Water – My Element

I believe all of us are drawn to one of the 4 main elements (earth, wind, water, fire) more than the others.  Water has been my element for as long as I can remember.

I am fortunate in that I have been to the Atlantic Ocean every year of my 30 years of existence.  This past spring I finally saw the Pacific Ocean as well as Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the country.  I’ve swam in and kayaked on lakes and I’ve cruised the Caribbean.

I grew up not far from the Susquehanna River.  Thanksgiving and Easter were spent at my grandparents’ house where my cousins and I either played on the frozen pond or waded in the creek.  I spent my first year of college living on campus and often took walks to a nearby creek.  When I moved to Northeastern PA I quickly found both a river to run alongside as well as a lake to visit when I needed to clear my mind.  It seems I am always drawn to water no matter where I am.

Water calms me and opens my mind as a natural form of meditation.  It connects me to nature in a way that nothing else does.  It has the ability to make me appreciate life all while realizing how minuscule I am in this world.  I am in awe of its power to give life as equally as it can destroy it.

Tonight I ran across the Susquehanna River and looking at it from atop the bridge it finally clicked to me where my advocacy passion lies – water.

I am strongly against fluoride being added to the water supply and refuse to drink my tap water because it is added to it.  I feel anger when I read articles about states prohibiting their residents from collecting rainwater.  I want to cry when I see images of the glaciers melting.  I am appalled when I view pictures of trash accumulating in the ocean.  I loathe companies such as Nestle who seek to expand their business in states where drought is affecting the locals.

This is why I feel so much empathy for those in Standing Rock, ND.  They are fighting for the right to clean water.  A right that shouldn’t need a protest.  A right that every human in existence is entitled.  I feel helpless in my ability to assist them, but I can only hope that my bringing attention to their plight serves to help them.

Water is their cause.  Water is my element.  Because of that we are connected.

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My Birthday Post

I have officially lived through 3 decades as of today.  I think I’m supposed to write about how much I’ve learned and grown and how grateful I am to leave my 20s behind.  I think that’s too cliche and if you know me at all you know I hate the majority of cliche things.

The truth is I would live every moment of my 20s again because each has brought me to today.  I’ve never believed in regrets.  There are moments in my life I would have preferred to have played out differently, but I’m a firm believer in that you always end up where you are meant to even if you don’t like the path taken to get there.

I debated writing a blog of 30 bucket list items or 30 fun facts you may not know about me.  Those too seemed too overplayed.

What I truly want to write about is what is going on in Standing Rock, ND.  If you are my friend on Facebook you’ve likely already seen the multiple news article I have posted in relation to this.  I am not one to attempt to blow up people’s news feeds, but I feel like there is no such thing as too much attention on this issue.  I am appalled and stunned that something like this could be occurring on US soil.  I am beyond disgusted that there is no mainstream media coverage of this.

In recent months I have become very anti mainstream media and its lack of coverage only fuels my disdain.  I feel that true journalism has become a rarity.  Agendas such as dividing Americas whether by race, wealth, or political viewpoint are being fueled rather than having legit news reported.

I encourage you to please educate yourselves on what is happening to the Native Americans and their supporters in Standing Rock.  They are peacefully defending their right to clean water and their sacred lands and are being persecuted in horrendous ways for it.  Those who are attacking them without provocation should be punished.  The pipeline should not be built.  Our country needs to get its priorities straight.

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes.  As a gift to me I ask that you please donate to the Standing Rock cause.  At minimum please educate yourself about what is happening and stop believing everything the media wants you to.