In a few days it’s that joyous time of year again when I get presents to celebrate new wrinkles. Hurray!
Birthdays are also a great moment to look back at what has been and more importantly at what is to come, or what we hope is to come.
This year, the last one in my twenties – don’t cry, don’t cry – , I wanted to make myself a bucketlist. For those of you who don’t know what a bucketlist is; it’s basically a list with activities or goals you wish to do or achieve before you die.
Spring sadly has ended once again. While I do think that every season has its charm, I’ve always had a soft spot for spring. In part because it’s the time of year when everything comes back to life. Colour returns to the flowers and the trees, the animals wake up from hibernation and even us humans tend to feel happier when spring comes around. Well, I know I do.
It’s usually also the time of year that Belgium is blessed with sunny, yet bearable weather. Nothing like the heatwave temperatures we’re having right now. While I do enjoy summer – the sun always makes my day – , I don’t like the mercury to rise above 30 degrees Celsius.
Today, just as summer kicks off, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve been enjoying in the past months.
First of all let’s spread some love for a BBC 3 documentary called Queer Britain. It is presented by Youtuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf and tackles a wide variety of topics relevant to homosexuality in Britain. According to BBC 3 there are currently six episodes available to watch for free on its Youtube channel, although that might not be correct. I, for one, couldn’t find the fifth episode.
The documentary is not only eye-opening, it also deals with subjects you might not have known were an issue. The third episode, for example, is about homelessness. According to a statistic one in four young homeless people in the UK is LGBTQ, so that’s definitely something that needed to be adressed. Just like in the episode on religion Riyadh Khalaf does a wonderful job portraying heartbreaking life stories, without turning it into cheesy X Factor sob stories.
If you don’t feel committed to watch the entire documentary, I’d suggest you watch either the first (on religion) or the third episode (on homelessness). It’ll be worth your time, I promise.