A quiet natured and often shy introverted Irish kid who enjoyed lego and tom boy activities, immersing myself in the pages of a well thumbed book was where I found solace. Writing in my teenage years to adulthood in my diary/journal, was the place where I was free to be me and it aided in finding my voice and authenticity. Soaring like a bird in wordsmithery, journalling was a sanctuary and safe haven to figure out life’s struggles and dilemmas in my Dear Diary format (especially since I didn’t discuss my emotions freely). Sometimes, journalling felt like I was talking to a best friend and later in life, it began to feel like I was talking to a God like presence; a higher consciousness.
Due to keeping a journal from a young age to figure out and to understand the meaning of life; writing has been an emotional release for me: therapeutic. Starting off with a pandora’s box and ending my diary entry with a solution or some kind of resolve; the more I wrote, the stronger my resolve and resilience became (the latter becoming a self-care warrior like armour).
Sketch Da Hood is an urbanised eclecticism of subcultures, nuanced creativity and cultural flows from featured cities. It’s basically a way for me to connect the dots of travel, photography and musings about life since I believe fervently that a picture paints a thousand words and actions speak louder than words. It’s my Dear Diary but in the public sphere. I’ve tried to leave my political affiliations out of this blog intentionally to provide a collective space for readers and fellow bloggers to make up their own minds from the words and photographs to piece together their own perspectives. Spreading peace being the ultimate goal for this blog, whether that reaches one kiwi, a rugby All Black or an Irish Lion, I’m willing to settle for a small impact.
Featured photography and content is reserved as copyright by the author, an Irish freelance journalist, who loves to venture from the Emerald Isle and perchance to travel. All content features a wry sense of Irish humour to be read with an: ‘Ara sure, aren’t we all the same’ trail of thought and perspective of humanity and its many colourful inflections, within the grey (not so black and white) grand matter of life. Sure ’tis grand, isn’t it.
**Insert apt Father Ted (Irish tv program) quote**
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