Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, and Happy Holidays.

For me, Christmas felt a bit unusual this year, not in a bad way. Just in the “I-have-never-done-a-Christmas-like-this-before” way. Firstly, my first, long term girlfriend returned home to spend Christmas with her family. She said she is having a great time, and she throughly deserves this holiday as she works SO hard throughout the year. It does feel strange to spend a long period of time without her after being in constant contact for so long. That being said, it has given our relationship a lot of strength. (Not that it needed it, as personally, I feel it’s quite strong already.) It’s brilliant to know we can still be close even though we are so far away from each other.

Secondly, I had to work Christmas Day. I didn’t mind working on Christmas Day as I was paid to do it and we usually get a lot of gifts, which always makes up for it!! On the other hand I did feel bad for my family. I got up very early for work (as always) and my parents had got up early too so I could spend some time on Christmas Day with them before I went to work. I felt a small lump in my throat as this was such a nice thing to do. I came home in the evening and everyone was feeling tired and all the gifts had been exchanged. I felt another small lump in my throat as I felt I had missed out on all the festivities.

In the evening of Christmas Day I had a thought (in hindsight). Could I have used my Social Experiment of being selfless to be with my family on Christmas Day?

I’m still throughly enjoying Christmas 2014. So far it has been filled with adventure and new experiences. Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, and Happy Holidays to all!

Literal_Gentleman.

Christmas 2014

What can men do against such reckless hate?

Recently the world news has been dominated by news of unnecessary acts of violence. I think it’s scary that the world is slowly starting to tread down this path. I mean where will the violence end? Where will the line be drawn? I hate to quote films, but when I watch the news and I hear of another act of unnecessary violence I think to myself “what can men do against such reckless hate?”

It’s sickening to think that in this day and age society still can’t get along. With 2014 being the centenary year of World War One haven’t we learnt our lesson from this?

With 2015 slowly peeking round the corner I can only hope something happens and society learns to get along to end this unnecessary violence!

What can men do against such reckless hate?

I dedicate this post to my friends. . .

This post is dedicated to my two best friends, and one friend that is even more special. The friends in question will know who they are. 

My two best friends. One whom I met at College, the other whom I met at University. I’ve never had any friends as good as you guys. Every time we meet we always have a laugh and share old memories that feel like they happened yesterday. The two holidays I’ve had with you both have been fantastic. The memories and laughs that we’re shared during those times will stay with me forever. 
In recent months my busy work schedule has prevented us from meeting up frequently and for that I greatly apologise. Recently when we did get to meet up after several months of trying it felt like I had missed nothing. The spark of friendship that we have had never died out. It was really nice that the laughs and jokes flowed as usual.
My one friend that is even more special is my girlfriend. She is the most amazing person in my entire world, and is beautiful and perfect in every way. It feels amazing to know that someone loves me for who I am and not what I look like or even what I do for a career. I would do anything for my girlfriend, I absolutely adore her. It’s really hard trying to find new ways to be a cheesy romantic boyfriend. I suppose you would call me “A Literal romantic Gentleman.” (get it!!!) Personally, I like cheesy romance. I think adds a certain zest to a relationship. I’m extremely excited to see if my girlfriend has any good cheesy romantic lines to tell me!!! 🙂 
I would like to thank the friends I have mentioned above for being *insert every good word here.* Here is to the future!! 
I dedicate this post to my friends. . .

My social experiment

I suppose this blog post might come across as sounding like a rant, but hear me out. 

Before I start this post I would like to say that I’m not a person who ever expects sympathy, generosity, respect or love. I personally believe that you have to work hard to build respect and love. Just because they are the most easy to lose. One small action could lose you a lifetime worth of respect and love. Sympathy and generosity should never be expected they should be earned!

I don’t know about anyone else but at least once a day I try to be selfless. This means at least once a day I like to put the needs of others above my own needs. In effect, it is the act of being unselfish. I do this because: 1) I loosely believe in what goes around comes around, 2) I believe you should treat others how you wish to be treated, and 3) I like to hope that I get the compliments and generosity paid back in kind.
So far, I can say that it works, a bit. The main downfall is you get taken for granted. A LOT! 
I do feel that it does partially answer the question “Why do nice guys always finish last?” 
I feel that I’m continually learning from my social experiment and by being selfless on a small scale I may yet reap the rewards from all the hard work I put in.  
My social experiment