Red is alarming, uncompromising, empowering and fierce. As a society, we're hard wired to it since it taps into our primal, passionate impulses. It's the colour of the blood of Christ and also the Devil, with a cocktail of connotations consisting of fireworks, adrenaline, love hearts, red roses and indeed the aptly named districts where certain women make a living.
The educational system is essentially built to provide us with an education, consisting of handpicked subjects selected
Sure, I have thoughts on the Brexit. I don't think we should have ever been given the vote. I, for one, have never studied politics (LIKE TRUMP!) and we're not good at voting. We'll keep Honey G in the X Factor but we want the French out.
As all of the conference attendants congregated in the foyer for pre-drinks and canapés, I walked up to join a group of my colleagues in conversation. Every single male from my group was wearing a bow tie - except me of course, and I was completely unphased by this.
What may have originally seemed like an epic faux pas has in fact opened the door to a world of praise and opportunity. Ahmed's story is a welcomed reminder that exploring different ways of doing things; being open to innovation and allowing ourselves to stand out from the crowd has its benefits.
Not only does making good and mend - refashioning what's already in existence - fulfil us creatively, it's also economically, socially and environmentally beneficial... It is certainly far more eco-friendly on a many number of levels, to give your existing wardrobe a bespoke makeover than to commit to the bin or charity shop without a second thought.
You wonder whether it's always going to be this way. Are you destined to be alone if you are to be yourself? You hope that at some point, you will find people like you. Then comes a revelation. You realise there is no one like you. No one person is like you.
As the move to mine big data gains momentum, we remain forever free to dig deeper for healing solutions and seek the spiritual growth and better health that a divinely accurate self-assessment can bring.
Embrace what makes you unique. Passion is a great quality in a person, so don't hide the things you enjoy, the things you are passionate about. Dye your hair an unusual colour. Get that tattoo. Go see your favourite band live. Take up that hobby you've been curious about. Act like a freak.
I look at ways in which to enable and help my son Tom, live his life to the best of his ability with the use of early interventions, sensory play activities and the use of visual timetables. I find the word 'cure' and the connotations of this that a person on the autistic spectrum can be made 'all better' and therefore fixed very unsettling.