My favourite quote.

“I did my best to fit in, but I outstayed my welcome.”

This is a line from a song called “Live By The Ocean”, by The Hoosiers, which is on their latest album. The reason why I like it, is that it is a line that sums up my life – or part of it at least. Like many, I have tried to get in with a certain group of people in the past – especially in my teenage years. However, I soon realised that being one of the “cool” people wasn’t really me and not only did I feel uncomfortable among such people I also quite detested a lot of them. I’ve no doubt some of them didn’t think much of me either, but such is life. I realised that you’re much happier in life when you’re being true to yourself and not being someone you’re not just to fit into a particular clique or with people’s ideas of what you should be.

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The Worst Teacher I Ever Had

SVA Students showing human stupidity

This teacher was so terrible, I can’t even remember her name! She was an art teacher, a woman who seemed well past retirement age. I remember she was an absolute snob – she would often talk down to or ridicule me and my classmates and she loved the sound of her own voice. She lived in a posh area; the only time she ever associated herself with riff raff like us was when she was teaching. She had a posh accent, although I always wondered if it was slightly put on, or if she had had a load of elocution lessons.

She thought she was a brilliant artist. In fact, she was crap. A two year old could draw and paint better than she could. More to that, she made her pupils crap at art and killed off any interest that they may have had in it. We all figured out early on how horrible a person she was, but it was only when we stopped having her as a teacher that we realised just how bad she was at teaching us.

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To quit, or not to quit?

When exactly is it okay to quit? I think it depends on what it is you’re quitting. If it’s a bad habit, like smoking or even picking your nose, then any time is a good time. Certainly if your bad habit is getting on the nerves of your nearest and dearest and you know it is, then you shouldn’t hesitate to start packing it in. You not only want to please your family, you want to keep your friends too.

When it comes to your job, it’s best to quit when you feel the time is right and you’re ready for a new challenge. It’s always best to make sure that you have another job lined up as well before you do it – unless you’re retiring when of course you can do as you please within reason. And of course, you also want to leave on good terms – even if the reason for leaving is because you have got increasingly annoyed by the job and/or some of the people you work with.

For everything else, I’d like to say that no matter what it is you’re trying to do, be it writing a novel, becoming a successful pop star or even mastering the art of blowing a bubble gum bubble, you should never give up on them as you’re bound to regret it. But if you are absolutely sure that you will never, ever succeed in what you want to do, then go ahead – but know that there’s no harm in trying again sometime in the future.

Plonked onto Plinky.

After reading up about it on wordpress’ blog I have got myself a Plinky account. This will be the place I go to when I want to write a blog, but am a bit stuck as to what to write about. And for just writers’ block in general.  I will be sharing a lot of my Plinky entries on this blog as well – so keep looking on here if you want something to read.  Or not.

But hang on, what exactly is Plinky, I hear you ask? Well clicking here will tell you all you need to know.  And if you do sign up, let me know and I’ll add you.  Because I’m nice like that.