Today, 30 years ago on April 8th, 1990 Ryan White passed away. Today, he would have been 48 years old. I have always been an advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. I learned about Ryan when I was in high school. Ryan White contracted HIV through contaminated blood transfusions for hemophilia. He was the poster child during a time that many people didn't know what HIV/AIDS was as a disease. He spoke out against all adversaries. Ryan was forced out of school many times. He did "The Fight to Go to School." So much ignorance occurred such as thinking it could be passed through casual contact. Ryan became a national spokesman. Many famous people such as Michael Jackson, befriended Ryan in a time that nobody wanted to be near him. Having people of high status led the way in showing that this disease is not transmitted just by shaking someone's hand, giving somebody a kiss or giving somebody a kiss. Ryan didn't stay quiet about his disease, he helped inform all of us that this disease can affect anyone, not just certain groups of people. This disease doesn't discriminate your gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. We all need to bond together to find a cure and stop the hatred. The Ryan White Act was created in 1990 to help people who have been diagnosed with this disease. Today the battle continues against HIV. We must remember those who fought to help educate us. RIP Ryan White.
My first year of teaching has taken a turn that I was least expecting. At the time of this writing, I am living through a pandemic, COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
I am so excited to become a teacher down the road and spread my global awareness to my future students. Teachers are so needed to help build the next generation of students who will lead the way to a better future. Living in the world that we live in today, it is needed to learn another language, to love cultures and to love those people who are different from us. All this has me so stoked! Pondering
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my future. I’ve been asking myself, “what can I do to become more than just an ordinary teacher?” I definitely want to be more well-rounded as a person. I’m not the type of person who is satisfied settling for one thing. I’ve been becoming the person who really wants to try new things and hope to see where such road takes me? Even though I should have minored in it at least, I still feel like I can be successful learning new skills. I want to start a new journey this summer in learning new skills. I want to leave my comfort zone and just do me? So what exactly am I doing? 3 things
I decided that I want to learn and continue learning 3 things: learn the skills to graphic design, continue HTML/CSS & other programming languages and learn to make a simple app. This is something I’ve always wanted to do for a while but was scared to start. I have received inspiration from people around me. This is gives me hope that even though I am only a beginner. Mastering all of these skills will take more than a summer. I have accepted this.
I also plan on being able to continuously read a book at all times. Knowledge will help me sooth the savage beast from driving me crazy. I want to be able to grow the mind and soul in ways I haven’t felt in a longtime.
Overall, I want this to be my summer to help me grow, to enlighten me and overall, to help me become a better person. I won’t just limit myself to the items mentioned above. I’m going to try all sorts of things. How I go about this will be all up to me. My attitude toward things will decide how bad or great my outcome will be. I know that things will be positive. I will face obstacles but I will overcome them. What matters is that I tried something new this summer.
I want to thank you for all of your support. I hope to be able to share my adventure as I go. Even though I am hoping to grow this summer, I want to let you know that you will also grow this summer. You and I will find the right path for a bright future.