Great Dilemma : When Money Comes Around

Growing up in what we could call a “normal” family, – not poor but definitely not wealthy – , money was never a matter before the economic crisis that spread through Europe in 2007 and 2008. Then my parents started to pay a bit more attention to the cost of things they bought.

Now, I’ve reached adulthood, and I’m starting to have money responsabilities : bank account, payment card, checks, etc. My 18th birthday was about a month ago, and for that special occasion I received 100€ from my godmother. I thank her for that, but in the meantime, that insidious question appeared : should I spend it on things I like or want, or should I put in in my bank account and let it sleep there for a while ?! If I was to spend it, wouldn’t I become crazy about it, wouldn’t I become a superficial materialistic kind of person ?

A few months ago, I came across that quote : “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton). Now, it appears that money could be that kind of power, which is also quite obvious, because we live in a capitalistic, globalized world in which leaders are in some cases at the feet of lobbyists.

When I thought about spending that money, my first thought was to buy sport clothes, so I can exercise better and more, which meant I could be fitter and feel better about myself. But then, second thought : wouldn’t I be driven to use overexercise as a way to punish myself, only to be relieved by the dopamine at the end of the workout?! Would I use this money in a great way then ? It could please myself and make me feel socially great but in the same time hurt me. Great dilemma.

Anyway, what I found is that our relationship to money has grown more and more difficult, with the dematerializing (is this a word?) of money : when you could touch it and feel all the bills in your hand before, it’s now lines of 1s and 0s encoded you can change by putting your card into a payment machine. What this means is easy to understand : the value of money isn’t perceived the same way. I found a great TED talk on that topic, which I happend find without actually looking for it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VB39Jo8mAQ

It’s the story of a monopoly game in which the kids change their behaviors and game strategy when they are confronted to real money.

 

Thanks for reading !

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And I lived to Tell the Tale

Everybody’s life is different, and some struggle more, some know more obstacles than others. But I often hear people who overcome those and they say their struggle made them more human, it empowered them in a way.

To put it in a nutshell, their experience was enriching.

What I would want to share today, with you and with the whole world, is that we are all Humans. Human beings. Being Human. And being Human also means being perfectible, improvable. 

Being Human just can’t mean being perfect, but some of us try their hardest to be that perfect person. This leads to the struggle to be perfect, and that’s where obstacle come in the way.

And I can tell you today, that I, as a teenager, being quite idealistic, I tried to reach perfection too. But it has had a cost : it nearly killed me, and it took part of my health away.

Don’t try to be perfect, we’re “only humans after all” ( beautiful song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3wKzyIN1yk )

–  That which does not kill us makes us stronger –

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

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Re-blogging 1O1

HELLO THERE !

As you can see, I’ve written two articles today (Oh, inspiration…) and my only will is to continue again, so I’m thinking about all the articles I want to write.

First, I always find a title for what I want to write BEFORE actually starting writing it, which makes that I have a lot of article possibilities, but not always the time to write them (so, yes, I have a list full of titles in my notes app on my phone…)

The next articles will come in a few days I hope, I’ve got a lot to make you discover about.

Stay tuned, get updated, and be curious !

Overweights get eating disorders too

One common belief is to say that anorexics are always (too) thin and that bulimics are only fat girls that eat too much.

Because yes, as you know, guys have no place in eating disorder representation. And that’s the first shame here about it. Actually, even if the major proportion of people who have EDs are girls, guys also experiment these illnesses. To give figures, there’s 1 out of 10 males in sufferers. And the open-minded me is really troubled by this fact, as we know for instance anorexia nervosa is the most deadly mental disorder. This under-representation of male sufferers is terrible and we need to fight against that. Anyone who suffered from an eating disorder knows what I’m talking about. And if I was a guy, I don’t think I’d like someone to consider I’m only dieting when my attitude towards food (and myself) puts me in danger, that this someone doesn’t believe that I’ve got an ED just because of my gender. Men get eating disorders too.

Now, I’m a girl, and I experienced an eating disorder. I haven’t been diagnosed but with some distance now I can tell that those few month in my life had been my worst nightmare, and that I was probably struggling with an eating disorder. The only thing is, when I just look at it, at some point I think “Well, you can’t have had an ED, you’re far too fat…”.  And I actually was at the beginning, until I dropped 10kgs and got to a “normal” weight. Overweights get eating disorders too. And no one thinks about them. That’s the second shame of people’s misconception about EDs. Some researchers, clinicians, psychiatrists start to consider overweights as people who can possibly have an ED, but unluckily those doctors aren’t enough to change people’s view of it. I wish at the time I got ill that some doctor, someone, told me I was really struggling with some ED. Unfortunately no one did, but you who read this post, you hold a great power to make them reconsider how they think about eating disorder sufferers. You have that power, because today, you can talk about it to your family, friends, relatives and help spread the word.

Overweights get eating disorder too.

Thank you.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Treats

For many, candies aren’t a favorite indulgence. Maybe you’re a savory food lover, or you’ve gone on a beautiful vacation to treat yourself. Perhaps some quiet time alone with a beloved novel is your greatest pleasure. This week, share with us a photo of something that you consider a marvelous treat.

Hello everyone !

It’s been a while since my last post, I know it and I have no excuses ! But you won’t blame me if a lot of things occured in my life, would you ? 🙂

This time I’ll only post that ~post~ and then I’ll tell you my story later!

I love tea, that’s a fact everybody around me knows, and what do I do if I want to have a little rest and have a good time? Let’s guess… TEA !!! Just sitting on the couch, maybe watching TV, with a great warm tea is like Paradise to me.

I like it hot, with any kind of tea ( but the Genmaicha tea I bought is really awesome!) and a bit of honey (to satisfy my sweet tooth) and that’s when it’s infused only 1-2 minutes that it’s the best thing I’ve ever had in my day. Just imagine, some hot tea smoothly going down your throat, warming you up and making you feel great as if it was something really relaxing and resting… Who wouldn’t seriously do this?! (And if you don’t like tea, then imagine it’s coffee 😛 )

I don’t even know how to describe it greatly, as it’s one’s proper feelings that can express it, but if you’re the same as me, then you’ll know for sure what I mean. It’s only litlle things like that that can lighten up someone’s day!

enjoythelittlethingscup

Zoe

2048

After Candy Crush and Flappy Bird, the new popular game is 2048. For those who don’t know it, you only must pile tiles which have the same number (from 2 up to 1024) and when you manage making a 2028 block, you win the game!
Only guess what?  It was only a week I downloaded it from the Play store ( you can also download it from the following link : http://2048.mobi/download/ ) , I played as usual, thinking there was no chance I win, and suddenly … two 1024 appeared ! I won!  I was so happy you can’t imagine!  After only a week practicing I managed !

I’m havin’ so much fun playing this game !

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I really recommend this game!
Who will do it faster than I did?  Let’s see!