I’m honoured to be nominated for this award by my one of my best friends, Amanda. If you like politics, check out her blog and her YouTube channel. While we don’t always agree on everything – she’s a centrist and I’m on the left, it’s always fun having discussions with her. I did a livestream with her not too long ago. Our livestreams are great craic, as we like to say in Ireland. Check it out!
Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:
- Thank the person you nominated, and put a link to their blog.
- Display award on your blog.
- Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions that the blogger who nominated you gave you.
- Nominate between 5-12 blogs and inform them.
- Give them 11 questions to answer.
Why I write:
I’ll start this off by talking about my history with writing. I wasn’t always someone who loved to write and I was not always good at it. I always loved to read though, and I taught myself how to read when I was 3 years old. If you don’t believe that, ask my mum. She’ll be happy to show you videos of me reading to family and friends at that age.
I always had an active imagination and I loved creating original characters and I still do that now, but I never write those stories. The meme below explains the way I work. The Diversity of Classic Rock is one of those rare projects that I managed to realise and I’m so happy that people read it. I really hope that people have gotten a lot out of it and I encourage everyone who enjoys it to share it with their friends. I love to share what I know and have learnt about classic rock. I love to tell you the stories of the hits, b-sides, and obscurities of classic rock and I will continue this.
I’m basically the bottom two.
Ten random facts about myself (that I may or may not have mentioned before):
- I have family in quite a few different countries: Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Israel, Spain, the US, and Venezuela.
- I can’t play an instrument. I know, depressing. I begged my parents for a guitar when I was 9, but they didn’t take me seriously.
- In my opinion, the band with the best overall discography are The Beatles (don’t call me clichéd, hear me out). I love how they changed so much over time and how each album is different from the last one. My favourite albums of theirs are Revolver and Abbey Road.
- I’ve moved around a lot. I’ve lived in the Chicago area and Chicago proper, Dallas area and Dallas proper, Florida, Toronto, and Ireland.
- I seem like a worldly person, but I don’t speak many languages. I know Spanish and French. I understand Spanish completely, inside and out, but trying to formulate a sentence is difficult and I speak with a stutter and a British accent (according to my cousin). I can read French and understand it if spoken slowly. I can maybe formulate a basic sentence. Other than that, I know some Polish and Russian swear words because I watch Life of Boris.
- I’ve been an atheist since I was 10. I’ll save the story for another time.
- I love tea and I will drink pretty much any tea, except for standard breakfast tea, that’s gross.
- I realised I was bi when I was 14. I’ll be 24 in August, so I’ve known I was bi for 10 years. Generally, I find women more attractive than men.
- I’ve never weighed over 9 stone.
- I don’t smoke cigarettes. I know, sounds strange for someone who is obsessed with the 60s and 70s, a time when everyone smoked.
Well that was a lot of rambling. Let’s get onto the questions.
My turn in the hot seat:
1. If you were able to find out the answers to the biggest mysteries in the planet, or find out your own destiny, which would you choose?
The answers to the biggest mysteries on this planet. I’m curious and I ask a lot of questions and I think if I knew the answers, I could do something with it and make this world a better place.
I think with life, we can make choices so I’m not sure if destiny is a thing. I also don’t want to know how and when I’d die. I just want to enjoy my life and take it a day at a time.
2. If you had the opportunity to dine with one of the most influential people (dead or alive) who would you choose?
I’d pick all of The Beatles because they were a huge inspiration to me and they were the gateway to getting into classic rock. The other reason is I’m a vegan and most of the Beatles were/are vegetarian, so no need to fight over which restaurant to go to.
3. What is more important: Psychology or philosophy?
4. Would you go your whole life without watching television or without reading a book?
Probably watching TV. I can still watch movies, right? Reading books is so important and that’s how I do research and keep myself occupied on long plane or train journeys. I love going to the library too.
5. Have you ever witnessed a ghost sighting or some other spiritual experience?
6. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Three people: My idols Pete Townshend, Ann Wilson, and Phil Lynott.
Pete’s my favourite songwriter ever and The Who are one of my favourite bands ever. When reading his autobiography, I related to the self consciousness issues. He felt self conscious about his nose when he was young, and I have my own self consciousness issues. Also like Pete, I’m bisexual. True story: Pete Townshend winked at me and my friend when we went to his book signing in Toronto. I’m never forgetting that. My prized possession is a signed copy of his autobiography.
Ann Wilson is the classic rocker I can relate the most to and I loved her autobiography. She moved around a lot and was bullied as a kid and had weight problems. I also love Ann Wilson’s dress sense back in the 70s. I also relate so much to the songs “Dreamboat Annie”, “Magic Man”, and “Magazine”. “Heading out to somewhere, won’t be back for a while” basically describes my life and how I approach it. I named this blog after “Crazy on You”.
Phil Lynott was mixed and was pretty much the only black kid in Dublin and he never let that stop him from achieving his dreams, I could relate to that because I was the only mixed kid in my class and despite the constant teasing, I achieved my goals. I love his hair, tough stage persona, and songwriting. I want to get the rose from Black Rose: A Rock Legend tattooed on me.
7. What do you think about our current education system? If you find it flawed, what do you suggest we do to change it?
Depends on which country we’re talking about. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll talk about America. This is probably gonna be a wall of text because there are so many problems.
- We need religion to get out of government. There are people who want to teach creationism in public schools and get rid of evolution from the curriculum. If you want your kid to learn religion, that’s what Sunday School is for, do it on your own dime.
- I want more money to be put into the schools (instead of military stuff) and I want to see equity. It’s unfair that if you live in an affluent area (higher property taxes), you have well-funded schools and if you live in a poorer area (lower property taxes), you have underfunded schools. It continues a cycle and I think we need to break it. We need to make sure that underfunded schools have the funding needed and kids in less affluent areas have the same chances in life as those from wealthier areas.
- Post secondary education needs to be free for all US citizens and permanent residents, regardless of income. When I say post secondary, I mean everything from community college classes to PhDs. If you get into a programme, money shouldn’t be the reason you can’t follow your dreams. We may have to up the standards a little bit and reprioritise spending, but I think it’s important to invest in the people.
- Cancel all student loan debt. It’s ridiculous how that’s a loan you can’t get rid of, thanks to Bill Clinton.
- We need to treat our teachers well and pay them well. Teachers work hard all day and spend their own money on supplies. Teachers inspire their students and for the most part, they really care about them.
- We need to make schools safer places and make it clear that bullying and harassment is not tolerated. It’s sad when students don’t want to go to school because they feel unsafe.
8. Share your biggest regret in life.
I wish I went to university in California or Oregon, but at the same time, if I did that, I would never have met my husband. I’m curious how life would be if I made that decision instead.
9. What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?
Probably a lot of my travels, but I’d say the riskiest, or better said, most daring, was my last trip, to Israel. I was kicked off the Birthright group for crying because I was triggered by someone making a suicide joke. Yeah, ridiculous, and the person who triggered me didn’t even get scolded. In the end, I was punished more.
I have bad anxiety, so I avoid talking to people because I think I’m annoying them. If I go ages without talking to you, it’s because of my anxiety. It’s not because I don’t like you.
I got over that anxiety in that moment and decided to contact my family who live in Israel so I could stay with them and not have to go back to Ireland early. These are family members I have never met before and the only thing I knew about them was they existed and they were on Facebook. I wasn’t worried about my safety, but I was worried what they would think of me, an anxious, awkward girl who is stuck 45-50 years in the past. The first moment they saw me, I was in a Fred Perry polo shirt and bell bottom jeans (my casual outfit) and my makeup was totally ruined because I was crying because I was being kicked off the trip and I was nearly sent home, but my mood turned around as they welcomed me into their home and I realised I have a lot in common with them.
10. Name the best travelling destination and why you believe it to be.
Australia, London, and California, easily. Australia and California are beautiful and have a wide variety of landscapes: deserts, beaches, forests, and mountains. Wonderful for photography. London is my favourite city ever and I’ve been a bunch of times and I never get sick of it. I still haven’t seen it all and there is so much to do. I love taking pictures around London.
11. What do you believe to be the best thing we have on this planet?
Nature, easily. I think the Earth is so beautiful and we need to protect ecosystems and save endangered species. I love going to national parks and spending time in nature. I love seeing beautiful plants and flowers, jacaranda trees, cacti, cherry blossoms, palm trees. One of my favourite childhood memories was when my family went to Colorado and I was lying on the ground, looking up at the stars, seeing so many more than I did at home because there was much less light pollution.
It’s depressing that the Great Barrier Reef is dying because of us humans. We can do better. Donald Trump is trying to kill off National Parks for greed and it’s killing this planet. We all need to do our part: live more sustainably and elect politicians who care about the environment.
I nominate these amazing people. Please check out their blogs! 😃
Here are my questions:
- What songs do you relate the most to?
- If you could live your life in the world of a movie, TV series, or book, which would you pick?
- Which time period would you visit in history and why?
- What was your favourite year in your life?
- If you could bring anyone back to life, who would you pick?
- What is your favourite childhood memory?
- If you were president/prime minister/head of state, what would you change about your country?
- If you had an unlimited budget for a new home, what would your house look like, how would you decorate it, and what kinds of rooms would you have?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
- Which historical figure inspires you the most?
- What is your favourite season and activity to do in that season?
Have fun! 🙂