This 9-Year-Old Kid Has More Wisdom In His 'Star Wars' Pajamas Than I Will Obtain In A Lifetime

Shane Koyczan, who just gave an amazing TED talk about bullying that you need to see, once spent some time in the hospital with an amazing nine-year-old kid dying of cancer. This is his amazing story. 

At 1:47, we learn about a really weird girl. At 2:13, he shares a heartbreaking confession. At 2:40, he talks about why he wants to teach the kid to swear. At 3:53, he gets deeper than I want to be. At 4:40, he lays why a nine-year-old kid is more profound than any philosopher. And at 5:45, he just goes ahead and rips my heart out.

If that blew your mind as much as it blew mine, then you might want to Like Shane on Facebook.

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Bullies at School Wont Leave Her Alone. Watch When her Big Brother Shows Up…

This kid is getting voted in as best brother in the world as he clearly has a heart of gold and is has defended his sister in epic fashion.

11-year-old Matt Morris, aka Matty B, has a little sister Sarah, who has Down Syndrome. Sadly, she became bullied at school. Thats where Matty B took to the mic and laid down some verse to put those bullies in their place while opening up their eyes to how special his sister really is and how cruel of a human being they are for actually bullying her. Way to go Matty! What a cool brother!

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Remember How Shocking It Was When Ellen Came Out On TV? Look How Far We’ve Come Since Then.

The theme of this year’s National Coming Out Day is Coming Out Still Matters. To change people’s hearts and minds, we need to keep sharing these stories until every single person under the LGBTQQ umbrella feels comfortable being who they are and can come out of the closet without fear. Today, let’s celebrate those who’ve come out — whether as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or an ally — and those who are to come.

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Bruce Springsteen’s letter to North Carolina after canceling his show is a must-read.

Bruce Springsteen is “The Boss.”

Hes sold millions of records, won 20 Grammys, hes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is likely still playing at one of his more-than-three-hours-long concerts long after youve gone to bed for the night.

He’s never shied away from being political either.

Did you know that the song “Born in the U.S.A.” is about the Vietnam War and the way veterans were treated when they returned home?

So I don’t really know what North Carolina was expecting when it passed HB2, aka the “bathroom bill,” dictating which bathrooms trans people can and cannot use.

After all, PayPal, Apple, the NBA, and American Airlineshave either condemned orpulled out of plans to do business in the stateover the discriminatory bill.

Did North Carolinareally think Springsteen wouldn’t have something to say about it?

Lo and behold today Springsteen released a message canceling his upcoming show in North Carolina, citing HB2 as his reason why.

In short, you could say Springsteen is “born to run” out of states that discriminate against their citizens.

His full message reads as follows:

“As you, my fans, know Im scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the ‘bathroom’law. HB2 known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, its an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry which is happening as I write is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

And that’s why, my friends, Bruce Springsteen is The Boss.

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A fake letter from Superman about the very real struggle we all face when we love someone.

When you think of Superman, what comes to mind?

For me, this image is burrowed in my head.

Classy hero, am I right?

He’s brave. He’s humble. He’s patient. He’s noble. He’s helpful. He’s basically a perfect hero.

He reminds us of our potential.

He gives us hope.

And what is his biggest weakness?

Arbitrary plot device of doom! Via “Superman: The Movie.”

No. It’s not kryptonite. That’s too easy.

Kryptonite is basically a lazy way for writers to find a way to make him look like he has a chance to lose. There’s nothing special about it. None of us gets magically weakened by rocks.

His weakness is far more human than some green rock.

That’s not why we relate to him. No, his weakness is far more substantive.

In “Superman: The Movie,” he lost his temper.

So, Mr. Perfect isn’t as calm as we thought. Via
Giphy.

Why? Because Lois Lane died. He let his emotions get the best of him. He spun the earth backward on it’s axis to reverse time he was so angry. He cheated death for selfish reasons.

In “Superman III,” he gets really depressed and goes on a drinking binge.

Superman can fly but can’t handle his liquor? Via
Giphy.

Why? The pressure of humans relying on him got to be too much. He didn’t want to disappoint them. So, he did what any human would do and wallowed in self-pity for a while. And then, he acted out. Like many of us would. (Don’t ever watch this movie. You’ll thank me later.)

What if you had to choose between saving the world and saving the person you love?

When it comes time to choose, Superman is just like the rest of us. Imagine if Superman didn’t bottle all that up. Imagine if he shared his vulnerability and said what he really felt. It’d probably sound like this:

Heart. Punch.

Hurts, right? Via
Tumblr.

It’s his humanity that is his greatest weakness.

But, you know what?

It is also his greatest strength.

Shane Koyczan, the amazing poet behind this and other really powerful poems, had this to say about the poem on his YouTube page (emphasis mine):

“I grew up in the era where Clark Kent still couldn’t tell Lois Lane how he felt about her. I liked that era. I liked that I could find an equality in our inability to tell those we love how deeply we feel for them …
it made me feel that I was somehow on par with SupermanI liked the idea that Clark Kent might be scared of rejection

I have no delusions about being anyone’s Superman … it’s always terrifying to put your heart out there… There’s never any guarantee that your heart will be accepted … let alone returned in working order,
but I’ll risk the hurt for the right person and I’m hoping I’ve found her.


Pictured here: You being unafraid of rejection. The guy in black is your fear of rejection. It’s a cheap metaphor, I know, but I spent all my metaphor money trying to convince my wife to like me. It paid off. Via
Giphy.

Don’t let rejection be your kryptonite. Grab your courage and say something.

Everyone has been, or will be, in that same position at some point. Risk the hurt. Find them.

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As the rape victim enters the tattoo parlor, she doesn’t expect what will happen next. Her life…

Tattoo artists create stories on peoples bodies.

Be it a particular experience they had, a person they love, or an emotion they feel, these artists have seen it all. But 31-year-old tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho from Brazil never experienced the kind of client that walked into her studio two years ago.

The request seemed simple. Pink lilies and a blue bird. Flavia does a wonderful job, but theres a story behind where the tattoo is placed.

It covers her clients entire belly. But what existed there before was scary. It was a 10-inch scar on her disfigured body. Heres what happened:

The young woman was in a club and a man approached her. She denies any advancements from the man. He pulls out a switchblade, stabbing her in the stomach, pulling the blade upwards. She does end up surviving, but is severely injured and the resulting scar had remained on her body, constantly reminding her of the horrible evening where she could have died.

“A Pele da Flor” (Portuguese for “Skin of a flower”) is the name of the project Flavia started due to her encounter with the young woman. Victims of domestic violence are given tattoos to cover their scars for free. The women have to choose their artwork of choice. The confidence that she provides to her clients is the ultimate reward for Flavia.

Heres a gun wound covered up with cherry blossoms. It was given to a woman who was shot by her boyfriend.

Stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, this woman wanted her wounds covered up with this wonderful tattoo.

One story involved a 17-year-old girl who met with an older man who ended up abusing her for months. She cant get away, but he finally wants to end the relationship. An argument ensues, she gets stabbed by him several times, and then rapes her. The horrible scars were constant reminders, until she met with Flavia and had them covered up with flowers.

Even breast cancer survivors greatly benefit from Flavias art work. Heres a 55-year-old who had a beautiful cover up done by Flavia.

What a wonderful way to use ones artistic skills to provide major relief to those who suffered horribly from domestic abuse and cancer.

Share this wonderful story with friends and family to spread awareness of what this wonderful women is doing.

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Obese Man Who Lost Weight Talks About Loose Skin Issues

Obese Man Who Lost Weight Talks About Loose Skin Issues

At his largest, John hit 360 pounds. He was a big guy. He admits he was obese. But after years of hard work, he’s lost the weight. He has truly gone from obese to beast, and that’s what he calls his YouTube channel. But even though he’s lost so much weight, he still has some big insecurities. The worst is his loose skin which literally hangs off his now skinny body. He talks about losing the weight and the struggles of skin issues in this instant viral video.  

 

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How Could A Group Of College Kids Do This To An Incoming Freshman? Because They're Geniuses.

This starts out inspiring, and then you know what happens? It just gets better.

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