This once said ".a broke college student" but now I can proudly say I am now---a broke college...GRADUATE!, 22 yr olds, Queens bred, move maker, earth shaker, a thinker and life experiencer… and a human being living life everyday the best way I know how
Bound for greatness.
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-Sallei the Great
Today was one of the most inspiring days I’ve had in a long time. I’m super thankful for today. I met a group of amazing ppl fighting injustices in all forms and it was just amazing to sit and talk with such brilliant and revolutionary minds. On another note I went to church for the first time in a long time and had a good time there too as well. Today was just all around very fulfilling. And I also got to hear the thoughts and experiences of an abortion doctor who’s one of two doctors who fly into Mississippi to perform abortions at the last and only abortion clinic in Mississippi. It was just so inspiring. And I got to meet an amazing woman named Sunsara Taylor who’s organizing a group of ppl to fly down to Mississippi to fight the closing down of this last abortion clinic. Everything was just so inspiring and I was so blown away, I HAD to write about it and share!
And if you would like to donate to these efforts by Sunsara you can support the cause at stoppatriarchy.org !
In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.
After a full day’s use my battery is still completely charged (all bars intact). I only have to put my phone on the charger every two days and the battery is completely restored in 10 minutes tops!
When I’m in an unfamiliar location trying to find an address I actually have to talk to other people to ask for directions instead of just using GPS. That human interaction was refreshing.
I made new friends while waiting in the doctors office just off the simple fact that I was the only one waiting without my head buried in my phone. A guy mentioned that every single person in the waiting room was on their phone, and his friend turned to me and said “She isn’t” and conversation commenced.
The simplicity. As much as I miss being constantly bombarded with information throughout my day, thru Twitter notifications, Instagram notifications and the countless other apps, a certain amount of clarity comes about with a simple phone. I just feel like my days (and thoughts) are a lot simpler and less cluttered.
BTW, I laughed many times while writing this. One thing I can say I do miss is the simplicity of texting on smartphones.