Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

by - 6:51 PM

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School's out (at least for me :) ), and what do I usually do when school is out? Laze around in bed until noon, and then get up, fetch my laptop, and laze around on there for the rest of the day (I know I need a life, okay? :) ). But this year - even though I'll still probably be on my laptop, drowning in PotC music and Collective [noun]. videos - I want to do something a little different. This year, I want to actually take a few minutes to think about what today IS. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrating - you guessed it - Martin Luther King, Jr. And I want to think - even if it's just a little bit - about him and the things he did.

He pioneered nonviolent protesting in the United States. His efforts and drive made it possible for this nation to be what it is today - which, if not very good, is certainly not as bad. We still have a long way to go before that legendary promise of equality for all in the Declaration of Independence is fulfilled, but he got us a heck of a lot closer to closing the gap than we were before.

I guess nowadays teenagers and kids - now, this includes me, I'm just as guilty, if not more so, than the general population - don't bother to stop and actually think about things beyond "School's out - yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!!" I guess it hasn't really been ingrained into our minds by society that appreciation is necessary. But this year, I am going to try to appreciate this "school's out" day a little bit more. I am going to try to think about why we have school out in the first place and be grateful for that. Now, I, being the Internet-obsessed teenager that I am, will probably just think about that for a minute or so and then go back to "He's a Pirate" and "Hipster Cafe". But at least it will be more than I usually do. This is my personal goal for myself this year: To stop, think, and appreciate - even if it's just for a few seconds.

Now, I'm not trying to tell you that this is what you should be doing. I'm not trying to be one of those weird people at the Farmers' Market who stands up on a cardboard box and preaches as loud as their lungs can possible allow them to about the evils of society and such. I'm just posting this to say that this is my personal goal for myself - and thank-you to Martin Luther King, Jr.


PS - For anyone who's wondering, Collective [noun]. is an Australian sketch comedy group on YouTube, and Hipster Cafe is one of my favorites of their videos. Their stuff may not necessarily be funny, but it's still quirky and fun and brightens up your day. :)

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