Daily Prompt – Flash Talk

You’re about to enter a room full of strangers, where you will have exactly four minutes to tell a story that would convey who you really are. What’s your story?

Hiiiii, I’m an alcoholic. Just kidding, I’m addicted to heroin. Again… Kidding. I’m a thirty-one year old with a partner whom I refer to as my husband. No, we’re not married because it’s illegal, and frankly, a bunch of crap. I grew up in the country in a tiny town that nobody has ever heard of and went to a school with only 27 kids in it from kinder to year 6.

I was bullied pretty much all through my childhood. It has left a lot of emotional scars. Now I actively support anti-bullying campaigns to try and stamp this issue out of the playground. Nobody should have to go through the shit that I went through at the hands of other people. My parents are divorced, and I kind of talked mum into going through with divorce – it must have seemed odd to be getting marriage counselling from her 12 year old son.

I have a younger brother who lives in far North Queensland with his fiancé, but we don’t talk. We’re polar opposites and never really had anything to do with each other when we were growing up. He is very much ‘his fathers son’. Yes, we do have the same father, I just have nothing to do with him…. I have my reasons.

I had an interesting childhood which gave me life skills and knowledge that I have carried all through my life and has helped shape the person that I am today.

I moved out of home when I was 19. And moved to the city. I moved to pursue extensive training in and pursue a career in dance. I sort of got that, but ended up with a spinal injury instead and was told I will never return to dance again. 18 months afterwards, I discovered group fitness and haven’t looked back since.

I’ve gone through my fair share of the general shit that life throws at you – unemployment, injuries, illness, depression, anxiety, money problems etc. I’ve suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and clinical depression. Both, topics I generally don’t discuss.

I have also entertained thoughts of suicide, but never acted upon them.

I’m passionate about a variety of things, writing, music, dance, sleep, and like everybody else have very strong views and opinions on topics that tend to become quite political, I just usually keep my opinions to myself.

Over the last few months I’ve started to become more aware of the products that I buy. I actively try to avoid purchasing anything made with palm oil, or tested on animals, or made with harsh petrochemicals – something that is still considered ‘being a hippy’ but I don’t view myself as that. I prefer to view myself as somebody making informed decisions for the the greater good.

I believe in renewable energy, and am embarrassed to live in a country where our government would deny climate change exists and refers to wind farms as an abomination on our landscape.

Our country is run by a bunch of fuckwits. I’m also a scorpio. Well, I’m on the cusp of Scorpio and Saggitarius, so I tend to be a bit feisty. I’m not the sort of person that you piss off and think that you’ll be able to just get away with it… no, no. Watch your back, bitch. It does also make me a very loyal friend, and great at keeping secrets. I’m a very secretive person, and will generally keep most people at arms-length.

I think generally speaking, people are stupid. I see it constantly everywhere I go. People doing dumb things or asking dumb questions that make you tilt your head and squint a little bit, thinking to yourself ‘Really? REALLY?’ and then wondering how they make it through the day.

I don’t see the world as sunshine and rainbows. I see it for the harsh reality it is. I call myself a ‘realist’. Others call me ‘negative’. Meh… potato pota(r)to.

I’m also quite a socially awkard person. I don’t deal with social situations well, and find myself sometimes getting quite overwhelmed when in large groups. Yet I can perform on stage to over a thousand people and be totally fine about it.

I love baking. I love the beach. I love the country. I love being alone. I love long baths. I love my mother. I love to travel. I love playing PlayStation.

I’m different. I’m quirky. I’m opinionated. I’m creative. I’m passionate.

I’m me.

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