Sometimes You Just Can’t Adult

Adulting (verb): Millennial speak for doing grown-up things such as having a job, paying rent or getting up before noon.

Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a recent university graduate. This past July I collected a scroll, threw my cap in the air and bid adieu to my quaint little seaside home of 3 years. I ended one journey and started another in search of something new and exciting; in search of a future as a proper adult doing adult things like renting a flat and getting a job.

Except there was one slight problem: I was still not sure what I wanted to do.

Little (Mis)Representation

I have always loved movies and going to the cinema – the escapism it provides is thrilling and sometimes therapeutic. But sometimes, while it is nice to live in someone else’s reality for two hours, it doesn’t hurt to have yours represented on screen every once in a while. Now, I’m not talking about making fantasy or sci-fi films more realistic, I’m talking about basic human stories that enable us to connect to the characters we see on screen.

When people often talk about representation and diversity in film the conversation almost always leads to the industry’s struggle with equality, whether it is women struggling to get paid fairly or people of colour fighting to be represented authentically.

It is shocking to me that we still need to address these issues in this day and age, but let me tell you why representation in the media is important. The term ‘symbolic annihilation’ refers to the idea that if you don’t see yourself represented in the media, you, and others, think you’re somehow not a valuable member of society.

Deafness Isn’t Binary

When people think of the term ‘deaf’ I can guarantee you most will think of someone living in a world of total silence, only able to communicate by sign language.

I mean, it’s not a completely invalid assumption, but the idea that you either have all your hearing, or none of it, is wrong.

It is widely accepted that when it comes to visual impairment there is a spectrum. I know lots of people who wear glasses, myself included, and not everyone has the same prescription. Some people’s eyesight is worse than others, and some may only need to wear glasses in certain situations – and that is the same for deafness.

Where Are You From?

Ah, the dreaded question. It seems so innocent and simple that you’d wonder why someone would associate those four words with a feeling of panic and despair. I wish I could say I’m joking and being slightly overdramatic, but I’m really not.

See, I am a Singapore-born British-Indonesian currently living between England and Singapore. I lived in Indonesia for two years as a baby (which I remember nothing of), and spent the rest of my childhood and teenage years growing up in Singapore.

That’s the answer I am usually inclined to give, but that doesn’t clarify where I’m from, per se. Believe me, I am as confused as you are.

Hello, It’s Me

If there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty, it’s that I am terrible at introducing myself.

It’s more that I don’t know where to start instead of not knowing who I am as a person – although you could argue I am not up to speed on that topic either, but I’ll save that for another post.

So, maybe I’ll just jump right into explaining why I decided to create this little corner of the internet in the first place.