I care about empowerment. Everyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, capability or ability, has a voice, and that voice is meant to be heard. I care about empowering people, so that we can not only build a society which better suits the needs of its members, but also provides them with the necessary tools to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Everyone cares about something, and I feel people are only truly satisfied when they are allowed to pursue what they are passionate about. Thus, empowerment allows people the opportunity to find their passion. Too often I see people who live life passively, they go through the motions of life, but are not really living – and this can be for a variety of reasons. I believe in empowering people to such a degree that they have the courage to find, and hold on to what inspires them. Life, society, and our relationships should not hold us back from our full potential; instead it should give us the courage to simply be happy. So, lets empower each other! And by ‘empowerment,’ I am not referring to some institutionalized, or state-based policy; rather I hope that we can empower one another in our daily lives. And this can only be done through communication, and compassion. I care about people, and their voices, and dreams. They have a right to be happy, and I hope we can all aide each other in achieving that happiness.
Ever since I started sports with soccer, what I enjoyed most besides the camaraderie was the progress I would see within my own abilities, both on and off the field. This was amplified even more so when I really took track & field seriously. Every meet I would strive to better my times and gain confidence in my skill. Once I started coaching youth in track and field, nothing would bring me more delight than the children I had coached coming back to me after a track meet and telling me how they got first or second in this race, or that they improved their time by a measurable increment. As someone who has been within the same track club for several years, you see development in not only individual skill, but character as well. What this does is foster a group of individuals that are not afraid to strive towards higher goals, because they understand that in order to reach them, it takes time, effort and determination. One of the most important things that sports teach as well is that you are never alone in any of your trials. You have your family, your teammates, your coach and everyone in your club cheering you on and supporting you to be the best you can be, and that is why I care about helping others seek improvement in themselves.
The thing that I care about is a better future for everyone. Although with today’s technology, we are supposed to have very comfortable and convenient lives. However, by looking at the news everyday, I’ve realized that this world is not getting better, but perhaps getting worse. For instance, the conflict in the Middle East, the incident of the Malaysia Airlines, and even in our own backyard, the increase in the real-estate prices and the unemployed rate. All these problems actually make me feel very uneasy about my future, and the future of the next generation. Of course I have no solutions for all these problems, and perhaps all I can do for now is to hope for the best, and pray for a better tomorrow. However, I do sincerely hope that our future will be a little brighter and better, so everybody can at least survive in this society without having too troubles. And I also hope that people can stop using war as “the only way" to solve their conflicts.
Every day kids die from hunger, lack of water, shelter.. etc
We all know what is going on over in Africa. We have all seen the news, heard stories, viewed documentaries covering numerous problems that is happening right now in Africa. If it is not okay for our kids to starve in hunger, why do we choose to ignore these problems in Africa?
We simply ignore problems. Those that makes us feel guilty, shameful and hopeless. Rather than forming to do something about the problem, we simply choose to ignore and live on with our lives.
Surely, our lives are important as well. Everyone has different histories, and their priorities are and should be all different But it should not end up with ignoring these world problems that must be fixed.
We as people of mother earth, should work together to solve problems over in Africa.
Nationalities, borders and politics aside, we should simply find a solution to this problem.
Ignorance is what I concern, and this is what I care about.
I was lucky enough to get into subsidized housing after many years of waiting. I have been here four years now. In this big building live elderly and, or people with disabilities. We are like our own community here. Some of the people here have become good friends.In fact I care about a number of people here. Each person here has a story to tell.We come from different walks of life.At times my nneighbours are in need of help, like going to store picking up items they need.Or maybe walking there dog cause they have difficulties doing so. I too had to ask for help, to have a good friend from here look after my cat while I had surgery. I have chronic Crohn's disease.Times where I needed things picked up from the store because I couldn’t get there due to my illness. There seems to be lots of people that are easy to care about in here.But the neat thing is they care for me as well.Don’t get wrong I don’t know everyone who lives here. But most people I have meet here are descent people. Course some people I never see. I like and care about the circle I am in.I say circle due to the fact it works its way around.The caring the sharing.Of course it has problems as every thing does.But it is nice to be apart of a community that I care about and they care about me.It nice to be able to have a home. A place I can lay my head. Keep to myself if I want. Or involve myself with others in activities that go on here. Yes I indeed care about my community. It feels good.
Family is everything to me. Without the support and love from my family I would not be where I am today. Growing up, my mother, father, and two siblings were as tight knit as you could get, we did everything together. The love my parents shared was as unconditional as the love they showed us, the kids; there was nothing they would not do for us. My younger brother and I have always been close, as children we played, laughed, and cried, together, we remain to this day the definition of best friends. My sister and I also share a close relationship. As the older brother I feel it is my responsibility to look after and my siblings, and to set an example for them. This sense of responsibility I have developed is what defines me today; I know for a fact that without younger siblings to care for and loving parents I would be selfish human being.
In recent years, my family has broken down; my mother walked out on us last spring and we have struggled ever since. In this past year I have learned more and more what I truly care about. I care about my brother and sister; I want them to continue to pursue their hopes and dreams. I care about my father, and I wish him nothing but happiness. It is because I care about my family that I will not lose my faith or my drive to succeed in life, I will endure.
I founded The ADDvocates back in 2010 as a labour of love to diminish the stigma of ADHD. Back in 2006, my son, who is now 15, was diagnosed with ADHD and through trial and error with ADHD drugs (through the advice of a paediatrician), was suicidal at the age of 7 due to the medication. As a nutritionist, I knew there had to be a better way of dealing with this multi-faceted disorder, but found, at the same time, that those who were fortunate enough to acquire ADHD at birth, possessed a true gift that would give on so many levels. My job is to teach these people that having ADHD is a gift and does not have to be masked with medication. Through diligent research and constant one on one coaching with children, teens and adults, I feel it is my duty to educate those who live with ADHD every day and remind them how amazing they truly are.
I wrote a book this year titled ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word: Drug Free Strategies for Managing the Gift that is ADHD with the hopes of spreading my message about this long misunderstood condition by dispelling the myths that have come to define ADHD. My message is to offer an abundance of drug-free strategies through which a child’s true creativity and character can shine and to inform parents to educate before they medicate.
Personally, the world is really turning inhumane and materialistic. Everyone is running around trying to achieve some materialistic ideal, which actually has no real importance for them, but they just want to attain the item/ideal anyways. I feel as if in this growing materialistic world, humanity and love is being lost. Prime examples are the Gaza crisis that occurred very recently in Palestine. Further, we always hear these family members committing murders because they despised another family member. Since I am in the criminology program, I always hear about these types of things. This really hurts me as an individual because people are really forgetting to become loving and humane. I really want people to be treated as individuals themselves would want to be treated. I really care about humanity that is losing between individuals and I want people to realize that life is not just about attaining things. Life is about respecting every individual and living in a peaceful world. This is what I truly care about. If everyone accepts this notion and reintegrates humanity in their lives, even if it starts off from smaller aspects, then life would be a much better place, for everyone. No one would be dying, especially little innocent children that have no intent to harm anyone. No one would be losing family or friends, especially that one mother who struggled and tried to raise her kids by meeting every days meet. Life would be better if humanity was awaken again, for everyone.
[I care about] advancing safety, here in Newton, Surrey and world wide. So many women (some men) I have met are survivors, too many! I worry about the discussions not taking place around domestic violence/youth rapes/sexual assaults. Crimes against women/children are still considered low level priority. Canadian penal system does not enforce penalties that would deter. The media distorts by objectifying and sexualizing. People still buy into the myth that somehow the victim provokes or calls abuse upon themselves, therefore have no compassionate empathy. Being a victim of horrendous violence scars for life Persons who never experienced violence are unaware of the realities. It is time to stand up and say, "No". To stop saying T.M.I, switch the channel, or flip the newspaper page. Until, it happens to them or someone close to them. The answer as I see it is much more dialogue; public action plans, education in schools, rallies and protest marches. If we all stood up and said, "Stop", we could change societal awareness and make new laws to protect women and children from systemic Violence. As long as society looks away and says a slap on the hand is punishment enough then nothing will change. I call on all men and women to stop for a minute and think about solutions to end violence against women and children in B.C. and Canada. The silence is killing daily. People need to know other people care and will stand up with them, most I have talked with just feel betrayed and alone.
My love of cinema began at an early age. At first, it was a means of escape from an unhappy family life, but as I grew up and watched more and more films, I came to appreciate it as an art and a means of expression! Film is cathartic. More than just entertaining or educating, I believe in its highest form, cinema can be healing. Emotional release and enlightenment can follow, opening your eyes and your heart to new ideas or ways of relating. For the price of admission, people can be transported to places and experiences to which they would never otherwise have access. As I have progressed as an actor and filmmaker, I began to direct myself, shoot, edit and score my own short films, and as such I am constantly learning.
To me, film is a complete art form, as it encompasses virtually all forms of art: music, acting, photography, cinematography, painting, sculpting, etc. That is why I find it so rich and fascinating and I must do it! As a collaborative art form, there is no other that brings together so many disciplines under one proverbial umbrella. What keeps me doing it is that the practice of my art makes me a better person. I believe our society benefits from this art and participation should be encouraged.