The True Heroes Of Our Time (Guest Post)

By Andreas Cvetkovic Destounis

One thing I hope will happen as a result of the corona-outbreak is that more and more people will acknowledge the real heroes of our society. And I’m happy to see that there has been an increase in this acknowledgement. We have seen more and more people showing their gratitude to their countries health-care workers, working in hard conditions trying to help people. But this shouldn’t have started with the corona-outbreak and it shouldn’t end when the outbreak ends. And it shouldn’t be limited to health-care workers only.

I got my first job in 2017 when I started working at a daycare. I had of course gone to school and university, and there we learned about other heroes. When we were small children our hero was Pippi Longstocking. In high school it was Winston Churchill. In university coffee was our hero as it could keep us awake. When I started working at the daycare I noticed how unaware I had been of our society’s real heroes for the first 21 years of my life.

I remember that the first day working at the daycare was a very messy one. No one seemed to really know what part of the daycare I was going to work at, and I was moved around several times just within the first hour. Since that day in the spring of 2017 I have worked in several different daycares in my hometown of Stockholm up until the middle of 2019. So I have my fair share of experiences. But I didn’t need nearly that much time to understand why that first day was so messy. It actually just took a few days. And that in turn led me to understand that it wasn’t Pippi Longstocking, Churchill or coffee that were our true heroes. The true heroes of our modern society were my coworkers at the daycare. (Even though coffee helped me, as well as my co-workers, while working at the daycare. So we can still count it as a hero).

Low pay, long hours and tiring work with a lot of responsibilities are a few things that define working at the daycare. I can’t speak for other countries, but I can speak for my own country of Sweden. And here this definition is hardly unique for people working at a daycare. The same goes for nurses, police-officers, taxi-drivers, among many. I constantly hear on the news of police-officers and teachers quitting their jobs because they can’t take it anymore, and of nurses and taxi-drivers having to work overtime for free because, well, they just have to.

I had heard about all of this even before I started working at the daycare. But just like a lot of people, I didn’t give it a second thought. After working at a daycare for some time, I could suddenly sympathise with them.

That first day that I mentioned earlier, it was messy because the staff at the daycare had so much workload that they couldn’t pay attention to me. As I said, I have worked in several (seven to be precise) daycares, and the thing that was constant in all daycares was the frustration and anger of the staff. And also the high number of staff seeking help for mental-health problems. I often just wanted to sit down with them and tell them that everything will be alright, even though I knew that it probably wouldn’t.

As an ending I want to go back to what I said in the beginning. Up to now I think that a lot of people are unaware of the heroes working these types of jobs, just as I was before I started working at the daycare. But the corona-outbreak has made it obvious what heroes they are. Health care-workers have to risk their health working with corona-patients, staff at daycares and supermarkets, as well as bus drivers, have to risk their health coming in close contact with people who might very well have the virus. All while the rest of us are being told to stay at home. And this has made people see them as the heroes they are. Let’s hope it persists when the outbreak is over. The next time you go to the supermarket or ride the bus, please make sure to show your gratitude to the person behind the counter or the wheel.

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Six Word Story

He tapped her on the shoulder.

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Stolen Content And Plagiarism Alert

I’m sure you guys remember that a while back I did an interview for W. Wang’s blog which was an amazing experience. Unfortunately yesterday I found out someone had plagiarized this interview to make it look like the interview was done by them. No credit was given to W. Wang and his name was actually replaced by the name of the plagiarizer.

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Of course I instantly reached out to W. Wang and let him know because this was his content as well as his hard work being plagiarized. We both reported the blog and I left a comment letting them know that this post is plagiarized and that they need to take it down or use the original post giving full credit to W. Wang. However they have not responded.

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So I am sharing this information with you for three reasons. First- I just want to let people know that plagiarism is clearly wrong so don’t do it. Secondly, if you really enjoyed someones content and want to share it there are legal ways to do so without stealing their content such as reblogging or sharing using the share button at the bottom of the post. Lastly, I wanted to ask you guys to report the plagiarized post so that the post gets taken down by WordPress.

If you aren’t sure how to report the post here are the instructions:

1.Click here to go to the blog.

2. Click on the three dots at the bottom of the post.

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3. Click the “report post” option.

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4. Once you click that you will be redirected to a different page. On that page report the post as spam. I would say report it as copyright infringement but that’s a whole thing (thanks WordPress!) so just report it as spam.

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Thank you so much for reporting the post- the more it’s reported the faster it gets taken down! W. Wang and I really appreciate your support.

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Edit: Robin left a really good idea in the comments and said I should leave the text/reason required for reporting the post so I decided to do just that

The post is stolen content and plagiarized to make it look like their own.

Stolen post:  https://customeravatarin.wordpress.com/2020/03/26/interview-with-blogger-pooja/

Original Post: https://wworldcommentary.wordpress.com/2020/02/25/interview-with-blogger-pooja/

5 Ways To Remain Positive

With everything going on in the world right now plus being stuck at home it’s easy to start to feel more negative. It can also feel a lot worse if you already suffer from mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Here are some ways  to stay positive: 

Pamper yourself- Take a day or even a few hours/minutes out of your day/week to pamper yourself. When you’re stuck at home it’s easy to let yourself go and stop pampering yourself but it’s important to set some “me time” aside for yourself. It can be as simple as putting on some lotion and lipstick or taking a nice hot bath. It really helps clear your mind and bring some more positivity into your life.

Keep busy- Make sure not to completely let yourself go and sleep in all day (happened to a friend of mine… 😂) but it’s a good idea to maintain your usual routine at least to an extent. Sleeping in too much can actually be bad for your mental health and it can make you feel more depressed, sad and or negative in general. Keeping your general routine or if that’s not possible at least finding some activities/hobbies to do while you’re at home can really help you feel better.

Surround yourself with positivity- I know it’s easy to fall down a hole of reading negative news all day but make sure to read/watch/do something positive too. You can read some inspirational quotes or read an inspirational book or just watch some cat videos on YouTube!

Stay in touch with people you care about- Even though being around people you care about may not be an option right now it’s a good idea to keep in touch with them. It really helps improve your mood and kind of distracts you from any negative feelings you may be experiencing. 

Breathe- Taking deep breathes especially when you’re feeling anxious, depressed or panicky can really help calm you down and bring more positive energy into your mind.

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Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks to palmtreesandloyalties for nominating me for this award! Their blog is amazing and has so many great posts about blogging, writing, lifestyle and more. Check it out by clicking here.

Rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

Three things about me:

  • I’m allergic to avocado
  • I love Korean food
  • My favourite show right now is It’s Always Sunny

    If you could interview your favourite actor or singer what would you ask them?

“How were you able to stay so strong after going through so much?” 

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What brand or label have you worn since you were a teenager and still prefer?

None to be honest. I didn’t wear any brands or labels in particular as a teenager that I still wear.

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Has your favourite colour changed and why?

Yup it’s changed so many times! I think I’m one of those people whose colour changes as my mood changes so it really just depends on my mood. 

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What pre-Covid-19 thing or activity do you miss most right about now?

Travelling. And Starbucks…

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What TV show do you love to hate yet you can’t stop watching it?

Love & Hip Hop… (Atlanta)

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Three posts I’m most proud of:

https://lifesfinewhine.com/2017/02/08/an-open-letter-to-my-anxiety/

https://lifesfinewhine.com/2015/10/23/hurt-me/

https://lifesfinewhine.com/2019/12/22/stop-using-mental-illnesses-as-an-excuse-to-be-lazy/

My Nominees

Anyone who wants to do this award please feel free to and use the same questions I did!

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Replying To Your Assumptions!

So a few days back I asked you guys to leave some assumptions in the comments and so many of you did which was awesome. Here are the replies to the assumptions you guys left. Oh and I’ve linked the blogs of everyone that commented so feel free to check out their blogs! I can guarantee they’re all awesome!

From trE:

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Nope I’m actually the opposite! It’s been years since I wore heels!

From Tangie T. Woods:

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It’s actually the opposite! I love reading the material and learning but I feel like papers and exams with time limits aren’t the best way to teach.

From Kelli:

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When it comes to lipstick definitely yes red is my go to! It’s the one colour that I feel like always looks good!

From Tamara Kulish:

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Omg I love candles too! I am not a fan of home improvement shows- I don’t think I’ve watched any in years. I absolutely cherish my time spent online talking with all you amazing people! You should definitely try this out too it’s so fun!

From Aisha Urooj:

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I do!!! 🍕

From Matt Kohrell

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Yes that would be epic!!

From Amandeep

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Yeah I definitely want to travel a lot more!

From Gail

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Yup you hit that one on the head! I am pretty shy and introverted in real life and I feel like that’s why I love blogging so much. It’s the perfect outlet for me.

From Roy

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Nope I actually have a horrible sense of direction! Like honestly just the worst…

From Priya

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I do and I’m sad I haven’t been able to read any lately!

From Haroon Mirza

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Yes I love it!

From Iqra Amer

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Yeah I wouldn’t mind having a snake as a pet but my mum would have a stroke if she ever found out 😂

From Mahima Jalan

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I think right now it’s actually the opposite just because I have more in common with my dad since we like the same books/movies/tv shows/food. Although when it comes to spiritual stuff my mum is my go to.

From Delialah

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Omg I wish but unfortunately I don’t 😭 I actually found this picture that I was going to post on Instagram but ended up not posting!

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From Jirah Merizz

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I really like yellow! I think it has a really good energy.

From Ngoza May

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Yup I love reading!

From Opher

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I do! I know all components of a song are important but personally I’m one of those listeners that really concentrates on the lyrics.

From cas9.tech

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I LOVE instant noodles! My favourite are the vegan Nongshim ones and in case anyone is interested in vegan ramen you can check them out by clicking here. I also have some pictures of it I couldn’t resist!

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From V

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I do!! My favorite is chai but I also love chamomile.

From Bunmi

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I do! I truly cherish my alone time.

From Mare

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Omg yes that’s so true! I hate baths and the toilet paper being under irritates me so much!

From Eromonsele Emmanuel

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Yup! Not judging anyone who dresses otherwise (you do you!) but I prefer a more covered up look and I don’t think I can pull of a bikini lol…

From Susan

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Yeah that’s true! It took me a long time to find the perfect balance between being caring and not being a pushover but I think I finally found it.

From Jim Borden

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You like country music and curb and you’re vegan so of course you are!!

From Agozirim Onuigbo

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I do!! My mum actually loves astronomy and would take my sister and I outside to look at the sky every night and those moments are some of my favorite memories and thanks to her I still love looking at the night sky. It just brings me so much joy!

From Carol Hannah:

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I do! I think they bring a lot of positive energy to my life so I love surrounding myself with bright colors. My mum actually made me a beautiful tie dye tshirt with all those colours!

From Robin:

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Nope I actually hate it! 😭🍷

From liveterspoejst:

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No but I’ve gotten that a few times. I’m actually Indo-Kenyan!

From Elli:

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I do! But only because dogs are too much work where as cats just kind of live with you and grudgingly glance at you a couple of times a day.

Thank you so much for the assumptions everyone I had so much fun replying to them and I can’t wait to do this again!

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What Is The Point? A Young Person’s Perspective On The Earth, And Climate Change (Guest Post)

By Jon

“What’s the point (in learning), the world and everything on it is going to die anyway.”

This was a comment from a young lady to me yesterday. She is intelligent, independent and thoughtful. Someone who is much older in their thinking than their age. I would gladly talk to her about her opinions on anything.

What struck me was the fact that she is right. If what we read about climate change is to be extrapolated to the extreme, she will not have a future. I may do, if limited.

She indicated that the world is looking to their generation to fix things. That should not be the case. It is my generation who will fix it. We need the mass mobilization of people to apply pressures to governments and corporations.

An individual can change their habits but a population needs complete system change, which doesn’t happen overnight. Afterwards, I was upset at her comments as we may only have a limited time, so we need to make a difference.

I wanted to know more about her perceptions of the world, so asked if I could interview her for this blog. Here is our conversation, almost verbatim:

“What’s the point (in learning), the world and everything on it is going to die anyway.”

Why did you say that?

It’s just a fact.

How do you know it’s a fact?

Everything dies eventually.

In the current climate, do you think we are on a more rapid course for this?

Yes, because no one is taking action about anything. They are just speaking about it.

What do you think the biggest potential challenges are to the Earth?

Mass production of items, plastic crap, stuff that is not needed or that is just used for 5 months and then is gone.

What can we do?

Have laws to stop certain companies (e.g. McDonalds) making items that are not needed (e.g. items with happy meals).

What can we as individuals?

If you don’t need it then don’t buy it. Use substitutes like metal containers for water in place of plastic bottles.

What would you like to happen in the next ten years?

The world to be more environmentally friendly. Countries to be less economically motivated around money.

Who should be taking action now?

Leaders of countries. If there are no countries left then they will not be leaders any more and they would have failed in their role.

Who are the current champions of this?

Scandinavian countries. Organisations that do stuff, but it is not big enough, it is under the surface.

(At this point I was thinking about Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion, The Green Party etc)

What organisations do you think they are?

Don’t know

Why do you not know about them?

They are not causing enough effect for people to know. Drastic action is needed rather than little things if we only have 11 years left.

Why do you think not enough people know about these organisations or know what is happening with climate change in the world?

I think everyone knows about climate change. They are doing a few things but not enough. For example electric cars are being produced but not enough. They also need to manufacture the power for them.

Did you know Indonesia is on fire?

No, because Australia is a bigger newsflash at the moment. Is it really on fire?

(we discussed this for a moment)

Do you think part of the problem is our news coverage?

Yes. You can tell that the news sometimes covers stuff up by putting unnecessary stuff on there instead.

Ultimately what you think will happen to our Earth?

It is going to start to rot.

How do you feel about that?

It’s sad because the human race will go with it too and that has not clocked into everyone’s minds yet. The whole Earth will look like the industrial revolution – concrete and darkness.

What would you like to do about it?

I care about it but there are only limited things you can do: solar panels, not using plastics, cut down on meat and dairy. I would cut down on eating meat, and would like to go vegetarian. The meat production is too massive.

This is quite depressing

Choose a dark topic and get a dark answer.

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Assumptions?

I recently watched some YouTube videos and saw that they were doing something where people comment an assumption about the person and the person replies and answers whether they’re right or wrong. Like for example the assumption could be “you love potatoes” and the YouTuber would be like “yes, I do love potatoes!” or “no, I actually hate potatoes!”

I thought that was super fun and we could do it on WordPress too especially since the ask me something post was so fun to do! Plus, it’s  a great way to get everyone involved and a nice distraction for a bit from everything going on right now. So leave some assumptions down in the comments and I’ll post my answers in a couple of days and of course I’ll link the blogger who left the comment!

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Six Word Story

She looked over her shoulder constantly.

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