The Art of Getting Lost in the 21st Century

Katrine Lynn Solvaag

Once upon a time there existed human beings without smartphones. They were intelligent creatures, just like us, only they were capable of finding their way to somewhere new without consulting Google Maps, a GPS or even a printed map (if you’re old school). How they managed this remains unknown, however scientists credit this phenomenon to a heightened ability at reading their surrounding landscape and consulting the stars as well as people who they met along the way. Not to mention an acute sense of direction. On a serious note, we’ve reached a time where it is simpler to turn on your 4G, tell your phone to find out where you are, and type in where you want to of rather than follow street signs or ask a stranger...

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A Mental Health Day

Katrine Lynn Solvaag

I’m one of those people who struggles saying ‘no’ to certain projects. While this has brought a multitude of hilarious memories and a killer CV, it has not been without a significant mental toll. It wasn’t until I was meeting up with an old lecturer of mine that I began to realize something was amiss. When told about what I’d been up to lately, she asked: ‘Are you doing this for yourself or for other people?’, a question which still rumbles through my brain on occasion. My mood comes in waves. The tide is affected by...

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This Is Me

Jennifer Ayers

It’s a terrible illness — and it can strike at any time. Some say it’s a millennial disease. Some say it’s the curse of middle-aged men. It’s more common than short-sightedness, and it’s a greater plague than back pain. It’s contagious. There’s no known cure. And anyone can see its symptoms — except the person suffering from it. I’m talking about ‘I’ trouble. You know how it sounds: “I did this, I said that…” The friend who won’t stop talking about their problems — they’ve got ‘I’ trouble. So has the friend who drops unsubtle hints of their success. ‘I’ trouble is the neighbour...

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