Quote on mental illness and celebrity

It’s all fun and games until someone dies, as was the case with Robin Williams. When celebrities have very public “breakdowns,” we find them entertaining, sensational, intriguing. When celebrities die from these illnesses, however, we grieve for them, celebrate their lives, and profess our sympathy for their struggle.

- ‘The Spectacle of Mental Illness‘ from Let’s Queer Things Up!

I spotted this article in the Freshly Pressed section of WordPress. It’s definitely a worthwhile read as it opens your mind by referencing two cases which have been treated so differently by many.

The first time I listened to an audio-book

“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday”

- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

But not today. Today I’m enjoying my day off, in lieu of working the public holiday last week. I’ve been in and out of bed all morning, since waking at a God-awful hour for some bizarre reason. My 9-day run at work was only rewarded with a regular 2-day weekend, so this bonus day is more than welcome.

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Perks of a same-sex relationship

A rainbow crossing in Fitzroy, Melbourne
A rainbow crossing in Fitzroy, Melbourne

Jerry: I’ll tell you what the big advantage of homosexuality is. If you’re going out with someone your size, right there you double your wardrobe.

Rachel: I suppose…

Jerry: Oh, come on, that’s a huge feature. When they approach a new recruit, I’m sure that’s one of the big selling points.

Seinfeld – ‘The Opposite

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Music and Lyrics

In the days before I had the internet I sat down by the CD player, pen in hand, and listened to Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, writing the lyrics down as I heard them. There were parts I couldn’t quite make out (in retrospect there were a lot of incorrect lyrics in my version) and there were plenty of bits I didn’t understand, but the point is that I made the effort to listen to the lyrics and hopefully get a deeper understanding of the song.

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How To Stay Creative

itsa_Mario:

I find creativity such a huge point of difficulty in my life. It’s like it’s me versus my brain a lot of the time. How do I stay creative in life? I’ll have to get back to you because I haven’t quite yet figured it out for myself.

Originally posted on The Oddball Gay:

As someone who craves creating things, whether it be taking pictures, writing or just doodling in a notebook, it can be so frustrating to have that creativity simply stifled by ‘day to day life’.

It’s so easy to be completely caught up in the mundanities of life like 9-5 jobs, house chores, or other commitments, that if you’re like me and you are someone who lives to create, it can be a job in itself to keep on track and continue doing what you do best: giving something singular and special back to the world.

I’m reminded of what a teacher at my college where I studied Photography once told me. It went a little something like this: ‘Those who work 9-5 jobs and work in banal places with no excitement have extraordinary dreams, just like the rest of us. The difference with people like you and me is that we…

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Going viral

In 2006, three years after my first solo trip to visit my place of birth and reacquaint myself with my relatives, I returned ahead of my family, having booked a week-long tour of Peru. The tour began in Lima, then moved to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley before taking us to the jungle, ending the tour with our very own Amazon experience, where I filmed the only video of mine ever to have gone viral.

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