"We've worked together for about a year now"

My friend and fellow blogger, Style has posted about her new year resolutions. That post has encouraged me to do the same, yet I find myself unable to talk about the year soon to be, without looking back at the year that was.

Jan 2009 - My first January in Perth. It was a pretty lousy start. For the first two weeks of the year I was on a large scout camp. There were thousands of other kids from all over the country that had come together and it COULD have been the greatest time of my life. However I met a girl, who took up all of my time, lied to me on a very serious level, and brought me into a minor depression. After the camp I cut off all communication or chances for communication with her and life was kind of normal again. I then sat for my learners and got my license.

Feb 2009 - Starting at my new school. Corpus Christi is a very different school to what I am used to. For one it is a co-ed school, and my old school in Melbourne, St Bede's College, was an all boys school. My first day was just plain horrible, I spent all of recess and most of lunch sitting by myself, unable to listen to music, because it is banned at my school. WHAT THE HELL! Well thankfully my now best friend Mud and Bone, recognised me from the orientation day, and became my friend. If it wasn't for her, I would have set into a depression, maybe stopped talking to people for a couple of weeks.

Mar 2009 - The ball has started rolling by this stage. I had a lot more friends and life was turning around. I was struggling with the heat, and this is because Melbourne isn't really a hot place. I had started rehearsing for a scout and guide show. At this stage, I hated it. I was with people who I considered to be s**t. And I have been brought up by a drama teacher, so I have been taught about how to be in rehearsals and all that kind of etiquette. Nevertheless I stuck with it.

Apr 2009 - This was a major month for me. This is when I was discovered by my fellow students in drama. I had my major performance, with Style, and it was an excerpt from The Shifting Heart. I obviously did a good job because I received the highest performance mark. Some of the other people in my class believed that I had already completed year 12 drama. Then it was the holidays and I got to see my friends in Melbourne again, however at the same time my drama class was doing a course at NIDA. At the time, we didn't have the funds for me to go, so I missed out.

May 2009 - My friendship with Disney Princess I believe had started before this month, but it strengthened a lot here. She is a unique character, and I don't think I will ever meet another person like her in my life. We bonded a lot during this time, and became really close friends.

Jun 2009 - What a month. It was my first set of examinations here in Perth. They went alright, but I wish I could have gotten some higher marks. One of the greatest days was when Disney and I went shopping and basically hung out all day. We also did a surprise for The Music Ninja, but you don't really need to know about that. People believed we were going out, I know that there were rumours and all sorts, even people betting when we were going to go out. What a joke, just friends. People couldn't understand out friendship.

Jul 2009 - The standout of July was my scout show. I made one of the greatest friends, and in the same month, I lost her. Dancer is one of the girls that have changed my life this month. She was just so different, and even better she actually was my friend. She was one of my only friends in that show. However there is an age difference of a few years between us, and friendships don't last much longer if you don't see each other all the time. I miss Dancer, but it is probably for the best that our friendship ended.

Aug 2009 - Wow. That is the only way to describe this month. In July I opened up to The Music Ninja that I liked her, well it wasn't mutual and we just ignored that. Well it was in this month, that she came to the realisation that she DID in fact like me. Well that was such great news to me. Like, well, it is fact indescribable. However this was also a month of sadness. My schools community experienced a tragedy in this month the year prior. At the anniversary however I experienced my own tragedy. My dog Scooter, nine years old, had to be put down, due to a form of cancer, that was through out his body.

Sept 2009 - Another pretty amazing month. I had my year 11 retreat and being a Cadre leader, I was on a smaller retreat with people, mostly my friends. However it was a time of stupidity (on my behalf) and joy (on other's behalf). I had confused the relationship between The Music Ninja and Emoet. Well I just didn't speak, and I got a lot of people worried, especially Music, Disney and Zodiax. Well eventually I stopped being stupid and later that night, Emoet asked Disney out. Well I felt like a fool for thinking that Emoet and Music were being rude. Well things worked out for the better :)

Oct 2009 - A month of sadness. The beginning of this month was holidays, and I invited friends around to stay the night. Those friends were Emoet, Music, Disney, Mud and Bone, Voldemort, Zodiax, Style and myself. However Emoet and Style weren't able to make it. Still I managed to screw things up completely. I would prefer not to go into details, but this night strained things between myself and Music a lot. It was later this month, actually later these holidays that I broke it off with Music. No I did not dump Music, we just realised that out relationship was not working, and believed it better we were friends. Of course I was a jerk and ignored Music for a while because I thought that it would help me. It didn't, I just felt super sorry for myself and should have just moved on a lot quicker. Unfortunately in this month, Disney and I kind of split out ways. We barely talked and we friends in name solely. Thankfully during this time I also made a new friend, Spooner. Without her help, I don't think I would have survived.

Nov 2009 - The end of the school year. Finished class, finished exams, got through the Dinner Dance (I don't dance). I had opening night of the Harbour Theatre's Oliver Twist. In the show I was Noah Claypole (The Undertakers Assistant), Jilted Joseph (One of Fagin's boys) and the Police Officer. It was a lot of fun that show, I made a few friends and learnt a thing or two from other people acting in the show. It was my debut to amateur theater.

Dec 2009 - I had my birthday. I also had my 17th birthday party, in combination with Zodiax. That was a lot of fun. I think the best part of this month, is the fact that I started mending my friendship with Disney and Music. They are great friends and I am glad that I am once again friends with them.

That is the year that was. It is only a brief look at my year, but it includes a lot. Now you may have noticed there are some names that don't quite make sense. Well they aren't real names, but what I will be using for my friends, rather than mention who they are, because they may not want to be seen here, I describe them using pseudonyms.

"You mean you're just doing this out of the kindness of your heart?"

This morning I sent sent out seven text messages. There wasn't much written on it, just a smiley face. As of now I have received six replies. The first response, my friend asked why I had sent the smile. My second response came and once again, I was asked if there was anything that I wanted. My third response was another question, but just asking how I was. She was just starting conversation. The next response came much later, from one of two guys I sent the text two. He also asked about the smile. Then came the most original response, it was just another smiley face, and nothing else. Finally the most recent response sent their thanks, and asked why I had sent the smiley face.

Originally I had only sent the texts as a random act of kindness. Most people say they love getting random acts of kindness, and others say that they love texts with a smile in them. So i combined the two of them, and so far the majority of my friends question my motives. I had no motive, i just wanted to spread the happiness amongst my friends.

Today, we are living in a very hypocritical world. There is a lot of misery and despair so we must look for the happiness where ever we can find it. However as a whole, humanity no longer believes in true happiness. How can it possibly exist when there is so much violence and death everywhere we look?

Because of this we are brought up, subconsciously, to question all the nice things in the world. Hopefully one day there will be some unity amongst us in the world. This unity may bring us some happiness, or it may not. But the greatest thing we can hope for, is that one day, we will learn to accept happiness and be grateful that it exists.

My text messages this morning were not intended to be an experiment of sorts, it was truly just a random act of kindness. It is just that as of now, this thought came to me.

A smile a day, keeps Tom Dimmick away.

"Why is the rum always gone?"

This is a debate that has been going on for over a decade now. It is a very noble fight and one, that I personally believe, will never end. There are only two sides to the war and both have a lot of arguments on their side. Unfortunately there will never be a war in person, to determine whether these facts are true.

It is the fight of Pirates Versus Ninjas.

I fight for the side of the Pirates. I have many friends of mine who go for the Ninjas, those silly people. One day they shall learn the truth. Pirates are indeed superior to Ninjas.

At this moment in time, I do not have the required energy to list the many reasons why a Pirate will always win against a Ninja, though I do promise that in the future, I shall update you with information to why Pirates rule.

Now while I am for the Pirate side, I have respect for Ninjas, but only if they are worthy of it. Off the top of my head I am only able to think of one or two Ninjas that I respect. I don't respect that they are for the Ninja side, but they are so committed, it would be pointless for me to attempt to sway them to the good side. Nevertheless their character and personality has proven worthy of this Pirate's respect.

"We seem to have missed out on the welcoming beaker of mead"

There are some people in the world that miss out on opportunities, because they can’t be bothered going through with it, or they are too lazy, or they just decide not to. Then later someone always tells you that you missed out on an amazing opportunity. Well what happens when you aren’t given the opportunity in the first place.

Everybody needs a chance to prove them self, but when that opportunity doesn’t arise, what are you meant to do. Unfortunately you just have to keep moving. Life moves on, as they say, nevertheless it doesn’t hurt any less.

In my own personal experience, which is the reason why I am passing on this knowledge of mine, is that I missed out on the role that I wanted in my school musical of Oliver

I was hoping for the role of Fagin, the leader of the pick-pockets. Instead I was given Noah Claypole, the assistant of the undertaker, Mr Sowerberry. I have just finished performing in a stage version of Oliver Twist, and I also played Noah in that production. It would appear that the role is following me everywhere. My dad reckons that I should pull out and audition for other shows around Perth. But following the saying “There is no such thing as a small role, only small actors” I won’t pull out and stick with the show anyway.

One day I may get the opportunity to prove myself on the stage, and show that I am actually capable of performing a lead role. Unfortunately that day isn’t today, but one day I will get the opportunity. And in a true acting style, I will rub it in the face of those who kept oppressing me.

Just kidding :)

"I love acting. It is so much more real than life"

Acting is what my life is all about. There may be many people in the world who are a lot more committed, however I still love it. I have just recently completed acting in a play with the Harbour Theatre company in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Other than that, I haven’t really performed outside of school. Back when I lived in Melbourne, I would participate in a Summer School with the Melbourne Theatre Company. Every year I would go to their head quarters for a week and participate in acting workshops and then put on a show at the end of the week. For most of the years I had the same two instructors, who I owe a lot of my acting credit to. They are Kirsten Von Bibra and Kurt Geyer. For many years I would see them and I was remembered every time. This would possibly be because I was, I believe one of the only few people to attend every year. I know this because I would make many friends, but they wouldn’t be there the next year.

When I am older, I hope that I can be a fully acknowledged actor and well know. This is because I believe that I can indeed act. I have performed in school musicals, playing a Sailor, Minister Henry T Dobson and An Old Lady in a Wheelchair (all from Cole Porter’s Anything Goes). I also have an upcoming school musical with Corpus Christi College of Oliver! At this time I don’t know what role I am playing, as it is still being decided upon by the Arts staff.

When I become a well known actor, I will be sure to let you know :) And I can give you all autographs :)

"A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself"

There are many things in life that I constantly change my mind on. I change me views on people, on actions, on political situations, on music. However there are also some things that I don’t change my mind about. One of which is my morales. Ferris Bueller summed one of them up in the above quote, at least the ending of it. “He should believe in himself”

A majority of the world believe in a religion. Some of the most common is Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. However I find the constraints of religion are so tight, that it is hard to hold a personal view. For that reason I take little bits from certain religions and form my own beliefs.

I don’t believe in a typical God, but a supreme being that started us all. There must have been some force that started us off, but since then, has just been happy idly sitting by watching us prosper and suffer.

A lot of people in the world define themselves by these religions. However these religions aren’t their values, but values that have been passed down over the centuries. This being they are believing in an ism.

People need to set down their own values and principles in life, and not just follow those that are their parents, and other generations. One of my personal beliefs is that if everyone ditched religion, praised their own God in their own way, and lived by their own values, we could avoid a lot of war and pointless death.

"This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"

This is a blog for my personal use, but also for my personal film company Barking Cat Studios. For the most it will be my personal blog, because BCS is going through a rather slow period. Another reason for the creation of this blog, is that my father suggested I start one. This is meant to be able to help my writing skills improve and such, and make be a better person :P

Lastly the first blog I have really looked at is Nicole’s (mud and bone). Mine will never be as awesome as hers, but I can still try.

P.S Another friend of mine, Mitch has an awesome blog as well :) (An artist uses lies to tell the truth)