Despite The Rough Tracks Of 2018, I'd Like To Admit That 2018 Was A Good Year

Despite The Rough Tracks Of 2018, I'd Like To Admit That 2018 Was A Good Year

I saw. I came. I conquered.

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2019 is just a couple breaths away from us. December just started, and I bet we're all going insane about the fact that this year went by quickly. Others would agree that this year felt really long -- like 2018 is finally coming to an end. *sighs*

The other day I read a post saying how 2018 felt like a long year. We had the Olympics this year, and it seems like they came a long time ago. Really, time is just as confusing as ever, to be honest.

However, I remember how last year I had written an article on why I don't do new year resolutions, I'm absolutely shocked by the fact how I feel like I didn't accomplish anything this year but I like to believe even the smallest of tasks are great accomplishments. Dealing with mental illness most of the year wasn't an easy road, let me tell you.

The fact that I allowed my mental health to stop me from doing many things I wanted to do didn't entirely bring me down. So I saw, I came, and I conquered. Instead of 2018 making me it's bitch, I (tried to) made it my bitch.

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Probably one of my most treasured accomplishments was being able to buy tickets to Troye Sivan's concert on October. That would be the highlight of my 20-gayteen. I feel like Hayley Kiyoko, you know, gay and proud. 2018 was the year that I came out to the world and was able to find love and by coming out, I encountered even more love and more support from other people. 20-gayteen was the year I attended my first pride. In this year, I was able to shamelessly embrace who I am and start to love every small aspect of myself.

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During this year, I began to embrace my company a little bit more. I learned the valuable lesson that I am my best friend, too. I learned to appreciate myself a little bit more, and how to not bring myself down for every little mistake. I discovered that self-care isn't just about laying in bed for a week straight and listening to sad music in the darkness.

Perhaps 2018 wasn't the year where I decided on more physical and tangible goals. For this year, I had decided I wanted to learn how to embrace myself more -- how to love myself more -- and I guess I nailed it.

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Professional Athletes Are Paid Too Much

Are pro-athletes really deserving of the monetary commission they receive?
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For generations, children have aspired to become professional athletes. In the 1920's children wanted to be Babe Ruth; in 2012 children wanted to be Derek Jeter. The list of pro-athletes that influence the younger generation can go on and on. Looking back on elementary school yearbooks, the most common profession for youths has (and will continue to be) a professional athlete. Whether it involves the MLB, the NFL, the NHL, or any other professional league, children tend to pick this profession out of love for the specific sport. Yet, these innocent and uninformed children seem to strike gold by choosing one of the most economically successful jobs in the world.

While professional athletes dedicate most of their life to their respected sport, the amount they are paid to simply play games is absurd. For example, the average salary for a professional football player in the NFL is $1.9 million per year. Keep in mind that that is average, without external endorsements. Therefore, some athletes make much more than that. The crowd favorite Peyton Manning averages $19 million a year. Sports other than football also have averages that are incredibly generous. In the world of golf, the popular Tiger Woods makes more than $45 million a year. These pro-athletes make millions of dollars, most of whom have not received an outstanding education. In fact, some have not even received a college diploma.

Zooming out from the glamorous and indulgent world of professional athletics, taking a look at other professions seems to be much less appealing. How is it that jobs that are vital to the success of the public receive much less commission than jobs that revolve around running to catch a ball? The average pediatrician makes $173,000 a year. The average teacher salary is $50,000 a year. This does not mean that a professional athlete is any less of a hard-working, devoted, deserving professional. This also does not mean that the athletes have not pushed themselves and worked incredibly hard throughout the years to get where they are, but it does mean that there is a line where inequity takes over. Fame and fortune are showered upon athletes. Is it truly necessary to average out millions of dollars per year when people spend massive amounts of time researching and developing new policies, cures, or other ways to improve the condition of the world? The salary and status of professional athletes seems to be a major power imbalance in the world of careers.

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As 2018 comes to a close, it's a perfect time to reflect on everything that's happened this year. One thing that's helped me with that recently has been the process of moving. From looking back on the past to getting ready for new beginnings, packing up my old things and clearing out my room has reminded me of both the tangible and memorable experiences not just from this year, but in the past decade I've spent in Atlanta. This short cinematic film is a recollection of the memories of my childhood home and the ride we've been on this year, a microcosm of thoughts from the past 365 days.

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