Embracing where I have been lately has been really tough, especially as I continue to learn more about myself and what things I would love to starting doing. I have felt myself change, so much over the past 6 months. There have been many up and down periods and currently I feel myself stepping back into my power. There have been some emotional things come up in my life that I wasn’t ready to handle. Mainly, by the outer world events and the political drama. Ever since I discovered who Bernie Sanders is I feel like my entire mind has been awakened to the issues of this country. I have spent many days thinking about what is happening and what could I possibility do to make things better. Also, much time has been spent watching documentaries, political and educational videos, blog posts, Facebook videos, mainstreams media. Not to mention all the different opinions I have read, perspectives, ideas, solutions, etc. I have exposed myself to another layer of our reality and it has been hard for me to accept. I realize now that I must have balance in my life. I spent so much time worried about the problems and thinking about the terrible events that it begun to drain my energy. Especially after going the Philly, volunteering for the Green Party, and attending other protests/rallies. I feel absolutely exhausted from it all. I have to remember that I have to give myself time to let all the information sink in. I have decided that I better start focusing on solutions and ways that I can contribute to the planet and the people. That can be tough, especially when I have always been so introverted. I have also realized my fear of rejection has increased due to my resent breakup. It always hurts to not be with someone who I told, “I love you to everyday.”, but knowing that I still am going to be friends with him is comforting and even confusing at times. Yet, I am trusting love the best way I know how to and also knowing that things are happening the way that it is meant to. I have to remind myself that my thoughts are going to shape my reality. So, I am trying to become more aware of my thoughts. It has been a tough at times, because I find myself getting lost in a thought and then experiencing my feelings based on whatever I am thinking. Some thoughts are harder to resist than others, especially if the emotions are strong, and even traumatic. It is easy to get lost and maybe feel down a little when this happens. One of the most important things I like to keep in mind is that it is okay it feel negative feelings. It doesn’t mean that it is good or bad. I have been too judgmental with myself and realized that I am the one who is pressuring myself and that there is not anyone else holding any expectations on me. I am the one who decides what I want to do with my life and it doesn’t matter what anyone has to say. I find myself caring about what people think sometimes, and it can cause social anxiety. Which is something very real that nobody ever wants to talk about. I know I even don’t like to think about it, but I think it is important for me too. I strongly believe that when I look at my problems right in the face and call it out for exactly what it is, usually through writing, I discover that it really healing. Sometimes, I have too many thoughts, and trying to listen to them all is really tiring, so I have been practicing meditation. Someone I listened to said something like this, “Think of your thoughts like clouds in the sky. You don’t have to listen to them, you can let them just float right by.” Basically, I am becoming aware of the thoughts that case me suffering and to experience emotions, by simply choosing to think about other things. I am doing much rewiring and unlearning. I feel like I am literally transforming into someone else… Perhaps, I am really learning who I am and realizing that I am not who I thought I was. I have spent much of my time thinking about the future or the past, causing much anxiety. Anxiety has caused me to struggle in basically every area of my life. It has been a true challenge to do things I know I have to do. Sometimes, I don’t eat correctly, have trouble being around others, feeling panic, and confused overall. Yet, I always find the power inside me to call anxiety out for what it is and not allow myself to get lost in the emotions. Panic attacks are definitely a real thing. Last year, I totally freaked out, because I randomly got lost somewhere I felt I should not be lost in, my phone died, and I was suppose to be back at work, but obviously I was late and couldn’t call anyone. There was a negative voice judging the entire event in my head. The fact was is that everything was going to be okay, no matter what. I have realized that most of the panic attacks were called from believing what was happening in my thoughts was actually happening in real life! I was experiencing emotions, because of my thoughts and ever since then it is as if something has clicked for me. I feel more in control of my life. I am more accepting of what happens without judging it as bad or good.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BE APART OF
THE GLOBAL REVOLUTION?
- Shop Local, Organic, Free-Trade, Sustainable, Non-GMO Foods: This change doesn’t happen overnight. Slowly, switch over by buying things here and there from local markets, stores, and farmers. This change will benefit your overall health, environment, and increase a demand in this industry for the betterment of our economy. Research Monsanto and understand the seriousness of what they have done and what they hope to do. Evil bastards.
- Stick to “Family-Owned” Businesses: Cut back on purchases from places such as Walmart, Kroger, Target, etc. This one is definitely tough, but if we turn our backs on these companies, then they don’t have power over us. You will feel better paying for something someone made with love instead of a factory. We have to change our views on the products we purchase. We are fighting a battle against corporate greed, so the less money they take from us, the better off we will be!
- Pick up Trash Around Your Neighborhood & Environment: Start carrying around bags and gloves with you in your car, on your bike, etc. Be more aware of your surroundings and start picking up the mess we are all responsible for. The cleaner the environment; the healthier we can be; the more likely more people around you will not litter. It is the smallest things that matter the most!
- Educate Yourself: Make this a goal and a life requirement! Knowledge is power! “The first step to wisdom is realizing you don’t know anything!” Start reading books, magazines, articles, documentaries, and opening your mind to any information you become interested it. Don’t limit yourself, there is no such thing as knowing too much! Challenge yourself to break free from your “comfort zone”. For example, listen to a different style of music, go to a workshop, attend a yoga class, etc.
- Share The Knowledge: This goes hand in hand with educating yourself. Challenge yourself to reach out to those close to you in your life. It is a great feeling to teach someone something foreign to them. Once you start learning; you will understand why it is important for us all and why we have to share information with one another. You will also sense a new feeling of freedom, wisdom, and possibility. Be sure to share any important news you discover via social media, because this revolution will not be televised!
- Register to Vote! Get Involved In Politics: This one is tricky, because many people don’t want to get involved with anything that the government is doing. At least attempt to give politics a chance, because you will discover that politics is very critical to all of our lives. We the people want to be able to have a say on what is going on in our country. Let your voice be heard! Voting is huge! It is so important, because all around the world people are making it harder and harder for people to vote by participating in “voter suppression”.
- Avoid Working For Corporate: If possible, choose a family-owned company. This is not going to be possible for every person reading this for many different reasons. At least do some research on the company that you are employed by and see what they are involved in, how they treat their affairs, other employees, spend their money, etc. You have the choice if you want to stay with them, or choose a company with the same morals as you. Choosing a local business helps promote small businesses and that’s exactly what we need, in order to conquer the corporate world. Remember, your happiness is essential to living a healthy life. Money can’t buy happiness.
- Discover Your Faith: Do some thinking about the universe/GOD. Ask yourself questions about where you came from, why the world is the way it is, what can you do about it,etc. Start looking inside yourself and understanding that you are not the voice inside your head, your thoughts or emotions. You are something far greater. In my personal view, we are spiritual entities having a human experience. Make it a personal task to explore different walks of faith, belief systems, and unique perspectives.
- Start Having Conversations With Strangers: Next time, you out at the grocery store, farmer’s market, hiking trail, at work, etc; be sure to spark up a conversation with someone. You never know what the conversation between you two may be. Potentially, you could learn something new, make a new friend or connection. Just be social and opportunities will start to pop up in your life!
- Create Communities: Become more involved in community service, grass-root organizations, march in peaceful protests, attend city meetings and/or court hearings. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and try to help anyone you see struggling on the streets. We are all in this life together as one. We owe it to one another to lend a helping hand, share compassion and have open-mind to all people. Get involved in activism, rallies, marches, and speeches! We have to take action against the government, corporations, and big money!
- Experience The Outdoors: Nature is known to help relieve stress, expend your consciousness, and help people appreciate the true beauty of the world. You owe it to yourself to take foot outside. The more time you spend outdoors, the more comfort you will feel. Nature is our home. I personally always feel more connected to the universe when I am observing nature. It is truly limitless when it comes to things you could do outside. Get creative, start thinking, and embrace this amazing planet!
- Take Responsibility for Your Well-Being: You have to take care of yourself before you can help change the world. Here are a few tips I have that may guide you on your journey. Physically, you may want to get involved in exercise, group fitness classes, hiking, etc. Change your diet. Ditch modern medicine and research holistic alternative medicine such as Ayurveda. Emotionally & Mentally: You may want to go see a therapist if you have been struggling for years. Try writing out how you feel. Reading self-improvement books. Financially: Create a budget. Minimize spending. Quit buying unnecessary things. Make more thought-out purchases. Spiritually: Start reading about different religions, go out in nature, meditate, do yoga, practice mindfulness.
I am sure I could continue to list millions and millions of positive ways to get involved in this global revolution. It is apparent that the way of the world is shifting into a more positive direction, especially here in the United States. We have millions of people all around the world standing up to their governments for equality. People are waking up and realizing what really matters in life. This is quite the bittersweet generation to be alive in. Take complete advantage of it and decide to be apart of the change. You can develop your own ways to be apart of the global revolution. That is the wonderful thing about this revolution; we the people are reclaiming our freedom, our planet, and our lives.
This is just the beginning of our global revolution 😀
Here is a photo from Iceland. They have taken back their country, which has set a huge example for Americans.
Here’s a photo from last night’s rally in Washington Park. There was estimated over 50k people there for a Bernie Sander’s rally. I will be writing more about this in another blog.
I am 23 years old and up until January of this year, I had no intentions of voting in this presidential election. I had been extremely bitter about anything to do with politics, economics, and the government in general.
My Old Mindset: The United States government is notorious for being corrupt, rigged, and all that jazz! Hell no, I wasn’t going to take any time to worry about it. Why bother right? There is no way my vote would even count, they already had it figured out for themselves. We are fucked. We are set up for failure. There’s nothing I could do to change things. They have all the power anyway, there is no point to fight, because they have already won. I had seen many documentaries and knew about where the power was, I thought there was no hope for a future in the USA. Honestly, I had no idea what to do with mine due to the economy and what I know to be true. I feared the day my parents would no longer be here to help me. This stress subconsciously had been weighing me down for years and years, and I wasn’t even aware.
I was completely negative about the entire situation, especially when someone asked me about voting. I felt it was better to not be involved and find another way to change things in my own life, to hell with the country it was already failing.
Then, something amazing happened. I watched Bernie Sanders for the first time.
I almost couldn’t believe what I had just seen. I didn’t even take it seriously for awhile. I didn’t imagine he would ever be able to get nominated as a democrat. I didn’t really know what to think about him other than I respected him. Then, I kept seeing his face on my social media and on television. I seen how involved people were getting, so I gave it another look. I started watching videos on Youtube from his speeches from the past year. Then, I looked deeper and seen videos from years and years back. (30 years ago!) Wow, this man really has passion, heart, and soul! Most importantly, he has consistency. He really cares about his message and all people!
Before I knew it, I had become obsessed with Bernie Sanders and his message. Sanders gave me something I haven’t had in my life for many years, if ever. He gave me hope, faith, and ignited something inside of me that had always been there on these issues, I just didn’t realize it. Passion.
I have always had compassion for people. Equality is huge in my own personal views and I fight for in it my relationships and environments as well as at home and work. I believe in fairness for all people and an equal opportunity for anyone with a dream. Not only that, but I want to fight back against these evil people in charge of the big banks, corporations, and the Republicans of course. (I’ll get to that future blogs. Trust me.)
After watching several of Bernie’s debates over the past couple of weeks, I can say that I want this man to be the next president of the United States of America. I want to be proud to be apart of this country. I want to be involved in the change that America and the rest of the world needs! Honestly, I see at least one person every single day struggling and my heart breaks every time. I am sick and tired of seeing people around me struggling for the simple things like education, housing, and food, that could easily be prevented.
This election is going to be apart of history. The truth has been exposed. I strongly believe a revolution is going to happen in all aspects of this country, because that is what is required to see change. “United we stand, or divided we will fall!”
Why I Am Involved in Politics & Why You Should Be Too!
This is a very short list of questions that I strongly believe most of your answers are going to be YES. You may be wondering, well what does this have to do with politics, and why should I care. You may be thinking to yourself, man these are just ideas that will never happen. We have been conditioned to believe that these are JUST ideas, but what if we all get involved? What if, we say enough is enough, we deserve to live a decent life without struggling day in and day out!
Here are some quick questions to ask yourself before you read this blog post:
Do I want affordable healthcare?
Do I want to go to college without huge sums of debt?
Do I want to be able to make a decent living without working over 40 hours a week?
Do I have a dream in cooking, writing, music, travel or art?
Do I want clean energy and environment-friendly products?
Do I want to legalize marijuana?
Why I am getting involved:
I am 23 years old, I literally registered to vote at the end of January. I am brand new to politics, and may not have all my facts worked out yet. I do believe in equality for all people and that’s why I decided to start this section in my blog. I have a voice and I want to spread awareness to all people about what is going on in our government, our country, and the world in general through my writing. As of right now, I have a degree in Culinary Arts and work 30-40 hours a week has a server. I depend on tips from other people to make a living, not the government. I only make 2.13 an hour, some days I leave with under 50 dollars. I see maybe 15-25 dollars every two weeks from my hourly pay, because the government taxes the tips I make. When the restaurant is slow, I don’t make enough money to support myself or save any money. I am still living at home with my parents. Well, why not go back in the kitchen they say since that is what I went to college for? I make more money serving tables, because of working on the weekends. I never get the luxury of taking a weekend off, because I would lose the majority of my income. This job has zero benefits that are included with my pay that I am aware of. I am still on my mother’s healthcare insurance plan, thankfully, but I only have two more years, then I will be without healthcare. 400 dollars goes to my car payment, because I chose to get a new car that would be dependable and better for the environment, (Toyota Prius)and help me achieve my dream to travel the United States. One week of pay goes to my car payment, not including car insurance. (20,0000+ in debt from the car, in order to follow my dreams.) I spend quite a bit on food, because I want to be healthy and buy quality ingredients that won’t make me sick or contaminate my body, because certain companies do allow ingredients that cause cancer and other serious medical conditions into our grocery stores! Any extra money I have left goes into savings for my dream to travel. I don’t have any plans to move out of my house, because I can’t afford it on my own. YES, I am extremely fortunate compared to other people I know to be in this situation. I do not want to take that for granted!! I want to use any time I have to better myself and help other people. I am sick of being ripped off, cheated, mocked, and belittled by our government and those who are in it. I am choosing to fight back and plan to make it a life-long mission. I have educated myself by watching documentaries and online videos, listening to speeches, and reading books, articles, and blog posts. I am now involved in the political process, because I would like to go back to college in order to learn more and potentially have a better career. I want to travel the world without going into extreme debt.
Most of all, I want to a future for all people, including myself, that doesn’t result in working extremely long hours, with huge amounts of debt, affordable healthcare, housing, college, and overall cost of living! I am tired of being lied to by the government about EVERYTHING from food to the environment! It is time for me to fight back.
Here’s some quick education to help us all understand the seriousness of what is going on:
What is the definition of politics? The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.
Who has the power in our country? Well, that is easy right? The Democratic Party is currently in office, because Obama is president and he is a democrat.
What is Democracy? a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
Who is Congress? The national legislative body of a country;a formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion between delegates, especially those from a political party or labor union or from within a particular discipline.
Who is a Delegate? A person sent or authorized to represent others, in particular an elected representative sent to a conference.
The whole population votes for delegates as well!! If you don’t get involved, then you have no say in what happens in our government. You may be thinking, just like I did, well my vote doesn’t count anyways. We each have a civic duty to invest in, so that we be apart of the government and help everyone of us. Yes, in a politically correct system, it does matter if you vote or not! BUT, we are faced with a harsh reality, our political process has became corrupt and only benefits a handful of people. Guess who?
Here are a few realistic-fictional scenarios:
Not Billy, who works two jobs down the street to be able to pay his bills, provide for himself, and pay off his student loans. Billy had to abandon his dream of being an artist because it doesn’t pay enough for him to make a living, resulting in emotional issues that he doesn’t have the money to deal with because he doesn’t have healthcare. Billy doesn’t have money for prescription drugs, so he risks being arrested, because he uses marijuana to help cope with his anxiety and depression. Billy doesn’t have enough time for a relationship and can’t start a family or follow his dream due to his current situation. Billy feels hopeless and doesn’t think his vote will matter, so he becomes bitter and refuses to get involved with the political campaign. He is just one man, anyways right?
Not Jose, who came to this country hoping to start a better life, but can’t get a decent paying job due to discrimination or maybe because he couldn’t afford to go to college, so he doesn’t meet certain job requirements for higher paying jobs. His parents came here illegally and live with Jose. They are both too old to work now, but can’t get on government programs, because they don’t have citizenship. Jose fears that they will be sent back to Mexico, if he can’t make enough money to provide for his family medical needs. Jose doesn’t think his vote matters, because he is not from here originally and has no motivation or hope in the government due to how he has been treated his entire life. Jose is scared for his parents and their future.
Not Ann, who is a retired senior struggling to afford basic living requirements such as groceries, medication, and other bills. Currently, she was diagnosed with a severe medical condition, but can’t afford to pay for the prescription drugs, therefore she is in pain everyday. She thinks that all her tax money is going to people on welfare (whom she thinks refuse to work on purpose)and immigrants who are here illegally. She has been conditioned to believe certain things, therefore she is hateful towards other races and close-minded to new belief systems. Ann is 65 years old and hasn’t seen any huge change in the government. Her faith in the government is gone, therefore she chooses not to vote anymore, because she doesn’t think it would change anything anyways.
So, who is really in control? If it’s not Billy, not Ann, and not Jose. That leaves us voters right? The people who choose to vote and have a voice in the government. DUH, how simple?
Well, if that was the case, then how come the middle-class is struggling? Why is all of this happening if we are the ones in control? Think about it! We see the billionaires with the fancy houses and nice cars. We see politicians and government officials living a lavish lifestyle, it is no secret. We have people who are in charge of these extremely wealthy corporations such as Walmart, Facebook, Apple, Nestle, etc whom seen to have it all! Why is that?
Why is it that some of these people are also a huge part of the political process, because they have chosen to donation large sums of money into the campaign process.
Well, why would they do that? Maybe, so that they can determine who gets elected. Why would they care? So, that they can have all the power! We have these same people making decisions in congress, because they have been elected into our government! WAIT, what?! Yes, these are the people who are representing the middle-class. We have people with more money than they know what to do with controlling the government and keeping all the profits for themselves. To answer the question, the top 1% is in control of everything. We are being governed by capitalism and oligarchy, not democracy.
Hmm, what is capitalism and oligarchy anyway?
Capitalism is an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
Oligarchy is a form of government which consists of rule by an elite group who rule in their own interests, especially the accumulation of wealth and privilege. Only certain members of society have a valid voice in the government. This can reflect (but is not limited to) economic interests, a particular religious tradition (theocracy), or familial rule (monarchy).
It is time to take back control of our government and bring equality to all people. A revolution is required.
Revolutionary means that the existing structure is overthrown by a completely new group. The new group can be very small – such as the military – or very large – as in a popular revolution. After a period of time, this ‘becomes’ one of the other type of government (unless there is another coup or uprising).
We have to start a political revolution!
That is the ONLY option we have. That is why I am voting for Bernie Sanders. I will be talking more about him and his message in blogs in the future. For now, here is his latest speech!
Please watch, especially if you have agreed with the above post. In my option, he is the only one fit to represent us. The other presidential candidates are apart of the old government and out-dated belief systems. We need a new government for the everyone, not just a handful of people who happen to be in the top 1%.