Real Issues That Affect Us

If you live in the UK, or (tragically) anywhere these days for that matter, you’ll know that we’ve entered a really scary time where our youths are losing their lives through knife and gun crimes at a rapid and disturbing rate. In London, 65 young people have lost their lives to date in just 5 months. Alarming, isn’t it?

Fact is, our Government likes to talk about the changes that need to be made, and how sorry they are for the losses of these 65 families and friends, but can’t and don’t seem to be doing enough… These same government officials and leaders in authority also no doubt have families of their own… Baffling, isn’t it?

These government officials, I’m sorry to say, seem to be too wrapped up in “Brexit negotiations” to worry about the decline in our youths and the lack of safety on our streets… Arming police officers is bound to have the opposite affect of making our kids feel safe. Instead, our kids are going to feel like they’re having to be on guard from not just their troubled peers, but the people who are meant to be keeping them safe.

Back in February, a night of bloodshed affected multiple young people in Camden, my borough. This was too close to home, which has since put a lot of stuff into perspective. Thankfully, I didn’t know those affected, but a community is a community. We are one.

The government seems to be unable to create the change that we want to see, which is why we need to take initiative and be that change. A family member, a neighbour or a friend of ours doesn’t need to lose their life or know someone who lost a life for us to empathise and to know it’s wrong and to want to do something about it. 

I urge you if you have the time and capacity, to take up helping in your communities. It really is rewarding. Yes, one person can’t change the world. But, together, we can. Collectively. If one person helps someone who helps someone, we can begin to change the world as we know it.

Our leaders aren’t doing what’s expected of them, so we need to do it for them. Not for them, but for us. For our future families. I’m sure you all intend on having children. Well, if so, and even if not, you need to create a safe environment for them. The way we do that is by starting now to make way for when they come along, and protecting those already here.

Honestly, it’s only difficult if not enough people empathise, take it seriously and take action. Everyone can empathise, sure, but there needs to be steps taken. The way we do that is by starting to look closely at our boroughs and councils, attending the MP meetings, surgeries etc. Having a voice. Coming up with new initiatives that motivate our youth and young people around us. Trying to encourage those youth to take up classes, and trying to pursued youth clubs and community centres to run such clubs on a volunteer basis. It can be done. 

It’s a proven fact that the two main reasons young people turn to crime are: boredom and cuts of funding (i.e employment and/or activities). Their families are more often than not of the working class, can’t afford to pay for their activities outside of school. They work long hours to the point where the youth feels alone, is peer pressured into doing the wrong thing and ends up in this really vicious cycle.

There is only one solution. Schools and youth clubs, councils/borough and community centres coming together, and working hard to tackle this issue by enabling each child the chance to take up an extra-curricular activity [outside of school] that will develop their skills, putting them in contact with role models/leaders whilst providing them with the experience needed to go on to gain a career afterwards. It’s really not difficult!

Yes, money and funding is the issue, but there HAS to be enough people qualified in the said task that these kids are wanting to undertake who is willing to provide this to them voluntarily. This is what we need. We need more festivals and activity workshops that unite children. Not to ostracise them.

If you have the option and the opportunity to help, please do so. Volunteering on weekends at youth centres or community centres, working with your council or borough to create fun safe, activities for young people to be involved in that gets them off the streets… Anything is possible. Every little bit helps.

Please, if you’re reading this, try to do something. If just one person reads this and feels motivated to make a change in their small but mighty community, I (and everyone who’s sadly lost someone through these circumstances) will be very grateful. 

Keaton Jones is a kid. He couldn’t help the alleged “racist” family he was born into. Racism is wrong, of course, but it’s not his fault! The internet is now quick to add to it because his mum might or might not have said something racist? Have a heart! In case you’ve forgotten, it’s about Keaton… It was Keaton who went viral for crying for help. Yes, his mum featured in the video, but it’s him that’s suffering. It’s him that we felt compassion and empathy towards.

As someone who has witnessed bullying first hand, I would never wish it on anyone. If the rumours are true, and his mother did say or act in an unforgiving way, I’m sure Keaton himself was/is mortified. I’m sure he knows how it feels to be shunned, treated disrespectfully, name-called etc…

Don’t blame a kid for his parent’s actions. A lot of us are born with family members – distant or immediate – that we clash with or that we don’t believe act in a morally correct way… That does not mean for a second that we, ourselves, are that way inclined. Especially a kid that age… He’s still young. He’s got a lot to learn. We need to strengthen him, build him up and make sure he doesn’t end up doing something tragic like trying to end his life, NOT lambasting him based on assumptions/rumours surrounding his family, who – again – if proven correct, should’ve known better.

Be there for a kid who’s suffering and don’t tear shreds out of them just because their family may or may not have said or done something racist… Until there’s clear evidence that he (Keaton) was racist, I won’t think any less of him.


It’s one of my favourite days of the year, today… Thanksgiving!

To all my American friends, I wish you the bestest of Thanksigivings! I hope you’re full of joy, prosperity, luck, good health, delicious food, and festive cheer (on all days, but today a little more).

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the materialistic of lives, not remembering what days like today are all about…

Today is the day for giving thanks, and just being happy with the priceless things we have … the people we’re accompanied by on this mad journey called ‘life’; along with the underrated blessings, big or small… Being thankful is free. We can all do it. It’s the act of being grateful and understanding that we are blessed beyond measure, every day.

Hold the people in your lives close, be extra nice to them and show them you care, because honestly – life is too short.

The finer things in life are the only things we’re left with, so make sure your finer things are the finest of things.




Hey guys,

I just wanted to come online to share something in a hope that it’ll resonate with at least one of you… A few years ago, I was working for a local newspaper, covering Entertainment news. Now, for those of you who don’t know, I’m a journalist. I majored in journalism and still do it as a freelance now…

Anyway, so I was working there, on an internship, and met a teenager who was on work experience. He was just starting out and was telling me about his passion for journalism – but also how his parents don’t believe it’s the right career for him… They told him he’d be better off being a doctor (as it’s a culture thing).

Now, of course – if he, himself, wants to be a doctor, he should. But, there’s no point him playing out his family’s goals because ultimately, as cruel and harsh as it sounds, it’s his life…

Imagine if this teenager grows up being a doctor just because it’s what his family thought was best for him… Of course, saving lives is a massive thing, and a very commendable thing, but – it’s not really what he wants to be doing.

Yes, our parents and families believe in us and want what’s best for us. I’m sure his family were telling him to be a doctor because it’s a more financially stable job and one with less competitiveness (in terms of work). However, if you’re someone who’s talented, works hard, and puts the effort in, you will succeed regardless.

I told him a piece of advice which might have sounded bad to begin with, but it honestly was meant in good gest… I told him not to live his life for his family, but to live it for himself.

At the end of the day, he’s the only one going to be looking back on his life… When the day of judgement happens, or when we have that flash before our eyes… He’s going to be seeing his family’s goals, and not his own. He’ll be forever wondering what-if. He’ll grow old never knowing where his talent for writing could’ve taken him. His family, unbeknownst to them (how much he wants to be a journalist) I’m sure, would not want that.

Ultimately, our families want us to be happy and successful. They’re realists. They try to keep us grounded. It’s not that they don’t believe in us, it’s just – they want to shield us from disappointment or pain. But, at the same time, they really sometimes don’t understand how much we want something, because the need to protect us blinds them…

I will never forget his reaction to what I told him. He said: “wow! No one has ever said this to me before… I never thought like this. I’m going to talk to them, and try to help them understand.” I didn’t think he’d act on it, if I’m honest… A lot of the time people are too scared to confront people, and aren’t able to speak up for fear they’d be letting them down.

Well, I got an email from him recently. He is studying journalism at University (on his final year) and has got a placement at a newspaper.

This is proof that if you put your mind to something, no matter how huge, your determination and your willingness to achieve it along with your dedication to the craft will no doubt get you there.

If you never take anything from me, that’s fine. Just, live your life for you but respectfully understand that parents are just trying to do their jobs. Luckily, I was blessed with parents who would never force (even though that’s a very strong word) me into anything, I was always taught to go after what I want and that’s the attitude I’ll instil in my young. It’s very important.

Always support someone’s aspirations and help them reach it. Never tell them they can’t, even if you mean well and are just doing it to protect them. At the end of the day, they’ll be paying their own bills one day, and they’d prefer to pay them off with a salary they earned by doing something they love and not one they were persuaded to do.

Never, ever give up. Always have aspirations, always have goals. Go above and beyond. Be proud of all that you’ve achieved, and never stop.