The use of one certain word..

So, I’m currently watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the newer one). I love this movie. Johnny Depp is a genius as Willy Wonka.

When they were showing the one of the kids who won one of the Golden Tickets, he said and I quote “A retard could figure it out”. I had never noticed that before. See, this is an offensive word to those of us who might be referred to using that word. Those of us with physical differences. I am not going to lie, I am guilty of using the word. I am. But I would NEVER use it in reference to anyone. I am guilty of saying “that’s retarded”, meaning that something is stupid. I know it’s wrong and it kind of makes me a hypocrite. But when I hear the word being used to reference someone who has physical or mental differences, that is when it offends me. The context in which it was used in the movie offends me. It’s wrong and not OK to refer to ANYONE as retarded or as a retard. The word is becoming mainstream, just like the word gay. These two words are being used to describe things that a person doesn’t like or thinks is stupid. The thing is, people are forgetting the real, true meaning behind these words. We need to raise awareness of not only how offensive the word is to those of us who it may affect, but also raise awareness of Moebius so that we will not be referred to that way because of the way we look. Because my Moebius family, you guys are anything but mentally impaired. You’re some of the most brilliant, strong, resilient people that I have the honour of knowing.

So, if you hear someone using the word “retarded” in reference to something that they don’t like, take a moment to explain to them that the word may be offensive to some and why. There is a meaning behind the word and a stigma and people need to know that it’s not OK to use.

And I promise to curb my use of the word.

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Bucket List.

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. I know it doesn’t pertain to Moebius per say but these are just things in life that I want to accomplish. We should all have goals, hopes and dreams that are bigger than us. Something we can work towards to make this life meaningful.

This list will be updated periodically as I think of more things to add.

1. I know that this sounds cliche but the thing that I want most out of this life is to leave a legacy and to leave the world somewhat better than how I found it. This will hopefully be done in the form of spreading awareness of Moebius, so that the future Moebius generations can live in a better, more tolerant world.

2. Travel to Nome, Alaska. I want to see the statue of Balto and also witness the finish line of the Iditarod dogsled race.

3. Witness the 7 Wonders of the World

4. Name a star.

5. Travel to the Shetland Islands to see the wild Shetland ponies.

6. Meet Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. No, I am not kidding. And yes, I would probably cry if I met him.. Don’t judge me.

7. To spend even a week living in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. It would be totally life changing.

8. To lay a poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.