The Time I Almost Went Blind

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I think back to this horrific memory as a result of having incredibly dry and itchy eyes for what felt like every living second of work today. If you’re familiar with my other post about an unwelcomed eye infection I had last year, then you’ll be familiar with the fact that I’ve had some nasty little issues with my eyes at certain points in my life.

 

Today in work, as I sat cross-eyed, with the tears streaming down my face trying to type ‘how to cook egg fried rice’ into my google search I think back to the following event involving my eyes which left me scarred for life:

 

About 7 years ago I was in the garden of my family home in Northern Ireland, hanging out the washing as any enslaved child would do for the enjoyment of their parents, when all of a sudden I started to lose my peripheral vision.

 

Initially it began in the rims of my sight but soon before I knew it my whole vision was blurry. The only way I could describe it would be like if you were to open your eyes in the ocean’s salty water and everything appears ‘fizzy’ if that makes sense. I can only use this example because I being the idiot that I am have tried this. So with my vision suddenly disintegrating I scream to my sister who is too busy hanging up my dad’s tighty whities that I couldn’t see.

 

Thinking it was a joke she continued pegging the odd socks to the clothes line. I was adamant I was losing my vision, my parents were out of the house at this stage so it was just me and my younger sister in the garden. I continued to shriek with panic until finally she knew that I wasn’t joking for once.

 

The two of us ran inside and I scrambled to reach for the phone as my vision was getting ‘fizzier’ and ‘fizzier’, I couldn’t see the numbers by this stage, I think only 2 minutes had went by since my vision was normal. My sister rand my dad who consequently sped home so fast I could smell the burning rubber on his tyres. By the time he got back which was approx 15 minutes after we alerted him,  my sight had returned to me. I should’ve probably rang an ambulance but being a kid I didn’t know what to do, I just panicked.

 

At the opticians a few days later they found no real reasoning for it but I have one of my own.

 

My phone.

 

It just so happens that a few weeks prior to this scare I had just gotten my first touch screen phone. I felt like the bee’s knees and loved looking at everything from the latest music videos to social media all within 5 millimetres if my face. I literally never sat it down, this dangerous recipe of being continuously on my phone coupled with holding it so close to my eyes, led to major strain being put on my eyes as a result in my opinion. I believe overuse of the device led to my temporary blindness.

 

I think back to the event and part of me finds it humourous but another part of me is genuinely cautious of eye strain. It’s so easy for us to spend copious amounts of times on our electronic devices and although opticians may feel that it’s the biology of the eye and age that make it deteriorate overtime, part of me still feels overworking the eye plays a part.

 

Even if I’m wrong, we all know that using our phones and laptops for sustained periods of time does cause discomfort to our eyes, even if only on a temporary basis.

 

I actively think about the amount if time I spend on my devices. And put in effort to ensure I don’t spend too long. I think we all should, what use is getting a high score on candy crush when you’re damaging your body in the process?

Is Being An Introvert Wrong?

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introvert

noun

/ˈɪntrəvəːt/


                                                               a shy, reticent person.

Truth be told, I’m a naturally shy person. But should I be annoyed at this? I use to think so. Slowly I’ve come to realise that being shy doesn’t mean I’m in any way  less capable of doing something than someone who isn’t. It just means I may need more time.

I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to live up to a ‘bubbly, out there’ persona, to a personality that we ‘think’ others will like, but infact don’t really know.

To be shy doesn’t directly correlate to being boring and unwilling to try new things, it just means you may be curious yet cautious of trying new things. To be cautious of something isn’t  a bad thing right? So long as you don’t let shyness stop you from trying then you should never feel bad for being careful about things.

Another assumption surrounding introverted people is that they don’t show much emotion, that they can seem quite cold and poker-faced. To control your emotions is a skill, it’s an individual’s choice whether to give away their feelings freely or not.

We can’t all be extroverts and we shouldn’t all be. Don’t be ashamed of who you are, whether extraverted or indeed introverted. For a long time I was angry at myself for being shy, I didn’t want to accept it, but now I see it as part of who I am and so I’ve addressed and learned techniques to help me succeed in situations where shyness may not help me.

Being shy can help in certain moments but not all. I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be angry at myself for being the way I am, instead I should work with what I have, noone knows you aswell as you know you. Therefore you are in control of your emotions and so can shape our success by being emotionally in control. It also means that those you choose to share your emotions with are trusted by you.

Whether introverted or extraverted, or somewhere inbetween, society needs us all, imagine if we were all of one and none of the other 2? That really wouldn’t be a fun party!

Some Introverts you may recognise:

How To Get A Full-Time Job This Summer!

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As I reminisce about the times I slogged over a computer screen instead of sipping on an ice cold drink while sunning myself, I think of how fond I must’ve been of self-torture at the time! Sacrificing the great outdoors for the great world web day after day required discipline and persistence.

No1.  Be persistent – for every hour you aren’t applying for roles is an hour someone else is. And guess what, that someone else WILL get the job! I’m not saying every waking minute of your day needs to be spent job hunting but your chances of getting hired do increase with the more applications you make.

No 2. Network – it’s coming up to summer, more mingling events will be happening around your local town or city. Go to these events, get to know who’s who, this may lead onto internships and work experience which will help land you the full-time job. Or you never know, they may even offer you a full-time job themselves!

No. 3 Work experience – Summer for many industries is their prime money making time, for this reason they will be on the lookout for free labour, it may not be ideal but you can be in with a higher chance of a work placement when the demand for more staff is high. Some examples include nature reserves, coastal and watersports centres, tourist attractions, hotel staff, event promoters.

No 4.Internships – certain companies offer internships and graduate schemes specifically in Summer in order for soon-to-be graduates to get a feel for their potential place of employment in the future. Keep an eye out on company websites in particular or sites such as indeed.com, prospects and here on ERIC.. Companies with ongoing summer schemes include: UBS, L’Oreal, EY and Rolls-Royce

No 5. D.I.Y. – Start your own project to build up your own work experience. Getting internships and work experience is challenging so why not use your own initiative and build make your own e.g. if you wanted to be a full-time events planner then Summer is the perfect time to plan small events in your local area, perhaps a fashion show or charity event at the town hall? A charity fund day or even a fun run. The ideas are endless. Just start!! If someone isn’t bringing it to you, make it appear yourself.

I hope these 5 tips are useful! Please don’t your entire Summer job hunting, afterall, once you get a job you’re Summer will be no more haha (kidding)!

 

**Please note this article is intended solely for ERIC Mag, and I will link to the article on their site if/when it becomes live.