Busy, friendly, outgoing, tired, anxious, determined, pissed, delighted, caring, loving, understanding, artistic, leftist, animal lover, confused, torn, hippie, punk, music lover, student, flexible, smart, stupid, black and white and full of color.
Uh, wild? I dunno... I have 6 non-ear body piercings and my hair hasn't been it's natural color since I was 10. I've slept in quite a few parks... I go to punk concerts... is that wild? i don't know... it's me.
If everyone spent their lives trying to make the world just a little better than it was when they came into it, the world would be a much better place.
What Gives Me Hope
Meeting new people with the same activist spirit as myself. Believing that there is a God who cares about me (Jehovah). (Note: I am not a Jehovah's witness, I am only learning and looking for answers. As I mentioned before, I am still discovering how I want to live my life and what I believe in. But my belief in God has got me through some really hard times, so it seemed a good fit for this question.)
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Wow... so many things to be done... Repeal NAFTA and CAFTA? Make spaying/neutering cats mandatory after 1 litter? Stop animal lab testing? Send aid to sudan? Fund sexuality education in schools? Universal Health care? Make a goal for 100% sustainability? Start programs to help inner city schools? Pull troops from Iraq? All of the Above?
What/who changed my life and why
Upward Bound, Randi Pickering, Steven Wesseler, my Mom, Matt Leavitt, Jenna Campbell, my permaculture class, "Living Downstream", So many people for such diverse reasons. Living Downstream is a wonderful book, I definitely recommend it to EVERYONE. It is hard to get through the scientific jargon, but it's completely worth it. Upward Bound introduced me to so many wonderful people that showed me ways to get active politically and why it was important to do so. Steven Wesseler is the head of the Maine center for the prevention of hate violence, and I heard him speak one time at UB about some of the cases he's dealt with in our area dealing with hate crimes. Randi Pickering introduced me to punk philosophies and ways of life, and she gave me a home and family when I needed one. She was the first vegetarian I consciously knew of, and she's just wonderful. Matt Leavitt always challenges me to be a better person and inspires me to justify my beliefs and actions. My permaculture class taught me that I could make my hopes of a better world a reality in my own backyard, and gave me the confidence and some of the skills I need to do so. Thanks everybody!
On the wings of a butterfly, a piece of beauty from my city. The saguaro represents your friendship, a strong presence that endures through time and always stands strong. Thank you for all you give and who you are.