I had so much school related things that had to be done this week. My parent teacher meetings were this week as well and I appear to have been good the past two months I’ve been in school. Whaaay, go me.
I can’t remember what I did the past week. I remember going to school and just living the normal daily life of Orla Ainsworth.
That reminds me, I wasn’t able to go to sleep one of the nights so I was looking at my Youtube channel’s analytics on the Studio app. The search terms for some of my videos weren’t what I was expecting to say the least.. I also discovered that British people have viewed my videos the most but Irish people are the biggest estimated minutes watched contributors followed by the Americans.
The top 25 search terms for Salt Shaker are normal enough…..
…. Until I saw the “how to make baby alive food with salt”. Am I saving babies lives? Does salty food resurrect babies? Safe to say I was confused reading this, and I’m still confused as I’m typing this.
Then there were some videos who’s top 25 search terms were very straight forward and you can guess which video it is from the search terms.
And then there are some other videos that don’t have as straight forward search terms.. How many different ways can you spell my name? Ten different ways according to this. As much as I like “orla ainswortg”, I still prefer it with a “h” instead of a “g”.
For those of you who may have ever wondered whether it’s “OreoOrla” or “Oreo Orla”, it’s “OreoOrla”. Don’t question it. It’s just the way it is.
It’s currently mid-term which means a week off school. I really wanted to go to the Netherlands because their mid-term coincidentally coincided with mine which doesn’t happen often but I wasn’t able to go over due to different things that need doing in Ireland and what not.
Yus, I know I haven’t made a video in nearly two months. If I somehow magically can think of a video idea this week I shall film but I highly doubt that that’ll happen because my brain has gone to mush. Like mushy peas, except I don’t like mushy peas. I only like normal peas.
I have so much homework to do this week. I should probably go and get some of that started instead of typing aimlessly as I am currently doing. You go do something productive with your life whilst I go do the same except with my life ‘cos if I were to do that with your life that’d be weird.
When I was about to start this blog post I was like derp, nothing really happened this week. Well I was wrong. Once I got my memory to function properly I remembered that this week has been mental (no pun intended).
On Tuesday the 6th of October, Meath Comhairle na nÓg held their AGM and “Let’s Go Mental” event. For those of you who don’t know, a ‘Comhairle na nÓg’ is the youth council of the local county council. There are 31 comhairles throughout the country and they allow young people to be involved in the development of local services and policies and to have their voices heard.
One of the national initiatives “Let’s Go Mental” is a nationwide campaign to promote positive mental health among young people. The idea is that each of the 31 Comhairle na nÓgs will organise and run their own individual Let’s Go Mental event for young people in their area. Each event will be centred around Headstong‘s five-a-day for your mental health concept. These concepts are: connect, beaware, getmoving, give and get involved.
As a member of Meath Comhairle na nÓg, our past couple of months have mainly been focused on our Let’s Go Mental event. Coincidentally, at our 2014 AGM mental health came out as our chosen topic as our fellow peers believed that that was the biggest issue in Meath. Our topic and the national executive’s event coincided nicely which allowed us to focus on one thing, and one thing only: how to promote positive mental health in Meath.
I was part of the connect workshop with four of my fellow Comhairle members. Our workshop was based around connecting with one another through various games and activities. There was a personality quiz, human knot game, shark game and picture game. The personality quiz is quite self explanatory whilst the others aren’t. The human knot game consisted of a group of people holding hands and quite literally forming a knot using their bodies. Another person would have to try and untangle the knot. The shark game was basically musical chairs minus the chairs. Instead of chairs we had newspapers on the floor and each time the music stopped you’d have to be standing on one of the newspapers. The picture game consisted of two groups being shown different pictures (eg. car, house etc.) and they’d have to make that image using their bodies.
Approx. 200 young people attended the event. They rotated between the five different workshops and I’d like to think that they enjoyed each one. Thank you to everyone who helped us to make the day successful and thank you to all the young people who attended. Congratulations to our ten newly elected members, looking forward to working with you during the upcoming year. Some photos of the event can be found here.
World Mental Health Day took place on Saturday the 10th of October. I’ve read so many different heart touching stories the past week and I’ve come to the conclusion that positive mental health still isn’t perceived the way it should be. Even though many schools have a ‘positive mental health week’ among other events (such as the Let’s Go Mental events), I still feel that there could be a lot more positivity in relation to mental health. Don’t get me wrong, there is so much being done to help promote this and a lot has be done to make young and old aware of mental health but I still think that more can be done.
The little things in life can make such a difference to people. Even just talking to someone can mean so much to certain people, yet you don’t see it as anything amazing. I’ve come to realise this over the past year and it’s truly eye opening. I personally have never been directly affected by any mental health issues but I know of people who have. There’s no need to go all over board and be like ‘asdfghjkl’, all you need to do is just make sure they’re okay. Just be there for them and listen to what they have to say.
There are so many different sites you can visit to inform yourself about mental health and how it can affect people:
Overall this week has been a very good one. All the work we put into our AGM paid off. It’s kinda mad to think that I’ve been a member of Meath Comhairle na nÓg a whole year now, time flies by (but we already established this in a previous post). The countdown timer continues to tick down and it’s actually starting to scare me a little now. It was on 40 weeks when we started and it’s already on 34. Wow, just wow.
Last week’s post was very short compared to other weeks and I honestly can’t even remember the reasoning behind that. This is a perfect example of how Orla’s memory has the ability to forgot normal day-to-day things. If you’re still reading this, I hope that you’ll go and educate yourself a bit more on mental health and how it affects people. There are also numerous organisations and people whom you can talk to if you feel like you need someone to talk to. There’s always help and support. You’re not alone.
Only two more weeks ’till mid term. I can’t waaaaait. I need a break from all this school work. So. Much. Work. Enjoy the upcoming week. Do what you’ve gotta do and look after yourself and those around you.
This week was an interesting one to say the least. A very interesting one.
I suppose that I should probably try and keep it as chronological as possible. I’ve gotten back into the full routine of getting up early, going to school, coming home, doing homework, going to sleep only to wake up the following morning to repeat the process. As weird as it may sound, I do like routine. Obviously I am nowhere near enthusiastic to have to go to school the next day (especially on Sundays) but I suppose that it could be worse. Everything could be worse.
That brings me onto my next topic? Item of interest this week? Idk what to call it. Anyways, it’s most definitely something that is worth typing about. The Syrian refugee crisis. Yes the refugee crisis. No, not the migrant crisis. THE REFUGEE CRISIS.
“A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster”.
“A person who moves from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions”.
Now that we have established the difference between a refugee and a migrant, what can be done? I am a European citizen who quite frankly is quite ashamed to be part of this society that isn’t working to the best of it’s ability to help these people. Yes, we have poor and homeless of our own. But is that a valid reason why we shouldn’t be accepting these refugees into our country? I think not. And it’s not just Europe that could up it’s game. Many other countries could help more. In saying that, there are numerous countries who are helping more than the wealthier, more developed countries are. Knowing that restores some faith in humanity.
If we were ever to be in a similar crisis would you like it if other countries were hesitant to help us?
On Friday I watched the same video by John Green in three different classes. Being a 6th year student who’s sitting my Leaving Cert in a couple of months, it’s not that often that we watch YouTube videos. Doesn’t that within itself say enough? This crisis is worth our time.
In Geography we also watched another video relating to the topic, a very facts based video.
Both videos are definitely worth a watch.
So I said that I as going to try and keep this chronological but I’ve already messed that up completely. On Wednesday I went to Higher Options which was very insightful. As of currently I’m stuck between four different courses, in four different universities. I think that I have a fair idea as to which ones I prefer the most but I want to look into a bit more before I start making any serious decisions. I also got the opportunity to see some of my friends that I don’t get to see that often so that was nice as well.
I have been productive-ish this week to say the least. I was writing out Chemistry notes the other day and one thing that really annoys me is that I can only have one Google Drive account thing open at a time. I have a school email which some teachers use to upload notes to but I have to open it in a different browser as Google won’t allow me to open to different accounts at one time and I’m not in the mood to have to log in and out each time.
I also updated my iPod to iOS9 today and it may or may not be one of the worst decisions of my life. Since I updated it my, iPod has done weird things on two occasions. The first time the whole screen was unresponsive except for the assistive touch and the second time the screen was just blank and it looked as if it was dead but it was still working. I had to force restart it on both occasions and I seriously hope that it’s not going to become a daily thing…
This week I also started reading (and finished) a new book called “Lieve Mama” by Esther Verhoef. It’s a Dutch book and it was different to say the least. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend that you read it… Well if you can read Dutch that is.
This week (well today to be exact), Dublin bet Kerry in the All- Ireland Football Final in Croke Park. My Dad even managed to make it onto live television with his banner! Check out my Tweet to see a picture of that (I’m too lazy to save it to my laptop and to insert it into this post).
Oh I nearly forgot to include my oh so very important countdown timer thingy. 37 weeks seriously doesn’t come across as a lot.
This week was a busy, productive, tiring week. Oh I also got my hair cut on Saturday so I have no more split ends which makes me happy. It’s the little things in life. Week 4, come at me bro.
This week has flown by. It feels like only yesterday I was typing last weeks post. I’ve spent the past week pondering and reflecting about certain things.
This time three weeks ago I was in Pallaskenry in Limerick enjoying the Phoenix Challenge with 800 Scouts. I may have slightly forgotten to mention the fact that I edited the Phoenix video last week. Videos in relation to events etc. always evoke emotions within me as the memories resurface.
We started studying Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry in English before the summer holidays. To be completely honest I wasn’t a big fan of her poetry initially, but I’ve started to grow fond of her poetic style. ‘The Fish” in particular strikes me in such an unexplainable manner. My imagination may just wander off now and then, but it’s the way that I perceive the poem. I can find so many different indirect, and direct links between the fish, Bishop and myself. It’s not that I can relate to the cold vertebrate or a 20th century poet, but I understand the poem (in my own way) and somehow I can relate.
I’ve never owned a fish, and quite frankly I’m not too sure how one interacts with their pet fish. You can’t pet it (or so I presume anyways) or bring it for walks. You can feed it, as well as clean their tank. I’d love one of those massive fishtanks one day containing the most vibrant, extraordinary fish. There are over 33,000 fish species, all unique. Blub blub blub.
I started making notes for several different subjects and is it weird that in the maddest way possible it’s slightly relaxing? I knew that I was weird but I didn’t realise that I was that weird..
On Saturday I went to Scouting Ireland’s EGM National Council and it was great to see so many of my friends again. I have so many Scouting friends that I rarely get to see as they live all over the country. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the opportunities and experiences I’ve lived through thanks to Scouting. A new Chief Scout was elected, as well as a new International Commissioner. Congratulations to both Christy McCann and Claire McAroe for being elected and a sincere well done to all who had the courage to put themselves up for election. Even though Ollie Kehoe, Sean Farrell, Pat O’ Connor, Glenn Webster and Francis Minogue didn’t get elected, they have achieved so much that will last a lifetime. I once read a quote by Bear Grylls which said:
“Survival can be summed up in three words: never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying”.
All of the candidates campaigned in a fair manner until the end. They received the support and encouragement to pursue in something that they believed in. It brings me great joy to say that I am part of this organisation called Scouting Ireland.
I’m going to Higher Options in the RDS next Wednesday and I suppose that brings me to the topic of next year. See, time has come into it once again. I’ve been looking through different courses online and I’m currently stuck between three/ four different courses that have caught my eye. Some say that I’m logical, others say that I’m illogical. #OrlaLogic doesn’t do me any favours in this case, but I am trying to think about my options for next year logically and stuff.
Lawl. Countdown Timer. TIME. I wanted to emphasise the ‘time’ in ‘timer’ but it looks kinda stupid now in bold. Oh well. Maybe this will become a weekly thing? A screenshot from the Countdown Timer stating the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining.
Week 2 of 40 is complete. Roll on week 3. Who knows what it’ll bring. Maybe it’ll bring a fish, who knows?
School has started again. My last year of secondary school. 6th year.
Of course we got the standard “blah blah blah so many days ’till the Leaving Cert blah blah” talk. So what if the leaving cert is 39 weeks and 2 days away?
I’m not going to get stressed about anything. I’ll do my work and and do everything to the best of my ability. Yes, I’ll admit that last year I could have worked more consistently but no, I do not regret any second of it. I have a tendency not to regret certain things that easily. It happened because it happened. Learn from it and move on. Use the negatives to your advantage and make them positives.
I’ve decided to commit to one blog post a week. In a way I’ll be documenting my last year of secondary school, including the relative school related things as well as the non school related rudaí. As I mentioned in one of my recent videos I will not be uploading as frequently this year unless I actually have a good, solid video idea. From experience, my brain doesn’t seem to be as creative and capable of thinking of video ideas during the school year.
I feel as if I understand stuff more this year. I’ve been having several eureka moments the past week when in certain classes and whilst doing homework. That happy feeling of finally understanding something that appeared so complicated. I am genuinely motivated to study this year, in the most strange way ever I even find it slightly relaxing. I am someone who can either put their head down and get to work or I can procrastinate for hours, days and weeks. I want to succeed in life and even though I completely disagree with the education system I’ve come to the realisation that I’ll have to go along with it whether I like it or not.
Besides all this school related stuff, I have a strong desire to go on a stationary shopping spree. I’m not sure if that’s a thing or not but it’s what I want to do. The thing is, I could buy the nicest pens and notebooks but I’ll more than likely never use them. It’ll be years after the date of purchase before I ever look at them again. Please tell me that I’m not the only one?
I’ve become rather forgetful the past while which is slightly concerning. I went out the other day with the intention of buying a certain book and I came back with several books but not the one that I had intended to buy. I genuinely completely forgot about it. It’s a good thing that the Internet exists and that I can order it online. That way I can’t forget it, or can I?
This year is going to consist of balance. Getting the right balance between school, hobbies, social life and whatever else I do.
“A situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions”.
This year will also be an interesting year. It’ll be the end of an era, as well as the start of new beginnings. I find it funny to think how much people change within a year. I’ll probably read this back in 10 months time and cringe. I know that I’ve most definitely changed since this time last year. And so be it. There’s nothing wrong with change.
I could blabber on more but I’d be blabbering for the sake of blabbering. Lets see what the next 168 hours bring me.