Welcome to June!

Welcome to June on Mother Nature! As the weather is set to get warmer and humid this month given the lovely weather we’ve had recently, it’s safe to say the hot Summer weather is officially here!

As I prepare to finish my final year at Croydon College considering all of my Facial Expressionism Final Major Project coursework is due on Monday, it’s safe to say that it’s almost the end of the road. College has gone like a blip and it’s unreal to think this time three years ago I was finishing my last year at Oasis Academy: Shirley Park, and now I’m in my final year at college finishing my last few weeks of what will be the last time I spend studying ay Croydon College. Croydon College has given me the chance to realise my potential and has helped me so much and I will never forget this college for the rest of my life and I’ll always be able to know that my family and friends have stuck by me when I needed support, even now considering I still need support.

As today marks the start of Pride month, the Mother Nature logo will be showing the rainbow colours of the LGBTQ flag to celebrate equality and diversity for all those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. I want for all of you who are of any sexuality to feel included and to know that Mother Nature isn’t just about Mother Nature, but that this website is welcome to all and everyone can view this website and be included, free from hate and inequality, knowing that everyone matters, regardless of sexuality, background, culture, religion, skin colour and ethnicity. Equality & Diversity is what this world needs.

Also, the article image colour scheme is orange because on the 30th June, the marsupial and legendary bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot, is back on the 30th June in Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy, which comprises of all three of the Naughty Dog Classics, which are Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back & Crash Bandicoot: Warped, all remastered by Activision. I’m placing the trilogy on pre-order and I cannot wait to get my hands on the trilogy and re-live my childhood because Crash Bandicoot is back where he truly belongs. I cannot wait to review the trilogy so expect a review soon after the Crash Bandicoot: N⋅Sane Trilogy is released.

I wanted to mention to all of you that once I’ve handed all of my coursework in on Monday and once I’ve done my last Maths exam on Thursday next week, I will be able to publish more frequently to this website. This year has been full of hard work but it’s been absolutely worth it working hard as I’ve been able to produce more work and come up with new ideas for this website.

Until then, welcome to June!

Alex Smithson

A Note Regarding the EU Referendum. Please Read.

Since I voted to Leave the EU on the 23rd June, which I don’t regret in doing so, I have noticed the large amount of Facebook statuses on my News Feed, not to mention the large amount of tweets that have appeared on Twitter that are xenophobic, racist and even disgraceful, especially certain statuses that have come up on my News Feed from those who feel I should have to delete them off of my Facebook because I chose to Leave.

Saying that the older generation shouldn’t have a right to vote to Leave or Remain is not your choice because at the end of the day, to those of you who are the same age as me, 18, or possibly older, you may get a say on why you choose to Leave or Remain in the EU, but it doesn’t make you as knowledgeable as them because you, including myself, have not been around long enough to say that you choose to agree or disagree with why someone chose to Leave or Remain.

Realise one thing, your parents are the reason why you’re here and if they chose to vote to Leave or to Remain, that is entirely up to them.

Your parents have every single right in the world to have their say on why they chose to Leave or to Remain, purely because if your parents were born before 1975, then they have every reason to choose to Leave or Remain because they have been through what you and myself never went through at mine and your age.

I will not delete you off of any social media whatsoever because I haven’t done anything wrong. I gave specific reasons on my website as to why I chose to Leave the EU and the reasons I gave were not xenophobic, racist or even disgraceful at all.

For once in your life, and this is aimed at some of you, grow up and start acting your age because I have done the most adult thing in voting for the side I chose to vote, and whether you choose to respect that or not is your choice, but don’t feel you can complain and make judgments towards me or anyone else because that makes you immature. This is my first time voting so please give me a chance.

I have chosen to write this as I am seriously getting fed up of all the rude statuses, comments, not to mention the rude tweets that keep coming up and for some of you to pass judgment and make comments purely because you may or may not like the final result that was announced at 7:35 AM on Friday morning (and yes, I stayed up until that time for the result), it just proves if you’re going to be like that towards others, then what good will this do to you in the future? It won’t do you any good and it will lose you friends.

You can choose to disagree with reading this, but the simplest thing is, if anyone chose to vote to Leave or to Remain, you have to respect anyone’s choices and also treat them with respect and vice versa, even if they chose to vote either side. You also have to respect those who didn’t get the chance to vote as well and especially those who may have chosen to not vote at all.

I understand and respect everyone’s decisions entirely if you voted to Leave or to Remain, but please don’t feel you can criticise, blame, make horrific remarks and not give a care what decisions everyone chooses to make.

Even though I have voted Leave, I have and always will give you all respect no matter what the situation or outcome, but please do not promote hate and bad blood because the decision has been made for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

But most of all, please show respect towards one another and respect all those around you because you are all going to need one another one day and you will find that by not showing respect, you will have taken each other for granted.

By showing respect, you show that you will not take them for granted and accept them for the decisions they choose to make in life.

Make peace. Don’t start a war, but most of all, come together and respect one another because whether you chose to vote to Leave or Remain, I will always respect you no matter what.

One more thing. Always be equal, diverse and respect all those around you and you’ll find that you’ll be respected more.

Please don’t feel at all that what I’ve said here you shouldn’t take to heart, I just want everyone to get on with one another and to love one another. I respect you all no matter what choices you choose to make and will always respect you no matter what.

To all of you reading this, I sincerely apologise if you do by chance get offended. This is not my intention.

Alex Smithson

Do We Live in an Equal & Diverse Society?

Equality & Diversity are just two of the main key factors that make up all the societies in this world. Whether it would be to do with a person’s religious background, sexuality or even how someone chooses to look and appear, both key factors should be taken into consideration no matter what society any of us come from.

Well unfortunately when it comes to reality, both of these key factors share a form of lacklustre in the real world today, as a wide array of societies don’t always accept people just for who they want to be in this world, and our world unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, is not exactly equal and diverse like we hoped it to be.

I’ve always believed that if you fail to accept someone just for who they are, who they choose to be, as well as who they love, including what they look like, it makes you a bad person because it will make you feel better about yourself, when actually it doesn’t, it just shows the world how much of a bad person you really are.

I always believe that we should all be equal and diverse towards one another, because in the real world, parts of the world lack either one or both, because there’s sometimes a lack of equality, where people are treated inequally just because of who they are and how differently they choose to live their own lives.

It’s pretty sad that inequality exists in this world, and the same goes for the lack of diversity in this world as well, because with a lack of equality and diversity in this world, how will we be able to treat one another with respect?

Equality & Diversity are the two key prime examples that make up the large population of people in this world. There’s over 7 billion of us in this world, and only about 3.5 billion of us are in this kind of real world madness. That’s just how I see things from my perspective, and you don’t have to agree if you don’t want to, because that’s how I see my perspective on equality and diversity in this world.

If there was more equality and diversity in this world, then the whole world, and I mean the whole world, as in every single person on this Earth, then all of us would come together, not just to unite, not just to love, but to treat and respect one another for what it’s worth.

I always keep these two key life factors close to my heart, because I’d rather be equal and diverse towards everyone and treat everyone with respect and accept everyone rather than be the complete opposite.

At the end of the day, the more equal and diverse all societies are, the better this world becomes, and the more equal and diverse everyone in the world becomes, the better the place that this world becomes.

If there was more equality and diversity in this world, the whole world would be a much better place than it is now.

Only we can make that change, and it’s time to make a change, to make a difference, but most importantly, to be equal and diverse towards each other, because only we can make the world a better place by starting now.

If you felt inspired by this article, then please feel free to feedback your thoughts. Your feedback is absolutely appreciated and I hope this sends inspiration your way.

Alex Smithson

How to Get the Best Breakthrough in Life.

To celebrate the milestone of this article becoming the 300th article I’ve published ever since Mother Nature made its début on the 6th June 2013, I will give you all a full run-down on how you can get the best breakthrough in life.

In life, we are all expected to overcome those all-important hurdles that life can just throw at us when we least expect it. However easy or difficult life can be, come the best breakthroughs we want. For instance, we all want the best life possible, and to get the best breakthrough in life, we need to really push ourselves and work hard now.

To get the best breakthrough in life, you need to make sure to work hard now, and to also be yourself. After all, being yourself and being the best at what you can be can expand your horizons to all-new heights that you didn’t think were once possible, and working hard and showing your strength, determination and courage can really help you to excel a lot further than you think.

One major key factor that can give you the best breakthrough to life is one word, and one word alone. Respect. Respect is the most important key factor that can, if you use it all the time, give you the best breakthrough to life.

The truth about getting the best breakthrough to life is that it can be a difficult path to start on, as there will come certain points down the line where you will end up slipping up, especially when you don’t realise it, even by accident, because you might end up forgetting something that was important, but that’s not your fault if you accidentally forgot. To a certain degree, you might think it was your fault, but really it isn’t, and it’s okay to know you made mistakes.

To fix mistakes is to make them first, at least then you will be able to find a route cause to how the mistake was made, and how you can solve that mistake.

Here is my 3-step how-to guide on how you can get the best breakthrough in life.

  1. How to Make Your Life Become Special

To have a special life, you will want to create a lot of happy memories down the line, and in this case, taking photos can be the best possible chance of creating the happy memories you want to have, but most of all, want everyone else around you to have.

Also, as well as taking photos, the best thing you could possibly have is being able to share those connections you have made to your friends and family, especially your extended family, because each happy memory and every strong connection you have can bring you, your friends, your family and your extended family closer.

2. How to Become the Best Version of Yourself to Others

To become the best version of yourself that others can look up to, it’s always best to study and work hard, no matter how stretched time can be on some or most occasions, but most of all, do some research on certain people who became famous, for example, whether it would be someone who was famous for building their own airline or company, or whether it would be someone who became famous because of music or even films. Doing research and looking up to people like that who are role models can often make you think: “I want to be at the best point in my life, and I want to make a positive difference in this world“.

Also, offering to help out now and then, even at times when no-one has asked you for help can give you the chance to prove yourself and to prove that you want to reach out and help someone in need, for instance, if you’re someone who offers to help out and show someone what they’ve got to do to get to the best point of their life, then you’re offering them the chance to go down the right direction that will help them, not just to succeed, but to also give them the best possible start in life, especially if it involves helping them to follow their dreams, as well as the kind of career that they want to pursue when they’re older. Offering your help to someone gives you the best chance to become the best version of yourself.

3. How to Put Yourself Out There & Make Something Good for Yourself

To put yourself out there and make something good for yourself, you want to be able to prove just how determined you can be at anything.

If you work hard at something that can get you to that best point in your life, and you really prove that you’re capable of doing something with such strength, determination and courage, then you will find that because you’ve worked hard at something, you’ll find that it will all pay off in the end.

When I was at school, of course the work was difficult at some or most stages, but it was having the encouragement to study hard and to show how determined I was in passing that got me to where I am today, and I have my friends, my family and my extended family to thank because without them, I wouldn’t have got to this point in my life.

But back to the subject, if you work that extra bit hard for yourself, you will find it not only pays off for you in the end, but you will also find that you have done something that has left a positive impact on you.

I’ve picked a quote from my Instagram page that I made whilst using the Pic Collage app, which I feel will help to inspire you if you want to get the best breakthrough in life.

“GRAB ANY OPPORTUNITY WITH BOTH HANDS AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.

TO AIM FOR THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE, YOU HAVE TO NOT ONLY WORK HARD TO PLAY HARD, BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO WORK HARD TO PROVE YOU CAN TAKE EACH OPPORTUNITY AS IT COMES.

PROVE THAT YOU’RE THE BEST YOU CAN BE IN LIFE, BY STARTING NOW.” – ALEX SMITHSON

Most importantly of all, to put yourself out there and make something good for yourself, you need to show respect to everyone around you, and also treat them equally, but more importantly, accept the people around you no matter who they choose to be, and no matter who they love. As long as you are respectful to everyone and as long as you treat everyone with full equality and diversity, then you’ll be able to get the best breakthrough in life. After all, a good life is only a good life if you have a respectful attitude towards others, but a good life is also only a good life if you respect everyone with equality and diversity. Respect, Equality & Diversity are the three most important, yet crucial keys that will give you the best breakthrough in life.

I hope my 3-step how-to guide helps all of you get the best breakthrough in life, and please feel free to feedback what you thought of this guide.

I’ve produced this article as a way of inspiring all of you, as I want to make sure that all of you get the best possible start in life, and that you get the best breakthrough in your life that will allow you to really excel further :-).

Your feedback is much appreciated :-).

Alex Smithson