Bloggers Uncensored: with Weird & Liberated
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers that you can start following! This weeks blogger is Weird & Liberated.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm from a small city in South Africa. I'm a lifestyle blogger and a human resources management student. I'm a huge Marvel fan and enjoy reading and writing. I'm also into fitness.
Why do you write?
I write because I enjoy it and I also find it very therapeutic. It has helped me through some pretty rough times. Writing is a great way to express yourself.
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I was in a pretty dark space and I needed a way to express my feelings without involving someone else.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I love how open and receptive everyone is. I don't think I've come across another community with so much love.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
This is a tough one...I guess if there's one thing I hate it's how quickly people can forget about you. If you're a blogger that's not very active then it's easy to lose touch with the blogging community and your following may also take a dip. Sometimes it feels like if you're not constantly on social media promoting your blog posts, you become irrelevant.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
I think that would be the smaller bloggers.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
Not to sound cliche but I have learnt that life really does go on, with or without you and it isn't for the faint-hearted. You need to be a little tough because it can get a bit rough at times. You need to know how to get back up when the world seems to be pulling you down, sometimes it's easier said than done.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means having the ability to truly be me and express myself without having to worry about how the world will receive me.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I hate the way mental health is portrayed in society, like it's some abnormal thing. Mental health is something that should be openly discussed and encouraged. People can be really judgmental of people with mental health problems and I think it's because they lack understanding.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I think people should be free to love who they want to love, it's really none of anyone's business. There are still way too many people who are homophobic who seem to feel like society is forcing homosexuality on them and I don't get why they feel that way.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Don't be afraid to seek help when you feel you need it. It is not a sign of weakness; in fact, it's the exact opposite. It's also not your fault, sometimes our brains just do what they do.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Try to find someone to talk to, even a mental health professional if you don't want to talk to someone you know. It is important for you to be able to express your feelings. If you can, try to tell someone you trust about the bullying so that maybe they can intervene. Calling someone out for being a bully does not make you weak.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
It would have to be poverty. It is heartbreaking how many people in the world, even here in South Africa are living below the poverty line. There are enough resources to solve this problem.
What else do you feel strongly about?
Teenage pregnancy. This is something that scares me so much! There have even been occurrences in my family. There are so many kids out here falling pregnant and contracting STD's and they are so young. I wish people would wait to engage in sexual activity, there really is no rush. Girls should take their time to grow up and enjoy just being kids before taking on such a huge responsibility.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
At the moment MONEY!
Work hard or play hard?
Work hard then play hard.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Happiness or money?
Happiness but I think you need SOME money to be happy LOL.
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