What makes people tick

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There were some really loud people behind me on the bus to work this morning, talking about the most ridiculous and annoying things. I have a very low tolerance for people that annoy me, so I tutted at them unintentionally, and only realised once I'd done it. It's not a very nice character trait but my patience can be worn thin very easily.

I then started to wonder what other people would think of me if they heard me tutting at the annoying loud people. Would they think I was rude, grumpy, annoying myself? It made me think about what makes people tick, and what gives each person the quirks that make them 'them'.

For example, until my sister went to Uni, we had grown up in the same house, with the same parents, living under the same rules. There's not a great age gap between us, only three years, but we are as different as chalk and cheese. There is even a running joke in the family that one of us is the milkman's! Not only do we look completely different, but even our characters are poles apart.

My sister is airy fairy and lives in cloud cuckoo land most of the time. I am methodical and more logical. She is driven by money and what other people think of her, I am driven by my own happiness. She was a model child and did everything my parents said, I rebelled and caused my parents a lot of heartache and unhappiness. She over-thinks situations and can be a bit of a worrier, I am more laid back and prefer to go with the flow. She's a teacher living in Surrey with a banker boyfriend and a KitchenAid mixer, I'm a body piercer living in the town I grew up in with a girlfriend and a lot of debt.

Considering we come from the same background I find it very interesting that we can be so different. I know we are different people but I believe the way you were brought up and the influence of your parents has a huge impact on the person you turn out to be. What makes me the way I am, and what makes her the way she is? What makes me tut at people on public transport while other people sit there happily? What makes me impatient and easily irritated, yet easy going and carefree?

It was an interesting bus journey this morning :)
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Short attention span woes

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Lately I've found that my attention span whilst writing is ridiculous. I stare at the screen for what seems like forever before writing one sentence and then getting distracted by Twitter or something happening outside or checking Instagram- basically anything that takes my focus away from what I'm trying to write.
I used to be brilliant at writing, as soon as my fingers touched the keyboard I was off- now I find myself pondering what to write, going back over the same sentence 50 times and deleting it, and just not being able to put my thoughts down in a way that would make anyone want to read them.
I have a feeling it's because my writing recently is for a purpose, i.e I have deadlines to meet for actual publications that actual people are going to read, rather than just me writing down a load of ramblings. Maybe I just don't deal well under pressure! It literally takes me a painful amount of hours to get a 500 word article done.
Any tips out there on how to stop my attention span being so abysmally short would be greatly appreciated!!
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Carol Ann Duffy at Southwark Cathedral

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A picture of Carol Ann Duffy carrying out a poetry reading at Southwark Cathedral
Image Via Diocese of Southwark's Flickr

Last week I went to see my idol Carol Ann Duffy give a poetry reading at Southwark Cathedral. As I had to get the train there straight after work, I made it just in time and there were no good seats left, so I was stuck in the aisle with a massive pillar in my way- I couldn't see her at all!
I had never seen her do a reading before, and she didn't sound the way I had imagined her in my head!

She started with a few poems from her collection 'The Worlds Wife' which is not one of my favourites, but hearing her read them aloud made me look at them in a different light. She also read her new poem which was written especially for Southwark Cathedral. I was hoping she would have read something from 'Rapture' which is my favourite collection but she didn't. She also announced the winners of the Cathedral's poetry competition which I was disappointed that I had not heard of before, as I would have liked to have entered it!

The Cathedral Choir also sang at various intervals throughout the evening, and they were amazing. They even sang a Christmas song at the end which felt so festive.

I've not spent much time in that part of London and it was a pleasant surprise at how nice it was- normally I don't like London. After the performance Jody and I had a look round and grabbed some pizza before getting the train back home. It was a lovely night and I'm so glad I got to listen to the person who has inspired me with my writing more than anyone. Maybe next time I'll get to see her!

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Why the Honeymoon Period Doesn't Have to End

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My latest article for BitchBuzzWhy the Honeymoon Period Doesn't Have to End is up! I can't tell you how great it feels to be a BitchBuzz girl!!
Please take a read and let me know what you think :)
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How to Get to Where You Want to Be in Life

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My new article is up for BitchBuzz! It's called:

How to Get to Where You Want to Be in Life . It's a motivational piece about taking the plunge and doing what makes YOU happy, rather than conforming to a life you hate just because it's the 'right thing to do'!
As always I hope you enjoy reading it!

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