Has got me thinking…

A few nights ago I watched a program from the notorious Derren Brown.

Hero at 30,000 feet – 4OD

There’s been a lot of talk online to whether it was real, fake, staged, hoaxed, etc. The point of this post isn’t whether this was genuine, instead I want to talk about the psychological points covered. Note, I may end up giving some spoilers to the show throughout this, so I don’t want to ruin anything for you if you carry on reading.

There are thousands and thousands of individuals out there who are stuck in their monotonous day to day routine, unable to break free and explore the world in all its magnificence. I’m going through an exciting time of my life, with another year of university on the horizon, and a  year’s placement the year after. I am in no way in a dull routine right now, although I can sympathize with the issues raised. In fact, if it wasn’t for university, I believe I may be inclined to fall into a similar routine based lifestyle.

In this show, Derren Brown create’s scenario’s that are very out of the ordinary, starting with the individual in question being a victim in a robbery, and ending with them having the opportunity to become a “hero”. The purpose? The shock of the initial life or death situation will make the individual reconsider what they really want to do with their life, how to make the most of their short time on this earth. As the old saying goes, you only live once.

The individual’s lifetime ambition was to become part of the police force, but he had never pursued this career through worry and doubt about being rejected. This is something I can definitely sympathize with, and when it was talked about on the show, it really got me thinking.

I mean, I’ve found a subject and passion at university that I am genuinely interested in pursuing, totally. However, there are other fields that do interest me, but I have never had the confidence to even give them a try; primarily acting. Bob Grant, star from the old hit TV sitcom ‘On the Buses’ is my mum’s cousin, making me his first cousin once removed… so I guess it’s in the blood! But yeah, acting is something that I have always been interested in, but I’ve never acted upon these feelings, no pun intended. I don’t really know why I always put it back. A lot of the time, like right now, I want to get a few lines of script in my hand for an audition and practice. It’s something I genuinely believe I could do. Other times, I just think to myself “don’t be stupid, you’re like one of those people on the X Factor who genuinely believes they can sing… when of course they can’t.” It’s a very frustrating situation to be in. Whether it’s a confidence issue, or just laziness, I can’t really put my finger on it. The closest I have ever got was taking the email address down of someone who was looking for an individual who matched my description, to be a part of a TV series coming up mid next year. I took the details down, but when I came around to getting the piece of paper in front of my laptop, I just put it back and ignored it.

So I get back to my initial point. “You only live once”. I would hate to have lived my life not having explored any possible avenue that may lead me to a fruitful career. I would hate it, but then again, I’ve never been able to take my own advice.



About Tom McCluskey

My name is Tom, and this is my blog! I'm 19 years of age, and just beginning my 2nd year of a BSc/BA Product Design degree at Bournemouth University, UK. Otherwise, I live at home in Romford, London (not Essex!) during the summer period. Design is something I'm taking ever more seriously in life. Starting my degree, hoping to explore a field I had dabbled in with GCSE Graphics at school, design has gradually become something of an obsession. Shoe/Trainer/Sneaker design is something that particularly interests and inspires me, I'm quite the "sneakerhead", and I plan on using this blog to showcase my journey through university, and beyond. When it comes to extracurricular activities, I'm a big fan of sports, football and badminton in particular. West Ham United are my team, and you'd struggle to find a more passionate fan. Just ask my girlfriend, I was absolutely delirious when we won the play off's final against Blackpool earlier this year, COYI! Anyway, I hope you enjoy what I've got to showcase here in my blog, thanks for dropping by. Tom.
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