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Monday 1 July 2013
Opinion

an open letter to dog owners

Maryam K
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Dear dog owners, lovers and defenders, I apologise if it seems this letter came out of the blue. For me, it’s been a long time coming. I hope you appreciate how difficult it must be to confess this – and all at once, too. So, the other day I was having coffee with a friend…
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Monday 20 May 2013
Opinion

if only i’d known: i have more than enough

Maryam K
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From May 6-10 my friends and I lived on $2 a day to help raise money and awareness for those living in extreme poverty. Live Below the Line (as in the poverty line) was a campaign launched by Oaktree Foundation and supported by the Global Poverty Project. Funds raised go toward providing education and skills…
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Monday 6 May 2013
Life Opinion

if only i’d known: optimism is the way to go

Maryam K
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I’m a strangely pessimistic person. I say strangely because I basically believe in fairies and rainbows and unicorns and leprechauns and karma while simultaneously believing I never win anything and bad things always happen to me. It’s a pessimism I rarely extend to the lives of others. Somewhere deep in my darkly twisted mind I…
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Monday 22 April 2013
Opinion

if only i’d known: all of this before i was born

Maryam K
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My best friend and I talk. A lot. Well actually, I talk a lot, she talks a regular amount, but we do talk often. I, being the over-thinker, frequently end sentences with ‘that’s exactly what I want my daughter to know.’ If you consider the fact that I don’t actually have a daughter, this might…
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Monday 8 April 2013
Culture Opinion

if only i’d known: it’s better to know than to wonder

Maryam K
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I’m no relationship guru, but for the love of Thor will someone advocate ownership of feelings and spare us all the turmoil of the ‘does he like me?’ conversation. This isn’t an exclusively female issue but since most of my conversations on this have been with women, I’m going to address it from that perspective….
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Monday 25 March 2013
Health Opinion

if only i’d known: exercise can make life better

Maryam K
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We’ve all heard, or had forced down our throats, the importance of exercise and a healthy balanced diet. I personally never thought it necessary to abide by the healthy body, healthy mind mantra. I spent my adolescence avoiding exercise like the plague. My contribution to P.E. was sarcastic commentary offered from the sidelines. In retrospect…
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Monday 11 March 2013
Featured

if only i’d known: some friends are not forever

Maryam K
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A colleague of mine once described the beginning stages of a relationship as the ‘best feeling ever’. She explained, ‘getting to know someone and the excitement of discovering what you have in common is just the most electrifying thing.’ Her comment was directed at her new boyfriend but I happen to think you can feel…
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Monday 25 February 2013
Featured Opinion

if only i’d known: with every bathroom privilege comes great responsibility

Maryam K
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So you’ve finished school. Maybe you’ve taken a gap year. Maybe you’re returning from a gap year. Regardless of where you’re at the lyrics of that John Mayor song spring to mind: Welcome to the real world, she said to me… condescendingly Whether we know it yet or not, being at school is part of…
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Monday 11 February 2013
Opinion

if only i’d known: your love is my love

Maryam K
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Valentine’s Day is upon us once more. I’ve never really understood its significance. No really, never. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been single since before I was born. There’s a great misconception that the only people who can hate Valentine’s Day are the bitter and twisted double X chromosomes…
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Monday 28 January 2013
Featured Opinion

if only i’d known: it’s fine…at least for now

Maryam K
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They tell us that hypochondria is on the increase thanks to the accessibility of Google and the ease with which we can source some pretty dodgy online medical advice. ‘They’, of course, being other people on the Internet. I contemplated offering you a dictionary definition of hypochondria but remembered I was no longer on the…
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Wednesday 2 January 2013
Featured Opinion

if only I’d known: successful people set goals

Maryam K
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We often hear stories of people who have found success in various forms who’ll tell you they happened upon it somewhat serendipitously. The lazy within us hopes this might one day happen to us. But like all joyful brushes with fate, only a handful of us can lay claim to serendipitous success; the rest of…
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Wednesday 19 December 2012
Featured Opinion

if only i’d known: growing up is like coming home

Maryam K
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Two weeks out from my 26th birthday and I sit in a crowded Sydney café, watching the rain fall relentlessly and remembering how the looming threat of my 25th birthday a year ago caused me so much anxiety. I felt like a serial underachiever and was convinced that if I’d made nothing of myself by…
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Wednesday 5 December 2012
Featured Opinion

if only i’d known: it’s healthy to love yourself

Maryam K
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There’s something really daunting about confessions of love, often because their validity seems to rely on the reaction of another. According to almost every girl I know and every “girl bible” ever, you’re never supposed to say I love you first. I have my own, probably controversial opinion about that, which I promise to divulge…
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Wednesday 21 November 2012
Opinion

if only i’d known: sometimes it really isn’t you

Maryam K
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Friends was arguably one of the greatest shows of the ’90s and early 2000s. Even those of us too young to watch the consistently hilarious modern day Archie and the Gangas they aired the first time around, have been privy to the ongoing reruns. It’s a known fact amongst my own circle of friends that…
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