When One Door Closes, Another Door…Closes??

That’s what it felt like for a few years anyway. Things just weren’t what I anticipated when I left school and threw myself into University life, that I was sceptical of going to in the first place (I’ll get to that in a bit).

‘What’s for you won’t go past you,’ as my ma liked to remind me every so often, when something went wrong or didn’t work out the way I wanted… Usually to my own accord mind you. Being too laid back, going with the flow and thinking everything would work out eventually. Or, was I just being too lazy and not taking life into my own hands? Lazy probably being the obvious answer.

They say things happen for a reason, and everybody is on a different path in life. Perhaps my path was just a little different than usual? I’ve often asked myself this question. Quite simply, I’ve learned a lot from my experiences and journey so far. It has allowed me to become more mature (very debatable) and understand ‘me’ a little better. So here it is.

In school, my degree of choice, at that time, was available to study at either Ulster University Coleraine or Queens Belfast. Queens being the more desirable choice of the two as I was enticed by the reputation of being a ‘Queens student’ but, I didn’t get the grades; Shock…

After multiple meetings with the VP of our school, he convinced me to take on the challenge of going somewhere other than Belfast and the Rose & Crown, thinking it would be the best for me. For me, a gap year was off the cards. Even if it was Coleraine, I just wanted to get to Uni and experience the student lifestyle. So I bought into it.

I had it all planned out in my head, new adventure, living away from home, house parties, maybe go to class the odd time, go for runs on the beach on my days off and hopefully in the end of it all get my degree. Absolutely, none of these things happened. After a month into the course I realised I hated it. I was staying in halls, living with two other lads that were, to say the least, not the most social of people; so the house parties were soon knocked on the head. Living away from home was not great, as I soon came to realise. Living on microwavable meals every day, it was fair to say I missed my mas cooking. And for the runs on the beach, it was f*@King freezing. The picture I had in my head, Uni life turned out to be everything but that.

To no surprise, shortly after February I dropped out. From then I took on my first full-time job. Having no degree or trade, my choices were limited. It’s true what they say, beggars really can’t be choosers. But could factory work really be that bad? The full-time pay did sound good after all. The following March, I started on the factory floor. A normal day-to-day in the factory consisted of; packaging eggs, standing at the same spot looking at the same assembly line and the same people for 10 hours a day, 6 sometimes 7 days a week. Before swiftly getting ‘pRoMoTeD’ to dispatch. Here was just a slight upgrade from hell, were I loaded deliveries onto Lorries to be distributed to local supermarkets. As EGGxiting as this all sounds, it wasn’t.

I spent 9 months there, before getting fed up with the long hours and I can assure you, my hate for eggs was very REAL. I don’t think I ate an egg for a month or 2 after I quit, the bad memories just weren’t worth it.

My next move didn’t get much better. I went and done sparking for a few months travelling throughout the UK spending a lot of my time away from home, working 12 days at a time. I was 19, homesick and had hated the thought of missing out with the lads, the craic back home and feeling the football season just passing me by. Life just wasn’t the same. Yet another job that wasn’t what I wanted or could picture myself doing all my life.

Lo and behold the prodigal son has returned!!!

Yes, I was back in the egg business, something I thought I’d never see again (never say never). People need their eggs, and no better man to get the job done and provide that service than myself. . . . . However, I knew this wasn’t my path. At least I hoped not.

I lasted another 6 months before getting a job in engineering which I actually liked, but I think that was more to do with the craic with the men more so the work. I wasn’t getting a break with the right jobs. It really did feel like once one door closed, the right door was firmly closed shut and wasn’t for opening anytime soon. The only doors I seemed to unlock were dead end jobs.

As they like to remind us, mums are always right. This is leading me onto ‘what’s for you won’t go past you’ paragraph. At work, the men would have kindly nominated myself to do the weekly run to the local deli to get them a fry on a Friday morning. A treat for us at the end of a hard weeks work – few of them could definitely have done with a salad instead, which I liked to remind them of. One morning, I bumped into an old teacher of mine. As we got chatting, I told him I had an idea of going back to university but had no idea what field to go down. Without hesitation, he arranged a date for us to meet up. I agreed to go, in hope for inspiration and to start a new path in life. A clean slate.

Finally, a door worth opening.

There’s a silver lining to every story, including this one. Who knew a run in with my old teacher would give me the push I needed to make another attempt at Uni. This time it was different, I knew this because of what I had come through in comparison to when I started in Coleraine, 3 years previous. Here I am, in my final year studies writing my first blog. Who would have guessed with my track record? So if you’re struggling like I was, keep banging on them doors, hoping the right one will open and if not, put it through.

Shea Hamill is a final year BSc in Communication Management and Public Relations student at Ulster University. He can be found at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shea-hamill-66026a180/

The Joe Rogan Experience

Hello friends, and welcome to this episode of… my blog!! This episode of ‘the blog’ is brought to you, by the motherf@*king cash app, number 1 on the app store.

If you don’t get that reference, well, hopefully you will, soon. Along with a few other sayings.

I never realised how convenient podcasts were until one of my work colleagues introduced me to them and to the man himself, Joe Rogan. And I am forever grateful for him. The man covers everything and anything. From podcasts about your health, fitness and hot yoga, (one of his favourites) to anything to do with conspiracies, evolution and DMT. So be prepared for a whirlwind of content.

Side Note!!

The man believes in aliens. Yes, ALIENS, and had Bernie Sanders on the podcast show. In hope that with the help of his exposure to his wide audience, that he gets elected president to announce any Area 51 myths. And to legalise weed of course.

Some background information on Joe.

Joe’s a stand-up comedian, who also his own Netflix specials – if your intrigued. So during his podcasts, it is very rare he doesn’t have you in a fit of laughter, depending on what the topic is. Any one that watches the UFC will also know of him, as many fans love his commentary and his respect for the game. He is a mixed martial artist himself, with a purple belt in Ju-Jitsu and was a US Open champion in Taekwondo when he was 19. He has over a total of 1000 podcasts, making a supposedly, five figure sum for each episode. So you’ll find at least one podcast that will get you thinking differently, about everything – weed, conspiracies’, and the world and possibly get you thinking about aliens and their existence too.

You will be spending most of his podcast looking like this.

He has a total of 6.78 million subscribers on YouTube alone, so it’s understandable why he makes so much money with one podcast, and why so many people want on his podcasts.

He has a range of celebrities on the show and it can be very interesting to learn from their successful mentality and how they’ve got to where they are today. But along the way, they share information about their personal life, their struggles, their life experiences and stories that may never have been heard before.

Celebrities such as Kevin Harte, who talks about his positive mentality and who always looks to better himself day to day, and believes that there is no limit on anything in life. Whereas, Tyson Fury talks about his struggles with depression and really goes in deep into how he nearly took his own life, to eventually coming over his personal issues.

The JRE, really goes deep into the rabbit hole with his guest speakers. Usually lasting a couple of hours, diving into conversations about anything and everything. You never know what you’re going to get on the JRE, no podcast is ever the same. But that’s why it’s so good, and that’s why it’s so different from any other podcasts I’ve listened to.

The JRE can be quite educational too, with many guest speakers being scientists talking about sleep patterns, and how important it is. Human stem cells and how technology has become so important in today’s society in saving and changing lives. Journalists’ talking about their experiences in Mexico and Columbia with drug cartels, the US government and operation paper clip.

And if there is something that Joe is unsure of, you’ll soon be introduced to his right hand man. The keyboard warrior, who is known as Jamie. If there is anything interesting in relation to the topic, or videos that may be of interest, you’ll hear the following…more than once

Jamie, pull that sh*t up!!

If you feel like giving the JRE a chance, which I strongly advise you do, here is a few to get you started.

Joey Diaz #1319

Dan Bilzerian #857

Bernie Sanders #1330

David Sinclair #1349

Edward Snowden #1368

Brian Redban #1364

Bob Lazar #1315 (Aliens)

Elon Musk # 1169 (Weird Man)

Mike Tyson #1227 (DMT)

Annie Jacobson #1299 (Operation Paperclip)

Okay that’s more than a few, but there all just too good. There may be occasions were you don’t know what’s going on, just be like Elon, and just roll with it.

And last but not least. The first podcast I ever listened to and it being one of my favourites, was with Alex Jones #1255 podcast. That was me, hooked. I advise you to give this a listen, it makes for great entertainment. Lizards in control of the government, Human/animal hybrids, and you guessed it, more aliens.

Heres a little taster.

Utter chaos.

NSFW.

There is a reason why it has 16 million views on YouTube.

Shea Hamill is a final year Bsc Communication Management and Public Relations student at Ulster University. He can be found at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shea-hamill-66026a180/