You’re somebody worth investing in. Everybody who has ever met you knows it, God knows it, it’s a fact. And that means your dreams and adventures are worth supporting! You just keep doin you because the world is a little better with you in it.

THE most encouraging words from my good friend Alissa. 
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R.W.

Observing social media and people around me, it is clear how Robin Williams has impacted so many people through who he was and what he has done. Various roles and different films can reach people. Art can move people. His art did just that. And it did that for me. I grew up watching his movies and distinctly remember him being my favorite actor, even as a little girl. I wanted to make people laugh just like he did. Here are some quotes that have influenced me in some way, shape, or form:

Dead Poets Society 

Mr. Keating

But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

Why do I stand up here? Anybody?…I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.

Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.

I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.

O Captain, my Captain. 

This movie, a movie my dad made me watch at a very young age has affected much of how I live my life. It shaped the teaching antics of my most influential teacher, my 5th grade teacher Mr. Kimzey. Because of this film, I learned how to be bold, how to stand on tables, and how education should be. It sewed in my head ideas of living an extraordinary life, a life full of dreams, words, and ideas. I learned about the dead poet’s honor, a word of honor, even stronger than a promise. It taught me about wisdom and daring. It taught me about the power of story, perspective, and compassion. It showed me how I someday would like to influence my future students and children. This is why I made my Korean students stand on their desks. This is why I told them that no matter what anyone tells them, they are bold, they are brave, and they are strong. I owe all of that to this spectacular piece of art. 

To continue with his other films that really shaped me: Patch Adams taught me how humor, dignity, and care can affect the quality of life; Hook imprinted upon me the importance and necessity of belief and imagination; Mrs. Doubtfire showed the importance of throwing caution to the wind when you truly love; Aladdin gave me a song I still sing, impressions I still do, and a humor I still have; and Good Will Hunting taught me the importance of vulnerability and in some ways, how we should love. 

We are affected by society. We are affected by people and the roles they play in our lives, whether it be a literal acting role or metaphoric role. It’s things like these that teach us and aid in shaping us. That’s worth something. 

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No matter who it is, no matter what they believe, no matter what they did, no matter who they love, a human life is a human life.

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sordyn:

It’s oh so ironic how suddenly there’s a new fleet of internet activists broadcasting their horrors about the recent events of Christians being slaughtered by an extremist Islamic group but most of them have nothing to say when it comes to the massacres of other religious/ethnic people groups who were killed in the name of that very Christian God and currently say no prayers for non-Christians being murdered in the same systematic manner.

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There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long hard hours, at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.

Nigel Marsh
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Seoul Trips and Soulships

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It feels like just a moment ago when I felt ill-equipped and highly unprepared for what would be four weeks of three different English teaching camps, Korean student roommates, lasting stares at phenomenal calves, and two-a-days with rice and kimchi. I have two full days left here in Mungyeong, South Korea.

            My time here has taught me probably more than I have taught my students. My time with my team and some of the people here have shown me so much.

  • I never get sick of rice.
  • My patience has been stretched and broken quicker than I thought it would have been.
  • I actually, maybe, just possibly, might be ok with middle-schoolers. At least Korean ones.
  • I still think the calves of the men here are incredible.
  • The beauty and relationship standards here are difficult for me to handle and process. I will write about this later. 
  • I heart vocab words.
  • Traveling, living, and experiencing make interesting things when you’re a sociology graduate. 
  • Sociology makes for interesting assessments and conversations. 
  • A sociological imagination is absolutely and completely needed in and applicable to all things. 
  • I am capable of teaching but more so, I want to be in a position where I can empower others to be bold, be brave, and be strong. 
  • Dear teacher and student, it is ok to make mistakes. It is ok to stumble over your words and come to panicked pause. Breathe, unpause, and keep pushing. You will get there.
  • Once I get comfortable, it is easy to forget I am in a completely different culture. The cultural rules and social norms are still in effect, no matter how relaxed I become.
  • Cultural sensitivity is necessary and must be acknowledged.
  • More like cultural awareness. I need to check myself, correct my mistakes, and move on.
  • Part of adjusting and truly getting to know a culture means making mistakes, asking questions, building relationships, and having a sense of humor.
  • Vulnerability, tears, rips, broken things are signs of genuine strength to me.
  • Soul-sharing and soul-spilling are necessities in life.    
  • Friendships + soul conversations = Soulships (a new level of friendships)
  • I can only learn so much when being around those like me. My patience, mind, heart, strength, and compassion are stretched when with people of varying backgrounds, opinions, walks, and words.
  • Those who were once complete strangers and collective first impressions are capable of being heroes, mentors, and kindred spirits in four weeks time.  
  • I am at peace when I am outside my cultural norm. I may not always be comfortable but I know that traveling, exploring, and experiencing are what I am supposed to be doing.
  • I must go back. 

            Those are just some of the things I have learned thus far. If I know me, and I’m in a lifelong yearn-a-thon of knowing myself, I will analyze, recognize, and realize countless new lessons I have gained from this experience.

South Korea—a place where rice, kimchi, student hugs, and soulships have filled me to the brim. 

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We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.

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