The Greatest Question We Shall Ever Ask

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Who are you?

No not the you that everyone sees walking around at work/ university but the real you. The you that is raw and free to act in the manner in which you want. The you that can come out when you are alone at home or in the wilderness, taking in the atmosphere.

Take some time right now; yes, right now, to think to yourself. Think about your past, your present and what you aspire for your future to be like.

Think of all your likes and dislikes. What makes you smile and what makes you anxious, are also important points to think over. What are your flaws? What are your strengths?

Once you have thought about your life and who you are, make a promise to yourself to work towards what you thought of when you considered the future you desired. Only you can achieve that; no one else can, only you.

I truly believe that we become too absorbed into the happenings around us that we fail to look inwards and understand who we are as a person. Yes, we may understand the primary layer of who we are but deeper than that, only a few understand.

To become who we are destined to become, we have to acknowledge that only through self-awareness and persistence to work towards our goals are we to ever become the person we want to become.

I do not know everything about myself and I don’t think I ever will. However, I am thankful that each day I am granted the opportunity to learn more about who I am and acknowledge that I am getting closer to the goals I have set.

To come closer towards who you were always meant to be is one of the greatest gifts that life can grant you.

You must begin to look inwards rather than become distracted by the happenings of the busy modern world. Self-awareness is important and by acknowledging so, you can be closer to the ideal goal you have of yourself. However only you can acknowledge what needs to be worked upon.

Our lives are limited to digits on a clock but by making the time we have worth it; we can live the life we have always desired. You are the navigator and only you.

Live largely and leave the greatest legacy behind. You are amazing.

A Writer’s Legacy

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Death, the one thing that is inevitable. It cannot be stopped. Life can be prolonged but death cannot be conquered. It comes from the darkness, taking its due.

But not all is sadness, for as writers, we have abilities that can even live long past our own death.

I am talking about our legacy.

We write stories each day. We create epic journeys of heroes conquering evil, of forgotten races rising from the depths and of love appearing in places of darkness; and we sometimes forget that we can change peoples lives.

We as writers can change so many peoples lives, every single day.

With this post, however, I am speaking about, in particular, our legacy.

The Macmillian Dictionary states legacy as,” something that someone has achieved that continues to exist after they stop working or die.”

I strongly believe that a writer’s legacy is incredibly important. Our life stories are held in each word that is written. Our pain, happiness, and dreams are carved into each story we write. With each piece we write, our soul is embedded into it. When others read our work they are literally delving into the life we lived, be it good or bad.

I will not tell you how to leave your legacy as that is for you and only you to decide but please work hard on it. We have the ability to change the world around us. Words hold power, hence why all throughout history diplomats were used, particularly in military matters.

Work each day to craft your story into something worthwhile. Write stories, challenge yourself. Go on adventures, speak to people you normally do not. Gather stories from the world around you. Your legacy is writing and your writing is your legacy.

I know I want my legacy to be the single most important thing I ever achieve. It will be my soul living on beyond the grave. It will be my memory and how others will remember myself and the life I lived.

Do you want the same?

Comment below on what you wish your legacy to be.

 

R U OK? (Day)

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Today is the annual “R U OK” Day in Australia. It is a day that seeks to promote others to ask others about their well-being and if they need any assistance.

The organisation, R U OK is a suicide prevention organisation that understands the necessity for others to voice their thoughts and be heard. It has established 4 tips on its website that seek to do just that. These are:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in

Due to the overwhelming statistics of suicide and attempted suicide, it is very important to speak to others and check in on their well-being. Being by their side and giving support is crucial.

 

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The four points in how to ask “R U OK?”

 

According to Lifeline, a suicide prevention organisation within Australia, it states that in 2015 the overall suicide rate was 12.6 per 100000 individuals. Attempted suicide rates are stated at 30 attempted suicides for every suicide, meaning that approximately 65300 individuals attempt suicide each year.  This is the highest the rate has been in over 10 years.

Other individuals are noticing the increasing statistics and are wishing to speak out and show that it is okay not to be okay and that there needs to be a larger awareness of depression and other mental- illnesses. One example is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, also known as his stage name Logic, who recently released the song titled 1-800-273-8255. The title is that of the suicide prevention hotline and encourages others to speak out.

 

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Rapper “Logic”, just one of the individuals seeking to bring awareness to mental illness.

 

As do I. It is incredibly important to speak out to somebody. It is also incredibly important to ask someone are you okay?

This is an incredibly important topic to me and so I knew from the moment I realised “R U OK? Day was coming, I had to speak about it.

Please, if you are ever feeling in trouble or worried, speak to someone you care about. Speak to your school, your parents, your friends, your counsellor; please speak to somebody because you are loved, and you are cared about.

I also encourage others to ask those close to them, are they okay and what you can do to help. Being a support network is so important and it is incredibly appreciated.

In conclusion, here is the suicide prevention line in case you ever need someone to speak to.

Australia: 13 11 14

Here is a list of hotlines worldwide:

 

Remember, you are so loved.