We all get our hang ups and feel tested from time to time, you just can't linger there on the edge of crazy town for too long, or else you'll start to assimilate and turn into a full time nutter. No thanks I say, being stressed and anxious is bloody hard work, I haven't felt that drained in an age!
This hectic week has not allowed me any spare time to ponder anything anyway, which has probably been the best case scenario in truth because some distraction from my own negative inner diatribes has been just what I've needed. That distraction came in the form of two graduation ceremonies, one for Seth and one for the Year 6 children at my school.
There is nothing like a joyful coming of age ceremony to really put things into perspective. Watching all of those bright young hopefuls (especially my own!) take to the stage and share their goals and aspirations is a really wonderful thing. Seth's class did an amazing dance mash-up that was just terrific, it left me with my first real smile in days.
Just seeing the pride on their faces as they accepted their graduation certificates really did lift me out of my funk, that's for sure. There is a real magic that surrounds the young, their energy and life force is truly tangible and it is virtually impossible to feel unhappy when you are around them at their best.
I was also insanely spoilt by my students this week as they said farewell to me for another year. They showered me with an abundance of generous gifts; and the kindest words were written inside of lovely Christmas cards that were genuinely touching to receive. How could I still be in a funk after that I ask you?
On top of all that good mojo, there are only three working days to go until I am free for the Summer and the silly season alike, and lets be honest, if that doesn't leave me in a feel good mood, then nothing can! I am really looking forward to Christmas and can't wait to spend some quality time with my children over the holidays, I need to feel release, and it is so close that I can almost taste it.
Release Date: 2015
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 88 mins
There are no bright lights and glitzy apartments happening in this part of Tinseltown, that's for sure. Directed by Sean Baker, this indie film covers some truly controversial material from pimps, prostitutes and drugs to gender roles and secret homosexuality, nothing is held back here and that is what makes this film so good. The raw energy comes on strong with lots of seedy environments, damaged characters and concerning narrative twists, making the overall effect utterly unpredictable.
Fresh out of jail trans-gender prostitute Sin-Dee hears that her pimp boyfriend Chester has been getting it on with a real-fish (real girl) named Dinah whilst she was incarcerated. Determine to get her retribution, Sin-Dee sets out on Christmas Eve to find Dinah and Chester and confront them both about their affair.
Hard hitting, realistic and riveting, this movie treads a fine line between humour and heartache, balancing on a razors edge and moving at a dizzying pace, its an eye opening watch that shouldn't be missed.
FINAL SAY: Out here, it is all about our hustle.
3.5 Chili Peppers