I cannot explain the emotions I encountered throughout the past week. I’ve seen a little bit of smiles. I’ve heard some laughter. And I’ve bawled with a few close ones. As tears came out of my eyes, I reflected on the very short life that a wonderful person lived. This wonderful person left behind a group of friends who love her and a family who will never forget the affection she gave to them.
Last week, I received a phone call that changed my life. I found out that my high school sweetheart died from a tragic car accident. Even though we haven’t been in good terms for over a year, a pool of great memories immediately injected into my mind. Amy, my high school sweetheart and first love, passed away after a life of only 21 years.
Throughout the past week of mourning, weeping, screaming, and tearing, I reflected on the person that Amy was. She was a great friend, a charming girlfriend, and the best daughter any parent could ever ask for. She was an angel to many, which is why she left behind so many people that loved her. Through these reflections, I learned three important lessons in life.
Let’s start with friendship. Ever since Amy was young, she encountered many people whom she never lost contact with. Amy was a loving friend who cherished many simple moments with people she bumped into in her 21 years of life. I was fortunate enough to be one of them. Her passing has taught me to embrace my friends and never let small things turn into big problems. Life is too short for us to hold grudges and fight over silly issues. Let’s cherish our friends and never let them go, as they are a very important part of our lives.
Amy was the first person who showed me how it was like to be truly loved a person. Her love and affection showed me that someone truly cared about me. She made the same affection known to Jonathan. This shows me that if you someone that truly loves you, NEVER let that person go. Do not take love for granted, as it may only come once in a lifetime. Live. Learn. Love.
The final lesson is the importance of family. Family brought me into this world. I know that my parents are the only people I can ever count on whenever I need anything. Considering that life is short, embrace all of your family and never let them go. Do not hold grudges with your family, as these grudges may come to haunt you in the end. There can never be anything more important than family. Not money, not riches, not fame nor fortune, and definitely not success. Family is the most important aspect of life. NEVER let it go.
As we move on with our lives, let’s ponder on these three lessons. They are very vital to living a complete life. Amy may have been young when she passed, but she definitely made sure to complete these three aspects, which are life’s most vital lessons. Remember to live, learn, and love.
We all have to understand that, as human beings, we all make mistakes. It doesn’t matter if they vary from big to small ones. Mistakes are mistakes. The only remedy to mistakes is forgiveness.
In order to live a happy life, we must learn how to forgive. We must learn to understand that, sometimes, people make the wrong decisions. This does not mean that they intended to hurt you. They simply were not thinking properly.
If your love ones hurt you, learn how to forgive them. Trust me, there is a gratifying feeling that comes after you do so. God bless you all.
Warning: This post is going to be really long. I might even split it in two
Alcohol: -clears throat- I don’t understand why people feel the need to pass out or why they find amusement in puking their brains out. I think Glee did a terrible job with that topic because they pretty much gave the…
People know that drinking causes problems. It has ruined friendships, destroyed relationships, and killed individuals. Drugs not only hurt you physically, they also hurt you psychologically. Think before you do something people.
If you drink too much or do drugs, I won’t even bother looking at you. Doing those things lowers your standards as a human being. People who drink to get drunk and do drugs should be treated like animals because that’s how they treat themselves.
Since I haven’t posted a blog in awhile, I might as well post something random.
Once again, the school train is about to hit another break. With midterm season behind us, we are always near the time for finals. Let’s make sure to stay the course, keep the pace,
This past week has been a very crazy and exciting week for scholars of political science. Once again, we have witnessed the democratic process at work. Washington has experienced yet another power shift in policymaking. We shall see, in the next two years, what President Obama has in store for us. With the House of Representatives controlled by the opposing party, B.O. is now forced to face harder bargaining deals.
My laptop is a wreck. It experiences random power drainage and shut off immediately. I think I need to invest in something new, but that needs capital. Dell Inspiron 1525, your life may be coming to an end.
I just finished a book: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Joe Trippi. I need it for class.
I am so excited for the Pacquiao fight. We will continue the family tradition on Nov. 13 as we watch our country’s best athlete pummel yet another Mexican warrior. He will once again prove why he’s called the “Mexicutioner.”
The past 6 months have been amazing. Thanks to one special girl :) <3
I think the reason I slowed down on the blogs is because I don’t really know what to write about. Now that election season is over and won’t be back for another two years, my political blogs might be limited. So if you have any questions or ideas on what I should write about, please feel free to let met know.
Let's Tax Everything: California's Pursuit For The Passage of Proposition 19 And Why It's Unnecessary
Many of us did not hear about this until the past two months. Proposition 19 is hitting the headlines in many of our local and national newspapers. An aim to legalize marijuana and also tax its sales, the initiative aims to fix California’s current budget hole: an amount projected to go up near $40 billion within the next two years.
Supporters of the bill are arguing based on fiscal issues. They believe taxing the sales of marijuana can create new revenue for the financially-troubled state. Additionally, they believe legalizing the drug would reduce crime rates, lower prison populations, and provide funds for state institutions.
Opponents see consequences with the passage of such a bill. They believe passage would increase marijuana consumption for minors, DUI’s, irresponsible use of a psychoactive drug, and many more. The same people believe that taxing one drug could lead to a path for legalization for many others.
The supporters are using arguments regarding fiscal issues. For them, this initiative is all about money. For opponents, they’re using fear for irresponsibility and the taxing of many other items. The opponents are correct in a sense: California’s solution is not just in taxing one popular item.
Have you ever brought your vehicle in an auto repair shop? Auto repair shops across California charge a flat rate for their services, without any value-added taxes. Whether these are legitimate or underground shops, they are not required by law to charge taxes. Estimates are at around $1 billion for revenues in California for auto repair shops and services.
Hollywood is in the state. By geographical or personal reasons, Californians love to visit the silver screens. Movie theaters also charge a flat rate that does not have a tax. It is unknown why the state refuses to tax movie theaters, considering the fact that these facilities, within the state, bring in over $200 million a year. Along with sports events, movie theaters can generate a lot of revenues in a technologically-advancing environment.
Sometimes, we are too lazy to start up our washers and dryers. Additionally, some of our clothing items cannot be washed in our conventional suburban machines. Many of us rely on dry-cleaners to get the job done with it comes to delicate clothing items. Dry cleaning and laundry services bring in a total of $187 million dollars of revenue per year.
Unlike human beings, our vehicles cannot take showers. While most of us are capable of washing our family chariots outside our garages, some of us still rely on car wash centers in order to get the job done. Not having responsibilities to pay their dues, these centers generate $39 million per year.
Proposition 19 is ambitious, but unnecessary. There are plenty more options the state can consider in order to bring revenues. The voters should not let ignorance get a hold of them.
Useless and dangerous, Proposition 19 must be voted down.
The Debate on Same-Sex Marriage: Correct on Both Sides?
When the California electorate voted to keep marriage between a man and a woman in 2008, a series of protests culminated within the LGBT community across the entire United States. In gay communities across the entire country, storms of picket signs bearing the words “Do Not Hate” or “Give Us The Freedom We Deserve” were illustrated across bright city streets. In this part of same-sex marriage issue, the idea of democracy won.
There was nothing wrong with Proposition 8. Before the initiative was officially put on the ballot, it required a number of signatures from California’s registered voters. When Proposition 8 was passed in November 2008, it showed that California’s democratic process is strong. The people voted for the California’s Constitution to recognize only marriages between men and women. No one can argue against the fact that this process was correct. The people did what they had to do: vote and voice out their opinions in a place where they are entitled to.
In May 2009, the California State Supreme Court decided to uphold the initiative but decided to recognize same-sex marriages performed before Proposition 8 was passed. This could be an example of the court’s reluctance to decide the case, knowing that it should be decided by a higher domain.
The most explosive saga of the issue of gay marriage occurred on August 4, 2010, when Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, struck down the Proposition and concluded that it violated the U.S. Constitution, under the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. The case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court. Whether or not the Court would decide for or against gay marriage, it will definitely affect the entire country.
The issue has grown from an ideological issue to a social issue. The debate for same-sex marriage is no longer split between left or right wing political circles. It has grown into a fight for equality and the recognition of fundamental rights. And since the issue has decided to focus on civil rights, it is now in full control of the Judiciary