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Do You Know What Really Matters To You..?

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King Jr.

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This isn't about how old or young you are. Can we all just agree that times have changed, some for the better and some for the worst. Has it really got to the point where people are blinded by television shows and movies? We care more about deaths that have happened on TV shows than in our own country, continent and even the entire world. It's outrageous. Am I the only one noticing this? Most people are worried if their hair looks nice, did they get that artist's "New Single" that just hit I Tunes or if they have nice clothes & shoes. What lip kits you're wearing. People are more concerned about material things than who their next president is going to be. The human race is amazing, we've just lost our way a little. Having a house, a car, a career? I know that most people think that, is having a "perfect" life. But that isn't all there is!

With everything going on in world, Is having the "perfect" life all you need? How about making a difference? This isn't just about picking a career that can change the world. This is about using your VOICE! To Vote, to stand up for someone, to say when someone is in the wrong, bottom line to be BRAVE. This is to everyone in the world. People forget they have the power to change it. One person or a group of people have the power to make an impact, over throw the governments if they wanted. People tend forget the real power they have. Especially when standing together. For example look how Edward Snowden, he exposed the government, "These programs were never about terrorism: they're about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They're about power." — "An Open Letter to the People of Brazil," December 2013. People may have called him a traitor, a criminal. Some people called him a Hero and a Patriot. But I call him BRAVE. He was willing to lose everything. His freedom, his life, for the better of the people. The question is, would you?

Edward Snowden

Above: NSA leaker Edward Snowden Image Credit: The Guardian / Via google.ca

People may have called him a traitor, a criminal. Some people called him a Hero and a Patriot. But I call him BRAVE.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He brought people together and became the driving force behind the March for Jobs and Freedom, most people know that as the "March on Washington". It was that march that King, delivered his famously known speech, "I Have a Dream" that helped inspire the nation to act on civil rights. King, had the courage to stand up for those who were discriminated. King, paved the road for numerous people and for that we have come along way. In my opinion, we still have a ways to go until we're all equal. Martin Luther King Jr. had the courage to risk everything for this movement. In doing so, years later America was able to have Barack Obama become the first African-American President, he is still in office today. Martin Luther King Jr. with his bravery stood up and guided people to stand up for what was right. The question is, could you?

We all have a voice we just have to be willing to use it. Similar to 1916, when women were standing up and making their voices be heard, so they could have the right to vote. People are unaware of how fortunate we are to live in a democratic country like Canada. Although the majority of Canadians have the right to vote, this has not always been the case. For women, the right to vote came as the result of a tireless fight for an egalitarian, representative and fair democracy. Some of you may not even know that this year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of women's first right to vote in Canada. Let us all thanks the Western provinces for paving the way for women today; Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Although I've been rambling on, I hope you stuck it out to know where I am going with all of this. This is a wake up call for everyone. Even myself. We need to stop just worrying about what show is going to come on next, what celebrity break-up just happened. It's just to draw attention away from what is happening in the REAL world. Which is right outside your computer screen, we can stop looking at our phones. We need to put all our thoughts and ideas together to attempt to better the world. Sounds exhausting, doesn't it? It's not. Start with simple things, you see someone being mistreated? Stand up for them. No matter what race or religion. They're just human. You see that your job is doing something you feel is wrong or illegal? Say something, state it to someone, there is always someone willing to listen. You just have to use your VOICE! We need to get back to a place where everyone was willing to do whatever it takes to make a change. It just takes ONE person to make an impact, change laws, & change lives for people! You, yes you! ..Anyone has the power to make difference, you just have to be willing to try.

So try with me, let's get back on track. -M.

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