Bittersweet Life

Life is great, you live it and enjoy it.

I’m talking about life, because it presents so many obstacles, regardless of your age and/or circumstances. I mean, some may say that you haven’t gone through anything, but what YOU have been through has meant something to YOU. It’s shaped your views and change your mind set. Who is someone to tell you your problem isn’t a problem, despite how minor or major it may be? 

Your life is what others see from the outside,but not on the inside. Nobody really wants to talk about how life attacks you internally. What I mean by this, is the times you’re in your bedroom alone. Those quiet moments where you reflect or dream and/or daydream..  You often sit up late wondering ‘where am I going’ , ‘what am I doing’ or ‘am I going to get there’. This is coming from a place of fear, which is natural, so don’t be discouraged.  It’s not that you haven’t got goals in places. It’s just you’re apprehensive about the present and future.

The funny thing is you don’t where life could take you. You hope to remain on the right path and succeed. I’ve found during these times to scan through old memories, to help me improve on myself. Find out what works for you.

Everyone has their own story and that’s okay. Think about yours, whilst I share a little part of mine. Let’s get a little personal here… I used to think I had to be a certain way, because that was what I was used to or everyone else was doing it. One thing I realised was I was only hurting myself. In order to grow, you need to accept who you are and run with it. At the end of the day, the only person you have is yourself. I’m not here to talk for everyone, because we are all different. One thing I can say is do not sacrifice your long term happiness, for the incentives of short term gratification.  

From this day, or maybe tomorrow or the next day.. promise yourself one or two things and stick to it.

It was a pleasure to write this.. CD.

Reality TV

Reality TV has been active since the early 2000s, notably referring to one of my early experiences of watching Big Brother. Back then, reality seemed like reality. Sounds silly, but there was so much rawness to it. 

It stood out compared to other programmes and quickly gained popularity. I believe the public were amazed, and played the role of psychologists, watching people in a confided space, like it was a social experiment.

Recently, I’ve noticed reality TV shows are more fiction-based, than an accurate representation of real life. They claim to show reality, but what they are broadcasting is merely their version of a constructed reality. 

Some programmes such as ITVBe’s TOWIE , lets its viewers know “some of the scenes has been set up for your  entertainment”. On the other hand, you have programmes like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, who argue the programme is all reality. Despite the fact, others have contested against this statement, suggesting the scenes are scripted and re-shot if needed to.

The lack of dishonesty from reality TV could cause a decline in its fan base. To avoid this problem, i believe all reality TV shows should mention in its opening credits the extent of reality that will be shown. It would be a way to prevent reputation damage, because the viewers would be aware, so therefore the second guesses and negative comments would be common but eventually detoriate. 

This is just one view. Think about yours. 

Chanda D

Music

Music is truthfully so satisfying. Imagine you’re listening to your favourite song; you feel the penetration of the instrumental and lyrics, in your mind and heart. It is created from an artist’s experience/viewpoint. They are able to express themselves, by rapping or singing, over the variation of beats available worldwide from producers. The global interconnectedness is shown within the music and this is what makes it relatable to us listeners. 

Obviously, you have your favourite go-to genre or song. Think about the real reason why you like it. Usually, on a subconscious level, it appeals to you, because it talks about a past experience or about a lifestyle you wish to have. For example, I like grime, because the lyrics allow me to mentally build an image, to get a better understanding of London culture and its people.

One thing to remember about music is, the industry people are aware of what sells. The more generic a song is, the greater chance of it being a worldwide success. For instance, the tune gangnam style was easy to connect with, simply because there was a universal dance routine, to go with it.

Overall, I hope music will never dies out. How could it possibly? It’s a form of art, an expression of human emotions and a tool to unify people. I’ll just continue to sit back and see how music evolves over the coming years. 

C.D