Should We Change at the Expense of Others?

From a personal perspective, changing ourselves at the expense of others means we are putting ourselves in a position where we are made to change ourselves in order to be socially acceptable to everyone else.

I personally refuse to change myself at the expense of others because I am happy with who I am, what I look like, including how I present myself to other people.

So what, I don’t give a damn if some people don’t accept me just for being myself, at the end of the day, I refuse to let anyone change me so that I can appear acceptable to them.

It’s a messed up world, there’s no other way of describing this world, but at the end of the day, if no one can accept you for who you are, what you look like, including how you present yourself to others, and if they expect you to change yourself at their expense, forget them and just be yourself and never change for anyone.

Never change yourself.

If you feel what I have said here is powerful and eye-opening, please let me know. I would love to know if I inspired you as I want to inspire you all and for you to be yourselves and to never change yourselves at all at the expense of others.

Alex Smithson

Photo Moment: BOXPARK / Sunday 7th May 2017

As today marked the end of such a fantastic weekend, considering I went out and partied last night at my friend’s house, I ceased the opportunity to photograph BOXPARK before I headed home after staying at my friend’s house for the night.

I absolutely enjoyed myself at my friend’s party last night and I feel so much better now because I needed to go out and have a good time as a way of de-stressing from all of the revision for my GCSE English Exam, which I am pleased to say I absolutely nailed on the head as all questions were answered, so all I can hope for is that I pass GCSE English this time, whilst looking around for jobs in the meantime.

The weather was absolutely lovely today and today marked the end of such a fantastic weekend. All I will be doing over the next few weeks now is revising as much as I can on GCSE Maths, whilst getting my Final Major Project work done and finalised before I submit all of my coursework for the Summative Assessment which takes place in a couple of weeks from now.

Below is the photograph of BOXPARK I produced earlier this afternoon before I headed home.

How was your weekend? I would love to hear your response.

Alex Smithson

Life From My Own Perspective. Out Now!

After almost 6 months, Life From My Own Perspective is officially out now! This comes after such a long while, considering the third book, My Journey Through a Lens, was released on the 4th July 2015 (Independence Day). I was initially supposed to start working on this book at the beginning of 2016, but because of coursework and other personal problems in mind, that’s why I stopped working on the book until after I finished the first year of my two-year film and photography course.

This book contains most, if not a lot of the topics I covered on Mother Nature over the course of 2016, but it also focuses on moments that affected me over the course of 2016, so I can guarantee this book will really prove to be an eye-opener for all of you.

This book is a whole lot bigger than the third book, as it contains more than 500+ pages, including some photographs that I have included at the end of the book which show off the best moments of 2016. Also, if you missed out on some of the coverage for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, don’t worry because I have added the coverage to this book as well, so that you’ll be able to catch up on any of the coverage that you may have missed during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

To download your copy of my fourth book, Life From My Own Perspective, please head to the Free Books column located near the bottom of the sidebar. I can guarantee this will be a book worth reading and I’m pleased to say it’s finally available for all of you to read.

Enjoy!

Alex Smithson

Unique.

It is who we are. Being unique and taking control of how we choose to present ourselves to others matters. Being ourselves towards others matter because being yourself is what makes you unique.

The world can see you entirely from a different perspective, which is okay. There is no shame in thinking that, but in the hindsight of things, we shouldn’t need to change the way we want people to see us when they expect us to be seen that way.

We should all be unique to ourselves and never change how we look to suit others. We should all be the way we were supposed to be, and that is, to be ourselves and to never change anything about ourselves, not even for a split second.

Paint a portrait as if it was a picture you were painting of your life. That picture is you. Believing in yourself, being yourself and being unique to yourself is what produces that picture you will have painted. Being yourself is what really matters but being yourself is what makes you unique.

If you feel that this has inspired you in many ways more than one, then please feel free to submit feedback below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

I Will Make You See Things from My Perspective.

Over the years, I’ve known some people who can be thoughtless and heartless, no matter how hard you try to put yourselves out there for them, especially where your respect to them concerns. I’ve had my fair share of that experience and I’m not ashamed to say this, but I will not put myself out there for those who feel it’s okay to take others for granted, have a go at those who are trying to respect and help them and I will most certainly not put my neck on the line for some people who think it’s okay to treat me like I’m something they’ve trodden in.

Why do I have every right to feel like this? Because I am sick to death of those who think and believe it’s okay to act like they’re clever, like they are on top of their game, thinking they’re it as well as thinking that they’re better than everyone else. Well for those who believe they can be like that towards me, no matter how much respect I give, no matter how much I care, well I can say this. You’re not clever, you’re a fool and the only way you can gain respect is if you respect me and everyone the same.

I’ve had to put up with those who think it’s alright to act like they’re worth more than others. I’ve had to put up with some people judging me and everyone else by the way we choose to look. I’ve had to put up with the fact there are some people who feel it’s okay to not care a damn about those who want to do well in life. Well I can tell you one thing, life is worse off for those who have to make the problems when they are making more problems for themselves than for those around them.

I’ve had some negative comments being directed at me by some which I’ve usually risen above from, but sometimes I’ve had the occasional negative comment that can make me feel down that I can sometimes take to heart, but at the end of the day, I’m better than those who think it’s okay to treat me like I’m something that they’ve trodden in.

At the end of the day, if you take those around you for granted and you don’t give them respect and treat them with the respect that they want, then that proves you haven’t really lived.

The art of communication from my perspective has gone out of the window due to the advancing amount of technology nowadays and my generation are not going out and socialising as often as before, no thanks to video-games overruling and brainwashing those who get shot of the first violent video game that catches their eye and not only that, but even I feel embarrassed of those who try to criticise me at the first opportunity because I don’t like playing the type of video-games that are violent.

For example, with Grand Theft Auto, I have never owned the game in my household and I always used to be asked the same question: “Why do you not have that game?“, to which I reply: “Because it brainwashes and teaches those who play how to commit a crime.” Even at this stage, I was told by some that it doesn’t, but it’s their word against reality and it’s also my word against them. I would rather play a video-game that isn’t violent at all, but is joyful, but one that won’t annoy me and make me kick up a fuss to the point where I end up leaving a lasting negative impact on those around me.

I believe in making peace, not violence. Violence is like drawing blood, once it all kicks off, that’s when you have to run, whether you like it or not. Making peace is what brings us all together and I believe that making peace is what will help mend any damage that has been done. As it’s always been said. Less said. Soon is mended.

I believe that the more that we all communicate face-to-face with one another, the better. But back to the real focus of this article, I feel that the more we take each other for granted, the more under-appreciated we will see ourselves, as well as in each other and to all those around us.

I mean, come on, we’ve all had our fair share of bad moments in life from where we have seen some people who have gone off the rails and messed up their own lives and futures, even I have seen it for myself, but it doesn’t hurt to try and work that extra hard to be communicative and more respectful towards one another.

I believe in respect, equality and diversity all the way and I know for a fact if you cannot be diverse towards one another and be equal towards one another, whether it’s to do with how a person feels, what sexuality they are, mind over matter of the person who they choose to be, including whether they want to change or do something good with their lives, then life isn’t worth living.

Equality, Diversity and Respect are the three things I look for in a person and if I notice something that’s not right about that person, for instance, how they treat the people around them, as well as how respectful they are, including how diverse and equal they make themselves out to be, then I keep my distance and I don’t approach them in the event they say something or do something that may be life-changing, or even something that may potentially put the lives of others, including mine in danger. I’m not trying to be judgmental about it, so you can be forgiven for thinking that, but I would rather someone treat me and everyone else with the full respect, equality and diversity where possible, rather than someone treat me and everyone else the complete opposite.

To be honest, I couldn’t care less if anyone thinks I am waffling on, but at the end of the day, I am entitled to a freedom of speech where this is concerned because I have a right to tell everyone how I really feel. I am also entitled to my own rights in life the same as everyone else and at the end of the day, if that cannot be accepted, then I don’t see why anyone should think life isn’t worth living.

From my perspective, life really is worth living and we can all make sure that life for all of us is really worth living by communicating with one another face-to-face with respect. Another way we can all make sure our lives are really worth living is to step away from all technology where possible and get our backsides out and start socialising more. All those people who call themselves gangs are not really gangs, it’s just a group of troublemakers who are willing to hurt those around them and it’s those kind of people who shouldn’t be allowed on our streets.

Last night, I felt the need to make myself clear to everyone by writing this:

“I have my own way of life, including the path I’ve chosen by myself. If you don’t like that, get used to it because I’m not going to change.” – Alex Smithson

I decided enough was enough and I wanted everyone to know where I stand, including that I won’t change at all even if anyone expects me to. After all, I am standing up for what I believe in and I will be myself and I won’t change. I chose to write this as I wanted to prove that I’m grown up enough to accept other people who won’t change, but to let everyone else know that I won’t change either. In other words, I wanted to be the grown-up man and say this in a mature context so that it wouldn’t be taken the wrong way at all.

All I want and all I ask for is that full respect is given to me and everyone else, that’s including everyone else being equal and diverse, because respect, equality and diversity are the three key signs I look for in everyone and if I don’t see all three, that’s including not seeing all three but just one key, then it’s those kind of people I will not talk to and will instead distance myself from, because at least I will be able to know who to talk to and who to not talk to.

I’ve said this as I want everyone to have respect, equality and diversity for one another, that’s all I want. I will always show respect, equality and diversity towards everyone because that’s how I am towards everyone, and I shall continue to be respectful, equal and diverse towards everyone no matter what.

If you feel and agree that respect, equality and diversity should be the three key signs that everyone should have in life, then please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Croydon College Photography Work | Final Major Project | Thursday 28th April 2016

On Thursday 28th April 2016, whilst I was around Croydon during my lesson taking photographs as part of a concept I will be producing for my final piece towards the end of the first year of the two-year UAL Level 3 Diploma Film & Photography Course, I took just a few photos around some parts of Croydon that I hadn’t photographed properly before, and as I took these photos, these would help me to develop my ideas further for the concept I will be aiming to produce.

Below are 8 of the best photographs I took from college yesterday, 6 of them perspective-based, while the other two are of the Centrale Croydon Shopping Centre.

If you liked these photographs I took yesterday around Croydon, please feel free to submit feedback. All feedback is much appreciated. If you missed the chance to see the collection of photographs I took around Croydon whilst I was on my way home, don’t worry, as I’ve made sure to pin that as a related article below, and if you also missed the chance to see my Special Tour Review of Ben Haenow’s One Night Tour that took place at Fairfield Halls on Tuesday 19th April 2016, don’t worry, as I have made sure to pin that article below as well, so that you don’t need to worry if you missed the chance to see it during the week :-).

Check back soon for the Monthly Roundup. It’s going to be massive compared to the Monthly Roundups I’ve done in the past, so I can guarantee you won’t want to miss this one :-).

Alex Smithson

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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

Maturity & Communication in Modern Society: How Has Our Generation Affected the Way We Mature & Communicate Over the Years?

In modern society, maturity is something that shouldn’t really go amiss, especially in our generation and in this day and age, but when it comes to maturity in modern society, among many other areas of life, our generation unfortunately lacks almost all of maturity.

I personally feel that if our generation took a look at the previous generation and compared them to our own generation, our generation would be shocked, because in the 1960s, there were no digital mobile phones, except for the old-style retro wired telephones, which came with just a number dial and the phone, including the occasional ringing noise everytime someone went to pick up the phone. Nowadays, that doesn’t happen. Why? Because, as technology has become so advanced in the past 50 to 100 years, all is takes for you to do nowadays is to open an app, type in the phone number and ring that number, and even back then, apps weren’t even a thing.

Our generation, I’m sorry to say, has become so wrapped up in technology that at least half or most of the time, I’ve seen some people who have had their eyes pasted to their phone screens, computer screens, and even handheld consoles and gaming consoles, whilst other people have been speaking. I know I may sound like a fine one to talk because I use much of what I’ve mentioned above, but I only use a phone for emergency purposes, and most of the time, I can’t use any consoles because I always put my studies first before anything else.

Maturity is key in everyone’s life, but so is communication, and communication is always key as well, as communication is also something that goes amiss in the current generation. I’m sorry to say this, but maturity and communication are the two most important key factors that our generation lacks, and I forgive you if you feel annoyed about the way modern society has turned out.

The reasons why maturity and communication have become tarnished over the years is not just because of technology, but also because of gun and knife crime, as we all have to live in fear for our own safety almost each and every day. It’s pretty sad, don’t you think?

Over the course of last year, there were a large number of gun and knife crimes, which could have been prevented if the police numbers here weren’t cut. If there was more of police on the streets, our generation would have been just that extra bit maturer and would have possibly communicated a lot better.

One of my followers on here made a very interesting observation shortly after I published the article: “My own views on Violence and why it is never the answer.” and said to me that it is up to us young ones to do all of the good work, and to be honest, that follower that told me was right, and there’s no denying that maturity and communication are two of the most important things that are often not thought about and always put upon.

In my eyes, maturity and communication, as well as respect are the three most important key factors in life that we should not take for granted, and I believe at the end of the day in maturity, communication and respect, because, to me, they are the three most important factors in life that we should always appreciate having.

If there was one day in this world and in our generation where no-one was to use anything at all, and if everyone was to respect one another, communicate with one another, and even mature with one another, the world would be a better place. I think of the three main keys that connect to these as well; perception, perspective and persistency.

I just feel that with three of the most important things in life, this whole world could get on, but at the moment, the whole world is a bad place to be, and it is up to all of us, especially the young ones, like myself, to do the good work.

To conclude, I personally believe that we should all communicate with each other properly, and that we grow up with a mature mindset and attitude that allows us to respect each other for everything that life is worth.

If you feel that maturity, communication and respect should be some of the things we should see in this world, please feel free to feedback your opinions and thoughts on what you think of maturity and communication in modern society.

Alex Smithson

All Things Bright And Beautiful!

Hello again! I was away for just over a week as I was experimenting further with my photography skills, to give all of you a chance to see the photos from my perspective.

You may notice I took pictures of the same plant, but I thought I’d spice it up a bit by taking it from various angles.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what this plant was called, but it looks almost similar to a sunflower.

There was one friendly bird that stood out from the crowd the most, and it was a robin, and he certainly was a good poser for the camera. He even hid behind one of the bushes.

I managed to get 2 good shots of a White Cabbage butterfly, and also a rare sighting of a Red Admiral butterfly. I wasn’t exactly sure what one of the butterflies were, but I think I got a photo of a Julia butterfly.

I’m sorry if 3 or 4 of the photos of the spider look slightly blurred, because I had trouble getting the camera into focus on the spider when I zoomed in.

One of the photos I uploaded to this blog post I couldn’t tell whether there was morning dew or whether it was a bit of fluff.

Some spiders do show their way of creating a territory of their own on plants. For example, 1 or 2 photos contain a heap full of cobwebs.

Can you spot the Propylea Quattuordecimpunctata ladybird in this post?

I have a question. Do some of the sunflower lookalike flowers act like they’re floating?

Keep your eyes peeled on this post, because I’m uploading a video on YouTube now, which could take a while to encode. So please stay tuned.

[UPDATE]: The video ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful!’ is now available to watch on YouTube, and on this blog post.

Enjoy!

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