Why It Was A Good Thing I Stopped Dancing

Why It Was A Good Thing I Stopped Dancing

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Dance was always a part of my life. It was something that I started when I was three and just kept doing throughout my whole life. I tried other sports like soccer, basketball, and volleyball, but I didn't like any of them as much as I loved dancing.

When I was in fifth grade, I started doing competitive dancing. This changed my world. It was so much more challenging and demanding. Honestly, I was really bad at it for a while, and I looked like a noodle when I was on stage, but I loved it.

I loved my dance studio and all the people there. There was nowhere else I wanted to spend the majority of my time and no other people I wanted to spend it with.

I stopped dancing at a studio after tenth grade. It was becoming too much. I was spending all my time dancing, and I barely had time to do homework or spend time with friends. From then on, the only dancing I was doing was from my high school poms team. This was still super fun but dancing two hours a day in a school cafeteria wasn't the same as dancing for hours every day in a studio.

Deciding not to dance at a studio anymore was a big decision. I had to choose to stop doing something that I had done for so long — something that had made me so happy for most of my life. It got to the point where dance was more of an obligation than the passion I once had.

This break from dancing was good for me. It allowed me time to get a job, focus on homework, and spend more time with my friends.

Although not dancing anymore was, ultimately, the best decision for me, sometimes I think that I made this decision without truly thinking about it. There were times where I missed dancing a lot. I would see pictures of my old dance team at their practices and their competitions. I would get sad, and I couldn't help but thinking about how I should be there with them.

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk reminiscing on all of my dance memories. I was watching old videos and thinking about all the fun times I had at my dance studio. I got really emotional thinking about how I haven't seriously danced in almost two years. I used to think of dance as something that I needed to survive. It was the place where I was most myself, and I could express everything that I was feeling.

Sometimes I feel a little lost, and I feel like dance might help me to find my path again. I know that there are other ways to express myself now. One that I have resorted to is writing. It has become an outlet for my thoughts and my troubles.

Even if I have regrets about not finishing out my dance years, I know that I was better off with the decision I made. I am still so grateful for everything I learned from my dance teachers, my teammates, and dance in general. They taught me not just dance, but life lessons.

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Jussie Smollett, If You Wanted To Advance Your Career, Staging A Hate Crime Was Not The Way To Do It

You should strive to be known for your career instead of creating controversy.

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On January 29, Jussie Smollett made a call to the Chicago Police Department and reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime by two men wearing MAGA hats, shouting slurs at him and that "This is MAGA country", throwing bleach on him, and performing a mock lynching on him. The police found him in his apartment with a noose tied around his neck.

However, after much investigating on the part of the Chicago Police Department, it has been revealed that Jussie Smollett hired two brothers to perform the attack on him.

He organized the attack, as well as mailing himself hate letters because he was "dissatisfied with his salary" on the television show "Empire" and trying to boost his publicity. Smollett turned himself over to the Chicago Police Department on Thursday morning.

Smollett's actions are very unusual and disrespectful, to say the least. It's very strange that he would willingly subject himself to the acts which he claims to hate. When you take a step back and look at the situation through an objective lens, this is too extreme to handle a disagreement over a lower salary. Committing felonies is not the way to get a point across. Smollett hurt not only himself but also the two people he hired to perform the hate crime. He caused more damage than he probably intended to cause for everyone involved.

In addition to all that, he greatly disrespected the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago has a higher crime rate than the average rate in the US, which puts a huge strain on their police department. The superintendent of the Chicago Police Department said in a press conference Thursday morning that he was saddened that this took away attention from the real gun crimes which are affecting innocent families in Chicago. The police essentially focused all their attention on an act which could have been prevented if Smollett had simply been willing to communicate with people with whom he works on "Empire". They really and truly should have focused on innocent people who were victims of very real crimes.

Staging a hate crime is no way to advance a person's career. It simply desensitizes people to the reality that hate crimes do indeed happen.

The world is an imperfect place, so things like that, unfortunately, still happen. However, organizing a fake one only causes people to be skeptical whenever one occurs.

When people hear about a hate crime happening on the news, now there's a chance that they will wonder, "Was this staged? Or did it really happen?" This could lead to people disregarding hate crime claims in the future, thus potentially causing people who suffered through them to not get the help they need.

There are so many other ways to make a name for yourself, ways that don't involve violence. You don't need to commit felonies and pull other people into these actions in order to make a point. I genuinely wish Jussie Smollett had thought his actions through more and decided to not jump to extremes to get what he wanted. He could have gained much more positive publicity that way.

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Everything You Need To Know About The Government Shutdown

The longest government shutdown in history will impact every American.

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In the early morning hours of December 22, the longest government shutdown in United States history began. At this writing, the government has been shut down for 24 days -- and counting.

The current shutdown revolves around President Trump's request for over five billion dollars to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, which he sees as a necessary response to the "massive Humanitarian Crisis" taking place at the southern border -- the flow of migrants from Central America. Democrats in Congress, who fervently deny the severity of the situation, refuse to allocate funds towards a wall, instead looking to negotiate other measures for border security. Unable to pass bipartisan spending legislation, the government remains closed.But what exactly is a shutdown, and what does it mean for ordinary Americans?

A government shutdown occurs when the annual appropriations bills that fund several government agencies and programs fail to reach passage by both Congress and the president. Congress is in charge of creating these bills, and each year the president must sign them into law in order to fund the government for a new fiscal period. In October, at the beginning of the current fiscal year, only a few of the necessary appropriations bills were enacted, and Congress had until December 21 to enact the rest. However, due to congressional infighting and the President's incessant demands for a wall, the government failed to reach a spending agreement by the deadline, and a shutdown ensued.

Without appropriated funds, any departments or agencies deemed "non-essential" are put on hold under a government shutdown. This means that many federal workers, including those within the Food and Drug Administration and National Park Service, are furloughed, or put on temporary leave without pay. The remaining employees, who work in departments or agencies considered "essential," are forced to work without pay until appropriations are made by Congress and the President. Once the government is open again, they will receive their missed checks in back pay.

Put simply, the 800,000 Americans who work for departments affected by the shutdown have been without a paycheck for almost an entire month now. In past weeks, several of these workers have taken to Washington to protest the shutdown and have appeared on television to voice their frustrations. Forced to deplete their savings to make ends meet, they worry about how they'll make their next mortgage payment and keep their families fed. Paying for daycare services for infants, or college tuition for young adults, has become almost impossible for some.

And government employees aren't the only Americans affected by the shutdown. Though social security checks are sent out and Medicare is paid for, the issuance of insurance cards could cease, meaning that those newly eligible for Medicare could be turned away. Hundreds of sites with hazardous waste or polluted drinking water will go uninspected by the EPA. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, responsible for feeding thousands of impoverished families, cannot last another two months without funding.

Perhaps the scariest effect of the shutdown is its impact on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), responsible for screening passengers at airports. Since the shutdown began, airports across the country have dealt with a shortage of staff, causing long lines and massive travel delays. George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas and Miami International Airport in Florida have both been forced to close entire terminals in response to a staffing shortage. On January 14, TSA spokesman Michael Biello tweeted that TSA "experienced a national rate of 7.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2 percent rate one year ago, Monday, January 15, 2018." Although the agency claims that security has not been compromised during the shutdown, the lack of workers leaves many travellers skeptical.

As President Trump continues to exploit the "crisis" at the border (see the televised address) and top Democrats defend the merits of legal immigration, it is unclear just how long the shutdown will continue. In the House, Democrats have passed spending bills supporting the immediate re-opening of affected federal departments, but such bills have not yet been brought to the Republican-controlled Senate. There have been no meetings scheduled between the White House and congressional staff, and Trump has abandoned his idea of declaring a national emergency. It seems the only thing left to do is wait.

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