Initially started longboarding because my kids’ longboard and I’m that type of parent who wants to do things that my kids enjoy doing. For instance, when Jaden started reading the Percy Jackson series, I read them too so we would have something to talk about little did I know I’d end up loving them more than him. So I’m BJ started longboarding and then Elijah picked it up to I thought why the hell not. Are used to rollerblade alongside them or ride my bike but I’m always up for a challenge, and it was definitely a challenge I can say is my tailbone was definitely bruised. I have to say I had a great teacher though BJ was very patient with me and would continuously go over with me and after about a month or two of doing it I think I’ve been pretty good and I honestly enjoy it, and now I’ll go without them. Will be interesting to see then next thing I pick up trying to have those little moments to bond with them hopefully nothing too dangerous.
Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can see and feel.” – Tupac
Ahhh the complexity of human emotions. Does happiness exist without sadness? I tend to believe you can’t experience one and not experience the other. However, the balancing act lies in not letting sorrow or the fear of sadness restrict your ability to experience happiness.
I think some people are so afraid of letting go of their pain because it has become their identity. And when I say some people, it was me. I gave my traumatic upbringing become my identity. My passion for culture and social justice derived from heartache and pain. It weighed on me so heavily that I became the embodiment of the “angry black women.”
I pursued my undergrad in psychology because I wanted to help underprivileged youth like myself. Through my education, I was able to learn how not to forget the sadness and pain but do not let it be my single driving force even if I wanted to use it for “good.” I needed not to be afraid to be happy. That my passion for culture and social justice did not ultimately stem from heartache and pain… My heart ached because I was hurt, I was hurt because I cared. Caring derives from love. I love, and that’s why I am so passionate about making sure the youth I work with not only appreciate their own culture but are introduced to other cultures as well. It is also essential that students’ have an understanding of what social justice is, and how everyone deserves social justice.
Culture: the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social groups.
Social Justice: Justice regarding the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges with a society.
Social Justice is important because it promotes and works toward a society that celebrates diversity and equality. Having more equality and diversity in society is good for society because it encourages opportunity, growth and social well being.
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