I’m back! Still playing catch up on 2 weeks away, but I thought I might ease back in with an SYW. I will tell you all about our trip shortly, but for now, let’s get into this week’s question from Mel.
Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing? Definitely, most people these days are too caught up in their own ‘stuff’ to sit and really listen. I try my best, but sometimes I also get caught up in my own stuff…it is really hard not too. I often find I shut off, as people are complaining about things that really are not that important at the end of the day, while people who do have problems no longer stand up, as they feel that they get drowned out by the ‘stuff’ everyone else is complaining about. I guess it is difficult to help fix the big issues, so perhaps people just complain about the small stuff? If the biggest thing I have to complain about is a paper cut, getting a flat tire fixed and having to go to my day job…then I am doing pretty well. Others are not so fortunate to have my small problems. But we do not always take time out to listen. I try to listen to my friends and family as best as I can, no comment and no judgement.
How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden? Rarely, to be honest. I stay away from most taboo subjects. I think there is so much drama in this world, I try and keep things more upbeat and fun. Without fun, what’s the point?
Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more? I believe in freedom of speech, as long as it’s not hate speech or bullying, if people feel the need they can, just don’t expect me to get caught up in it all.
Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]? Purely and simply I was just ‘J’ now it is Jules…I am happy with that.
Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world? I do not think we will ever discover it all when we think we have, there will always be something new, or revised. There is so much wonder in the universe, who are we to kid ourselves we will have all the answers? Besides to seek out new ideas and learn new things is a VERY human trait, I doubt we will ever stop and why should we? There is magic in learning and science.
Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight? Definitely half my weight, twice my height would be problematic. I can barely get through my day without bumping into something or tripping over my own feet, being really tall (I am average height now), would only make things worse.
What is your most essential kitchen tool? Wow, as a food photographer and blogger, this is actually a difficult one to answer, there are so many, but a cutting board, paring knife or wooden spoon would have to be in my top three? I have a penchant for vintage cooking accessories, so this is a tough one for me.
I have just spent an amazing two weeks away, exploring some regions of Australia I have not seen before, and a few not since I was a little kid. For those of you who follow my Instagram may now our toy animal Wilbur the travelling wombat, we often take away on our adventures, well he came this time too and was seen in many stops along the way.
I will eventually post more photos and I may do a post of all the Wilbur pics, I have not done that before. I will eventually get back on board with everything and try and catch up on post-reading, but it is almost impossible to play catch-up on everything.