Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fun and frolics

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a series of lectures from Dr. Harry Barry (http://www.ncii.ie/Harry%20Barry.htm) on anxiety. Very very interesting it was and I did learn a lot in that 6 hours. Dr. Harry is a great speaker and his lectures really reflected this. I ended up purchasing both his books (http://www.omahonys.ie/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=217886 - http://www.omahonys.ie/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=25915) as I felt that they will be invaluable in my studies, plus they seem very interesting, plus I am a sucker for signed books. I met other students at my college/university (the N.C.I.I) from different years and spoke with a lot of them regarding their experiences at the college. I am just (literally) in my first year of a 4 year degree course in Psychotherapy & Counselling so for me to chat with other students who have gone through part of what I have ahead of me was a great opportunity.

Anyway during the lectures I was reminded of something that happened a few days ago that really irked me. I was at work a few days ago and I saw a customer at the counter. I asked the gentleman did he need a hand with anything. He said that he was fine and that someone was taking care of him. I told him that was fine and that if he did need anything else to not hesitate to ask. 10 minutes later the guy rushed over to me and said in a very harsh, stern tone ,"You'd want to learn some manners". I apologised and said that I did not know what he was referring to. He then shouted ,"You know! I don't like to be treated like an animal!". At this point I am stunned and just said sorry. He then stared at me for what felt like an hour and left. I honestly was shocked for the rest of the day and couldn't put my finger on what I had done to trigger this man off. After much analysing I have now realised that said man could have had a rotten day and I was just someone easy for him to vent his anger at. I know that it is not an excuse for this type of behaviour but still it made me feel better knowing that it wasn't my issue and that it was his. I didn't react to him at all. Just stayed with a blank expression. Maybe I was just too shocked or maybe I deliberately did not react.

As I am thinking about craziness I am reminded of a quote from the great Charles Bukowski, one of my favourite quotes Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live”.

Maybe this guy had a wonderful life? Maybe I am the one who is crazy?

Anyway back to study now. Alfred Adler here I come.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hello from a new blogger

Hello there. So I am new to this whole blogging thing and to be honest I don't know where to start or what to write about. Be assured that I have a lot to say and that but I just don't know if people will be interested in the random musings of this almost 30 year old.

Oh well...

So as mentioned above I am nearly 30 (9 weeks away) and maybe it's because of the onset of my second mid-life crisis (the first was at 25) that I have decided to write this. So whom am I? What am I about? Maybe over the course of my blogging you will find this out, as maybe will I.

Random thoughts will fill this blog page (is that what this is called?) as will (hopefully) interesting tidbits of information that I find out as my life progresses.

So random is where I shall begin. Interesting tidbits can wait.

So this is a photo of myself taken almost exactly 2 years ago. I spent 1 month of my 27th year in Mexico. Oh my, what an amazing place. The people (well the ones that I met) are so friendly, the food is awesome and the weather is just nothing short of spectacular. The photo was taken on a beach called La Manzanillera, in the state of Michoacan. This picture is the highlight of a 6 month long adventure. I would say that this trip was the best thing that I have ever done with my life.

However I have just started back at college (alluded to in my blog description) and am now studying Counselling & Psychotherapy. The goal is to be a counsellor one day and help people who need it. Maybe this decision to go back to study is the most important thing that I have taken thus far. Hmm, I guess I'll have to see how it pans out.

As this is just an intro into my blog then I won't bore you to death just yet. I've also had a pretty hectic day at work and am currently suffering the ill effects of lunch consisting of burger & chips. Bookshops and dodgy food don't mix apparently. More about college, study, work, myself and travelling later...

Today I listened to Modest Mouse and read John Sandford's Heat Lightning.