When I was a kid, I didn’t have much responsibility. I had to get my school work done any maybe help with some chores, only if I was asked. Most of it was spent playing around or doing fun things with my family. I’d spend days just dreaming of my future.
Thinking back on it, I had a very small view of the world and just like any little kids does, I had some misconceptions. For example, I wanted to be an exotic dancer after seeing Independence Day. My parents never let me see the very first scene when she is actually dancing in the strip club, so when she told the President’s wife she was an exotic dancer, I assumed that was someone who performs dances from exotic countries. I had no idea what it really was!
I also had a great-uncle who did quite a bit of time in Joliet Prison. He was not a good man at all. One year on our way to the drag races, we drove by the prison and Mom said as a joke, that’s where our uncle used to live when he was alive. Being as young as I was, I assumed he lived in a mansion with a huge yard and towers. So for a while, until I found out what that actually was, I aspired to grow up like my great-uncle. I’m glad THAT never happened!
So looking back at my childhood there is a lot to laugh about. I can laugh at fun memories with my family, vacations, holidays, school activities, I can laugh at my silly misconceptions about the world. Of course we fought and we had our spats. I started going through personal struggles in Middle School, which stopped in High School yet resurfaced in College, but I survived. I no longer do any of the harmful things I used to. I’ve had a great life, a safe life and a loving life.
But not everyone is lucky. There are young men and women who live a life like Nydia, in the city, in areas plagued with violence. The soundtrack to their lives is fill with sirens and gunshots. She was able to stay away from that lifestyle though and stay focused on the positive in her life, however not everyone can do that. I don’t even have room to list all of the children and young adults killed this year alone in Chicago, and this happens all over the country.
Then there are all of these articles about sex trafficking. 105 children have been saved in Operation Cross Country and over 150 pimps were arrested. In another operation designed to target sexual predators, 61 children were rescued and of these “22 were 9 years old or younger, and four were under the age of 3” and 244 arrests were made. Then you read articles that talk about trafficking in the suburbs where the article starts off by talking about a 7-year-old girl who was trafficked by her grandfather, he was her pimp.
Compared to all of that, my childhood was so simple. Until you start reading and educating yourself about problems in the world, whether it is cancer or poverty or disease or human trafficking, you really don’t know the full extent of it. Find your cause and do something. Being involved doesn’t mean hours and hours of your day spent on a cause, you can just collect the change from your couch and donate it or when you clean your closet off, drop your clothing somewhere instead of throwing it away. As always, if you ever are interested in anything I do, you can always comment with questions, I’m also on Twitter (however I am still getting used to it!) @Meggiemae67.
Love Letters to Yourself mural of self-love – Love Letters is a group designed to empower women and help them find self-love. This will be in downtown Naperville and we’ll be out there Saturday September 7th asking people to write 1 thing they love about themselves on our mural! Jillie, the founder, is also collecting love letters to put in her book that will be published, so feel free to send those in! Also, if you want to send in a photo with a sign that says 1 thing you love about yourself, send it to my Twitter @Meggiemae67 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Traffick Free 5k – That is also September 7th in the morning. Check out the link!
WAR Chest Boutique Naperville self-defense class – Again on September 7th, I won’t be at that one, but it still looks amazing!!
Bra Drive for Free the Girls – Ladies, you know you have to get rid of old bras that don’t quite fit anymore, but they are in such great condition you don’t want to throw them away, donate them to Free the Girls! I’ll be collecting to bring them to Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, but you don’t have to be here to participate! If you check out their website, there are drop-off locations everywhere including Canada and a mailing address!
Just think about ways you can get involved and one very important way is spreading the word about these cases and what is going on in the world. Of course I would LOVE if you could spread the word about some of these events, but whatever your cause is, always get involved!