First aid

Fortunately, I haven’t ever had the need to give first aid. The only time I did it was in health class. It’s important to know it, in case someone or you need it.

For example, when someone gets stung by a wasp, you need to see if that person got an allergic reaction. If there is one, you need to give them antiallergic medicine. You could also take off the needle if it isn’t too deep.

If the person lost his consciousness, because of drinking too much alcohol, you could try waking him up. If they don’t wake up you could call an ambulance, because he can have alcoholic intoxication. Well, as a second option, you can leave them to sleep it off.

If someone accidentally takes too many painkillers, it could be perilous. You immediately need to take them to the hospital, in order to clean their blood. Even the most harmless medicine can become a poison with larger quantities.


Greta Thunberg

download.jpgGreta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist.

In Poland last week at the COP24 climate talks, Thunberg addressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations and was seated on a World Bank panel. She received a standing ovation for one of her talks.

She’s behind a global strike Thursday created to call attention to climate change.

She is a rebel. With a cause.

Thunberg is 15 and autistic. And, the newest, youngest and most powerful voice on the global stage demanding the world address a changing climate.

In August of 2018, the 9th-grade student said she would not go to school until the Swedish general election which was held, slated for Sept. 9. She said she made up her mind to do something following the unparalleled heat wave and summer fires her country experienced.

Thunberg took her strike to the Swedish parliament in Stockholm; the Skolstrejk för Klimatet, or School Strike for the Climate. Her demand was that her country reduce carbon emissions as agreed upon in the Paris climate agreement. And so the pig-tailed girl sat outside the Swedish parliament every Friday during school hours in protest. She did not relent.

Thunberg’s School Strike for Climate was a movement that caught on in nations nearby and across the planet.

In Australia in particular tens of thousands of kids joined the protest. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s admonition that, “what we want is more learning in schools and less activism” was ignored.

Thunberg had started something bigger than she.

Thunberg addressed the COP24 United Nations climate change summit on Dec. 4. She said, “What I hope we achieve at this conference is that we realize that we are facing an existential threat. This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. First, we have to realize this and then as fast as possible do something to stop the emissions and try to save what we can save.”

A few days later, she made her point and mission crystal clear. She was demanding action, not words. And she called for bravery and for adults to well, act like adults.

“You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.”

Thunberg schooled the adults in the room.

”So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not.”

Thunberg schooled the adults in the room.

”So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not.”

She says the only way to get anything done is through rebellion and civil disobedience.

Thunberg’s mother is Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman. Her father is Swedish actor Svante Thunberg and her grandfather is Swedish actor and director Olof Thunberg.

Her ancestor on her father’s side is the Nobel Prize winner, Svante Arrhenius. Arrhenius was a Swedish physicist and chemist who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1903. He is known for myriad scientific contributions but it was his discovery that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide increase the Earth’s surface temperature. That finding led to the conclusion that human-made carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming.

Her mother published a book, “Scener ur Hjärtat” (which translates to Scenes of the Heart), in which she described her family’s “crisis” of her daughter’s Greta and Beata’s illnesses that includes autism and other neuropsychiatric diagnoses, and their concern about climate awareness, the health of the planet, and living a more sustainable life.

Greta says on her Twitter profile she has Aspergers and told a journalist from The New Yorker that she sees “the world a bit different, from another perspective. I have a special interest. It’s very common that people on the autism spectrum have a special interest.”

Thunberg was named to Time magazine’s 25 most influential people under age 20.

The at once shy and assertive teen told Time, “I thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything — it is my moral duty to do what I can,” she tells TIME of her mission. “I cannot vote, so this is a way that I can make my voice heard.”


Dealing with problems

Want it or not everybody has problems. And everybody has to deal with them. I personally try to take problems as lightly as possible. I’ve learned from my experience that if you overthink them, then a small problem can become a huge one for you. I guess I have the same problems as anyone– some minor disagreements, or maybe even problems with teachers. Sometimes problems are good since you can learn from them. If you had a problem-free life and then suddenly came across a big problem, it would be a lot harder for you to solve. Honestly, I don’t remember the last problem I had since I don’t like dwelling on them. There was a problem and now it’s solved, I don’t see why do I need to think about it more. How you solve a problem does matter. Because of your solution problem can get bigger or have bad consciences. I agree there are some problems that you wouldn’t be able to solve, so you just need to learn to live with them.

What kind of person I am based on my signature

Usually, people write their name and surname, or initials, or just their surname as a signature. Your name represents your private or family self, and your surname represents your public self. I only write my name and that implies that I have positive feelings about my childhood and I value my private self more.

If the signature is legible that means you are a person with clear ideas and objectives. The more illegible your signature is the more assertive you are. I guess mine falls somewhere in the middle.

If your signature is rising, it means you are optimistic, in control and ambitious. If it’s going down, that kind of people tends to get depressed and lack self-confidence. A horizontal signature means an emotionally stable person who is well-balanced and generally satisfied with how their life is going. Mine is the latter.

If your signature is bigger than the rest of the letters, it means you are self-confident and who write smaller, are insecure. My signature is always bigger. I can’t understand how people can even write that small!

Speed Dating

Speed dating is an event during which people date with many prospective partners. With every person, you have three minutes to talk. In those three minutes, you need to understand if the person is right for you. After every date, you put a yes or no on the scoreboard.

In my opinion, speed dating isn’t a good way to date. I personally prefer the traditional way. Three minutes isn’t enough to get to known someone. And after that event, you can have up to 10 people to date! I don’t think it’s serious. You can try it for fun but not for serious relationships.

If I had to speed-date, I would ask specific questions. With that, I could know a person better. Asking questions like ‘What profession do you have?’ or ‘How old are you?’, wouldn’t make you know the person. I would, for example, ask ‘What’s your favorite animated movie?’, because I’m a big fan of them. I could also ask, ‘What’s your favorite musical instrument?’ or ‘In which Hogwarts house you are?’

I don’t think such clubs would’ve worked in Armenia. Armenian mindset is different from the American one. Maybe some teenagers would like to try, but they would be a minority.

The Worst Holiday

I actually don’t have the worst holiday. My last holiday was in Egypt and it was amazing! I always dreamed about being in Egypt because I was interested in their culture for a long time. There one of my other dreams came true too. I have dived into the Red Sea. The sea animals and plants were spectacular!

I think the holiday that I don’t like much was my last holiday in Georgia which was around 5-6 years ago. It was our 5th holiday that we spent in there. However, that time a lot had changed. The people became less friendly and they were only caring about money. Our hotel wasn’t good one too even if it was marked 5 stars.

However, I don’t say that the holiday was awful. I had spent time with my family and met lots of new people. There was an old lady who taught me how to make beautiful statues from the fir tree’s dried branches. We had a good time with my family at the beach.

I think every holiday is good if you spend it with your family.