Hi! I’m Liv, I am 20 years old and currently studying Politics and International Relations at university in the UK. I love adventure, nature, travel and I’m really passionate about standing up for human rights, I would love to work in the charitable sector after university.
In the past I had some struggles with my mental health, I felt depressed for some time, and I often felt like I was living life on the outside looking in, watching other people enjoy their lives. I guess I never felt like I truly fit in anywhere, and perhaps that was not helped by my incredibly overactive imagination which made me think life was supposed to be a fairytale, and I was so often disappointed by reality.
Now though, I feel as though I’m on the other side of a lot of those feelings, and although everyone struggles sometimes I think I know who I am now, and who I want to be.
This blog is a little insight to how I live my life, and to show people that everyone stuggles with mental health to some capacity, and if we were all more open about it perhaps we wouldnt all feel quite so alone. I also think we should all try to make a positive contribution to the world before we leave it. For me at least, trying to do something meaningful and impactful with my life, fulfills me as a person, and parts of me wonder if we don’t at least try to make the world a better place for the next generation, then why are we even here?
Some of the things that I am most passionate about and will discuss in this blog are, mental health, the environment, the refugee crisis and human rights more generally, but most of all this will simply be about my journey through life, and how ordinary people deal with everyday problems.
THE OLIVE BLOG:
This blog holds a special place in my heart, it allows me to write, which is something I have always loved doing. More than that though, it gives me a focus, a project that I can always work on, no matter what life throws at me.
I named this blog after an olive branch because my name (Olivia) is derived from it, therefore it is so personal to me. Moreover, both Olivia and olive are connotations of peace, which is both what I have been searching for mentally and what I want to be a part of in the future as I am aspiring to work in a charity/NGO.
To culminate all of that, I got a tattoo of an olive branch on my wrist, on my 18th birthday while visiting my uncle in New York. This symbol means so much to me, it only seemed right that it be the symbol of this blog, and of everything I want in life.