Sunday, May 14, 2017

I'm Turning into My Mom

I'm turning into my mom, and that's really not a bad thing. My mom is a strong, confident woman who always speaks her mind. When I was younger I was always amazed by this, and I wanted to grow up and be like her. While I am not as outspoken as she is, I'm definitely working on it. She speaks out with grace and passion, and isn't afraid to show how she feels. My mom has always supported me in whatever I do, and I've grown up with a best friend who's always been there for me.

There's so much stigma about "turning into" our parents, but for me that has never been a bad thing. If I end up half as strong of a woman as my mom, I'll be happy. I don't know how she does everything that she does, while still being such a wonderful person and mom. She is so kind and selfless, it truly does amaze me. She treats all people the same, and will show the same kindness to a stranger as one of her closest friends.

I don't think it's a bad thing to turn into our mothers, or at least be influenced by them. They selflessly took care of us as children, and oftentimes still do so much for us when we're adults. There's no love like the kind mothers have for their children, it's one of the most beautiful things in the world. They carry us for nine months, but end up carrying us through the rest of our lives, too. Once we're old enough to go out on our own, they still support us from afar, and constantly worry about our well being.

There's so many ways mothers say "I love you," through asking if we're eating enough, sleeping enough, how we're doing, what our plans are for the future, and so much more. They care about you like no one else, and love you more than anything. My mom certainly cares for my brother and I in a way that I hope to have for my children one day, and I'm eternally grateful for her. She made me feel so loved growing up, and when I'm having a rough day the one voice I always want to hear is hers. I know I can call her up regarding anything; if I have happy news she'll be the first one to congratulate me, and if I'm having a horrible day she's also the first to console me.

As I've grown older I've noticed how similar my mom and I are, and I'm grateful for it. She taught me to be strong and speak out against the things I feel aren't right. She always tries her hardest to succeed, and she fights for what she believes in. I'm thankful to call her mom, and I'm happy that I grew up with her influence. We're still different, of course, because we are different people and she taught me to be my own person, but we're similar in the best ways possible.

I love you Mom, and happy Mother's Day :) 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

You're More than a Pre-Existing Condition | "Slam" Poem

It's probably obvious that I love writing, since I have a blog and everything, but I've never really shared any of that writing on my blog, or my channel. I've never actually done a slam poem before, but I was inspired by all of the talk about pre-existing conditions, and the possibility that health insurance will be affected by them (in the US). 

As someone with "pre-existing conditions, this news is upsetting. It's unfair that people should be judged and labeled based on diseases they were born with, or disorders they have no control over. Why should that affect the care that people receive? We don't have a choice in these matters, it's all up to our genetics. Yes, sometimes diseases can be caused by our actions, like lung cancer, but many of the "pre-existing conditions" are out of people's control.

Not only are people of all ages affected, but parents of newborns with these conditions are suddenly forced to face the consequences of paying more for their child's health insurance, on top of the sheer costs of having a child. All of this talk about "pre-existing conditions" just perpetuates labels, and further makes an "other" category for people in society who are facing hardships and suffering. We should help these people, not force them to deal with their problems in an even more isolated way.

Who are we to judge someone based on something they're born with and have no choice about? Being able to judge someone because of a condition they are born with make it that much easier to judge them on a more personal level. We're all different, and instead of letting those differences divide us, we should try and let them connect us and learn from each other.

I obviously have a lot of thoughts about this, so I made a slam poem about it. This is my first one I've ever made, and I'm loosely calling it a "slam" poem since I still needed to look off of a paper for a lot of it! I didn't have time to memorize it before I had a chance to film, but since I really wanted to get the video up, I went ahead and used the paper for reference. If you want to watch the video, you can do so below! I hope you enjoy!