Losing My Religion

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Your Number One.”

US chart – Mariah Carey (okay…)
UK chart – The Clash (more up my street!)

#1 Alternative song on my birthday however… REM’s Losing my Religion. I had no idea that this was a number one at that time, I love this song.

Every whisper
Of every waking hour
I’m choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this, the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing around
Now I’ve said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

Motion

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion.”

Passer-by at the station
Photo taken at Charing Cross station. This has been previously shared on my blog.

Waiting for a train to run without any luck, the rain is pouring outside and there are no options left but to sit and wait, watching passers-by.

Is ‘Honesty’ Real?

Many say that honesty is the best policy. I wonder how many of those people truly practice what they preach. Saying that I am always honest would make me an hypocrite. Perhaps ‘always’ is the keyword to keep an eye here but honesty as a sole concept is deadSome people argue that it’s not what we say but how we say it, keeping honesty to a high level without harming other parties involved. However, how honest is this approach? Half-truths and continuous embellishments to me are everything but honest. 

Honesty did mean something in the old days, where honour and giving someone their word were also meaningful acts. Nevertheless, in modern society, I believe that honesty is strongly correlated to narcissism and personal convenience. Having social psychology as my main educational background and being especially focused in discourse analysis doesn’t really help in the argument. I enjoy observing people and I pay close attention to things that many would consider mundane. For example, I listen to changes in pitch, the discourse, sighs… anything! As a consequence, I catch people lying very easily. Most importantly to this post, I often witness that unless there is some sort of valuable exchange process, honesty is nothing but a word with a long lost meaning where fake smiles and unrealistic promises prevail.

Do you think honesty is real? Are you always honest?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Truth or Dare.”

Online Privacy? There’s no such thing!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Do Not Disturb.”

For an online professional, a lot of people find my concept of privacy rather surprising. I work with websites and digital marketing (search engine optimisation, social media, etc) on a daily basis and I have a bit of an online presence myself. However, I am an extremely private person. My personal Facebook profile is a ghost town, most times the posts are from friends and I simply respond, often via message instead. I only use it in order to keep in touch with friends who don’t own a smartphone with unlimited access to the internet (this is still quite prominent in my hometown). I adopt the same attitude across the few social media accounts that I have. Sharing photos online, especially selfies, is very rare and video are a definite no. Being aware and trained on different aspects of the digital world including digital footprints only makes my decision to avoid the current trends even further.

If it's on the Internet, it isn't private.I don’t believe in “online privacy”, I believe the only way you can truly be private is by not uploading/posting your information online. I have my professional image available through LinkedIn and the more personal accounts are on complete lockdown. I do not share personal information at all unless it is needed for a specific purpose. I like being “sugar” and writing anonymously despite the fact that I do understand that yes, my information is still easily accessible. It’s not a matter of being afraid of what people will read here, I don’t necessarily write any “bad” things, otherwise I’d stick to a diary or a journal. I simply do not like attention and I prefer having my blog in the shadows where it will hopefully remain. Not to mention the freedom that it gives me to write without worrying whether it will one day come back to haunt me professionally as more and more recruiters go through social media and blogs to check their candidates…