Well, it’s official, I am a HORRIBLE blog keeper, but between getting ready for exams, working, and sponsor hunting, I never had much time to go on the computer and make up a post-worthy blog post. However, now that exams are all over and the pageant is coming up fast, I’m going to get right on to blogging, except of course when I have to work. I really should get caught up to all the other girls!

This blog post will not be a very cheerful one though, as I’ve been following some politics and I have found out the following things have happened in our world as of today;

  • Turkey: A peaceful protest which started to protect a park in Taksim turned into a whole chaos because of police’s brutality. People started to protest against government and PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Police is using guns, water tanks and gases against people.
  • Brazil: Massive Nation-Wide protests and riots caused by, among other factors, monetary focus on the World Cup and Olympics instead of the well-being of the populace
  • Venezuela: Massive protests and riots caused by unjust elections and violation of democratic rights
  • United States: Texas state law passed despite being voted on after a deadline and being protested by both the people and a state Senator. Protests at the senate growing, and law enforcement called in. – The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been declared inert in the US i.e people of color can be barred from voting.
  • United Kingdom: Government will ban Church of England and Church of Wales from offering same-sex marriage.
  • Greece: Trans*people and sex workers are being rounded up in concentration camps
  • Russia: Government creating anti-homosexuality policies threatening the safety of all LGBT*Q Russians. Never mind that the President Vladimir Putin supports the recent ban on same-sex couples being able to adopt Russian children, too.
  • New Zealand: Gay marriage legalized and everyone has a chance at life.

I know politics can be very boring to read about in a blog post, but these things are actually bothering me, except for the New Zealand one but New Zealand is technically considered the most free country in the world right now. People who have worked so hard to get rights are seeing them stripped away, more money is going to events than to the help the population of a country, peaceful protests have turned into utter chaos because of people meant to preserve and enforce the law who took things too far, and in a state in our neighbour to the south, the rights of minorities and women (who shouldn’t be considered a minority) to vote can be taken away. Honestly, I may only be sixteen, but I know the difference between right and wrong. And the most of the things happening in our world right now are far from being right or good or just.

I could rant on for hours about how much I’d like for the world to change. For how I wish that people could be treated equally no matter what their gender/gender preference, race, sexual orientation, how much I wish that basic human rights were not unceremoniously taken away from people, and governments would not infringe upon those basic rights. But wishing fails to do anything. It is not by sitting around and waiting for things to change that anything has ever been accomplished, it is by rallying against unlawfulness, by coming together as nations to improve the world that things get better.

We are lucky enough to live in Canada, a nation that, although is not perfect, somehow manages not to resort to violence often to resolve conflicts, and is a nation that is known for our peace-keeping efforts around the world. If we came together to incite a change, who knows what would happen?

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What is a stereotype? Well, you know, “You got your… freshmen, ROTC guys, preps J.V. jocks, multiple nerds, semi-cool people, Varsity jocks, Unfriendly hotties, Girls who eat their feelings, Girls who don’t eat anything, Desperate wannabes, Burnouts, band geeks, the greatest people you will ever meet and the worst: Beware of plastics.” I’m sorry, beware of me and my mean girls quotes I apologize in advance for future ones. But you understand what I mean right? The category you get classified in according to the way you act, speak, dress, your ethnicity, your sexual orientation, etc… So, what was the point of this post you may ask? Think of it this way, your entire life you’ve been categorized by those things. They determine who you’re friends with, who you date, and eventually what kind of career you will get, who you’ll marry, and who you’ll raise your children to be. If you really consider it, that sounds so boring. You’re always wearing this uniform of conformity, never choosing how you get categorized. Yes you make your own decisions, but most times, these are things that were determined by the time you started school. My point is, do you really want to be the way everyone else expects you to be; or do you want to break those ropes that bind you and be someone entirely new, just yourself and not who others want you to be? That’s what I thought.

What most people where I'm from pictures a pageant girl to look like...

For an example, a lot of people seem to think that pageant girls have to be prim and proper, be smart and always have perfectly manicured nails, the “ideal” body type, be 5 foot 7 with bleach blonde hair, have a perfect tan, has never done a day’s work in her life and definitely will NOT get dirty. While I am smart, those other things I listed about what most people’s idea of a “typical” pageant girl is don’t actually apply to me. Most of the time, my nails are cut short because they ALWAYS break off and I have a habit of biting them when I get nervous, I’m definitely not the “ideal” body size, I’m too skinny for that, but not for lack of eating… I’m only about 5 foot 4 when I stand up completely straight, my hair is dark brown, I’m as white as a sheet of paper, I have a job, even if it is at McDonald’s, and I don’t have one bit of a problem with getting muddy or getting dirt on me. I love sports, like I said I play girl’s hockey, and recently joined my school’s rugby team. You should have seen my uniform after yesterday’s tournament, it was caked in mud. I’m nice and sore today, but this was something I chose to do because I felt like doing it, and because of things like this, a lot of people don’t expect me to be able to make it far in this pageant.

What I actually look like

But I’ve gotten this far haven’t I? I used to fit into a couple stereotypes, but not any more  I’m proud to have made myself who I want to be, and not the person others expect me to be. And I sincerely hope that others choose to do the same. What’s the fun in being stuck as someone else’s idea of perfect? Be you.

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Hello everyone!

First of all, thank you for visiting my blog, and I hope you keep me on your radar, as I will probably end up posting a couple times a day after I get this introduction post finished! I’ve always been horrible when it comes to those dreaded “tell me about yourself” questions, whether in school, on the internet, or an interview. So, I’m going to try and make this as exciting as possible, because in all honesty I’m a pretty boring person. My name is Selena Wand and I’m Miss Teen Grey County World 2013! I’m currently fifteen years young, turning sixteen a month from now. I’m from a small town called Hanover, which really isn’t all that small when, I come to think of it. My town marks the border between Grey and Bruce counties, and most people around here have a little habit of saying we live in Bruce. Although I live in Hanover, I go to Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton, and am in grade ten.

I have a love of reading and music, however I also love sports. I’ve played in Walkerton’s minor hockey league for three years now and just finished the season last month, sadly not placing in our district tournament. I am a very quiet and reserved person around people I’m not familiar with, but once you meet me and we become friends, I’m actually very talkative and friendly. I love to meet  new people, and I’m never scared to strike up a conversation with someone I’ve just met, which might be why  I have friends from all over Ontario, and a few from other provinces, especially now that I’ve competed in our Ontario Pageant, which by the way, happened to be simply AMAZING. Simply having the experience of that pageant was outstanding, but the shock of hearing my name being called as one of the finalists? That was crazy. There was no way that I was expecting to hear myname be called, hence why I looked around for a second after hearing it, realized it was me, and THEN took a step forward! I’ve always had struggles with my self-esteem, so you can’t even imagine the confidence boost that hearing my name as one of the 18 young ladies from Ontario heading to nationals!

I’m proud to be the first young woman to represent my town and county at this pageant, since as you can see, there are no previous year winners from my area. My platform is Suicide Awareness and Prevention, which is something that means a lot to me and happens to have a lot to do with where I live, but I’ll get into on another post. I’m very dedicated to this pageant, but between work, school, homework, and making time for my family time can slip away from me and I can get disorganized. But, I always seem to get back on track and get things together, even if it isn’t always right on time (you can ask my teachers, even they’ll tell you that), which is why I was so late on this post. I’m unbelievably excited for nationals this summer, and cannot wait to get there; I swear, July can’t come fast enough!


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