“The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain — run into your pain. Let life’s storm shatter you.” 

~ Bryant McGill

In 16 months of search and rescue on the Mediterranean, we’ve met nearly 30,000 of the most hopeful & resilient people.

Meet Michael and Rachel, 21 and 22 years old from Nigeria. 

Rachel: “I was pregnant when I left Nigeria, counting up to 8 months when I left. I gave birth in Libya, Sabha precisely. I don’t have money to go to the hospital. But thanks god I delivered successfully. And my baby now is 4 months old. Yesterday we came to Italy, today makes him 4 months and 8 days. And the travel from Libya to Italy, and the sea movement, it wasn’t easy. It’s not easy for us to come but thank God we got on our journey.

Each time I think about this whole journey… Libya, Nigeria… Even crossing the sea. It’s not easy, I cry all the time. We really passed through pain. The pain was too much for us. It was too much to be there.”

June 8th was an intense day for Doctors Without Borders’ search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea. The MSF ship Bourbon Argos, that set sail from Zarzis in Tunisia, rescued 362 people from three boats in distress: 134 in the first one, 113 in the second and 115 in the third. On the three rubber rafts, the majority were from Nigeria, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Togo and Senegal. Between the three boats, 57 women were rescued as well as 2 children.

You won’t find freedom in a bottle (of any kind). You won’t find freedom in a carton of cigarettes. You won’t find freedom in that next piece of cake. You won’t find freedom in not having any pieces of cake, either. You won’t find freedom between another’s sheets. You won’t find freedom from a blade. You won’t find freedom by that boy you like so much (or that girl). You won’t find freedom on your computer screen, you won’t find freedom in your rebellion. You won’t find freedom in a needle either.

You find freedom when you set all of those other things down at the cross.

Why I Cannot Watch US Soccer Right Now

okay look,

I love hope. I have looked up to her for as long as I can remember. And I admit she’s done stupid shit and her life has been a little fucked up. I won’t defend her wrongs.

But her comments about Sweden, they weren’t worth a termination. US Soccer waited for her to fuck up, and knew she’d open her mouth. She knew what was coming. She’s not being terminated for the comment, she’s being terminated and treated like shit because US soccer doesn’t want her around anymore. They’re purposely fucking her over. After all this woman has done, after saving our asses so many fucking times, US Soccer is fucking her over because they don’t need her and they want someone ‘younger.’

That idea makes my head spin. Younger won’t be better. Harris is 30. Naeher is 28. Solo is 35. You don’t have many other prospects. Banning Hope and basically exiling her from US soccer will fuck over our chances. They wanna tell me Hope was giving the team bad image? Their exiling one of their biggest heroes of all time because they don’t have to balls to give her a send off or say look we think it’s time to move on.

And something that has me so angry, no one on this team defended her. No one fought. Rapinoe blatantly bashed her in a live interview. All support I have had for Megan in the past dropped when she said that, and I don’t think I will bring myself to wear her jersey again. Morgan made comments too, not to the extent of Megan but still. No one spoke against this. Not even Carli or Becky. Not even Jill. And that is why this whole thing angers me. They wanted Hope to be gone, that’s why she is terminated. Not because of this comment. If they were taking ‘disciplinary action’ it would have been for her DUI. Or multiple abuse reports. Or her comments in 2007. This wasn’t for Hope to learn her lesson. This was for her to be discharged from the team.

I can’t support this team right now, not until one of them steps up and defends their own fucking teammate. Until then, thank you for the years Hope, you deserve better.

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Flexibility, Love and Trust

Izuru theory (spoilers)

I just realized some. maybe Izuru isn’t evil. I mean what’s the worst thing weve seen him do? We’re told that he murdered class counsel but that wasn’t true. And although he was responsible for the killing school trip it’s not like The A.I.s were doing a lot of good in kurokuma and shirokuma making the kids and adults fight each other. Plus in the end of goodbye despair they do sort of have the choice to go back to the way things were before. So even if it did work on Hinata that doesn’t mean that it did work for the others. I mean Izuru/Hinata is a pretty special case by itself. But all his actions usually have him as a bystander. I think he’s only a remnant because of the Hopes Peak incident. Other than that he’s alway watching until he’s about to be captured by the future foundation and takes the A.I. So maybe Izuru isn’t trying to fill the world with despair as much as he’s trying to fix it now that Junko is gone.

Hope and Justice

I’m sorry for the grammar mistakes I’ll surely do in english,because it isn’t my language(XD),but as an Ichiruki fan,I want to say my opinion about the Bleach ending.I liked Bleach because it inspired love and justice,it gave us hope in this corrupted world where we live.Ichigo broke the laws,changed our worlds,brought us hope for a better future…And above all his bond with Rukia inspired us to believe in true love.I don’t want to erase those memories in Soul Society Arc.Tite Kubo did a masterpiece and I admired him.I stopped blaming him for what he did.I believe that his manga ended after The fullbring chapters…In the last arc Kubo wasn’t The same anymore for some reason we ’ll never know…

Hope • never give up hope, you never know what’s around the corner, moods and emotions are temporary and very changeable • promise yourself you will never act while in a dark place • wait for the light • it will come • darkness is a temporary state • relief from your burden will arrive with the light • #light #hope #peace #wellbeing #healing #hopeful

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