inspiring leader

This is the story of a kid who had no idea what they were getting into. But it’s also more than just that. They went to band day in seventh grade and got to play pep band with the local high school. It was amazing, and they fell in love immediately. How could they not? The high school had such an amazing show and treated them great. Two years later, this kid started high school and was so excited for marching band. They were shy and timid, but still excited. Throughout their first season, they dealt with so many things. They dealt with anxiety, depression, devastation, and disappointment. But they also woke up. 

What this kid ended up realizing was the importance of marching band, why it really mattered, and the great things to come out of it.

Marching band is not just a group of kids running around with instruments on the field. It’s musicians who are coming together to do something they love. Music is something that fills us all with passionate emotion that nothing else can. Being able to make something like that is amazing. But then add in a physical aspect. You have a story to tell now. You have formations and movements and a color guard and props and suddenly band is so much more.

The time commitment required for marching band is greater than any extra curricular besides maybe football. Hours upon hours are spent on the field, running the same set, the same music over and over. Revising and relearning and reinventing over and over. You’re constantly improving and constantly pushing yourself. Band is an every day thing. Musicians put in hours of practice on and off the field, they have to physically train themselves, and they work so hard. Harder than anyone gives them credit for.

Over this time, all the rehearsals, the late night practices, the early morning rehearsals, the time consuming fundraisers, you grow closer with your band mates than you could have imagined. You spend hours working with them, joking with them, creating something amazing with them, and then you get to your first competition and you perform with them. That’s when you know it’s worth it. And all the late night bus rides and singing your show and falling asleep watching the lights flash by is something you could never forget. Marching band becomes a family. It’s full of people who will be there for you quicker than you could snap to attention.

Through all of this you make the most amazing memories, but you also grow the most.

You become stronger as a person. You learn more about yourself, you learn your limits. You learn to push them. You learn to go farther than you’re comfortable with. Marching band is more than just an extra curricular, it’s a home, a place of growth, a safe haven. 

So this kid ended up changing so much. They were pushed farther than they had ever been before. They went from being that depressed, anxious, shy, and confused kid to a confident and outgoing leader. They figured out their passions and met their family. They finally found a home they knew was right.

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Ummm… yeah, about that, Allura… read the captions

So. It seems that the Galra Empire not only did not get crippled by the loss of its leader, it became stronger, more effective, more ruthless under Lotor’s reign. 

Sure, Zarkon’s gone. The King is Dead.

But, Lotor is here. Long Live the King! 

Which means, that the Paladins only made things worse for the galaxy as a whole, while trying to make them better.

Which, again, means one thing: Shiro’s sacrifice was for nothing.

OK, let’s back up.

There are many interesting things to say about Lotor right now from the sneak peak of him we had yesterday (cowface included). Many hints about what he’s like as a character and most importantly, as a leader.

Mainly his speech:

“My father built our empire on the backs of resemblance. The universe can no longer doubt our strength. Each ally gained only makes us stronger. All those who continue to stand against us… will be crushed.”

The most interesting and the most important thing to take from this speech is that Lotor is the Empire’s Shiro.

Look what he preaches: “our empire”, “resemblance”, “ally”,  “stronger”,  “strength”… not only what Zarkon himself used to preach is there, “strength”, but something new, something Zarkon never counted on and even spat at: 

Unity.

Lotor literally says that the more allies the Galra have, the stronger they get. He introduces strength in numbers, in unity. FiveMany becoming one in order to crush their opponents. That united, the Garla Empire is strong. That working together is the key to strength and success. 

Remind you of anyone?

(there it is)

Yeah…

(There are more examples in S1&2, so go ahead and rewatch. They’re EVERYWHERE.)

And the most baffling of all in this speech, maybe:

It implies that races other than the Galra are important to the Galra Empire as well.

Try and wrap your mind around this: Lotor basically supports acceptance of anyone who wants to join the Galra Empire as an ally who gives the most important virtue said Galra Empire holds dear: Strength.

“United, we are stong against our enemies.”

That’s Lotor’s speech in a nutsell.

Which is what Shiro has been preaching since day one in the Paladin duty. And indeed, was what made the Paladins indeed strong enough to beat Zarkon:

…yup.

Hey, it’s a reboot of a shounen series. What did you expect?

And now, we see that the enemy brings in this virtue along, unifying whoever is an ally to the Galra and welcoming them. 

Check this out:

“My father built our empire on the backs of resemblance.”

Wait, “resemblance”? Between who and what?

Taking into consideration his line about “allies”, it’s easy to see who and what: between the Galra and others. 

Lotor has the gall (and the brilliance) to call the conquering dictatorship of the Galra a way to unify the galaxy under one flag, to find resemblance amongst different kinds of myriads of races with miryads of differences and even appreciate said differences, since they aid into becoming a stronger unit. 

Lotor preaches union, cooperation, and working together as a team empire to defeat enemies. 

It’s basically, “Either you’re with us, or against us.”

…jfc

Going away from all the real life history for a while and back to the idea of unity Lotor preaches, yes, you understood correctly: 

The Galra Empire just found its Shiro. Its inspirational, motivational, charismatic, good leader… in Lotor. 

Keith isn’t Lotor’s mirror. Neither is Lance. It’s Shiro.

And how fitting, according to the Rule of Drama (things will become worse the worst possible time for our heroes), that the Empire’s Shiro appears…

…when the Paladins’ Shiro goes AWOL.

Oh, and another nifty parallel:

Shiro made a name for himself in the Galra Empire by being a “Champion” gladiator in the arena…

…a very familiar-looking arena.

…where Lotor firstly appears to the public and earns its favour by beating his opponent:

So, a fighter as good as the Legendary Champion gladiator, who reveals himself as the son of their fallen Emperor, who preaches that unity is the key to strength?

You can bet your butt the crippled and in dire need of leadership Galra Empire will believe and latch onto him. 

In the 80s cartoon, Lotor was a joke of a villain.

Here? 

He’s absolutely terrifying and realistic. And effective.

So, our own heroes, with their own lynch taken away God knows where and why, they’re absolutely vulnerable towards this kind of opponent.

But hey, we’re only in the 3rd season in September, meaning that at least, even if it means they’ll go in hiding, they WILL face him at some point and they WILL survive (hopefully). It means that someone WILL rise to the occasion and at least TRY to be Shiro’s shadow and unify the Paladins once again. 

(there are MUCH more…)

BIG No.

Hey, how about…?

(there are more…)

Good brains for teamwork and strategy, but…

…those self-confidence issues cripple him too much. 

Next?

Much warmer.

Too bad the creators said that she won’t pilot a lion.

So, what happens? Who will face Lotor?

Keith.

WAIT.

Yes, Keith is the least equipped to face such an opponent and be a leader of… anything.

 Yes, Keith will face Lotor.

Exactly because he’s the least suitable for the job.

You see, season 3 is the first part of the middle of the series (6 in total). And what happens in the middle of a story?

The darker sequel.

The Empire Strikes Back (literally, in our case).

Keith wil try to be the Black Paladin, the leader, Lotor’s opponent… and he will fail.

The heroes will be damaged, left weak and defeated. In the Hero’s Journey, this will lead to their Lowest Point, to their Darkest Time. 

After all, Lotor needs to prove himself an effective villain. To become so, he needs a win against our heroes and the best way for Lotor to win, is for Keith to be the leader.

Also, this:

The irony is that Lotor (it’s him, jfc) has already shown to Keith that “working together bares better results/success”. 

And Keith is gonna fail this one.

Because he’s part Galra, and he’ll feel torn (the opposite of the union Lotor and Shiro preached). I’m fully expecting Lotor to offer Keith an alliance, paralleling the Weblrum adventure.

(And no, sorry, it makes little sense for Lotor’s focus to be Lance. The creators have said that they keep elements of the original intact, so a Keith-Lotor rivalry is to be expected. Only, instead of “Who gets Allura” this will be an ideology and identity battle. Both Keith and Lotor are of mixed race; their connection is already there, Allura or no Allura). 

And then, we can wait for seasons 5 and 6 to come, for Keith to FINALLY get proper Character Development (I actually do expect Lance to play a big role in this one; he unified the paladins first, he’ll do it again), stop being coddled by the narrative and rise up to the occasion. 

And when he does beat Lotor (or redeems him, who knows), Zarkon and Shiro return for the final battle and the series ends.

In the meantime, Allura sorts out her feelings towards a possible future with possibly innocent Galra existing in the so-called coalition her father had made, Pidge gets her family back, Lance gets confidence, Shiro finds self-value, Keith matures, and Hunk continues to get braver and wiser.

Coran keeps being gorgeous. 

Season 2 was… sub-par, to say the least. Let’s hope for a better continuation.

Everyone gets set up for a crime we didn’t commit and end up serving six months in a colosseum. We get out and start trying to find the ones who set us up. Level up as we leave and our wizard/tiefling takes “inspirational leader” feat.
Wizard: I’m gonna inspire everyone. Takes ten min and they get 8 temp HP til a long rest.
DM: give me your ten minute speech
Wizard: uhhh. Uhhh. We paid our dues? Time after time. We did our sentence. But committed no crime. And bad mistakes. We’ve had a few. We had sand kicked in our face, but we’ve come through!

I think it’s sad how people dislike Honoka because she’s a “bad leader”. Especially when they compare her to Chika. They’re both good leaders with different leadership styles - Honoka is the inspirational leader-type and Chika is the traditional leader-type. Why so much hate for Honoka?

This weeks Illustrated Woman in History was written by Megan Bentall @mirfain

Hillary Clinton is an American politician. She was the First Lady of America from 1993 to 2001, a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009, and the 67th Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Hillary was born in Chicago in 1947, and has two younger brothers. She was raised in a conservative household, and was originally a republican, but whilst attending Wellesley College she was upset by the racism in the 1968 Republican Convention and left the party for good.

In 1969 she was nominated by fellow students to deliver a speech at the graduation ceremony - the first student in Wellesley College history to speak at the event - and her speech was featured in Life magazine. She used it to criticise Senator Brooke who also spoke at the event.

In 1970 Hillary attended Yale Law School. Whilst applying for law schools she has spoken about the sexism she faced from male students during the application process:

“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around.

It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”

Whilst completing her post-graduate studies, Hillary interned for civil rights activist and child advocate Marian Wright Edelman. She was sent to Alabama to prove that schools were still segregated. She posed as a mother who wanted to send her child to schools only if they were segregated and exposed academies that refused entry to black students.

In 1973, while still working for Marian Wright Edelman she went door to door interviewing families with disabled children to see why they weren’t in school. Her report found that children with special needs or physical or mental disabilities were being excluded from school - sometimes by parents, sometimes by the schools themselves. This report was later used to inform the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act which required all states to educate children with disabilities.

After graduating Hillary failed the D.C bar exam, but passed the bar in Arkansas, leading her to choose to move there and marry Bill Clinton, who she started seeing in 1971 whilst at Yale. She became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas. She became the first director of a new legal aid clinic at the school, and during her time there she, along with several other women, founded the city’s first rape crisis centre. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and became the first woman partner at Rose Law Firm the following year. As First Lady of Arkansas, she led a task force whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas’s public schools, and served on several corporate boards.

When Bill Clinton became President in 1993, Hillary was the first First Lady to have earned a postgraduate degree, have had a professional career up her time entering the White House, and was the first First Lady to have an office in the West Wing. She played a central role in her husband’s presidency - much to the outcry of Republicans - and played a huge role in attempting to reform health care, among other issues. Whilst her initial health care proposals failed, she was a huge force behind the passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a program that provides healthcare for millions of children across the US.

In 2000, Hillary was elected as the first female senator for New York State, making her the only first lady to have ever gone on to hold office. As Senator Hillary sponsored or co-sponsored over 2,600 pieces of legislation and served on multiple committees.

After a failed presidential run in 2008, Hillary agreed to be Secretary of State in President Obama’s government. She was the most travelled Secretary of State in history, visiting 112 countries in four years, travelling 956,733 miles, and spending 401 days total on the road. As Secretary of State some of her achievements during this time include negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in 2012, putting global women’s issues and advancing women’s rights as a central part of State policy, and changing passport law to allow transgendered Americans to easily change the gender on their passports.

On April 12th 2015 Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. After a long primary season she won the amount of delegates needed to secure the nomination in June 2016, and officially accepted the nomination on July 28th, 2016. She became the first women to ever run as a presidential nominee for a major party in U.S history.

In the election on November 9th 2016, Hillary Clinton won more popular votes than the Republican nominee, but lost in the Electoral College, and as such will not be the first female president of America. However she came further than any woman in the history of the United States, and is set to receive more votes for president than candidate outside of Barack Obama.

Hillary has won a Grammy, a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mother Theresa Award, the American Medical Women’s Association’s President’s Vision & Voice Award for being an advocate for women’s health and related issues, has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, has been ranked by Newsweek as being the 13th most powerful person on  the planet and the most powerful American woman, has been named the most admired women in the world by Gallup 20 times - longer than any other person in Gallup’s history of running this poll, has featured in Forbes magazine’s most powerful people ranking ten times, and been named ten times in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Since entering the world stage as First Lady back in 1993, Hillary Clinton has been one of the most admired and respected women across the globe.

Suga’s Ships Appreciation Post

First off, lets start with Yoonmin, the smol ship

“When the members make fun of me, Jimin is the only one that tells me that it’s okay and that I’m good-looking.” -Min Yoongi

Originally posted by minsecretsoul

Then we’ve got Yoonseok, the playful ship

“Whenever I’m sad I gain strength from looking at you.” -Min Yoongi to Jung Hoseok

Originally posted by sweetlyoriginalthing

After, we’ve got Sugamon, the inspirational ship

“A leader you can count on always. You will never find a leader like him.” -Min Yoongi about Kim Namjoon

Then we have Yoonjin, the responsible ship

“Instead of saying I need him, he makes me feel at ease when he’s around. He doesn’t need to do anything, just being there makes me feel at ease.” -Min Yoongi about Kim Seokjin

Originally posted by syubprince

Now, Yoonkook, the caring ship

“Why are you guys teasing him?” -Min Yoongi

Originally posted by tabwi

And last, we’ve got Taegi, the dorky ship

“I’d want to switch bodies with Suga because I think he has the best part in Cypher part 3.” -Kim Taehyung

Originally posted by kimrapmon

(GIF AND PICTURE CREDITS TO OWNERS)

zuzia0x  asked:

Wow! I really love tomtord, and how this ship looks like! (youre art <3) I have a little request! Can you draw a comic about Future Tom and Future Tord? I would realy appreciate it! :>

Thank you very much! ♡ I honestly didn’t have any inspiration for a comic with those two so I just did this sketchy one real quick. Hope it’s alright though :’D