Just an 19 year old trying to balance having fun in life and achieving more than I could have hoped for!


 

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

coolator:

Sydney Corcoran poses at the finish line one year after she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. More Here

I do not know how to feel about today… I am stressed and out of it, but I got 4 miles even despite hating every second of it. After a nap I was a little happier and now I am avoiding studying with tv and How To Train Your Dragon mac and cheese. Hopefully tomorrow isn’t so fucking cold or weird.

I do not know how to feel about today… I am stressed and out of it, but I got 4 miles even despite hating every second of it. After a nap I was a little happier and now I am avoiding studying with tv and How To Train Your Dragon mac and cheese. Hopefully tomorrow isn’t so fucking cold or weird.

toomanyfandomssolittletime:

toomanyfandomssolittletime:

its really hard being a Hindu, because i wanna taste beef but i can’t because of religion. damn.

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wAIT WHAT

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mY SKIN IS WHITE???

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I’M NOT INDIAN???? I’VE NOT BEEN A HINDU FOR 16 YEARS BECAUSE MY PARENTS ARE ALSO HINDUS??

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cAN I FINALLY STOP WORSHIPPING COWS?!?!?!!

glassceilingofgreatness:

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prsjon:

The Doll Test

This self hate thing is DEEP

this makes me mad 

This is a compilation of doll tests featuring children of many races.

This is so fucking important

ive studied this and it was originally an experiment by kenneth clark which tied into the ‘brown vs. board of education of topeka’ case

Must watch

For anyone who tries to tell people racism isn’t an issue in our society

It’s heartbreaking to watch this and know that society has conditioned black children into hating themselves and teaching other children that it’s okay to treat others differently based on the color of their skin. This video explains why I wanted to be white when I was younger. Society told me that white was beautiful, that white was right, and that I was bad for being black.

(Source: lindsaychrist)

lovehealthlift:

It was painful to take the first photo but I knew, even then at 190lbs that my body was going to change because I was that determined to change my life.
I’d lost 14lbs previous to this purely by eating better and finding out what a salad was (even a pre-packaged one at that).If you were to have asked me then if I believed I could get here it would have been a very doubtful ‘of course I can’. Physically I have come very far but mentally has been the greatest feat of all. 
When you reward and thank your body every day for keeping you alive and when you reward and thank yourself for staying strong then you can achieve whatever you dream of achieving.
I still have bad days but I would say that now I am 90% rid of my depression which lingered with me throughout my teenage years. I am rid of hatred for myself, my body and for people who surround me. I am full of love for myself and my entire being.It’s okay to love the pants off of yourself, to be selfish, to be happy and if you want to scream that you are the best then do it - it’s OKAY.
Keep pushing, keep loving & keep accepting.

lovehealthlift:

It was painful to take the first photo but I knew, even then at 190lbs that my body was going to change because I was that determined to change my life.

I’d lost 14lbs previous to this purely by eating better and finding out what a salad was (even a pre-packaged one at that).

If you were to have asked me then if I believed I could get here it would have been a very doubtful ‘of course I can’. Physically I have come very far but mentally has been the greatest feat of all. 

When you reward and thank your body every day for keeping you alive and when you reward and thank yourself for staying strong then you can achieve whatever you dream of achieving.

I still have bad days but I would say that now I am 90% rid of my depression which lingered with me throughout my teenage years. I am rid of hatred for myself, my body and for people who surround me. I am full of love for myself and my entire being.

It’s okay to love the pants off of yourself, to be selfish, to be happy and if you want to scream that you are the best then do it - it’s OKAY.

Keep pushing, keep loving & keep accepting.

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thebutterflysgrave:

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