Last Sunday, New York Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte pitched his last home game through eight innings. As is normal, pitchers were switched out during the game, but, this time, the enormous Yankee family came to the realization that last weekend’s game would be Pettitte’s last at home. The crowd gave him proper recognition and support with a standing ovation and deafening cheers filled with love. Pettitte ran off the field tipping his hat to his fans and then embracing his teammates in the dugout one at a time. For one last time, Pettitte stepped out of the dugout bidding his loyal, pinstripe loving fans farewell. Personally, it was hard watching his goodbye and it was harder to realize that another of the Core Four is leaving the Yankees. Although Pettitte had retired once already, it seems like this time he’s serious and has no intentions of coming back. After the 2013 season, Derek Jeter will be the sole remaining Core Four member on the Yankees and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be a Bronx Bomber for much longer. Seeing Pettitte go is just another reminder that it’s a new age in baseball and it brings me so much nostalgia. I feel like a chapter of my childhood is closing and it’s hard to accept the new face of the team that I’ve loved for so long. Pettitte will surely remain an iconic figure in the New York Yankees franchise and any pitcher following in his steps will have some very big shoes to fill.
It’s been 12 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and, although some people think enough time has passed, I think most people will agree when I say that I don’t think it’s an event that can be easily forgotten. Thousands lost their lives that day and even more have continued to put their life on the line to make sure that those people didn’t die in vain. Every time a person visits that memorial in New York City, that day will be remembered and respected, just as those people will be remembered as well. It’s something that will always be engrained in the history of the United States, so it’s not at all fair to suggest that it’s a thing of the past. I agree that America as a whole needs to continue forward, but I think that we have already begun that healing process and it isn’t fair to say that the country is hanging on to a distant memory. In fact, for many, this traumatic experience is still fresh in their minds and is continuing to affect their daily lives whether it’s in the form of a daughter who was killed that day or a father who is overseas fighting in a war because of these attacks. 9/11 happened 12 years ago, but it’s effects are still being felt today. I recognize that not everyone was directly affected by these attacks and there are even some individuals who were too young to remember it today; however, as a person who was living in New York when the attacks happened, I saw the devastation it caused and I know just how impacting it truly was. Having relatives who were living and working in the city at the time and knowing that my father was supposed to be in Manhattan that day, but, instead stayed in Brooklyn, it was very real for me. I’ll admit, not as real as my classmates who lost parents in the attacks, but real enough for me to realize that 9/11 would be a day I could never forget.
The new kids are back with their first single off of their tenth studio album, aptly titled “10,” which drops April 2. I’ve got to say I definitely love the new song, as well as, the video for it, which celebrates the beauty that most videos don’t properly recognize most of the times. Big kudos to NKOTB and I can’t wait to see them in concert again this summer. Enjoy New Kid’s on the Block’s latest “Remix (I Like The).”
When I first saw the commercials for Washington Heights, I immediately got excited and I couldn’t wait for the premiere. It made me think of one of my favorite musicals In the Heights and I knew that just the vibe of the show alone would keep me interested for at least one episode. The New York setting mixed with the Dominican and Boricua cast made the series something I could relate to, so obviously I was attracted to it, but I honestly had no idea I would love MTV’s Washington Heights as much as I do. Then again, that’s probably because I didn’t know much about the show before I actually watched it. Yeah it follows a group of Latinos living in Uptown like I expected, but it doesn’t solely focus on the fights or the partying. Of course those things pop up throughout the series because that’s just life, but the show is much more about family, friends, and following your dreams than anything else. Besides entertaining, I would say Washington Heights is definitely inspirational and relatable.
You have a group of friends, who practically grew up together. They know each other so well, they mostly get along, and they are honest with each other no matter the situation, but then within that tight-knit group you have individuals embracing their passions, creating more depth to the show and the friendships in general. Music, art, poetry, and fashion are just a few of these passions, but, despite these different interests, the friends all have a common goal of following their dreams and making it. They support each other by going to each other’s performances or even just saying a few encouraging words, while you see these individuals putting everything out there to reach their goal. From the audience’s perspective, you see the journey of simply having a dream and actually working to make it a reality. After seeing how motivated the cast of Washington Heights is, you feel even more empowered to follow your own dreams. You get to see yourself in these figures and doing what you want becomes that much more real. At the same time, you also see the personal struggles that come into play and, unfortunately, can affect your progress. You realize that life around you doesn’t stop, but that you have to learn how to deal with it all and keep moving forward no matter what. Things are never perfect, yet you have to continue to work toward your goal. You’re reminded that you’re not the only one going through ish and that it should never be a limiting factor no matter how often it happens.
The series is only about four episodes in, but it has quickly become one of my favorite shows. It is among the best representations of real life that I’ve seen in a while, which is extremely refreshing. The relatability of the cast mixed with my weakness for positive, driven people trying to live out their dreams and help each other out along the way is probably why I’m so hooked, but either way I have no regrets. I can tell you right now that I see a weirdly large amount of myself in one of the cast members and it certainly helps me make sense of a lot of things. I have to recognize that I have already learned so much from the Washington Heights crew and I can’t wait to see what new realizations I experience along the way.
2013 is here and now it’s time for the inevitable New Year’s resolutions. You set a goal for yourself and try to stick to it all year round. Last year, my resolution was to be the best me I could be. I was including a more positive mindset, my health, my social life, and my professional goals. I wanted to progress and grow as much as possible. Honestly, I think I did a pretty good job at sticking to my goal… and my best friend agrees! I’ve tried to maintain optimism and forward movement in my life, which has definitely helped me improve as a person, but now it’s time to make a new goal for myself.
Obviously, I have the specific goals of graduating college and all that good stuff, but, more importantly, I want to do a better job of making myself a priority in my life. I can’t be at my best, if I don’t take care of myself, so I have to make an effort to do so. This past year, I have certainly given a lot of myself to others to the point that I end up getting burnt out. It’s nice to help people and you have to make sacrifices in life, but it should never get to the point where you’re not ever benefiting from the situation, so, this year, I’m going to take care of myself and I mean that in every sense. Let’s make it a good one 2013!
The end of 2012 is finally here. Many see it as the end of one chapter and the start of another. I can’t help but agree. Your life won’t be completely changed and it’s not like everything will be different just because it’s a new year, but the new year is definitely a good marker for determining the progress of your life. It’s a time to look back at the past year to see what you’ve done and what all you’ve been through. Take this moment to celebrate and appreciate the positives in your life, but also take this moment to learn from and let go of the negatives.
Personally, I feel like I have grown so much in a positive way, throughout the past year. I’ve managed to do well in school and am one semester away from graduating college. I got promoted at work and am able to see the many great changes in my co-workers and my students. I’ve really started to make my passion and my aspirations a priority in my life. I’ve made some great friends, who have had a big impact on my life, while my old friendships have only gotten stronger. I think I’ve gotten closer to my family and I think I am, overall, much happier than I was a year ago.
Now, I must say that not everything about 2012 was perfect. There were plenty of moments where I found it hard to maintain my positive mindset and not all of my friendships survived the year. There was more than enough stress and many lessons learned, but it’s all part of life. What we all have to remember though is that those not so great moments don’t have to haunt us. It’s a new year, so don’t make the same mistakes and don’t live the same way if it’s not working out for you. Let go of what is stopping you from being happy. Learn from the errors you made. Make a change, if you feel like you need one. Don’t be afraid to make 2013 a good year and just eliminate the negativity that is standing in your way. Use the new year as a motive to make a goal and stick to it, but, most importantly, enjoy every moment.
Tonight, I’ll be celebrating with most of my closest friends and family. I’m going to celebrate the great memories that 2012 has given me and I’m going to celebrate what 2013 has in store for me. Hopefully, the new year will be just as unforgettable for all of us!