Today's been chosen as the day to wear purple in honour of the 6 teens who took their lives because they were bullied about being gay or because they were thought to be gay; as well as for all teens bullied for being gay. Everyone should wear their purple to show that these kids are not alone! Purple represent "spirit" in the Pride Flag and that's why we're wearing purple.
I'm wearing my purple (even underwear).....are you?
Last week I started orientation for my new full-time nursing position at the Hospital here and on top or that had things most evenings and that is why I've been MIA again and not blogging...cause my life has been CRAZY! BUT....last weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada and again, that weekend was ridiculous! I didn't go home to Timmins since Lacey was coming in town to have Thanksgiving with her family here and I haven't seen her in awhile so figured I'd stay to see her and then since I wasn't supposed to work this week, I'd just go home for a week to visit friends and family back home.
Lacey's bus was 3 hours late so she only got in to Ottawa after 3am, so naturally I went out and got really drunk and rather than going to bed when she was here (cause I had orientation again the next day), I stayed up till after 5am talking to her....which led to me being about an hour late for orientation. I had a Thanksgiving supper at my bro's place with my sis and my bro's gf and his roommates. The supper was actually REALLY good! Then I went to Lacey's aunt's place and after our hot-tub I ended up crashing there for the night. The next day I went to yoga (more for the instructor than the actual class, but the class is good too lol). Bekka had her first party at her place in Hull so I went to that and it was decked out! Projector screens with lasers and candles everywhere and a plounge (pillow lounge). It was so sweet! And the people there were so chill and cool. I left before they went to the bar cause Cassie was going to my place to predrink before we were to head to Edge to go dancing and celebrate with Laurice since it was her last time going dancing before she moves to Elliott Lake on saturday. After a very dangerous ride on the back of a scooter by someone who just got the scooter that day and still didn't know how to drive it and me without a helmet and almost dying....I got off and got Cassie to pick me up lol. We went to my place and downed our booze and headed to the bar. We danced up a storm and saw the person I had gone on a date with earlier that week chatting it up with my ex - that was interesting lol. I met a guy from a an MTV show and he surprised me a LOT and is actually SUPER sweet and nice! He's also hilarious and was making Cassie and I die laughing at his jokes. After kicking Cassie home (sorry again Cass), the weekend just continued at this ridiculous pace! Another Thanksgiving supper at Lacey's Aunt's, and another afternoon with "Mr. Nice Guy", then back to the real world and had to have my last orientation day monday. And that my friends was my Thanksgiving.....minus a few details ;)
The news all over has been splashed with titles of suicide after suicide of youth taking their lives due to their inability to cope with the never ending bullying that they endure. It's not the beginning of this, and suicides like these have gone on before - for too long. It seems like lately it's been happening in overdrive; the reason - bullying gay teens. Teens who are gay or who others assume are gay have been and continue to be targets of ceaseless bullying in elementary and high schools all over North America and the eduation system still does little to ACTUALLY prevent these things from happening. All these schools talk about a "no bullying" or "no tolerance" policy regarding acts like the ones we've heard so much about lately; however, very few schools actually do anything to put an end to it. I think the recent news shows that if there's a time for schools to finally step up and step in, it's now. Go ahead and have your "no bullying" policies, but actually act on them when theirs complaints. First time it happens, send the bully home. Second time it happens, suspend the kid. If you act instead of talk, bullying will slow down and not be as rampant as it is, where bullies know they can get away with it. But the problem is...so do the people that are getting bullied. They have no one to protect them and help them. They turn to what, at that time in their lives, seems like the only way to get away from all the pain they endure. It needs to stop. All these stories about bullied kids committing suicide break my heart cause I was there when I was younger and bullied. I know what it's like to want it to stop and think that the only way to end the hurt is through suicide. Thankfully, I was able to make it through thanks to one person that I met in Grade 10 and if it wasn't for her I don't think I'd be here. But now that I'm where I am today, I'm happy I've made it. I can say without a doubt that it DOES get better even though it doesn't feel possible. Here's the clip from Ellen about one of the latest stories.
This past week, Santosha Yoga on Elgin was celebrating their 1 year anniversary and as a present, they were giving free classes all week! I haven't gone to yoga in a little while so I thought it was about time to get back into it again. Monday I went with my friend Bekka to a Yin yoga class that was not too bad and we made plans to go to a special Acro-Yoga on Friday. We arrived for that and were super excited! Acro-yoga is a partnered (and sometimes a group) yoga that's kind of a mix between yoga and dance and you work with your partner's body to do positions. It was hands down the most fun yoga class I have ever done! The stuff we were doing was ridiculous! Straight out of cirque de soleil! Flying poses (like the picture) and headstands on each other's body and not the floor, a giant group roll into downward dog. It was just SO much fun I want to do it again badly! Bekka and I, and Bekka's friend Diena said we're going to practice to get our core stronger since it's a huge core exercise and then hopefully we'll be able to go to the workshops in November that are put on by our teachers' yoga teachers from Montreal who choreographed Cirque de Coleil in LA! Ridiculous fun! Then to finish off the week of free yoga i went to a "hangover yoga" class yesterday afternoon. It was a really good class and I'll definitely go again next week, but let's just say that it was too intense that I could NEVER do that class if I actually was hungover! hahaha. I'm pretty pumped that I'm back into yoga again after taking a hiatus with my crazy busy month, now it's all back on track. And if anyone ever gets the chance to do acro-yoga, DEFINITELY do it!! So much fun, but you usually need a partner.
(This is a picture of the flying Superman pose that Bekka and I were doing, but this is not the two of us, it's just a pic I got from Google. And Bekka could hold me up and make me fly too!)