August 24, 2010
On a site I frequent, someone asked a question that really made me sit back and think about my life and how much I’ve accomplished and endured in 24 short years. It made me think back to high school and where I thought I would be now. What I dreamed then and where I am are very different and at the same time, strangely similar.
As a high school senior, I envisioned myself as an aspiring journalist doing a 2 year stint in the Peace Corps at age 24. I imagined I’d be going helping others, going on extraordinary adventures, and discovering my true self all at once.
Instead, I find myself a wife, going through adventures in mommy-hood while battling cancer and pursuing my new-found dream of becoming a Historian. While I think my original plans were great, I believe that my life thus far has provided me with all I’ve dreamed of. I’ve been on adventures…perhaps not while traveling around the world, but still, I’ve had adventures that have led to me becoming a strong, kind-hearted, and brave individual. Life may not lead us down the path we originally planned on taking, but somehow I think we all end up at the same destination in the end.
August 18, 2010
Lately, this fiasco about the Mosque being built near ground zero has gotten quite a bit out of hand. I’ve heard some absolutely sickening comparisons being made about the Mosque, such as “it’s like building a Nazi shrine upon Auschwitz” or like a “Japanese Imperialist Community Center” being built at Pearl Harbor.” Both of these comparisons are not only ridiculous, but also completely ignorant and inaccurate.
I promise I’ll attempt to keep it short and sweet.
The Nazi Party was/is an extremist political regime that held no upstanding moral values AT ALL. No one that was/is a true member and follower of the Nazi party was/is a decent person. Sure, the Nazi’s proclaimed that what they did was in the name of God, but in reality, they were not and are not anything even remotely close to a religion.
Building an Imperialist Japanese Heritage Center would also be the similar to the Nazi example, because it is political centered nationalism. It is not Japanese nationalism, it is a politically controlled group of nationalists that hold very different ideals and values from Japanese cultural nationalism.
Islam is a religion, not a political stance or party. It possesses good qualities and traits, that promote love and respect, but as any other religion it houses a number extremists (just think about Christianity and the Westboro Baptist Church). It is very much unlike the extremists political parties and nationalist ideals, because it is a religion and the majority that follow the religion do not approve of what happened on 9/11 or any form of terrorism, whereas the majority of individuals, if not all, of the other two groups do condone the atrocities done in their name.
There is no way they are the same at all. The comparison is the result of extreme right winged fear mongering at its worst.
August 5, 2010
Alas, another birthday has come and gone. I’m now 24 years old. I’ll admit, I was very enthusiastic about this year’s big day for me…mainly because I feared that it wouldn’t happen earlier in the year. Brandon’s parents had Callie for Saturday and Sunday night, so I did some celebrating. Saturday night I went out to eat with Melissa and Kristina and then we ventured to Rising Star, an awesomely fun live karaoke bar, and met up with Sherry. I believe the employees there know me well now, due to my mobility issues. Afterall, it’s not everyday you get a 20 something year old wandering in with a sit and stand.
On Sunday, Brandon and I slept in late and went to dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe. We ate during a monster storm and the power flickered on and off. After that, we headed to Beach Club to see Callie and my in-laws, and then went to Magic Kingdom for some fireworks and Hall of Presidents. Ah, the birthday celebrations of a history buff. Brandon also purchased some “Pink Sugar” lotion from Basin, which smells fantastic, I highly recommend it… if you can get past the jaw dropping price.
All in all, I had a great birthday. I’ve definitely got some updating to do concerning my physical therapy and health, but it’s late and I’m tired. So I bid you adieu!