Kicking the Bucket List

When I was a senior in high school, one of my humanities teachers told the story of a man that had been homeless at a young age and a high school dropout that had gone on to great things in his life. His motivation was being told at sixteen that he should just give up as he wasn’t ever going to accomplish anything. He then went home and made a list of everything he planned on doing in his lifetime. From having a million dollars, to walking on the moon, the list also included owning his own home, starting his own company, running a marathon, getting married, having a vegetable garden, and various other things ranging from simplistic to wishful, attainable to dreams.

So I went home and wrote one of my own. Some things on it I’ve accomplished. Continue reading

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The Olympic Games

Today is Friday. All week long we’ve been watching, reading, hearing about the protests along the Olympic torch relay. And I’m all for protesting, it’s a way to bring attention to a cause. Shoot, in high school I was one of the founding members of our school’s Amnesty International branch. (Bet my mom never realized that!) There is a way to bring attention to a cause that can make people change their mind, that can affect change.

People, standing in front of a long distance runner who is carrying a flame of fire is not the way to do it. Continue reading