I believe in a table set for all. The magic starts from anytime between five to seven in the evening. I hear the musical cling of each dinner plate being placed on top of our dining room table, not long after I hear my mom’s familiar old British voice call out, “sup’s up!” I hear her echo it a few more times, somehow my dad hears her call and he turns off jeopardy which is playing on an unnaturally loud volume. Some of us come in running, some of us come in lazily, it depends how hungry we are. My three brothers and I gather into our dinning room and take a seat waiting impatiently for each other. My dad sits at the head of the table and offers a prayer. He prays enthusiastically and adds in a clever remark that he’ll laugh at before ending with an “amen.” Then we eat.
It is an unavoidable truth that many people suffer from the schedule that can steal freedom and seem to restrict a persons’ character with its repetitiveness. I wasn’t spared from falling victim to the monotony of a schedule. My schedule was the typical one of waking up, going to school, going to work, studying, then going to sleep in order to recharge my body so I could do it all again. It controlled me to the point that my body could go through the day even if it didn’t have a brain. Many times I find myself at home after the 40 minute drive from college and think back on the trip and struggle to remember most of it because of the powerful effect of a boring schedule. But I believe that I can include fun into my life and also break the tight grip that schedules can take on me by doing small actions to change life from a recurring nightmare into an awesome experience.
Love. “To have profound affection for another.” I believe in it. I think it started when more and more people started blessing my life with their love. I started to realize its importance once I saw the impact it had on those affected by it. For that reason, I believe in the power of love.
Through the medium of music and art, last Friday, Berkeley CARP students worked to raise awareness and provide action steps for how to get involved in tackling the issue of Sex Slavery and Sex Trafficking. Sign the petition to support this call for action at CaliforniaAgainstSlavery.org .