Keeping Your Friends Close But Your Enemies Closer

Keeping Your Friends Close But Your Enemies Closer

The struggle of a girl with selachophobia through Shark Week. I literally cried picking this cover photo.

This past week, Discovery Channel celebrated its 29th annual shark devoted event — Shark Week. This week was filled with interesting scientific studies on all types of sharks, action packed videos of the predators in action, and even a number of compelling shark attack survivor stories. Since I can remember, I’ve had an extremely irrational fear of sharks. When I was younger, I feared the chance of them appearing in the swimming pool, the bathtub and even sometimes from underneath my bed. To this day, this fear lives on and I find myself closing my eyes during previews of movies like "The Shallows," steering clear of anything "Jaws" related, and not traveling further than ankle deep into the ocean.

About four years ago, the crazy fear got crazier when I decided to sit down and face Shark Week. Several times I screamed, shuddered, and looked away but all in all I survived. It’s then I realized that to successfully “fight” your enemy, you must first know and understand him. So here I am years later still watching and intensely learning about my dear nemesis, the shark. Here below you’ll find a list of the many emotions my poor heart endures throughout the duration of this week:

When they show the largest shark ever filmed:

I mean that sucker was like over 20 feet long.

Through the entire episode on how violent shark mating is:

Some of those videos are really disturbing, and I feel like female sharks need some kind of feminism activist group.

Every time they mentioned the need for shark conservation and how much more often we attack them than they attack us:

The harm pollution and such does to our oceans is disturbing. You should look it up sometime.

When they had the episode on the frequency of sharks moving into shallow water:

And y’all all thought I was crazy for not going in the water.

When I was reminded that bull sharks can swim up river; and then reminded there is a chance of crocodiles or alligators being there the entire time anyway:

How the heck am I going to survive on this earth, like it’s literally 70 percent water and there are these sharped-tooth creatures everywhere.

Every time “The Shallows” commercial aired:

I really cannot handle that movie even if Blake Lively kills it.

When they give tips to avoid shark attacks and I notice that people ignore them regularly:

So maybe I take shark attack prevention too seriously.

When they aired one of the final episodes about sharks coming onto shore for pray:

Really? No. I can’t do it. No beach is safe.

All jokes aside, sharks really are neat (terrifying) creatures and Shark Week does a great job of embracing the beauty and wonder of these sea animals. Even though I’m more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a shark, my fear still remains. Yet, thanks to Shark Week for educating me on the behaviors of my most feared competitor, I’m ready to fight if need be.

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Houston, Let's Not Forget Harvey

Harvey had an impact that went beyond floodwaters.


Almost exactly a year ago, Houston was victim to Hurricane Harvey's torrential storming and flooding. A year later, recovery has been swift but not complete. Some areas still bear the brunt of Harvey's damage—and some losses, of course, can never be made up.

Harvey taught us, as Houstonians, more about ourselves and each other than we've bothered to know in a long, long time. I live in a neighborhood where I'm lucky if I ever manage to catch a glimpse of my next-door neighbor, let alone have some attempt at a conversation with them.

I remember though, when Harvey hit, how everyone would be out, surveying the water levels, asking each other for the latest updates and evacuation possibilities, and checking in to make sure everyone was all right. It made me understand what being a member of a community can truly be like.

It was also a wonder seeing how much compassion and mercy were still present in people; recovery could have been delayed for much longer without the help of every single person who pitched in. I'm not just talking about immediate relief like providing boating services to shelters and providing food and supplies to evacuees stuck at said shelters.

Even the rebuilding that began weeks later and is still ongoing was supported by people's lives, times, wallets and hearts. Spending weekends helping clean out residential areas and hosting food drives for the homeless became the norm, and volunteer lists overflowed with the number of people who were willing to come out and lend a hand.

Today, I remember Harvey and I realize that it marked a trying period for the city. Lives were lost and many people lost many invaluable things; some people are still trying to recover from the impacts of the hurricane.

Recently, the Carolinas were hit by Florence, a tropical storm that seemed like nature's attempt of irony after Harvey.

Thankfully, meteorologists were able to provide timely enough weather updates that the inhabitants of the worst affected areas were able to evacuate to a safer location before the storm hit. Even with about a million people being told to clear evacuation zones though, almost fifteen people still died and many hundreds were rescued by air and water.

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We are proud Houstonians, but what Harvey showed was that we were also proud citizens and very, very human. So Houston, let's take this opportunity to remember Harvey not only for what it took from us but also what we gained from it.

Let's show that we remember and have felt the pain of being left with nothing and feeling broken and helpless.

With our support, whether monetary or material, let us show the victims of Florence that as long as there is humanity, there is hope.

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