Month: July 2014

21 Facts About Bohemian Nerd Girl

Hey readers!

Tomorrow is my 21st birthday. I am excited of course!

As I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now, I realised you do not know a lot about me. This will change. Here are 21 facts about me:

1) My full name is Louise Anne Martha Clancy.
2) I was born on August 1st 1993 in Cork.
3) I have had Autism as a child which sort of became Aspergers in recent years. I was diagnosed at 3 but didn’t know until I was 13.
4) I was in a special school from 1998 to 2001, where I was subsequently held back a year to 1st class instead of 2nd class in my local primary school.
5) I once believed that half past was the start of the hour until I was 10.
6) I used to cry over broken plates.
7) I don’t like being in the same room as a butterfly.
8) I once wrote a letter to Geoffrey Rush and he wrote back a year later. I wrote again earlier this month for his birthday.
9) A family trip to Wales and England when I was 12 was my first trip abroad. My first flight was on a school tour to Rome when I was 17.
10) My hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching TV and films, writing, going for walks, shopping, volunteering, cosplay and tae kwon do.
11) I don’t like my frizzy hair as I feel I look like a cross between Weird Al Yankovic and Art Garfunkel.
12) I do BA International in English and Sociology at University College Cork.
13) I achieved bronze and silver medals in the Gaisce President’s Award at 15 and 17 years old.
14) As a child I wanted to be a Pokemon trainer when I grew up.
15) I support causes related to disability, homelessness and LGBT rights due to experiences working and learning about each.
16) I hated and avoided wearing skirts/dresses for 8 years due to a fear of being exposed and hated being the only one to wear a skirt.
17) I find it hard to talk to people I don’t know. And I hate when I’m not listened to.
18) I find the most interesting social justice figure is Aung San Suu Kyi.
19) I used to play basketball and badminton in school.
20) I am the youngest in my family and have two siblings.
21) I plan on studying abroad in Europe next year and have a masters in journalism in a different Irish university.

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Bohemian Nerd Girl’s Video of the Week: “”Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes”

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes: http://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc

Parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic is back with his new album “Mandatory Fun” featuring several new songs with video accompaniments such as “Word Crimes”, “Tacky” and “Foil”. Within hours of being uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, they went viral. Those three videos have a combined viewing total of 14 million views.

In particular, “Word Crimes” is a parody of the controversial song (and video) “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, which focuses on how people get annoyed over bad grammar. It is considered superior to the original song and it is possible to be more successful too.

Uploaded by alyankovicVEVO

All The Time In The World

Hello.

My name is Louise Clancy. I will be 21 years old on August 1st. I hope to study English and Sociology  in my second year of college. I have autism and had it my whole life. As a result,  I ended up with anxiety, particularly with stressful situations, meeting people for the first time, and the biggest one of all, fear of being left behind.

I will explain the last one, as that is what this is all about. 

I live in the country.  I can’t drive. I have a lack of work experience in the short term. I have terrible eating and sleeping habits. I like watching TV and going on the Internet. (Lately I watch TV on the Internet. Dragonball Z is a current favourite). I haven’t seen my friends in weeks (some of them, months) I’m afraid of contacting them online for fear of bothering them. I have some small hobbies, but I never get around to doing them properly.  Even with my best talent which is writing, I fear I’m not as good as I should be.

In short, I’m scared of wasting my life.

I’ve noticed gradually for around 10 years, the feeling that kids are living richer lives. Not in terms of financial means, but with with time. I know people my age who go to cool parties, have achieved great things, go to amazing places. Of course, I have done these things as a teenager and a student.  I am grateful for these things. I am blessed with amazing family and friends. I have done great things (not just “look not autistic”).
However I get this feeling I could do so much more.

I know where a lot of this anxiety comes from. The first source is from death. I saw two films about dying young lately: Third Star and The Fault in Our Stars. Both address protagonists with terminal cancer and know they don’t have much time left.  In Third Star, 29 year old James (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) has cancer knowing he won’t live to see his 30th birthday. He decides to go on trip with his friends to the coast in Wales. We learn that he didn’t have the chance to advance in his career as a writer or have a family.  In The Fault In Our Stars, 16 year old Hazel had her life extended by a few years due to revolutionary drugs. She becomes reclusive by only watching TV and reading  her favourite book over and over. Her life changes after she reluctantly goes to support group and meets Augustus.

In both cases,  James and Hazel learn to make the most of the time they have left. But for the healthy like me, what’s our excuse?

The second comes from life. It feels like as a society,  we pressure ourselves to live every day as if it was our last. The bucket lists from blog like websites such as HelloGiggles and CollegeTimes, YouTube vloggers such as Louis Cole living a life your ideal self could only dream of, and worst of all, people you know showing their lovely photos of their respective adventures.  That if  all I do is watch TV and eat more than one should,  is my life less than those who meet their friends,  go to concerts, travel to interesting places, etc. Is this pressure to do this and see that making people feel bad about themselves? My answer is yes.

Seemingly, it’s no longer a matter of how long do you live, but how well do you live.

The questions I have for you readers are these:
How do you overcome your anxieties?
Do you fear of wasting your time?
What do you think makes your life worth living?

Let me know your opinions readers in the comments below.
Live long and prosper.