Daily Prompt: Being Sleepy!

Daily Prompt: More and more of us go to bed too late because of sleep procrastination. What are the night time rituals that keep you up before finally dozing off?

I’m usually pretty good at getting into bed by ten. Then I spend the next fifteen minutes on my phone, (usually looking at Sherlock fanart on Instagram), and the more I tell myself to put it down, the more I feel the need to check through everything again. So at around quarter past ten, I finally turn it off and curl up in bed. Then I tell myself that I should read for a bit, just a page… and of course that turns into two chapters! A lot of the time I just end up watching YouTube videos, (whether it be roomspirations or gaming videos!), and I usually fall asleep watching them! As long as I’m in bed by eleven, I’m happy!

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Daily Prompt: Being Sporty!

Daily Prompt: Team USA is playing today in the soccer World Cup in Brazil. Do you have any funny/harrowing/interesting memories from a sporting event you attended, participated in, or watched?

Not personally, but once my Dad took my sister to watch a football match. Apparently, one of the players kicked the ball into the stand where they were sitting and smashed right into my sister’s face… ouch. Everyone sitting around them was really worried about her, (even the tipsy fanatics), but my Dad ‘looked on the bright side’ and kept pointing out how great it was that the ball had touched her face!

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Daily Prompt: Being Summery!

Daily Prompt: Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?

I like it!

Although I don’t really stay up any later – I need my sleep!

I like watching the pretty skies when the sun sets at around nine in the evening, and sometimes I just blast out summery songs, (which is most of the content on my iPod), whilst sitting in my room doing homework. In a couple of weeks, I’m taking part in a month long programme called the National Citizen Service. For the first week, we go camping in the Peak District so I’m sort of looking forward to the sunny evenings, dancing around the campfire and singing songs! Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain and I actually make friends while I’m there – I don’t know anyone!

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Daily Prompt: Being Dreamy!

Daily Prompt: you remember a recent dream you had? Or an older one that stayed vivid in your mind? Today, you’re your own Freud: Tell us the dream, then interpret it for us! Feel free to be as serious or humorous as you see fit, or to invent a dream if you can’t remember a real one.

When I was younger, (probably about five or six), I kept having the same creepy dream. It would always start with me waking up, (in my dream), and walking out onto our landing. I would look down the stairs into the hall and see light coming from the living room door, and I always knew this was wrong because my parents never stayed up late. When I tried to walk downstairs, I physically couldn’t. A shadow would appear on the wall at the bottom of the hall and start to move across it, (it kind of looked like a distorted person). Then I’d obviously try to run into my parents bedroom but my legs just wouldn’t move and eventually I’d wake up. One time though, I managed to make my legs work and I ran into my parent’s room. They looked like they were under the covers but when I pulled them back there was nothing there. I’ve just realised how scary this dream was! Now for my interpretation – when I was little I used to be terrified of getting burgled, (I know, I was a strange child). Perhaps the shadow represented a burglar. Maybe in that one dream, when my parents weren’t in their bed, my mind was showing me how scared I was of the burglar hurting my family? Or how helpless I would be in that situation? Luckily, we haven’t been burgled yet!

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Daily Prompt: Being Reminded!

Daily Prompt: You’re embarking on a yearlong round-the-world adventure, and can take only one small object with you to remind you of home. What do you bring along for the trip?

Ooh lucky me! I’d love to go on a trip around the world.

I would bring Monty, my teddy, who has been featured in previous prompts and who I’ve had since I was born. Enough said. If I got lonely, I could just whip him out of my backpack and fall asleep with him under the stars – hopefully in the tropics somewhere!

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Daily Prompt: Being a Celebrity!

Daily Prompt: If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be? Why?

The truth is, I don’t really want to be famous – just think of all the stalkers and paparazzi and the constant need to look gorgeous… that really isn’t me. But I suppose if I had to choose, I’d be a member of the Kardashian family for a day, (preferably when they were on holiday in Bora Bora). I’d just like to see how the other half really live, and if it really is as great as it seems!

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Daily Prompt: Being Ranty!

Daily Prompt: Describe a typical day in your life — but do it in a form or in a medium you’ve rarely — if ever – used before. If you’re a photoblogger, write a poem. If you’re a poet, write an open letter. If you’re a travel blogger, write a rant. (These are all examples — choose whatever form you feel like trying out!)

Let’s talk about mornings. Why do our bodies react so badly to the early starts? Well, mine does anyway.

Once I’ve dragged myself unwillingly away from the drowsy warmth of my bed, that’s when my day really starts to get exciting. I munch away on the usual concoction of cereal and milk and the rest is just a blur of clothes and toothpaste, followed by the forty minute walk to college which results in sweating even when the weather is below zero degrees. And then the work commences.

Blah. The pressure for students to get good grades is huge – my teachers don’t stop going on about it. Yet when it comes to their lessons, it seems as though they can’t even be bothered to string one motivating sentence together. Honestly, I’m not the only one that sometimes just thinks ‘what is the point’?!

So after I have trudged back home and enjoyed a rewarding dinner, my evening merges into a night of homework, TV and finally sleep. What I’m trying to say is this: why can’t we break from our routine for once? Why does our life have to be dull when it could be exciting? Just a thought.

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P.S. I don’t actually hate my daily routine – I actually quite like it. I was just seeing what it was like to be a ranty writer!

Daily Prompt: Being Grandparents!

Daily Prompt: Yesterday was Father’s Day in many countries. If you could dedicate a holiday to a more distant relative, who would it be — and why?

Happy Grandparent’s Day!

So I know they too are mothers and fathers, but isn’t it different? They tell their grandchildren all the stories from their past and just seem to be more knowledgeable than anyone else. In addition, they are always under the impression that we need food – I’m not complaining!

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Daily Prompt: Being Happily Frustrated!

Daily Prompt: Is there a mistake you’ve made that turned out to be a blessing — or otherwise changed your life for the better? Tell us all about it.

I can’t pinpoint one exactly, but more than once I’ve reached the end of a really frustrating situation and realised that I wouldn’t want to go back to before it happened. For example, sometimes I make a big mistake with a piece of art work and so I have to go over it and develop it some more, and by the end of all this aggro, I actually quite like how it turned out!

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Daily Prompt: Being Proud!

Daily Prompt: Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.

A week ago today, I went to an open day at the University of Sussex. A few days before, I made a schedule of all the talks, tours and sights I wanted to see and organised them into a detailed plan; I even had two back up plans in case we arrived late or the talks overran and printed out a map of the campus beforehand! Although this might sound really stupid to some people, (and a bit obsessed),  it made me so proud when everything worked out just the way I’d planned and our schedule went perfectly!

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