A Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

by Langston Hughes

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Born To Read

So you know how Facebook has page or fan suggestions? I saw this one for Soulmates Photo and I was like “eh, another random thing that doesn’t matter, blah, blah, blah.” However, I clicked on it and started looking through the photos, and I came across this one. How awesomely adorable is this? SO CUTE!!! This photographer definitely has a great eye and I am super jealous. Plus that baby is so goddamn cute. You can check them out at www.soulmatesphoto.com. Enjoy!

Football? What’s That?

Happy Super Bowl Day everyone! Today is one of the most glorious days for the American people. We eat, we drink, we sit on our asses and yell at the TV for a few hours. Wait, that sounds like almost every day for us.

I am not a fan of football. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area watching football because, well, that’s just what people do, right? Plus the 49er’s practiced in my hometown and I could walk to the field and watch them up close. My school had Joe Montana Day and we dressed in 49er colors and praised him when he came to our gym to say hello to all of us.

Alas, as I grew older I would just tell people that I didn’t completely understand the game. One day, I woke up and decided to come out. Stop lying to myself, and to others. I HATE FOOTBALL. Seriously. I hate it. It’s a lame sports game that people watch so they can live vicariously through others as they run and violently attack each other, while wearing PROTECTION. What about Rugby? Now that is one bad ass sport.

I digress. I don’t like football, but I do enjoy Super Bowl Sunday. Why? Because I get to eat fattening food, drink alcohol, and hang out with friends. Also, I love the commercials. They are pretty awesome. SO if anyone is offended by my short rant, fuck off. I let you watch football and you let me hate it and we all live happily every after. Thank you.

Mahalo.

Health Scare

So I just subscribed to the magazine Body + Soul, and in the Jan/Feb issue, they have this awesome article on what they believe health care reform should really be.  Enough with these goddamn pharmaceutical companies. We need to talk about health care from the ground up. What we eat, how we feel, how we exercise and interact with other people. What are life at home is like. What our life at work is like. Enough about trying to FIX all of these problems, why can’t we learn and teach people to PREVENT these problems?!?!?!? 

At the end of the article, they share a few stats, beginning with this: ” Many Americans assume that our health-care system is the best in the world, but statistics tell a more complicated story.”
95% of US health-care funds go towards treating illness. 
5% goes to prevention. 
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38% of American adults use CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine).
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18 Minutes: Average appointment time with a physician in the U.S.
18 Seconds: Average time a patient speaks before a doctor interrupts. 
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$76 Billion: Cost of health care associated with physical inactivity in the year 2000. 
I seriously can’t believe how wasteful our current health care system is. Where is all the money going? Oh, wait. Don’t answer that. STUPID QUESTION. Right now, I am unfortunate that my employer does not pay for my health care. Fortunately, I pay for it myself. I am poor because of it, however I’d rather have it than nothing at all. What’s $200 a month compared to THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of dollars in debt because I got into a car accident. Or got pneumonia.  Also, I am very fortunate that the doctor I chose, one that was recommended to me by someone in my family, is amazing.  She took the time to get to know me, ask me what was stressing me out, and really listen to what I had to say. When I had my melt down and she wasn’t there to see me, she called me to find out if I was OK and told me what she thought she should do to help me. That is a doctor who is DOING HER JOB.  Rather than just tell me how to fix things, she tells me how to stay healthy. I appreciate her so much, and I am so happy to have found her. 
I should not be the only one gushing about my doctor, every citizen in this country should be gushing about their own doctors instead of complaining about how shitty or rude theirs is…Or that they do not have one at all. I really agree when people say that it’s up to us to change health care. Better eating habits, exercise, and really listening to our bodies. Yes, I definitely need to practice what I preach. With more encouragement I know that I’m not the only one who can be inspired to change. Like Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” We should all be practicing this, and showing others, especially the children of today, how to properly take care of themselves, and not RELY on doctors to FIX them.