Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
I’m pretty excited about life right now.
I just accepted a job as Sustainability Assistant in the Leon County Office of Resource Stewardship, which means I get paid to work on food systems planning projects in Tallahassee- stuff I have been doing and would have continued doing without getting paid, but it is also really awesome to have an organization that really wants to invest in me and will pay me because they appreciate how awesome I am and how hard I work.
Tomorrow I leave for the TWLOHA conference in Cape Canaveral and with that conference comes a sense of relief. I have poured so much of my time, energy, heart, and soul into the FSU UChapter, and this conference symbolizes releasing that to the next batch of leaders. Even though there have been some bumps in the road, I am really excited to get a weekend to talk about how to make the world better and de-stigmatize mental health.
Next week I will be finishing the move into my new house and taking finals, which is probably going to end up being quite stressful at times, but at least Thursday night I’ll get to see Andrew McMahon with Tiffany in St Augustine, which will be the start of an amazing adventure to learn new things and visit old friends and hopefully make progress in the journey of becoming the best person I can be.
- That nudity is inherently sexual
- That people should be judged for their personal decisions
- That yelling solves problems
- That they are too young to be talking about the things they’re already starting to ask questions about
- That age correlates to importance
- That interacting with someone of the opposite sex is inherently romantic
- That the default for someone is straight and cisgender
“My family is from Eritrea, and I’m really interested in going back and working there.”
“What do you like the most about Eritrea?”
“I like the people because they are very humble, sweet and dignified. They work really hard, and they don’t experience the same social inequalities that exist in this country. They are a lot more united than the people here. I feel that the warmth is missing here. The thread that weaves this country together is money, not meeting people’s needs.”
“Why do you think Eritreans are more united?”
“I think African culture has always been more communalist. People live in close proximity to each other, and you are raised by your village. You can’t afford to be individualistic in a society that doesn’t have much, so the village or commune shares a water well. Individualism kind of sprouted out in Europe. When Europeans started extracting resources from Africa and elsewhere, they were able to build a society in which people had more. Africans have never taken resources in abundance from other countries in the same way. I think the whole theory of development came from the West. What is developed? Exploiting the Earth? That’s degenerative. The term development is relative and is defined within a Western framework.”