Sunday, 27 August 2017

When Things Don't Go Your Way

There was an open meet for the LICC (London Inter-club Challenge) held at Allianz Park on the 29th of July and I had ran on this track once before in March for Varsity. For Varsity though, I only ran the 3rd leg of the 4x100m relay so I didn't try out a block start. I didn't realise the track is rock hard and it hurt to kneel in a block start!

As I arrived, I registered for the 100m and 200m and went to the warm-up area and felt quite confident about the upcoming race. Yet, it turned out to be the worst time I've ever ran for the 100m. There was an hour break between the two races and soon went off to warm up for 200m, but I had just lost all motivation.

As if it was pathetic fallacy, it started to rain and become even more gloomy. The rain caused delays in the races because it interfered with the electronic timing, which just meant we had to keep warm until it was our heat. Fortunately, I did redeem myself with this race and ran a decent time, considering the conditions.

I've had a lot of free time doing nothing, without set plans and chilling at home. There's often days that don't go your way with your mental state, you don't want to face the crowds of people and feel suffocated. I refuse to go shopping or travel to malls or known congested places during the summer when school is out and tourist levels are sky high.

Little Things
I've not had many plans recently for plans to fall through, but when you get ready and mentally prepared for an exciting event and your budding friend doesn't want to go or postpones, it sucks!

Trains are another thing. It's not so bad in London when trains run every 3 minutes or so (although weekends are really annoying!). National rail trains can ruin your day, I've recently been using them a lot more in my day of travel, but it's when you have to change from one train to another. They run every 15-30 minutes, and you miss it, you feel like a disappointment.


P.S I know the last two blog posts have been a lot shorter compared to the other posts, but I've just been feeling a little uninspired. Topic ideas are more than welcome!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Childhood Memories

Mum and marshmallow me
There's always something you look back on from your younger years that brings back the nostalgia; here are a few of mine.

As a kid, I used to love reading that it got to a point that my mum had to insist I take a break and go and play or something. As I passed through secondary school and onto sixth form, my love for reading just dwindled out. Maybe it was the growth in technology that took over, where we seem to just be mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or taking that cheeky selfie on Snapchat, but I wasn't reading as much as I used to. It could also be come down to the books we had to read in English Literature, reading and analysing to pass an exam; no one likes being forced to do things.

Since the first year of uni finished at the end of May, I had quite a lot of free time on my hands, and decided I should reignite my little love for reading and started with All The Bright Places by ? I'm only a few chapters in, but it's quite interesting, alternating between two perspectives of the main characters, making you want to keep reading.

With the spare time that I have, I've also used it to rewatch Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks animations. Movies like Shrek, where you've never noticed the phallic puns they make or Mulan, which was always so inspiring, bring back all the nostalgia. Sure I always will enjoy crazy action movies but you're never to old to enjoy a bit of animation!

Hama beads
I remember back in primary school we had 'Golden Time', an hour of free time on a Friday afternoon, to do whatever you wanted. I was the active kid who would love to play some kind of game like Bulldog but I was also creative. Hama beads were just a different way of exploring your creativeness and it's just as fun as I remembered it to be!

Everyone always says how they'd love to be young again when your biggest worry was choosing who your best friend was or what you would be having for lunch that day. Of course I'd love to go back to those days, but growing up isn't as bad as it all seems, even if you're forced to grow up a little too soon. When one door closes, another one opens.


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