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A few people lately have seemed surprised to find that I wasn’t studying journalism or media.  I guess that would make sense – all they knew was that I had a blog and was photographing everything in sight!  I do like writing – on my own terms. 🙂  People seemed kinda surprised when they asked me about my plans for next year too, when I answered ‘a maths/physics degree’.  Yes I do physics; yes it drives me mad sometimes.  It ain’t no walk in the park.  Geeky though I am, I still like all the ‘glam’ stuff and doing my makeup and wearing nice dresses.  Glam maybe isn’t the best choice of vocabulary as evidently I’m NOT all that glam – I can’t even apply lipstick properly FGS.  But whatever, you know what I mean.  Opinions have definitely changed over the last few years about girls and science and I totally understand why journalism was the obvious assumption to make, but it just started me thinking!

The thought of putting all your eggs in one basket and having one ‘interest’ just seems strange to me.  Obviously some people have a life long passion (I hate that word but can’t think of a better one) for something, and that ‘something’ is all-consuming and they work their butts off for that ‘something’.  Me though?  I have multiple ‘somethings’.  I don’t sit squarely in any one box – I’m one of those science-y people, one of the textiles arty gals, and one of the history people.  At first I thought I was just indecisive and wanted to keep my options open, but indecisive would imply that I’ll make a decision at some point.  And I probably won’t.  I’ll continue with this ‘finger in many pies’ mentality for as long as possible and write about it all on here. 🙂

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Wearing my glasses because A) I can’t find my contact lenses and B) what better way to fit a geeky stereotype eh?   Why on earth there would be any correlation between academic interests and eyesight I do not know.

ETA: my brother informs me I’m actually a nerd, not a geek.  Sorry for any confusion.

lily kate x

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Max
    5th December 2015 at 6:02 pm

    “People” seem pretty easily surprised and hasty to try to predict. I totally hate that. My mother in law fancies herself a bit of a clairvoyant. Either that or she just talks stereotypes. I remember getting rather angry when she said something like she was sure that Iris, my older daughter, would grow up to be as beautiful as her mother and as intelligent as her father. Why does my very great beauty suddenly sound like a put-down?

    Anyways, I am glad to hear that you are going to do some sciences and mathematics. Very exciting. And if your interests in glamour, fashion, and make-up wane, I think it will be apparent on the blog. I like your glasses btw. I am also a glasses and contacts wearer too.

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    Rachel
    6th December 2015 at 7:34 am

    Love this. There’s nothing wrong with having a multitude of interests; I have a dozen, each that I love for their own reason. And fyi, a physics/maths degree sounds incredible!x

    willowtea.blogspot.co.uk

    • Reply
      lily kate
      8th December 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you Rachel! It’s exactly that – I love each different thing for a different reason 🙂 What are your plans post A-level?

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    Emma
    6th December 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I wouldn’t call you. Nerd or a geek but someone who is very intelligent. I think it’s fantastic that you have so many interests in your studies. I struggled a lot with sience and I did put all my eggs in the art department basket as that’s what was right for me. I think as long as you enjoy it you shouldn’t worry what other people think or say. Glasses look fab on you too!

    Emma Xx

    http://www.emmaslookingglass.com

    • Reply
      lily kate
      8th December 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Why thank you very much Emma 🙂 If art was right for you, that’s great! Which art subjects do you enjoy most? I love textiles but was never good enough at fine art to really consider it.
      Thanks about the glasses too!

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    Noor Unnahar
    6th December 2015 at 6:33 pm

    The society put so much emphasis on having that “one” interest that trying to be the jack of all trades (in the good sense) is quite hard. Though there’s nothing wrong with that – in fact I consider it healthy to keep trying new things.

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      lily kate
      8th December 2015 at 8:47 pm

      I know what you mean! You’re supposed to find your ‘thing’ but I really don’t think I could ever decide on one. The more ‘things’ in life the better!

  • Reply
    Madara
    7th December 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Lily!
    Well, I think, glasses and academic interest go together because people who read a lot or work with documents etc tend to get bad eyesight. It is not that surprising. 😉 More of a stereoptype is that people who love science and books are weird and don’t care about their appearences. To be honest, I do think science people and smart people are a bit weird but in a good way, because mostly they do not follow the herd because they are so used to using their heads for thinking. 😉
    AND I can relate to having a lot of interests and not being able to stick to one. Totally me. I do struggle with it though. I think it is much easier to find your way in life when you have 1 or 2 very strong passions. 🙂
    Have a great day!
    Madara
    http://lookforsmile.com

    • Reply
      lily kate
      8th December 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Hiya Madara!
      I guess we give ourselves bad eyes haha! My main problem with glasses is the fact that mine seem to be ALWAYS dirty though – no matter how much I clean them.
      I think sciencey people can be a bit weird too 😀 Which is your favourite science?
      Glad you can relate! Decisions are probably easier to make if you have one set passion but you have more options with more variety, so it’s swings and roundabouts I guess!

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    Madara
    9th December 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Lily,
    I think weird people are the best. 😀 You know, it’s more interesting that way. I mean like cute weird :D, there is that point where you can become TOO weird. Like crazy weird. 😀 That can be a bit too much, but still those people would be more interesting. Also, I think everyone is kind of weird in someway? We all have some things we do different than others. I think those “weird ones” are just living their lives honestly about who they are. oh, what a long paragraph about weirdness. 😀
    Also I like Biology, I studied it at University. I do like physics and chemistry too but I don’t know a lot in these subjects unfortunately. It is just fun to know science and how things work and it even doesn’t matter which science field it is. :))
    I wanted to ask you what are your future plans with physics, textile and other subjects you are taking, but than I realized that probably is a stupid question. 😀 I hate when people ask me that, my future plans etc. because I don’t know them at the moment and will see where life takes you kind of. But that question.. somehow helps to understand a person better, I don’t know, we always think there should be a plan, maybe there should..
    Hope you are having a great, christmas-y time! 😉
    Madara
    http://lookforsmile.com

    • Reply
      lily kate
      9th December 2015 at 5:58 pm

      I think weird people are the best too. 🙂 In moderation haha! I don’t know if everybody is weird, but I certainly wouldn’t want to NOT be.
      Lots of people really like biology, but I just never took to it quite the same as with physics. Physics explains so much about how things work too!
      I think you and I are on the same wavelength! It does give you an insight into the person just to ask about their plans though – whether they’re the ‘see where life takes you’ type like us, or the one-goal kind.
      Hope you’re having a lovely festive December too!

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    Madara
    10th December 2015 at 7:15 pm

    To be honest, I used to be or ar least I tried to be a one-goal person with a plan, but that just didn’t work out that good for me. 😉 So, now I know I like a lot of things and maybe or probably I will do them all at one point in my life aaand that plans too have to be flexible. To achieve a goal, the best way is to make a plan, just have to know how to make a good one! 😉
    Madara

    • Reply
      lily kate
      14th December 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Hope you’ve found a plan you’re happy with! My approach has been to make a plan that means I can be spontaneous, which I think is the best kind of plan tbh! 😀

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