The Mirage of Happiness

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I think we all share a common goal in life – whether you want to be a painter, or a football player, or just really, filthy rich – we all want to be happy. The problem is, as a species we are inclined to attach that happiness to certain desires.

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Cheers to Good Friday

This year, for the first time in more than 90 years, it will be legal to purchase alcohol here in Ireland today, Good Friday. Every year, the discussion comes up: “Should alcohol be available on Good Friday?” or more commonly, “Should the pubs be allowed to open on Good Friday?”

The answer is yes.

Now, whenever this question is raised, particularly on social media, there are always the same arguments for keeping the alcohol ban.

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Time, Procrastination, and Fear

The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass by. A month goes by in the blink of an eye. It’s already nearly April. That’s a quarter of the year that has already gone. A quarter of the year, and what have I accomplished? Nothing. Nothing to show for all that time. Glued to a phone screen, reading one post after another on Facebook or Reddit, amusing myself with pictures and text that I know I will completely forget a few days later.

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Poetry – Snow

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Here in Ireland, we have just had the heaviest snowfall in decades. For many of us, myself included, it was more snow than we had ever seen in our entire lives. It literally froze our country to a standstill. Being confined indoors for the past few days gave me a lot of time to think; more precisely, to think about snow. Snow has always awakened the child in me, as I’m sure it does many others.

I wrote down my thoughts on snow, and decided they would look better in a poem than a standard blog post. As usual, my anxiety has been telling me not to post this, “people will hate it”, “you’re terrible”, yadda yadda. But you’ll never know unless you try and you’ll also never improve. I’m trying out something new here, but I am a fan of poetry so if there’s an interest, I may post more here in the future, or I may set up a separate blog for that sort of thing. Let me know what you think.

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Dealing with death as an atheist

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My friend recently learned that her grandmother has died due to lung cancer, so this post is for her.

Two years ago, in March, my grandfather passed away. He was a lifelong smoker, and it caught up to him. Lung cancer. It all happened in an exceedingly short space of time. Into the hospital for a simple check, diagnosed with lung cancer, dead a few days later.

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No, I’m not dead, unfortunately

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It’s been a whopping four months since I last posted on here – since I last wrote anything at all, actually. I don’t really have any excuses. I had a bunch of Halloween and Autumn-y posts planned, but I didn’t get the first one done one week and then I didn’t do the next and then Halloween was over and my fatal flaw got to me again – guilt.

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14 tips to survive depression – from someone with 5+ years experience

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I became depressed in 2012. I was diagnosed after I texted a friend in school from bed saying that I was going to kill myself. He told the school, the school rang my mother, and I was rushed to the local Children’s and Adolescents’ Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I was diagnosed almost immediately with depression.

I have attempted suicide twice, both around that time, and both fairly close together. I have had several depressive relapses, spent many weeks confined to my bed, and have questioned the point of life more times than I can count. I am still here, and I am happy.

Today is World Mental Health Day. In honour of that, here are some of my tips, from experience, on how to survive this horrible illness.

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