I rarely touch on topics beyond my safe four on here (safe being fashion and poor posing, food, travel and beauty- with music occasionally thrown in too)- but lately it's becoming harder and harder to resist penning something together despite there seemingly not being a platform that always feels 'adequate' for this kind of thing. But it is. The question 'is there a place on this for here' feels slightly ridiculous; of course there is. Hey! You can like shoes, face masks and still take an interest in world events (which probably sounds a big 'Legally Blonde' right about now, but you catch my drift).

Once upon a time people relied on the next day newspapers to see world news- but now things are rapidly more fast paced. I seem to be able to see stories before they've fully developed sitting in the bath, when rumours are rife, 0.08 second videos that conclude the current situation and naturally RT's are fuelled with panic. It's scary. It really is. It feels bigger than me, bigger than all of us- and knowing what to do, how to behave and how to trigger change seems nigh on impossible. It's overwhelming looking at a Twitter timeline to endless posts about the tragedies occurring in the world (not as overwhelming as the people suffering them, naturally)- and knowing how to help, and even pondering what to say feels so trivial in the great scheme of things- because let's face it, a lot of the time, there are bigger fish to fry than how to spend your 140 characters.

And that's just it- you can't comment on everything, and really- I'm starting to realise that that is fine. I spend a lot of time offline discussing things with friends and family, and just because someone hasn't used a hashtag online doesn't mean it's not concerning them. I spent nearly an hour an dinner last week talking about some of the huge things going on across the pond (which I know doesn't make me ~Miss World~ but hear me out), which as you can probably observe, isn't a frequented Twitter topic of mine- but like everything on the internet, it's never a full picture. You can't feel guilt for not covering every world event and you can't feel shamed for covering too many. So what if you suddenly 'sound like a political expert'- you're acknowledging and taking an interest and that's more than enough. When a recent global situation arose I'd tweeted minutes before exclaiming 'LOVE ACTUALLY IS ON TV'- which, y'know, in hindsight isn't quite as important- but kept it on my feed as I'm sure those little silly Twitter sparks and brain farts are worth it- we all need a little light in difficult times (*quote probably taken from Pinterest*).

So what am I getting at here? Honestly, I'm not sure. I needed more than 140 characters, and I wanted to say that, in short, I care. I really do. I'm not sure what we can do, but I think being kinder to one another, learning tolerance and understanding of these things, speaking up and listening to one another are little (big) steps- if people start becoming too scared to point out when something is wrong we have an issue. The world is, and can be a big scary place and if it's the little steps that add to a bigger picture then I'm willing to try.

I've also popped together a a couple of interesting pieces I've read lately, charities and various sites you can visit to help make things a little more digestible too and know how you can get involved...

Dunya talking human rights and charity work | Emma Gannon talking to June Udorie | Amnesty International | Help Refugees (which has lots of ways you can get involved, too)!


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I rarely touch on topics beyond my safe four on here (safe being fashion and poor posing, food, travel and beauty- with music occasionally thrown in too)- but lately it's becoming harder and harder to resist penning something together despite there seemingly not being a platform that always feels 'adequate' for this kind of thing. But it is. The question 'is there a place on this for here' feels slightly ridiculous; of course there is. Hey! You can like shoes, face masks and still take an interest in world events (which probably sounds a big 'Legally Blonde' right about now, but you catch my drift).

Once upon a time people relied on the next day newspapers to see world news- but now things are rapidly more fast paced. I seem to be able to see stories before they've fully developed sitting in the bath, when rumours are rife, 0.08 second videos that conclude the current situation and naturally RT's are fuelled with panic. It's scary. It really is. It feels bigger than me, bigger than all of us- and knowing what to do, how to behave and how to trigger change seems nigh on impossible. It's overwhelming looking at a Twitter timeline to endless posts about the tragedies occurring in the world (not as overwhelming as the people suffering them, naturally)- and knowing how to help, and even pondering what to say feels so trivial in the great scheme of things- because let's face it, a lot of the time, there are bigger fish to fry than how to spend your 140 characters.

And that's just it- you can't comment on everything, and really- I'm starting to realise that that is fine. I spend a lot of time offline discussing things with friends and family, and just because someone hasn't used a hashtag online doesn't mean it's not concerning them. I spent nearly an hour an dinner last week talking about some of the huge things going on across the pond (which I know doesn't make me ~Miss World~ but hear me out), which as you can probably observe, isn't a frequented Twitter topic of mine- but like everything on the internet, it's never a full picture. You can't feel guilt for not covering every world event and you can't feel shamed for covering too many. So what if you suddenly 'sound like a political expert'- you're acknowledging and taking an interest and that's more than enough. When a recent global situation arose I'd tweeted minutes before exclaiming 'LOVE ACTUALLY IS ON TV'- which, y'know, in hindsight isn't quite as important- but kept it on my feed as I'm sure those little silly Twitter sparks and brain farts are worth it- we all need a little light in difficult times (*quote probably taken from Pinterest*).

So what am I getting at here? Honestly, I'm not sure. I needed more than 140 characters, and I wanted to say that, in short, I care. I really do. I'm not sure what we can do, but I think being kinder to one another, learning tolerance and understanding of these things, speaking up and listening to one another are little (big) steps- if people start becoming too scared to point out when something is wrong we have an issue. The world is, and can be a big scary place and if it's the little steps that add to a bigger picture then I'm willing to try.

I've also popped together a a couple of interesting pieces I've read lately, charities and various sites you can visit to help make things a little more digestible too and know how you can get involved...

Dunya talking human rights and charity work | Emma Gannon talking to June Udorie | Amnesty International | Help Refugees (which has lots of ways you can get involved, too)!


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19 comments:

  1. Such a fab post Liv - its really important to take a bit of an interest in whats going on in the world, and its totally cool to be interested I agree!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  2. I was so pleased to read this post; even though your followers will undoubtedly influence your content, this is YOUR blog and you should feel free to post about things that matter to you. I think there is definitely pressure on social media e.g. Facebook profile picture filters, but in some cases they are just trivial displays and no-one should feel pressured to participate (I'm not condoning those who do though!) Just because you don't tweet doesn't mean you don't grieve with the rest of the world. And as for the light in difficult times, you have brightened my days countless times over the years and I want to thank you for that!
    - Chloe. xx

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  3. Really enjoyed this post!

    http://writtenbyalice.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. This is a really great article I read recently which your post reminded me of. Media and social media do make the world seem crazy sometimes
    https://markmanson.net/crazy-world

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  5. A refreshing read. Please do feel free to venture out of your comfort zone as frequently as you please, you wear it well! : )

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  6. Lovely post Liv, I think it's so important that we use platforms like this to raise awareness of what's going on in the world. Loved it!
    jen / enter my too faced giveaway x

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  7. I'm so happy to read this from you. I love that you use your platform for issues you feel passionate about and completely agree with you: we can have varied and numerous interests - just because we may not voice them on social media or the 'net, doesn't mean we don't acknowledge any of the goings on worldwide. Love that you embrace each and every aspect and are comfortable voicing your opinions on all things. I'll always be following for your flawless photos and shots but I love your personality behind each post. That's your authenticity and that's why I love to see what you'll come back with!

    Much love, Ana xxx

    www.namastefromananya.com

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  8. This is brilliant Liv, and echoes a lot of my own thoughts. Sometimes (most times) I don't know how to phrase my emotions over death, tragedy, political fiasco, and by not being vocal I feel like others see me as ignorant or 'not focusing on negatives' when i fact I like you have vocal discussions about it offline. I am worried, but I also want to talk about my trivial happy things. 140 characters isn't enough to explain it all, so this is much needed :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  9. This warms my heart! In such a on-demand, right here right now world, it can be so easy to feel stumped on how to do something or say something that will make a difference. And hearing about all that happens is overwhelming at times! But at least we care, at least we have the heart to think about it! Love this post. xx

    http://oursummary.com

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  10. I actually really like it when bloggers like yourself talk about non-beauty/fashion/travel things in life. I totally agree how its insane how much technology has shifted the way we consume. Information, news, even our consumption rate for goods. It also changed the way we react to things, and how we can just comment on everything. Comments are great, we all deserve to have an opinion, but we really need to bear in mind that everyone is human, and this world is made out of people with souls, feelings and a past :) <3

    Blog-Running White Horses || YouTube

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  11. Such a great article dear! I always love your posts :)

    Love, Ev
    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  12. Such a great article! I always love your posts :)

    Love, Ev
    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  13. I thought this was a really engaging read, and important - just because we write about lighter topics, it does not mean we don't understand or care. In the part of the week when I'm not blogging I'm a political staffer, and for some reason I feel slightly awkward mentioning that on my blog, and I have no idea why. Like this post: http://www.rachelphipps.com/2016/08/recipe-sardine-and-pea-shoot-bruschetta.html - I only mentioned that the recipe was inspired by something I had in the Parliament restaurant, but I debated for a while if I should even put that in.

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  14. you couldnt have out it better, freedom of speech is important

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

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  15. Such a great post,

    Love,

    Virgit

    www.preppyfashionist.com

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  16. YES. Love this and tackling more difficult subjects on the blog, it is refreshing and really good to chat openly. I am never sure how or if I react to global events on social media, it is a tough one. But I think spreading positivity and all the happy, supportive vibes is the best thing we can all do. Immy x

    www.immymay.com

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  17. Love love love this agree with you completely x

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  18. such an amazing post and i agree 100 % <3

    https://andreaandcoco.wordpress.com/

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