What’s Eating Ryan Fu – Fill the Boot or Fix the Problem

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I was driving into work, noticing there were firemen on each side of the street. I wondered what there were doing, then I saw a sign to “Fill the Boot”, a donation campaign to fund fireman programs. At first, I felt sad that I saw them out there trying to get donations from people. Then I got angry that these are the same people who risk their own lives to keep us safe. These are the guys who throw caution the in the wind and run into burning buildings.

It frustrates me when I seen rich athletes and movie stars walking around, not a care in the world, while our saviours are on the streets looking for handouts. I understand that they signed up for it knowing there wasn’t much money in it but there has to be a better way to help fund this important aspect of our society. If you see these fearless men out today please help them out, cause apparently our government isn’t it.

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What books are your reading? What books do your recommend? – Delveintodem (BLW Contributor)

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THE SOONER A-LEVELS CEASE TO EXIST IN MY LIFE…THE BETTER!

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(For international readers, a-levels are college equivalents)

2 years ago, I was able to perch myself into a plush recliner, fresh coffee in one hand, my phone glued to the other so conveniently whilst fixating my eyes and all my attention to the TV screen. Want to know the best part? This time consuming ritual that I would partake in every evening, 2 years ago, came at little concequence. Why? Because 2 years ago I did GCSE’s and not A-Levels! The good days, if I had had an inclin into how consumptive A-Levels were I’d have ran for the hills, no doubt followed by another thousand reluctant teens. I feel like, if I read one book for pleasure, or watch a movie just one… Then I’ve already ruined my chances of passing my exams!

They told me to do some light reading… That was the first lie of A-Levels.

Why I would vanquish A-levels from my life before I would Labour Voters…

  1. The lies: they will tell you that picking your own subjects will render you eternally happy and you’ll be so amazed and joyful that you are studying what you want to that you won’t even think of it as work. 
  2. The pain: that burning sensation in your eyes from too much reading and gazing aimlessly at a computer screen? Yeah that will last you forever!
  3. The isolation: you will be so caught up in your work that you have to say a heartfelt goodbye to your social life and learn to have a relationship with your books. Me and Plato have grown rather close.
  4. The weight: this is applicable for both guys and girls. The ten kilo bag you’ll carry around with all your resources in, no room for your personal items. If your nose starts running and you had no space to pack tissues… There’s always your exercise book.
  5. The belittling: most students range between 16-18, yet one of my teachers still insists at shouting at me for being late, not doing my homework and for having an opinion. 
  6. The hatred: I’ll keep this short and sweet. You will end up loathing about 98.99% of the people at your school. But it’s okay because the chances are… They hate you too.
  7. The zombie look: the countless hours I have traded in to write an essay is ridiculous, I have the dark circles to prove it!
  8. The fire burns down: I can no longer read a novel without exploring the underlying meaning, I read The hungry caterpillar to my little brother, the most simply of stories, yet I found copious amounts of psychological interpretations…their validity? None.
  9. The hair loss: a product of stress no doubt, but I could really do without bald spots left, right and centre.
  10. The addictions: you have to find a way to curb your anger, mine comes in the form of addiction. Don’t worry, I mean caffeine… Mostly.

These are just a few of the things I’d love to banish from my life, the only light is after the toils of A-level, I finally understand why adults wish they stayed young. Growing up, I think, starts at sixth form, college or your countries equivalent. I’d give anything to fast forward to retirement or backtrack to adolescence. 

For most people, summer is what is getting us through! I can’t wait for this summer! 

The relatability is uncanny 

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Leader of the Pack (Business Philosophy) – Be a Trailblazer

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Wisdom Wednesdays – Love Thy Neighbor

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SEX: The Spiritual Implication by Eloalota (BLW Contributor) – What are your thoughts on Casual Sex?

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Sex is more than just a physical act. There is also a deep spiritual aspect to sex. But you probably knew already, didn’t you? Or at least you may have had an inkling of it in your soul.

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whenever two bodies engage in sex, their souls are also united. How is that possible? Well….. Simply put, God made sex. You and i didn’t create it. If you were only a body and not a soul then sex would only be physical. Memo to you: “your soul is immortal and will never cease to exist, no matter what you do with your body.” so….. We don’t get to dictate to God where the boundaries for sex are to be set. That’s his call , and his alone. you have probably heard the saying, “He who has the gold makes the rules.” That may often be the way it plays out on earth, but i have another one for you. “He who created man’s body and soul gets to establish the sexual boundaries of right and wrong.” I am talking about a universal code of conduct that is not based on your strongest sexual desires, but rather, upon God’s authoritative word.so where is that place that souls go during sex? Actually, there are three places souls can go…..and only three.

The first place, the bible calls this place “the marriage bed.” (Hebrews 13:4) this is the only way your soul can enjoy “safe sex”. It is the only place God has sanctioned and chosen to bless. The other two places where many souls connect during sex will bring a curse and not a blessing.

Check out the rest of the article @  https://eloalotablog.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/121/

Wake Up Call – It’s alright to ask for Directions

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The Truth Hurts – Life has no Life Perservers

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Making Fun of the Mentally Ill by A Journey with You (BLW Contributor)

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I grew up in a very small town, the kind of town where everyone knew everything about their neighbors, and the truth was, all of us were neighbors.

When I walked home from the community swimming pool, that cost ten cents to use all day, it wasn’t unusual for someone to stop me and ask me if I was a Whitver. “Are you Little Whit’s sister?” A teenager that went to school with my oldest brother might ask, or an adult out watering their grass might say, “Are you RuthAnne’s daughter?”

There are a number of good things about living in a town where you are easily recognizable, and people know the members of your family, but it can be hard too.

My first introduction to mental illness was my best friend’s father. He had bipolar disorder and would not stay on his medication. The whole town knew him, and many people were afraid of him.  He was a very large man with hands that stretched out the size of a dinner plate.  He owned a farm outside of town and would drive down Main Street in an old truck with a pitchfork and some wild looking dogs in the back. He had a booming voice, and when he walked down the street people moved out of his way.

I didn’t know how hard it was on my best friend until she told me one day when we were both adults that every morning on the school bus the kids used to tease her and call her dad, “crazy.”

My little friend, who I remember with the deep coffee colored eyes, wearing a brown dress with orange and yellow daisies on it, her black hair cut into a bob, and a little bow resting crooked around her neck, was teased and had to listen to the other children call her dad names.

Because her father’s illness was untreated most of the time, and because his actions were so public, his condition brought her humiliation and shame.

My friend still hates to visit the town where we grew up, because there are too many ghosts there and too many painful memories for her.

These are lifelong scars for my friend who is now fifty years old.

Are children any more educated and aware today?  I’d like to think so, but with the memes and jokes I read on social media from people who are parents, I would say, no.  Most people still think it is okay to make fun of the people with mental illnesses.

I’d like to change that.  I can’t change the experience of a bus full of children calling my best friend’s dad crazy while she sat there probably crying and trying to be invisible.  I can’t change that for her, but maybe, just maybe I can change it for another child, on another bus, in another town, waiting at the bus stop thinking how today his mom or dad couldn’t make breakfast for him, because they were experiencing depression.  I’d like that child to feel comfortable to go to school, tell his teacher, and receive something to eat.  No judgement. No name calling. Just a little bit of help to a family that is struggling.

Can we do it? Can we learn to stop making fun of the mentally ill? I think so much depends upon it.

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Poetry Mondays – Great Expectations by Ryan Fu (The Hated Ones)

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I am going to let you down.

Not because I want to,

it’s because I have to.

I have to be better,

faster,

smarter,

than anyone else because

you want to see me fail. 

I know you want to look down on me

with your arms raised high to the Gods,

hovering over me

like you won life’s race

but you didn’t.

This is a marathon,

a dog fight,

where I embrace the Grind

putting my head down,

biting my on mouthpiece.

A world filled

with high school counselors,

misjudging me,

telling me my future,

but you’re not a fortune teller

because I control my destiny.

I am ready to write my own story.

I am ready to fail.

I am ready to disappoint you.

I am ready to be great.

I am ready to die.

Are you?

RYAN FU

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Motivation Monday – Get off the Bench

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