Article from SPUR magazine ‘Skating is Life!’ by sports writer Naoko Utsunomiya, translated by me:

…… 2016-17 season has started….. But when I first started writing this article, it was just after Hanyu had announced his music for this season.  At the venue of the open practice (Toronto Cricket Club), he said, “I want to evolve even further.”

World Championship (Boston) in March 2016;  after it ended, Hanyu could not be seen, to an extreme degree.  He had plans to perform in ice shows, but in the end, his performances were all cancelled.  In the shows, his video message was played, and in the audience, there were fans who were in tears.  Some had their hands clasped together in front of their chest.   I was moved at the sight. And then, I realised, I was also crying.  Really, many people were waiting for his return.    

“Please look forward to my new programmes!”  It was August when we finally saw him, saying that with his refreshing smile.  It was the news of the certification of his Guinness World Records for the short programme 110.95, free skate 219.48, and total score 330.43, achieved at Grand Prix Final 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  Of course, I already knew about this achievement, but watching him receive the certificates officially, I felt very proud. 

“If only wings grew on my back”

The certification ceremony was actually planned to be held in spring.  It was pushed to later because of waiting for him to recover from injury.  Hanyu’s left foot recovered slowly.  Because of that, he must have been deeply troubled. During days when he could not jump well, he mumbled, “If only wings grew on my back.” 

In the past, I heard from skaters abroad, ‘if you are away from the rink for 3 days, the control of the body becomes difficult’.  That is how complex figure skating is.  For Hanyu, there was a period that he could not go into the rink at all.  And there was a period that his jumps were limited.   Jumps are supported by delicate balance.  Hanyu must have fought against impatience and frustration.  It would also affect the completion of the programmes (for competition).   However, 4 months after Worlds, Hanyu is able to jump like he did before.      

For me, I love his jumps which are like a dance in mid-air.  They have great distance and are so beautiful.  If I am allowed to be indulgent in expression, there are even times when he looks like he has wings.  Perhaps, this is what first class skaters are like.  On the ice, they are free, they can become anyone.

In any case, whether or not he has wings, Yuzuru Hanyu really seems to have had something special from way before. Of course, without something special, one cannot become an Olympic gold medalist. That he is very special, everyone already knows. However, I am going to talk about something from more than 10 years ago. When Hanyu was an elementary school student, he participated in a ‘national promising newcomers discovery camp’ (全国有望新人発掘合宿) held in Nagano. At that time, he was not very good at jumps (although it’s hard to think of that now). In his own words, he was a boy who was “only falling down”. “But in spite of that, I was kept on for some reason and I am grateful for that,” he said.

“An ordinary boy who continued to have an exceptionally cool dream”

Not anyone can participate in this camp; there are clear entry qualifications. It is a system to gather outstanding young skaters from all over the country and only a handful of them can advance to the end. ISU judge Nobuhiko Yoshioka (吉岡伸彦) who also served as supervisor for the Vancouver Olympics, said this when he thought back about the camp at that time. “It has always been a sport with very few people at competitive level. Generally so for girls, and for boys, it is really insufficient. To find a ‘promising newcomer’ is extremely difficult. It will vary from year to year, but out of 100 participants, the ones retained are 2 or 3 at most. It was that kind of feeling.”

In that small number, Hanyu was retained. He prevailed through the stringent selection tests. But there is no exciting story in there. Yoshioka said, “Talking about Hanyu, I have no memory of thinking ‘Oh this boy is amazing’. In his novice days, he was not very different from the others.  They were sorted based on skating, jumps, overall ability, and a few were retained. Hanyu’s skating was beautiful and he was good at music expression. But at that point in time, he was not a skater that had great expectations put on him for the future.”

An informed person’s words have weight.  Actually I like this episode a lot. The story did not end there. The ordinary child who was not very different from the others continued to have an exceptionally cool dream. Then 10 years later, that dream was fulfilled, the dream of ‘winning the Olympic gold medal’.  Almost nothing is more exciting than this story and it was written by Hanyu.

At that training camp, what if there was a promising newcomer who stood out from the rest.
What if his skating did not catch their eye.
Perhaps the birth of a star, unexpectedly, starts in that way. From a very small chance, it goes on to change fate, like a rolling snowball.  Yuzuru Hanyu has special strength.  And he has the strength to draw good fortune to himself too.

– apologies to Utsunomiya-san if I did not translate it well enough.  Much thanks to Charliebenbrown for sharing the article with me. 

What eye makeup should I do in a few days?? im gunna be wearing multicoloured clothes (mainly gold and pink, its the traditional outfit i wore on eid)
Gimme ideas :)

anonymous asked:

Silly question, living in America, how did you get into futbol?

OK so America doesn’t make any sense (sit down everyone it’s Story Time™):

In America literally everyone I know played Soccer Football in elementary school. It’s just a very common sport to enroll your children in. I don’t know why, but for some reason everyone plays it as a kid and then just forgets about it by age 14. 

I (like literally everyone) played on a girl’s team in middle school and was a decent defender and bad at every other position. I was on the Teal Team™ (we wore teal t-shirts because they were to cheap to buy jerseys). Our rival was the Orange Team™, and they were very mean and called us names and their coach yelled at everyone

I got hit in the face once and I also got hit between the legs so hard I fell over. Then I quit because I got lazy and didn’t want to keep going to practice because I wanted to sit inside. 

I’ve gotten very invested in the last three FIFA World Cups because (since I played it) Soccer Football is literally the only sport I understand so I can actually watch it and know what’s happening. 

I got into La Liga about two/three years ago and then fell out of it because of school so I didn’t have time to watch the matches, so this summer i’ve been making up for lost time. 

Fun fact: First Soccer Football drawing I did was right after last FIFA World Cup because I was bullying my co-worker who was from Argentina and I had been saying Germany was going to win for weeks and when he came into work after Argentina lost I handed him a card with Messi crying on it that said “Sorry Things Got Messi”. 

A lot of people I know want to be writers but don’t have a practice of writing. Maybe they had one once and lost it. Maybe they’re just getting started in the craft. Either way, they don’t regularly carve out space and time to put words on the page, but they wish they would. It’s easy to understand why they don’t: life interferes. Maybe it’s a job. Spouse. Kids. Obligations can take many forms.

Often, obligations form a secret conspiracy with a writer’s fear to keep that writer from writing. The logic goes like this: I’ve already invested such time, energy, brain, or sweat today into [INSERT OBLIGATION HERE] that I’m totally justified in just chillin’ like McMillan and not feeding my need to write.

Justified, yes. Happy, no. Why? Because that need needs to be fed and it won’t shut up when it’s hungry. This puts many a writer in a tough, tough spot: We want to write but we fear to write.

—  John Vorhaus “(Re)Igniting the Writer’s Life”
Wanna try a thing

I want to try and practice my art in a more exciting way, so I’m going to hold a little vote I suppose, and the help of all you lovely followers would be greatly appreciated.

Basically, the next thing I do, will be a piece featuring either: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, (my muse!) or Yang. In any of the four following styles, of which I don’t usually do.

1) Chibi.
2) realistic.
3)My tim burton thingy
4) standard manga.

So yeah, do reply to the post with whatever character/style combo you think I should attempt!
And if there isn’t a clear winner, I’ll just do one random suggestion.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm writing for a psych student newsletter, and I wanted to make a column to talk about evidence based practices we don't learn about in school, or even just interesting theories. So far I've though of DBT, ACT, MI, Behavior Analysis, Maudsley Family Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Paradoxical Intention (insomnia), Mindfullness, maybe applied relaxation, or logotherapy? Or a critical piece on EMDR, post-traumatic debriefing? Would you have any other ideas, things to discover maybe? Thanks!

Those all sound great! (Although logotherapy is not evidence based) you could also consider cognitive remediation, biofeedback, cognitive processing therapy, parent-child interaction training, social skills training, illness management and recovery, WRAP, trauma-focused CBT, exercise interventions, emotion focused couple’s therapy, behavioral couple’s therapy- lots to consider!

@celestialorbs tagged me to do this, thank you. I haven’t before but I do love oversharing so…

Rules: Tag ten users you want to get to know better

1) How old are you?

Just turned 21 years old.

2) Current job?

I'ma full time student, hoping to get into grad school and I work as a research assistant in a biophysics lab and a pharmacology lab.

3) Dream job?

I really want to work in medical physics at MD Anderson. I’m not sure if I want to practice or do research though so I’m just trying for a PhD. and seeing what happens.

4) What are you talented at?

Idk pal. I’m pretty good at math and remembering silly inconsequential facts. I also have an uncomfortably encyclopedic knowledge of the Dragon Age universe, but I try to hide that in conversation.

5) What is a big goal you are working towards/ have already achieved?

I want to get into a doctorate program for medical physics and I’ve spent the last four years doing it. Make duaa that I get accepted please!

6) What’s your aesthetic?

I love thunderstorms (which is convenient for me) and I own a blue everything. My friends tell me I dress like a anthropology professor, I don’t know what that means, do with it what you will.

7) Do you collect anything?

I collect every little thing my friends have ever doodled for me. I show them off to everyone bc my friends need to be proud of their work.

8) What’s a topic you always bring up in conversation?

Either recent social issues or science discoveries, I’m a bit of a rambler when it comes to my passions

9) What’s a pet peeve of yours?

People being unable to understand an argument even if they don’t agree with it. Like, why bring up a subject if you didn’t want an exchange of ideas? I’m not going to sit here and be a yes man for all your beliefs.

10) Good advice to give?

I don’t exactly have my life together so take this with a grain of salt but learn to be OK with small victories on the path to your bigger goals. Little things like cleaning your house, decompressing after a stressing week, getting your five prayers done, anything are victories and congratulate yourself for them. The world’s going to be hard enough on you, let yourself feel simple joys to get you through it.

11) Recommend 3 songs

I have terrible taste in music honestly, please recommend songs to me.

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it’s pretty simple. i want to see a cute gay doctor with his own practice in the west village who will prescribe me prep and send me to a chiropractor and give me tips on how to do my hair and i don’t want to pay for any of it

Dear Brittany,

I’m angry. I’m angry because I’m so damn tired. Please do not act like I don’t love my sport just because I don’t have as much time to dedicate to it as I wish that I did. That doesn’t make me love it any less. I have committed to a group that isn’t even my family anymore and so I can’t spend that much time working, they aren’t my family because I rarely get to interact with them anymore because of the commitment I made to you. If you want me to practice more then for the love of god, take away the chronic fatigue that nobody cares enough to figure out why it’s here, take away my mental health problems, add more hours to the goddamn day, make it so I’m not failing the subject I used to be best at because I spend so much time dedicated to this damn sport. Take away all the scars your best friend left behind, rewind time and have her undo what she did, make her apologize and mean it, make everybody else forget it so they stop giving me bullshit I don’t deserve for it. But Brittany, you can’t do any of that, can you? You might have a captain-ship, but you don’t deserve it, and you can’t do any of those things. So don’t act like I’m not dedicated to this sport I’ve been committed to longer than you have.

You may not be able to see the scars she left behind, but we both know that they’re there.

anonymous asked:

I practice family law, so I wanted to give some info about the Carly thing. Adoptive parents can close an open adoption whenever they want (they don't even need to give a reason), but most people don't, especially with a child as old as Carly is now, who knows that she is adopted and who her birth parents are (I'm pretty sure she knows that, not entirely positive). If open adoptions are closed, they don't get re-opened. Adoptive parents can't just go back and forth. That's harming to the kid.

Oh, I just had an ask about whether it can be opened and closed at will by the adoptive parents, thanks for the info!

My boyfriend told me over text that he didn't know the Minotaur story
  • Boyfriend:I... I don't even know the story that well babe, I can't even say xD
  • Me:Okay so
  • Me:Poseidon gives a bull to King Minos, the best and shiniest bull you ever saw, and he's like "You can have this, but only if you promise to sacrifice it to me later" and Minos is like "Sure yeah okay man whatever" so Poseidon sends this bestest bull ever galloping up out of the salty sea spray, and everyone standing around is like "Hot fuck look at that bull" And Minos agrees, and he likes the bull SO much he decides to just quietly sort of...keep it. And he does kill a bull for Poseidon but it's one of his own, lame normal bulls, and Poseidon's no pushover so of course he notices.
  • Me:Poseidon is also notoriously easily angered, and he's royal pissed about this, so he comes up with one of the most devious punishments ever, and he infects Minos' wife Pasiphae with a desperate, DESPERATE thirst for the bull. Like she can think of nothing but getting some of that hot Bull D.
  • Boyfriend:..........Thefuck.
  • Me:But it's hard to convince a bull, especially a divinely spawned bull, to fuck you if you are in fact not a cow but a human queen, so she comes up with a plan
  • Boyfriend:I thought some god comes down in bull form and fucks her??
  • Me:Ohh, no no no, that's the much much more tame story of Europa, who has sex with Zeus in bull form. This is different
  • Me:She goes to the best inventor she knows, Daedalus, and she's like "I need this bull to fuck me I NEED IT" and Daedalus is like "That's really weird maybe you should talk to someone" and she's like "I am talking to you and I am your queen so you better fucking make this happen for me I am going to peel my own skin off if I don't get some bull dick ASAP. But he doesn't want me because I am not fat, four-legged, and mooing."
  • Boyfriend:Oh..... oh no.
  • Me:So Daedalus shrugs, probably shudders a little, and builds the prettiest, most fuckable wooden cow a bull ever saw, but he makes it hollow, presumably with some openings in some awkward places.
  • Boyfriend:OH GOD. NO.
  • Me:So Pasiphae puts this monstrosity in the field with the bull, climbs in it, and waits. And Daedalus really is a skilled inventor, and he apparently knows what a bull likes, because Pasiphae finally gets the hot bull loving she's been dreaming of
  • Boyfriend:I........ I need an aspirin. That is disgusting.
  • Me:Only she apparently hasn't been tracking her cycles, because she gets pregnant, and births the minotaur and King Minos is like "What the fuck?" and Pasiphae is like "Honey I need to tell you something"
  • Me:And that is how it happened
  • Boyfriend:That is NOT HOW THAT WORKS
  • Me:Welcome to Mythology.

God it’s been a long time since I attempted to animate a thing

This was mostly a test for a bigger thing I wanted to put together, but since I only have so much time this weekend, this is as good as it’s gonna get for now.