The Theatre…

I’ve always seen going to the theatre as a magical experience. There’s just so much it offers, in comparison to watching a film. I mean for starters there’s the environment. The uniqueness of the theatre building’s. The Victorian architecture; leaving the thought in the back of your mind about all of the generations that have sat there before you, seeing possibly the same production, with just a different cast and a few tweaks here and there and a modernised set.

Not only that but I think the theatre as a whole has such an amazing ability to create a community out of people, you’d never expect to be together. The different ages, backgrounds, everything…all these people brought together for one purpose, that being to see this particular show. The jumbled voices of everyone speaking before the show begins, then as soon as the light drops the audience almost in unison comes to a silence eagerly awaiting the start of the introduction music. I just think it’s incredible.

The whole atmosphere of the theatre during the show, leaves me speechless. Everyone’s undivided attention due to everyone respecting the no phones request of the staff. The dramatic build up of applause at the end of each scene. The feeling of showing so much appreciation to the whole cast and everyone who takes part to make the production what it is. I really think it’s nice to be able to go to the theatre even if it’s not very often. Just to see the comparison of how we kind of lose ourselves not only in technology but just in the world. If people showed that kind of appreciation everyday to people just doing everyday things…it’d definitely make everyone’s day a bit nicer.

Even just talking about it makes me love it even more…I guess that’s why I wanted to go into theatre myself…the passion’s still there it seems. ❤️

 

Me before you…

I’m a sucker for a love story. As soon as I saw the trailer for this film, I was hooked. I knew I had to see it…and today was that day. As someone who is in love with love stories you have to get your priorities in order. Now the first thing you have to work out is if its going to be upsetting in parts. If it is, you need to choose your company wisely. After all you do NOT want to go with someone who has never seen you cry before. This means this is defiantly not a film for first dates…unless of course they are ‘into’ sweaty, blotchy, crying women…in which case run away before you guarantee a second date they may be a bit too weird. So grab any of your girlfriends, get to the cinema, and be ready to fall in love, have your heartbroken and feel the need to live your life fuller than ever…all in the space of an hour and fifty.

If there’s anything that this film gives to you, it’s courage. Courage to live your life, fall in love again, explore the world, and most importantly take chances…or at least that’s what I got from it. Everything about this film for me was perfect from the story line to the director and especially the actors, it was just perfect. The performances given by Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin were amazing! The belief and passion in their eyes for each other was remarkable, even that was enough to make anyone believe in the story. Maybe even a little bit too much…now the only thing the women who have watched this film need is for it to happen in real life.

Best advice I’ve ever been given…

So recently travelling’s been on my mind a lot. I’m seeing more and more people jetting off to just explore somewhere they’ve never been. Because of this I’ve been thinking about when I could go, and therefore I’ve been talking to more people about it.

Now the only people I’ve really spoken to about it to are people who I’m friends with, or people I strike up a conversation with in the cafe where I work. Out of everyone I’ve spoken to in however many years I’ve had this dream, there’s always been one thing in common. This is company. These people have always had someone with them, mainly friends or even family. Now this is great, I’d love to do that…hell I’d probably prefer to do that in regards to the safety issue but this is a problem.

The problem is… with my group of friends…there are two categories. They either have no interest in travelling or they have either already done it or have already everything out to do it. Which leaves me with the option to go it alone.

I don’t mind the idea of being alone travelling because I like to see the benefit to both sides of everything. For example with this, I’d see exactly what I wanted to see without having to take anyone else desires into consideration. I also feel that I would learn a lot from the experience personally, as I believe in finding/discovering yourself when travelling (which some people will laugh at the idea). Plus travelling alone pushes your boundaries by making friends out of complete strangers.

Anyway so onto the advice…today while I was clearing a table (cafe life) a woman struck up a conversation with me. It was a short conversation, but this lady was very easy to talk to…so even though we were only speaking for about 5-10 minutes I learnt a lot!

We talked about her situation. How she used to live quite close to me but then after her husband passed away at quite a young age, she couldn’t afford the house alone, so she had to move. She had spent 26 years with her husband, she had no family left now. But she was happy, content. We spoke about my situation. How I’d been to university, now living back at home with my parents with a performance degree I do nothing with and a dream to travel.

This sparked something. She herself had been travelling. 29 years ago, she set off to Australia alone and it was only when she was waving her family goodbye the realisation sinked in. She was doing this, and she was doing it alone. She talked with so much enthusiasm and insight. She said she never regretted it for a moment, and if she hadn’t of gone she would have never met her husband. As I was just about to return to work, she said…just go. Go live and explore, if it doesn’t work out at least you’ve tried it and you can come back home but just do it…take a chance.

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll

Why 80’s Music?

When asked the question of what kind of music I prefer, I normally say I like a variety. I listen to anyone from Fleetwood Mac, to Jay Z and Kanye West, going back to Katy Perry and Skrillex. But…given the choice I’d probably say that out of them all my ‘go to’ songs have to be those of the 80’s.

I’m not entirely sure what my reason is for it…It could be because that’s the music I’ve grown up to. Whenever we’d go anywhere in the car or have any music playing in the house it would be 80’s music. Whether it was Madonna, ELO, Def Leppard, or Queen…it was on, playing wherever we were and whatever time it was.

When I think about the difference in music then and music now, the main distinction for me is the passion. I don’t know why but people back in the 80’s just seemed to have so much more passion. In one way it’s as if they used music to escape all of the problems of the world. Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that there is so much emotion and truth in some of today’s music but…it was nice having that escape, and positivity. I mean when you listen to ‘Wham – Wake me up before you go go’, it doesn’t exactly make you think about all the drama and sadness in the world.

Saying that though I’m not just talking about the upbeat passion of the 80’s. After all there were many great artists like Whitney Houston, Meatloaf, Bon Jovi and Bonnie Tyler who clearly expressed the troubles they were having in life (mainly problems with love). But nevertheless they all still seemed to hold a passion, that I think a lot of the artists now lack.

Anyway for me 80’s music will always be close to my heart. What’s your favourite type of music?

 

Amateur Photographer…

I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember. Mainly taking photo’s of landscapes…or animals. Catching the light in a certain way so that a flare appears on the lens. Catching the excitement on a dogs face; as he waits patiently for a treat. Or even just capturing a moment, that can be saved for a lifetime. The camera, in my opinion, is one if not the best invention so far. The power it has in such a small body is incredible. The ability to share a moment all over the world, over generations, that occurred in just one second to never be repeated again.

Over the last  few months I’ve been attempting to improve my photography skills,  but I could never find the right method to learn. I tried reading about it, but it never sunk in. I even tried looking at online video’s, and although I understood some parts…there were other areas where i needed extra help that I couldn’t find through videos. Then as I was searching Groupon one day for a cheap getaway, I came across a online course by Shaw Academy called ‘Diploma in Photography’. The aim of the course was to teach me how to get out of automatic mode, while learning about the important of shutter speed, aperture and exposure.

So I enrolled online and in February I attended a live online course on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8pm. It was amazing! I’m finally able to use my camera to it’s full ability, and now I can say I have a diploma in photography. I’m so happy! I still class myself as an amateur though, as I don’t exactly have the portfolio to go with my diploma…but I’m getting there. With a few more trips away I’m sure I’ll be there in no time!

If you’d like to see any of my photo’s I’ll leave some links below. 🙂

https://www.instagram.com/njo_photography/

www.facebook.com/NJOramPhotography

Make your own path

There’s a quote I come across a lot when looking at traveling, it goes…

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldorf Emerson 

I find this quote really inspiring both for travelling and home life. For travelling I like the idea of going where no one else has gone before me. Like a astronaut exploring space. In my eyes why should we do the same thing day in day out, when we have the whole world at our feet to explore and just live. I think that’s one of the reasons why I fell in love with Iceland so easily, it gave me a sense of freedom to discover something new and I love that.

On the other hand though like I said I can also apply it to home life. Like I’ve mentioned before I’ve never really been career minded, but maybe that’s just because I haven’t seen the right career choice. Maybe if I created my own career (i.e make my own path) then I’d be career driven. It’s just finding something I really love doing, something that I’m unbelievably passionate about. Anyway I’ll keep wandering the earth, trying to find out how to create my own path. One day.

Career? What Career?

Career: An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress…

When you reach a certain age, the question that people will begin to ask you is…so what do you want to do with your life? It seems that people expect you to know this for definite by the time you leave college, and definitely by the end of university!

For me…this seems to have always been a problem. I’ve never been that bothered about a career. I obviously know I need to have one to earn money in order to survive. But I’ve just never been focused enough to find one I am really passionate about. Yeah I’m passionate about drama. Devising my own performance, even occasionally writing a script. But as many of us know that’s a difficult area to get into, with many different directions to go in. It just comes down to choosing.

I’ve worked in cafe’s since I was 16. I know a lot about coffee and working for Starbucks also expanded my knowledge on this. But every so often I think a change needs to be made. A change to try something new, experience something different. I think this may be a reason why I have never been that career focused. I always like a change. Which is all fair enough…until someone asks you what you want to do. Then you are just left with their confusion and shock of how you don’t know.

Some people seem to have it all figured out, others think its okay to find your way later on. But they don’t seem to understand the frustration and need for me to be able to figure it out now. I know I won’t be able to and that all I can do is try. But to be perfectly honest…it sucks.