up to the big fight, when it could’ve been pulled off in half the time. The finale was a bit of a letdown in the end, Barry goes into this big singularity in the sky, yet it doesn’t lead to anything amazing in season 2 (other than the introduction of the villain). The romance between iris and Barry is weird, they are basically siblings after living with each other all their lives. Don’t worry, it is only step siblings!

Season 2, my favourite of the lot. The story surrounding Zoom, and the introduction of the multiverse boosted the story to the next level. It was really interesting to see how the team interacted with the story of Jay Garrick, and the new metas. However, there was an issue with the reveal of the identity, it was basically the same as last year’s big bad. It is quiet mundane, you could see it from a mile away. The finale was pretty cool, but was wrecked when flashpoint was created.

Season 3, a total shipwreck. I think the story really struggled to find its grounding, as in where it wanted to go with the story. The villain was Dr Alchemy, who suprise surprise, was another character that the team already knew. Then, they introduced this big CG villain Savitar, to be the main enemy of the series. He was pretty cool, and very OP, especially in the first fight. I think the writers noticed this, and then turned him down to be less powerful, especially in the final fight. Also, the whole story surrounding Iris’ death was just not great. We all knew they were not going to kill her, so why bother with the suspense? I mean in episode 22, it did look like they were going to kill her, but NOOOPE!

Savitar’s reveal, nobody knows…

Season 4, another example where the season premiere fixes any issue that was raised at the start of the last one. The villain was okay, the thinker was a nice change from the regular speedster the series clung to. Also, the introduction of characters such as Ralph made a very good addition to the team. I still don’t get why Catlin would be evil when turning to Killer Frost, it doesn’t work. Overall, it was an okay season, besides Iris suddenly being in charge of the team.

Season 5, back to the roots a bit more. The introduction of XS was a very good choice. Seeing her interact with members of the team, being a future daughter of Barry and Iris, was nice to see. Cicada was pretty bad though, it was a shame to see him die though, i doubt he will be remembered much. The reverse flash coming back was a nice surprise , as if we haven’t seen him enough already in previous seasons. His interaction with Nora was cool though, but her going into the negative speed force was god-awful. When she ‘died’ it was a good idea to do so, i don’t think they could have done much with her character.

Season 6, we are finally here. I really haven’t watched a full episode of the Flash in a long time. This season though, it has begun to find a better placing for the show’s theme. Bloodwork was a good villain, the story between him and the death of the speedforce was very cool to see. But, the only issue was how many times they alluded to Crisis on Infinite Earths. When you think about it, only Oliver and Earth 90 Flash ( to be fair, who cares about him) actually died, it wasn’t that much of a crisis. Once this was over, the villanous organisation of Black Hole was a good choice. Whilst we won’t get to see the full battle play out due to the stopping of production, it was a nice change of pace. Mirror Iris was boring, how did nobody notice for a while.

Overall, the Flash is an okay series. Maybe it is just me growing up, but when i was younger, it was all i could think about. As the show grew, my liking for it disappeared, which is quite sad; being apart of my childhood. Nevertheless, i am glad i watched it, and would rate it a 6.5/10.

I would give it a 7 if they ever gave Wally the respect he so desperately deserves.

#blacklivesmatter

With what was already going on in the world, the death of George Floyd a few days ago, has added to the spark which is the blacklivesmatter movement. The public resort to riots in situations where they feel ignored, and in this case it is shown. Prejudice and discrimination is highly present in our world still. It is 2020, this should not be happening, it should never have happened in the first place.

We can all wish for it to go away, but that won’t happen without action.

Support the people. There is only one race, the human race.

#blacklivesmatter

My time offline…

A couple of days ago, i said that i would be taking some time off the internet to have a break from it all. I said this with every intention, that i would find happiness and joy in doing different actions in everyday life, compared to the norm.

This did not go to plan.

So, the 1st day went pretty well. I woke up on time, feeling well rested from the night before ( no phone present). I had my breakfast, and took the dog for a walk; bringing my phone in case of an emergency. It was then that i encountered my first problem, my morning routine was all over the place. See, I use my phone for the workout apps, and as a timer for meditation. Without being able to use it, i found it difficult to exercise, and as a result i ended up exercising less than usual.

However, there was a benefit. I got really into one of the books i was reading. In the beginning, it was difficult to concentrate, but as i progressed, it became easier to direct all attention onto the book. We live our lives through the process of multitasking, that we forget it makes us less productive.

Another problem occured, i felt really bored. I never realised how much my phone takes my attention away from my everyday life. All of what i do is on my phone. Not being able to blog, or practice a new skill made life pretty difficult. Regrettably, i ended up going on my phone to fulfil this need, for a limited time.

Another benefit i did find is that i had free time in the evening. So, instead of sitting down and watching TV, i jumped in my car, and drove to a nearby forest; to have a walk. It was relaxing, i felt my imagination transpire past boundaries i thought was impossible. I felt very relaxed.

As the day came to an end, i realised that i had received a message from my boss, where i needed to be online. Again, i had to open my phone to transcribe an email. Besides this, the first day and a half was pretty successful.

As i come to the end now, i do not see this challenge as a failure. Technology has grown to have a larger influence in my life, than i had previously imagined. But, this is not all bad. I use services such as YouTube for entertainment, whilst still pursuing my writing and skill-building courses.

It is all about balance. You do not need to strip everything away from your life, but to keep the essentials that you value dearly. I will cut down my screen time ( using the Apple service ” Screen time” ) but continue to use my devices to improve myself as a person.

Your turn: What could you cut back on which is not adding value to your life?

Can’t believe we made it. Thanks to everybody for reading, more are on the way!!! – HJT

Boredom

I have had this feeling for the past couple of days now. I have done blog posts on this topic about a year ago, yet i have never experienced it like this.

When i get bored, i want to go on my computer, go onto YouTube, and watch videos to escape it all. This is because it passes the time, and allows me to consumer content whilst not having to pay for it, unlike other services such as disney plus and netflix. I am fearful, having time alone with myself because i don’t know what i will fill the day with. Will i go crazy, and watch the sun go by? Or will i discover a new passion, something i had never considered beforehand. Either way, this fear is daunting, calling me to a different purpose that i am hesistant to explore.

I completed a miniature detox earlier on this month. It was the happiest i had been in a while. It was great, to relax and enjoy being present in nature and the world around me, yet the days felt longer. Recently, i have been reading on my kindle a lot more, but i feel contorted to binge a book, to get through it as fast as possible ;just so i can know the ending, without appreciating the book for its values.

My blog on digital minimalism, was one of the most popular posts to date. The advice is very true, but it is very difficult to follow. Many bloggers outline the practical points readers should follow, but do not detail the difficulties which follow.

It is time that i try to follow my own advice. For the next two days, i am going offline. No Phone, No internet, and no laptop. The only device i will have is my kindle, where i can read books. I will have my phone on me, in case of emergencies, but nothing more.

My next post will outline what i did, and how it felt to do the detox. I hope others join me in this daring adventure!

Being Truthful

I think one of the best qualities human beings have, is the ability to tell the truth (You probably could have guessed that from the title) . This ability is highly underrated, the human conscience has this power, that no other species has; truth.

I found that i am the happiest when i tell the truth. There is nothing worse than lying to someone you care about; or anyone for the matter. Lying creates a false image of one’s self, perplexing another’s belief about you. One of the worst lies i have ever told myself was always to do with relationships. Saying statements such as ” i have a girlfriend, she just goes to my climbing school”. Call it manipulative, but if anyone came close to discovering the truth, i would panic, and create a scenario where: we suddenly broke up!

The last lie before i called it quits was about a girl who lived on my street. Someone had called me gay a few days before. Although i am hetrosexual, my sister used to call me this when i was younger constantly, making me insecure and worried about my personality and appearance, hence i began to identify it as an insult. Due to this, i changed my voice and personality to make myself more masculine. I was ashamed in myself. I would watch ” How to be a proper Man” videos on YouTube, so i could learn what it means to be one. I thought i always had to be dating someone, so i would make fake relationships with people. This was the peak of my insecurities in my life.

I thought this would make me happy, it didn’t and it made people view me as a man who dated loads of girls, but couldn’t keep a stable relationship. The truth is, i haven’t been in a proper relationship ever. I have briefly dated girls in the past, and i am talking to one girl at the moment, but nothing proper.

I spent so long searching what it meant to be a man, when what a real man does is tell the truth.

I would lie because i was scared. I told my friends that my biological father was dead because i was ashamed of his alcoholism.

My advice to everyone reading, stop telling lies. It doesn’t improve your image, it backfires on you eventually. Also, be weary what you call your friends, some phrases could make them more insecure than they let on.

Just think before you act.

How to stop buying so much

We buy a crap ton of stuff everyday. We buy: coffee, snacks, lunch, dinner, new gadgets and games to make us happy. But, with the start of quarantine, the demand for these luxuries would be believed to decrease, due to the restriction on outdoor, non-essential stores. However, for myself and many others, we can agree the need to buy has never been greater.

We all get bored. The urge for something different to our normal life gives an immediate influx of dopamine to our system, to make us feel happy for a time. For me, i would get this shot from moving my bedroom around; constantly as i ” wanted to give myself as much space as possible”. What was really happening was i wanted change in my routine, a change of location in my own home. This worked for a long time, until the furniture began to wear down, and i began to move it incessantly. It then became known as an addiction.

What does this have to do with buying? it gives the same joy as i had moving my bed. When we first buy the item on amazon, or eBay, we get all excited : yes! something new is on its way! But this joy can soon disapear when the item arrives at your house, and you wonder why you ordered it in the first place.

Our mind is very good at convincing us to buy something. “This will make you happier” or ” this will get you the grades you want “. This is not the case! The joy of waiting is what we want. EVerybody wants something to look forward to; every once in a while, but whether it is a smart decision to buy a £400 watch that tells the time, and alerts you when you’re exercising ( in case you didn’t already know) is the real issue.

So, what can we do to solve this issue? First look around in your living space, ask yourself why you need this item? If it is a new phone, why do you need it? If your old iPhone is broken and beyond repair, maybe it is a good idea to buy a new one, or pay for a refurbished one using your insurance. A friend once told me that ” we should only upgrade, or buy something new, when the action you require/ need is unattainable with your current product. When i say require, i don’t mean you need portrait mode on a iPad, i mean the features like being able to use it as a functional computer, to edit videos for your work. Valid arguments such as those will help justify purchases, in your own head that is.

As much as we enjoy spending, there is a joint feeling of buyer’s remorse. Sometimes the products we buy aren’t up to our standards, or the aforementioned ” buyer’s joy” has dissipated. Many times, we cannot get the money back ( unless returning it to the seller in the allotted time). To combat this feeling, certainty is needed when making a purchase.

Make a spreadsheet about your income, truthfully ask yourself:

Do I need it?

Why do i need it?

Is there any product i have now that could fill this role?

Can i afford it?

How will this affect others in my life?

Assessing the impact on others can result in a purchase, or saving the money. Buying is a choice, not a drug, do not fuel the buyer’s desire.

PS, don’t buy on Black Friday, just don’t.

🙂

You are going to die someday.

This is a morbid title, but it is the most valid, truthful piece of information you will ever know.

I was reminded of this fact when watching one of Matt D’avella’s videos the other day, entitled “ Watch this before you die”. The video explains how the majority of the population don’t pursue their dreams and goals, and instead settle for the average life because they are unaware of their mortality. 

It’s 2020, technology is all around us; controlling us to an extent to where we have no free time. Dreams and aspirations fulfil their destinies, remaining as fantasises in the back of our minds, whilst we watch cat videos on Facebook. 

The pandemic which surged the world into a large panic at the beginning of this year, hopefully has rejuvenated how fragile life is for us all. There was no certainty you and I would get through this, yet here we are; alive with open eyes. 

We are all going to die one day. The inclusion of the “one day” at the end makes the time sound distant,; not anytime soon. Consequently, this is the same approach the rest of the population have to this statement: it isn’t going to happen soon, so I am okay to continue what I am doing. But, this is not the case for everyone. 

Although this sounds depressing, it does not need to be. We all have a limited time, but that gives us more of a reason to do what we want with our life. We do not get another one. 

If you want to go skydiving with a goat, make it happen!

If you want to cook a meal for all your friends and family, make it happen!

If you want to write a book ,that has been in the back of your mind for the past 10 years, I think you know what to do.

If you feel comfortable sitting down and watching Netflix all day and night for the rest of your life, good for you. But, if you have other dreams and wants in life, you best get after them. 

~ Here are a few of my goals:

Write a short novel and publish it

Go skydiving

Run a marathon 

Continue writing the blog for the next year

Consistency

Do you ever get this feeling? You start up your computer, go over to your daily tasks, and you think to yourself: is this really what I want to be doing?

The more we complete a habit, the more likely it stays consistent; but at what cost? The joy you once felt for a passion project could become a chore, an obligation to which you feel no attachment to. The culture we live in pushes the concept of hustle. Keep working and you will get there. This is not so easy for everybody; people get bored of what they are pursuing, and wonder if the task is even worth their time, which could be spent on something else.

I felt this recently with the progression of my French learning. I would wake up, do my workout and exercise, and then I would begin some French learning. I have consistently done the habit for the past 40-50 days, and now I find myself being obligated to do so; to not break the streak.

I turn to the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. In the book, Clear states the four fundamental principles to making habits successful in the long run.

Make them:

Obvious

Attractive

Easy

Satisfying

Upon reflection of this, I realised my satisfaction for the habit had dwindled to nothing. Duolingo is obvious and easy, but it lacks the attractiveness and satisfactory feeling I so desperately need.

Luckily, this does not mean I give up on the habit. It just needs to be rewired. For example, to make the habit of French education more attractive, I could use the site through another format, such as on another device, or other applications (tiny cards). This would reduce the imprinted image of the learning tree, and the pesky owl, from my brain; making the task less mundane. I could fix the satisfying issue of dullingo with attaching some sort of reward for completing each area of my daily learning; having one bit of chocolate or some kind of treat, could help ignite this. Overall, this would revive the lost ambition I have for the site.

Now onto you, what could you change in your life to make your tasks more rewarding and less dull? If I can do it, so can you 🙂