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Stand for something, or you'll fall for anythingunknown
Tonight I saw the film Coach Carter for the first time and was truly touched, by the overall movie, but more so by a specific quote.
The movie tells the real life story of a boys basketball team from a high school in a bad community where more young African American men end up in prison or dead than graduating. The community treats the basketball team as if they are above the law, claiming that, "Basketball is all they have" Ken Carter is the new basketball coach, and intends to make some changes, academics before basketball. When some members of the team do not live up to their commitment of a 2.3 grade point average, amongst other rules, Carter stages a controversial, national news - making lockout of the gym until the boys live up to his contract. When the town rallies against him, they move to have the lockout ended and Carter chooses to quit. As he walks into the gym one last time he is faced with his entire team, whom he has succeeded in teaching that they are more than basketball and they can have a future. Throughout the movie he repeats, "What is your deepest fear?" As the young men voluntarily study in the gym, his question is answered.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
This quote is moving, it brought tears to me eyes.
It's time for gladiator sandals, coquettish mini dresses, splashy tank tops and over sized sunglasses, summer is finally here!
After weeks of stressing over exams; trig applications, double replacement reactions, coherency in an essay, futur proche; it is definitely time for a break. Bring on hot days and balmy nights, merely the backdrop for scandalous memories with unforgettable friends!
Personally, I have so many things to look forward to this summer, the first and most obvious being the Miss Teen Canada World Pageant! http://www.missteencanadaworld.com/this_year/contestant_detail/126
It still perplexes me that I have this amazing opportunity, and I am anxiously anticipating what I know is going to be one of the most memorable and enlightening experiences of my life. I look forward to meeting all my fellow contestants; each with separate individual goals, but all with one common ambition, that is, to make a difference. The positive aspirations and inspired ideas that, combined, such a remarkable group of young women can contribute, are virtually limitless! The pageant atmosphere itself is yet another affair that I just can't wait for; long rehearsals, fittings, group outings, last minutes choreography changes, and of course photo upon photo upon photo; an organized chaos that I thrive on! Just twenty more sleeps girls!
Yet another plus this summer, I've finally reached working age; Montana's, here I come! http://www.montanas.ca/
Montana's Restaurant was the first place I applied for employment. I'm generally not a nervous person at all, but when I was called for an interview, I was terrified. I so badly wanted the job and as I strode apprehensively to the door I was nearly hysterical. Despite being a nervous wreck, the interview went remarkably well and I was hired. Tonight was my first shift and I absolutely love it there, the atmosphere, the people, the management, it's all more than I had even anticipated.
Aside from my new job and the ever nearing Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant, I have the typical teenage summer past times to look forward too; tanning, swimming, walks with the girls, and limited, yet somehow seemingly endless time, with all the people I love; it really doesn't get much better than this.
Summer '09, it's going to be the best one yet!
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."Audrey Hepburn
"Let's face it, I want it all; just like you and everybody else. It may not be in the cards, but the prospect is so dazzling that I have to try"Lauren Bacall
"I believe that everything happens for a reason, people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together"Marilyn Monroe
"If you live your life worrying if you made the wrong choices, you'll never make the right ones!"Sasha Best =D
"Don't be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live"Tuck Everlasting
"There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion"Audrey Hepburn
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."Coach Carter