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Whether this topic interests you or not, I hope you take a few minutes to read it. It will somehow update your knowledge about this fatal pandemic.

World Aids Day

World Aids Day

Today in the class, we were assigned to translate a World AIDS Day 2008 Speech. “Why we are engaged in this kind of discussion. Don’t we suppose to review and train a bit for the exam or talk about Equality or Democracy?” Then suddenly, he started opening a pack of condom (dangling on the overhead projector), which was maybe shared out by World Health Organization (WHO) volunteers. He stirred the discussion by asking us why the condom was branded or named ‘JOHNNY’. Was/ Is it named after Johnny Depp, Johnny cash, or Johnny Knoxville? No need to elaborate our answers for these would just lead your thoughts away from what is considered good or normal. It is in actual fact the ‘Oh, the JOHNNY’ thing.

Anyway, here’s the English translation of the Speech:

WORLD AIDS DAY 2008

Today is December 1st- World Aids Day. With this speech, I let the millions of people, who live with the biggest risk and have fewest rights, be heard.

In 2008, 2.5 million people got infected with HIV, and more than 2 million people died of AIDS; killed by double standards and ignorance.

If you have been infected with HIV or is living with AIDS, you are met with prejudice that hits as hard as the disease that has knocked you down.

In 2008, there are still countries where men, who love men, are thrown in jail by their fathers, because they bring shame to the family.

Where grandmothers can do nothing but hold hands and watch their children and grandchildren get infected with HIV and die of AIDS right before their very eyes.

Where prejudice and ignorance keep others at a distance for fear of being infected by a kiss.

When it comes to life- threatening diseases, we know that prevention is far better than cure. With HIV and AIDS, it is different.

Maybe it’s because people in general do not contract the disease? Maybe it’s because research in prevention receives no grants? Maybe it’s because it’s a disease that hits people at their weakest without making the headlines?

Today, 95% of the gay men in the world do not have access to knowledge on prevention. Young people who live in an HIV- exposed environment are not receiving information, only lectures on sexual abstinence. Millions of HIV- positive people are not receiving any treatment, because they are regarded as less than nothing. Meanwhile, the disease is spreading like wild fire.

Each time 2 persons receive medical treatment, 5 new get infected. And the number of infected persons is also increasing in Europe.

If this inhuman epidemic is to be stopped, we must first accept the conditions of the disease and start treating and preventing HIV and AIDS with the same willpower that we direct to most of the other life- threatening diseases.

That we spread the knowledge, take the risk seriously and not just show compassion at the outbreak of the disease.

Everyone has the right to protection and treatment, to not getting infected and to be taken seriously by politicians, religions and scientists.

It is not fair that people in 2008 are getting infected with and die of a disease that we can actually prevent.

Let us make the world see and understand that prevention always is the best cure. Also with HIV.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

BY: AIDS FOUNDATION

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Adulthood: unnumbered strange things happen when one reaches this stage.

So what constitutes maturity, and thus adulthood? Adulthood is not based on official age; it’s based strictly on maturity in all aspects (emotionally, physically and spiritually).

choicesWhen you reach a certain age in your life, you sometimes realize that what you always wanted isn’t really what you want anymore and I’m not talking about being fickle-minded. The desire you’ve always clamped to be a doctor, teacher or educator, actor, lawyer, dentist, banker or whatever may fall by the wayside when you uncover that your passion was idealized or that the daily grind of your career isn’t as gratifying as you had foreseen.

Maybe you actually loved your job as a teacher until you decided to have your own family and found that the long hours spent on your paper works socked a familial chord in you that just couldn’t be disregarded. Maybe you were a successful businessman or banker who realized that writing is actually your passion. Or you were a dentist who discovered that your ardour is of language and not of the chopper-teeth.

Whether you like it or not, you will be passing from one development stage of life to another. Sometimes you detour; sometimes you march through life crossroads. As we mature, our needs change. You may even notice that there is this inner call for change that steers you to deliberate those “What ifs?” thoughts that are bugging you.

If self-reinvention has been on your mind, defy yourself to a life evaluation. Whatever is vexing you the most (changing career, health, relationships, family, etc.) challenge yourself to fix and tend to it or them. Let’s say you’re on the verge of career transition; ask yourself these questions:
A) What’s important to you about your work and career? Is it the praise, the need to help others? The income?

B) What are you doing to actualize your goals? Would you rather invest in the time needed to embark on a new professional journey… or would you prefer to be stuck at the same gig for the next five or 10 (or more) years?

career-choice

These queries will give you a clearer idea of the direction you should take for the next phase of your life. Snatch the bridles and track the path that you’ve always wanted to take.

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Bad habit? I have a bunch of that and I just hate it! I’ve encountered bad habits along my way. Bad habits such as smoking, unhealthy relationship, procrastination (my worst habit ever), going to bed late, eating too much or making bad decisions etc., letting go of one of these is such a struggle. The roadblocks you encounter can seem insurmountable at the time, but once you’ve let the habit go once and for all, you can’t imagine ever having had it in the first place!


These simple tips can somehow help you put those bad habits into rest:

Try, try again
Maybe you even gave your bad habit up a couple of times before finally kicking it – and that’s okay. When you come to the realization that there is something that no longer serves you, the tendency is to make a quick break and cut it out without regard for the reasons as to why the habit developed in the first place. By doing this, you run the risk of picking it up again.

Instead, look consciously at your habit. What triggers you wanting to do it? Keep a log of your emotional triggers related to the habit to get a better understanding of it. For instance, if you started smoking when you were a rebellious teen and are now trapped in an addictive pattern that you’d like to be free of, try addressing your original intent and if you decide it no longer serves you, let it go in your mind. Then speak it out loud, write it down and release it.

Visualize and scribe
Take more time to concentrate inward on how you feel when you think about quitting. Do you feel panic… relief… calm? Pay attention to your reactions and even write them down. Focus on making peace with them. Next, visualize yourself living your life “bad habit free.” Now think about what that feels like. Probably pretty good! Now tell the story of your new (habit free!) life in your journal.

Set a date
To seriously quit something, pick a reasonable date and commit to it. Then keep in mind that one slip does not mean that you’re a failure – it means you’re learning how to get it right! Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that one bad step puts you back at the bottom of the mountain – it doesn’t! That’s part of climbing and you may fall several more times before reaching your goal.
Regardless of the bad habit that you’re struggling with remember that you are on a path of learning. Remember to honor yourself through the process and don’t be overly critical. Let go of unrealistic expectations. Look for the underlying reason you are drawn to things. Then accept yourself, flaws and all, as you reveal and let go of the things that no longer work in your life. Good luck!

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