Monday thoughts…

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“Afghan girl”

I’m getting tired of boring people.

Boring conversations. People who are so dull minded. I like people who venture out. Metally. People who like to have deep intellectual conversations with me than just a “hey what’s up lol”. The type of people who actually try to reach the corners of my mind and bring out different parts of me that are hard to express. Tug and pull. Ask me how I feel. Ask me about my past. Question me about why I am the way I am.

Bring me out of my comfort zone.

Fitness video #3

Agility ladder

I really enjoy training with the SKLZ agility ladder. It is the most effective tool for faster footwork. I can assure you that training with the agility ladder twice a week WILL help you to increase your foot speed, coordination and agility.

ALS ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge is out of news. Although the summer’s most viral charity is over, the results are still being calculated. It has been reported that the challenge raised over 115 million dollars for the ALS association, over 15 million videos were uploaded to the social media and over 3 million people donated.

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For those who don’t know…

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is an extremely petrifying disease. It consists on the death of motor neurons, which leads to the loss of voluntary movements. Victims depend entirely on technology and expensive treatments. Previously stated reasons help explain why the ALS ice bucket challenge was created. The challenge consisted on nominating participants to be filmed while pouring a bucket of ice water on their heads because the freezing sensation one gets, is similar to the sensation people with this illness suffer. The nominees had to record their video within 24 hours and/or donate to the ALS foundation. That being stated, the challenge went extremely famous worldwide in only two months.

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Operation Smile 2014 in one word: Dynamite

We made eye contact the moment we saw each other, on the third day of the mission in childcare. She was unique, active, and vivid. She transmitted faith and hope through her eyes. Through her dark brown round eyes and long eyelashes I could see a mix of emotions that I didn’t understand. Those emotions were deeper than the feelings a smile can show you and I was determined to figure them out. Her beautiful eyes appalled the issue that her mouth was completely destroyed. I was baffled; this kid really made an instant connection with me. Her name was Dina, a 6-year-old girl I met on the 2014 Operation Smile mission in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

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I immediately made my way through the crowd and took her into my arms. She laughed. I marveled at how that gorgeous melodious laugh wasn’t be obscured by her physical deformity. I found it very unfair that she was born that way and I decided to commit myself entirely to help her. Dina had a cleft lip and a cleft palate.

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Free writing: My panacea

Hello everyone! I apologize because I haven’t posted in a while. I haven’t had time even to go grab a snack… haha kidding… but almost like that.

Because of my lack of leisure time, I decided to freewrite about my most valuable possessions.

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Some of my most valuable items are the two racquets you can see in the picture above. They are the first tennis racquets I broke and the 3rd pair of racquets I got. They are the babolat Z lite blue model. My father gave them to me for my first tennis tournament on 2011.

I name every racquet I get and these two are called Ace and Deuce. Ace is a winning serve that is not even touched by the opponent and deuce is when the score is 40-40.

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Stop Bullying Nicaragua

Can you rewind time and try to remember a situation when someone made you feel rejected? Not funny right? Now imagine that situation happening to you in a daily basis? Terrible huh? According to Wikipedia, bullying is the use of force, treat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. In my terms, bullying is making someone feel miserable. There are various types of bullying: from cyber bullying to physical and psychological bullying. There is nothing good about it and we need to make it stop.

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Bullying is an ongoing problem in most of the schools. It is commonly done by the same person, on a daily basis. This person usually has a clique of kids, which serve as active spectators that laugh out loud at the victim. Those kids are the ones that can make a difference on bullying, either for positive changes or negative changes. The power is in the bystanders’ hands, as experts say. If you follow the mocking game you will drastically make the bullying worse for the victim but if you take action and speak up, you can make a radical, positive and tangible change in the victim’s life.

Question is… Why do people bully? It is easy to conclude that people bully because they are just innately mean-spirited, but studies show other facts. There are several reasons to take into consideration about why people bully. It is believed that among those reasons are: the feeling of power, the craving of attention, a low self-esteem and a reflection of family life. Bullies targets are students that are physically “Weak” and “unpopular” to others; this equals to “Easy targets”. Kids that they know that are easy to intimidate.

NOW! It is US (the bystanders) who need to take ACTION! What would you do if you witness someone being bullied? Would you rather be a follower or a leader? What would you want people to do if you were the victim? How would you feel waking up every morning knowing that you are going to school a.k.a torture? Answering these questions is the first step on our action plan BEFORE the bullying encounter. The next step is to take action DURING the bullying situation. What can we do? Stand up for the victim, but if you can’t, at least speak up about it and ask for some help.

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What is a TEDx conference all about?

Imagine a day filled with incredible ideas, brilliant speakers, inspiring videos and overwhelmingly impressive conversations. Well, that is what a TEDx conference is like. TEDx is a non-profit program designed to help leaders, communities and organizations develop conversational skills, in which they can share their ideas and engage the public with their thoughts. A TEDx event is a local convention where live TED-like talks and previously recorded videos at TED conferences are shared with the community with inspiring purposes.

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