Life has many challenges. Covid-19 made sure of that. My wedding was supposed to take place in September, but we decided to post-pone our day when we can do it right and have the wedding we deserve with all the people that are important in our lives.
I love to eat fast food on my weekends. I like having Pizza and sugary drinks. I know that I need to change my diet, but the findings in this article has done exactly that. I love eating other fast foods, especially Subway, however, I have discovered some disgusting facts about it. I have been watching the CBC marketplace, where they go undercover and test certain products or companies that may be hiding some dark secrets. So, today's episode of CBC Marketplace I watched how much chicken is in the chicken sandwich fast food meals? I always get the chicken option when ordering, I think it tastes better than beef. My dad always makes the best beef hamburgers and anything else does not taste good to me or compares to his homemade hamburgers.
Many teens like to shop at stores such as Claire's, Ardene, Aldo, Old Navy, and the gap. However, most teens do not know that some of their favorite stores are selling jewelry with cadmium. Cadmium is a toxic substance that brand names use as a way to save money for their company. I was watching CBC's Marketplace when this topic showed up. They got teen girls to buy accessories from their favorite stores and found large amounts of cadmium in their pick of jewelry. Parents had no idea because they assumed that such large companies that produce these products would be following safety protocols and knew what they were selling. The crew followed a bunch of addresses to where Ardene is making their jewelry and it led them to a basement rented place in a residential neighborhood in China. Not only that, but the people working in this underground company knew the risks of Cadmium, but those workers needed a job and the money to support their family despite the risk they were taking. Then, when the crew tried to speak with the company CEO/ manager they had thrown them out of the building. Most teens and preteens are unaware of these risks when buying these products.
I discovered the band My Chemical Romance in 9th grade when the song "Teenagers" became popular. The now former lead singer of the goth rock band had his struggles, but now is a comic book writer. Gerard Way is possibly one of the most optimistic people that walked earth. In a 2008 rolling stones interview he said "I always have faith in the world. When I was 15, I got held up with a .357 Magnum, had a gun pointed to my head and put on the floor, execution-style. No matter how ugly the world gets or how stupid it shows me it is, I always have faith." We could use a little bit of that faith right now with racism and covid-19 happening, we relaly could use some of that Way faith. He continued to say that "The events after 9/11, the moments of tragedy when people show their colors and pull together, have renewed my faith." honestly, I thought that Covid-19 that we would be in this together, but the tragic death of George Floyd has brought us together instead and it is sad that a death is what took us to get closer together. Anyways, I am getting off topic here, but we need faith.
2020 has been a let down for us all. First, you bring us a pandemic, which will probably ruin my wedding day. Second, racism is louder than ever and it is disconcerting. Everyone has been using the hashtag black lives matter. Before the brutal incident of the cop kneeling on a man’s neck racism was visible, it was visible and heartbreaking. I read a blog that my friend from my former job had written and my jaw dropped. I was shocked to hear this happen. I will not go into detail but essentially a customer had asked for his drink to be prepared by his coworker because they were afraid he had covid 19, simply because of his ethnic background and chances are he has worked there longer than his coworker. It’s disheartening that some people judge someone else by their background or their skin color. Have the movies not been enough to teach you to not be racist? 12 Years a Slave was one of the hardest movies I have watched and when I read The Help tears rolled down my cheeks. Did you forget about Hitler too? He slaughtered and murdered thousands and thousands of people because he wanted to create “a clean” race. If you so dare to treat anyone different because of their skin color, then you are no better than Hitler.
I always enjoyed art, I liked going to the art museums on my travels and seeing the Mona Lisa, the sculpture of Nike, Sunflowers by Van Gogh and all the renaissance paintings. I like to pain myself, I do not think I am worthy or Picasso or Van Gogh in anyway, but I enjoy the craft of having a blank canvas and thinking "What will go on this canvas today?" and I create art. Unfortunately, I cannot keep painting for a day, I like to rush through it and show it off even though most of my art is no better than a six year old who paints. I like the idea of being a painter, I like the idea of having no money and painting for a living, it is an artist's life. But, let me paint you a beautiful pictures using just my words. What do I see outside of my window? What is it that I see when I look outside?