I’ve been reading a book called “Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.
I’m part way through the book and it is very interesting. I have always known that I am an introvert, but since reading sections of her book I have come to the conclusion that I’m highly sensitive as well. However not all introverts are highly sensitive and not all highly sensitive people are introverts.
I tend to be the quieter one in my group of college friends, I think a lot and I feel things very deeply. I am also empathetic and very spiritual. My parents say I’m quiet to the point of silence, but I don’t always feel the need to verbalise everything. I enjoy company but I have to take time to process things otherwise I get over-stimulated and frazzled. It is a fascinating book and it gives me some insights into the way I am.
Being quiet doesn’t always mean you don’t want to talk, it just means you take time to think things through.
The concert on Monday night was amazing. Robert performed a lot of songs from his new album Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar and I was only familiar with one of them, “Little Maggie” which he had previously performed on Later With Jools Holland. The album can be described as world music with a rock edge. The first few songs were from the album and they merged together to form a sonic wall of sound. His band is composed of two guitarists, a drummer and a folk musician from the Gambia called Juldeh Camara who plays the riti which is a six-string fiddle. A lot of Led Zeppelin classics were performed as well – “How Many More Times”, “Going To California”, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “What Is And What Should Never Be” and of course “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock & Roll”. The audience in the Olympia theatre were hugely enthusiastic and greeted every song with cheers. We were on our feet for the last three songs of the set which were a trio of Zeppelin classics – “Whole Lotta Love”, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” and “Rock & Roll”. With such a diverse band, the Zeppelin material is given a radically different treatment. They are recognisable but given unique slants. According to one review, Robert “blew the roof off the Olympia!”
As it should be – he has been here in Dublin three times and once in Cork. A performer well worth catching live.
*temporary pause on hectic life*
One of my favourite songs right now is “Gone Gone Gone” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
I’m going to a concert by Robert next Monday the 24th in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. I have seen him twice, so this will be my third time seeing him in concert. I think he is a fantastic singer and performer and I am really looking forward to the concert. Perhaps it will lift me out of my temporary study funk…..here’s hoping!
Over my five years in college, I have dealt fairly well with the demands of college life.
That is, until last week.
Suddenly everything became a little too much.
I have four assignments due this month. Normally that would not pose a problem for me, but I also have personal issues going on as well. Everything seems to crash on top of you. You feel like your world will never stop spinning……….
I have no wish to come across as if I’m complaining – I think everyone has days like this.
My remedy? A hot drink and a book/or a good chat with someone who cares, whether that’s friends, family or someone else like a doctor (if required).
As you may have noticed from my fellow classmates’ blogs, we regularly bring in baked goodies for each other (to ease the stress of college, haha). Today it’s my turn! My choice is Easter egg rocky road – a traybake consisting of melted chocolate, shortbread biscuits, mini eggs, mini marshmallows and fudge pieces. However the great thing about rocky road is you can tip anything into it, whether that’s crushed Maltesers, chocolate buttons, nuts, melted or chunky chocolate…..whatever you fancy!
The only thing that was different about the one I brought in was I had used all the mini eggs for the mix so I had none left for the top. I topped it with fudge pieces instead. I used a mixture of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate and Aldi milk chocolate for the topping.
This was a hit with my classmates (they all had two pieces each!) and I came home with two pieces left. Result!
Over the weekend, two songs or more specifically their lyrics seemed to strike a particular chord with me.
Song #1 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Dream Plan B (2014)
Key lyric – “I gotta dream, I’m gonna fight til I get it right”
Song #2 – The Script: Superheroes (2014)
Key lyric – “Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power”
Why do these lyrics speak to me?
Dealing with “Superheroes” first, I deal with constant pain every day in my lower back, spine and legs. But though I have my bad days and get tired easily I will not give up! Then “American Dream Plan B”, I have a dream to work in third-level education someday and I will not give up!
I am strong and determined – I am a fighter.
Sorry this isn’t cropped right but anyway……everyone is familiar with Andy Warhol’s legendary phrase “In the future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.” On a random trip in Tallaght in Dublin today I came across this very original way of immortalising this phrase! Brilliant…….
Life as a disabled student has its challenges.
I came across a quote a while ago which said:
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward
So it is with my experience of education. As a student with (thankfully) mild disabilities, I still have had to put extra effort in to keep up with my peers. I use some assistive technology in lectures – not to give me an unfair advantage, but to allow me to remain on the same level as classmates. According to the quote I have had far more great teachers than mediocre ones and I am grateful for that. I believe that education should be inclusive and my lecturers confirm that belief every day.