This is a collaboration of two halves! To see the second half, go and check out Gracie’s blog where I answered her questions.
Do you think the weather influences your mood?
Maybe. I tend to find the weather inspiring in whatever form it decides to take. I like to dance in the rain and, for some reason, sad poetry always flows easier when the skies are grey. Equally, I love the sunshine and the atmosphere it creates or the energy and adrenaline of a storm. So yes, to a certain extent, it does.
How do you cope when you don’t feel motivated but need to do work?
I think of my future and dream of boats; I’m assuming most of you don’t have a passion for sailing vessels, so just compare it to your own dreams/goals and how much you want to achieve them. I think of how much I love being at sea, how much I want to make a difference in the lives of young people and how everything I do builds towards those things being a part of my future. I tell myself that it is my responsibility to make that a reality. Also, I find putting music on really helps with motivation and morale.
Forms of relaxation?
For me, writing is the ultimate relaxation. There’s often so much going on up here *points at head* that I find it hard to process it all, all of the time. Words are what come naturally to me and just to let it all flow out is the most relaxing and satisfying feeling. The emotions, thoughts and ideas that were so overwhelming inside my head suddenly feel like they’re something I can manage.
Any weird notions you have not written down yet:
Um, weird notions are my thing, people. I am the absoulute queen of out-of-the-ordinary notions. So the other day I was wondering whether snow is water in a different form or whether it’s a different ‘thing’ entirely? *shrugs*
Also, I just know this is gonna sound really weird, but here goes anyway… when I’m out in public I often feel like an observer, or a character in a story, where I see people and I see their lives, I see strangers – I see a snapshot of them – and that is literally the only time I will see that human being in my life again. There are lives and stories behind that few seconds you interact with them. You never see that backstory. I find that sad for some reason.
*hides* anytime you need more weird notions you know where I am!
When did you last look in the mirror? Do you think that you concentrate on how others perceive you too much? (that’s two questions in one, but oh well)
Probably not that long ago. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never cared all that much what I look like, you’ll usually find me chilling in a hoodie and jeans or my beloved dungarees, but I’m a teenage girl and like any other; I’m quick to note my imperfections. I might act like I don’t care and to be honest, I don’t really, but that spot on my cheek… wonky ponytail… it’s so easy to find faults. I know how much of an issue body positivity – or the lack of it – is in my generation, but I want to show other teens that we’re all in the same boat. If we stand together and all change our attitudes towards and each other, we can make a massive difference.
More About The Author
Gracie and I have been working on this collaboration since the start of February. It’s been a joy to work with one another and I’m so happy that the writing came together so quickly! I have been reading A Light In The Darkness since last year, and every time a notification popped up for a new post of her’s, I was soon to read it. I hope you enjoy Gracie’s blog as much as I do!
University can be a very confusing and terrifying time with so much going on and in my opinion it can be even harder when you are an introvert because you are forced into so many new situations and a lot of the time have to make a whole new set of friends. Here are my tips on how to have the best time as an introvert in university
- Don’t force yourself to be social- As a university student you may feel pressured to join a lot of clubs, go to parties and make a bunch of friends but that is not for everyone although it may seem like it. Of course it is great to go to parties, join clubs, meet new people and make new friends but don’t do it just for the sake of it until you are absolutely drained. Make sure to make time for yourself and spend some alone time to rejuvenate.
- Find the perfect place for you- It is never a good idea to join clubs or go places just because your friends want to because it’s most likely that they’ll have a better time then you will. Instead find clubs that you are interested in that may be better for your personality- stuff like the writing club, book club and such are usually great for introverts plus you’ll meet new people with similar interests and similar personalities which would be a great experience.
- Be open to new experiences- As much as it is important to spend time doing things you are comfortable with it’s also a good idea to once in a while try something new just for fun. University is a unique place where you get so many options to try new things that you may not get again so take advantage of it and get out of your comfort zone for a while even if you do end up going back home by nine and going to bed. At least you tried!
- Be prepared- Many introverts tend to be very anxious about new things but unfortunately many universities are not going to have baby steps for things and so you need to be prepared to face a lot of new challenges and have lots of new experiences. Don’t think about it too much and freak out before anything even happens, of course, but do know that there will be moments you will be forced out of your comfort zone and be prepared to face a lot of new challenges.
I hope these tips help you out and make your time at university a lot easier and much more enjoyable!
This post was written in collaboration with Kitty Jade! Check out the post she wrote for my blog called My Experience Of Being An Introvert.
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