DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant – Smiling faces

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Jubilant

People will be jubilant over seeing their families and friends. People will be jubilant over their accomplishment. People will be jubilant over rejoicing experience. So do I. Remembering a rejoicing experience that make me jubilant, it happened last summer. It would be a long story, but it will be very appreciated if you read it all.

It began from me seeing an advertisement in an email from TOMS…

There was an advertisement about volunteering Los Angeles Special Olympics World Game 2015, which  it somehow caught my eyes and aspired me to give it a try. It was March at the time.

I’m just an ordinary teen who sat at home and did nothing, how could I begin with this? I researched on Google of this as I didn’t have any knowledge about Special Olympics. We heard Olympics all the time, but Special Olympics, “What is that?”. After giggling couples websites, I found out the Special Olympics Organization in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, I decided to make a call to begin with my application process.

It wasn’t as easy as I expected, the officer on the phone noticed me that I need to have a bunch of documents to handle, training to participate and experiencing of volunteering disabled groups in order to become a volunteer of the Special Olympics World Game.

“Umm… It’s time to give up.” I put down my phone, look at the commercial once again, hesitated, fortunately, I had given up the thoughts of giving up. I told myself that I need to grow up, and do something big, nothing big is easy, it should be a good experience.

Following the guidance, contacting the HKSO back and forth, I finally got done with my documents. Then, I began to fill out the application form of the LASO World Game 2015 on around April. There were a lot of stuffs to fill in, including what were my professional abilities. Apparently, nothing much.

There were around 30,000 applicants all over the world and they claimed on the website that only people who were over 18 and held professional skills would be chosen first as their volunteers, which implied that my possibilities to become one of them were tiny as sand on a beach.

Yet, I didn’t feel frustrated at the time and I noticed everybody that I were going to give it a try.  I was glad that most of my friends support me, but my parents were kind of opposing it as they need to pay more to change my flight ticket dates and for my expenses in the states if I really became a volunteer.

At this point, I need to complain that the Special Olympics Organization work exceptionally slow, probably because I got used to efficient life in Hong Kong. Within April to July, they replied my email like once in a month which made my status being unconfirmed and I didn’t know when to adjust my schedule and prepare for it.

When July came, the end of my last school year in Hong Kong was finished. I skipped my school’s swimming gala to volunteer in two swimming competitions of Special Olympics in Hong Kong, to fulfill my requirements of having experience on helping out the disabled groups. The events were long and dull, but it was jubilant when I saw all the smiling of the athletes who dedicated themselves in the competitions and earned what they want. It’s really encouraging for me.

In the morning of July 10, which is a day I could never forget, I received the email from LASO that noticed my application was being accepted. I was so thankful for this opportunity and what God has planned for me throughout the past few months. This lesson  taught  me that never say never, as sometimes you would get something that you didn’t expect of.

I got my schedule around 7-8 days before my work schedule, and I flew to Los Angeles on 20th July. The journey was tough, but it was meaningful and was a worthy lifetime experience.

Although I was yelled by coaches for belated transportation for a lot of times during volunteering, it was really touching when you saw all those athletes smiling face when they saw and appreciate the effort of volunteers. It was also jubilant to see there were tones of people in the world who would like to help on another, there was love in the world.

Seeing the jubilant athletes and coaches was one my best memories in my life, what’s yours ?

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Photo – http://www.thebetterindia.com, the Indian Team of LASO World Game 2015. I remember that they were really nice to us!

 

 

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DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Face – Myself

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Face

(The photo is at the bottom of the post)

Hi, guys! It’s actually really interesting to do the DP Weekly Photo Challenges which I can always reveal the minor part of my life while there are so much major things in front of me. This is my second attempt of this challenge and I hope you will enjoy reading it!

The first thing popped up in my mind when I saw the Theme of this week – “Face”, is that I need to take a selfie right away. Yes, I like to take selfies, I took bunch of those before, I like to concern about how I look like and talk about my face. Unfortunately, my face’s situation is worse and worse throughout days.

If you have seen “My Life Book” on my homepage, you got to see how I look like before and after I went to US, although some the latest photo was taken couple months ago. The most significant change you can see is definitely “Acnes”, or “Pimples”, whatever you like to call them. I just hate these words.

I like how I looked before I came to the states more than what how I look like right now. My face was clean and smooth before I came here, even though there were couples some pimples, they didn’t necessary affect how I look like.

Right after I came to US, I realized that my skin are exceptionally sensitive. It reacts to pretty much every substances in the world. The first few weeks after I arrived California, I suffered from dandruff problems, which bordered me a lot until around December last year, when I finally discovered one shampoo that helped me tackle the problem.

From the beginning of November, which was after the end of my Cross-Country seasons, my pimples began to grow, probably led by stress from homesick and adapting new environment, or by the distinct different of my meals.

They grew all over my faces, from my forehead to my nose, from my nose to my cheek, from my cheek to my shoulders. The most severe part is absolutely my dimple parts, it turned red and I could never get rid of them no matter what I tried. It damaged my appearance a lot as they never stop growing and this spot is too obvious for people to recognize, as faces are always the first impression for people.

I have consulted a doctor in the state which gave me some medicine and I have consulted different doctors and skin care professors’ advise. However, I couldn’t come up with a solution. My plan for now is to keep using the medicine that the doctor has given to me until I have gone back to Hong Kong. And I will consult a dermatologist and try to treat my acne before returning to the state for study.

Although my pimples really border me, I realized that my outlook isn’t really the most important aspect of my life. A lot of friends told me that they will be gone eventually throughout times, which I thought they didn’t understand what I’m going through. The Bible told us that the inner beauty is more important than the outer beauty,  which I should always put on my mind and try not to judge myself too harsh.

Nevertheless, I still want to treat my pimples ASAP, as they make me feel sick and pain all the time. Please tell me if you guys have any suggestions for me and I will be very happy to hear them!

Thanks for reading my story and hope you like it! Please follow me and my social media if you are interested in my life!

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Photo – My selfie today

 

DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth – Where we belong?

Earth

Regarding to the theme “earth”, it reminds me a picture that I’ve taken last autumn at the Harriet Island Regional Park, Minnesota – a scattered amber leaf lying on the grass

What object first caught your vision in the picture ? The rotten leaf on the ground ?The tall flourished tree behind ? The immense sky ? Or the vast grass field ? 

Being one of the most important elements of the world, earth was always being neglected by us as it was always covered by leafs, by grass, by rocks or by trees. Nevertheless, the earth never makes a sound, but sits calmly under the grass and never blames.

The dirt we walk on everyday, regarding to the Bible, was the element that God used to create the first mankind, Adam. Our bodies will be buried underground and will be eroded throughout time passes and become soil. We belong to the earth, a material that most of us don’t really concern about its existence.

Without earth, there would be no trees.

Without earth, there would be no grass.

Without earth, we could never appreciate the nature.

Without earth, we could never be exist.