So I’m back, and I survived the bar exam. Did you miss me? Of course you did. Though I am a day late, I promise to not disappoint. With that being said, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of July’s Rule Your Nation Awards.
Jada Green is a 16-year-old high school student from Texas. She is also a rape victim. She went to a party, drank some punch, and suddenly she was unconscious; the recipient of a spiked drink. If that were not tragic enough, her attackers decided to mock her on social media by posting pictures of her while she was unconscious. Did she cower in the face of this abuse? No. She went to the media instead and even requested that her name be shared(unusual for a minor) in her effort to find her attackers. Such bravery in the face of trauma is rare and worthy of note. Kudos to you, Jada. You are Ruling Your Nation with courage, and this writer salutes you. Continue to fight for justice.
Tim Howard was a goalie for the United States Soccer Team during this summer’s World Cup. In a losing effort against Belgium, Howard recorded 16 saves; a World Cup record. Some people are good at their craft. Some people are great at their craft. Then you have people whose passion for what they do shows in their performance in a way that inspires awe and amazement. In order to have the energy, speed, reaction time, and hand-eye coordination to block that many goals from some of the best soccer players in the world, one could assume that Tim Howard puts in more work than anybody else standing between those poles. Kudos to you, Tim Howard. You were the last defense, and you held it down the best anybody possibly could. You are Ruling Your Nation with dedication. Keep representing our country.
Lebron James is a small forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers. No, you read that correctly. After losing in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Lebron decided to return to his first team and his home state. I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of the move at first. I remember The Decision. I remember watching Cleveland fans burn his jersey in the street. I defended Lebron’s move to Miami, and just knew that if I were him, I would never come back. Fortunately for Lebron, I’m not him. After reading his essay explaining his decision to go back to Cleveland, Lebron mentioned doing what was best for his family and bringing a championship back to his home state. Well, you can’t argue with that. Bring a championship to Cleveland, Lebron. Your are Ruling Your Nation by following your heart, and this writer is rooting for you. Go make your dreams happen.
As a DC Comics fan, I’ll admit that I had no clue who Jason Aaron was until this month. However, when I found out that Marvel was releasing a female Thor, I had to look him up. Coming this October, Thor will be drawn and written as a woman. If anybody reading this knows anything about comics and cartoons, we all know that though there are plenty of female heroes, their roles tend to be minor or short-lived. The female characters who do have more prominent roles are seldom as powerful as the main characters. In the movie theaters, the male characters lead in the box office(Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc.). Even Wonder Woman, a character who can go toe-to-toe with Superman, has yet to have her own full-length, live action film. This is often a grave injustice because the writers of these female heroes have created some powerful characters who deserve some shine. Thor is as powerful as they come, and turning Thor into a woman bucks the trend. Congrats, Jason Aaron. You are Ruling Your Nation by making a change for the better. Keep the diversity coming.
Well, that’s this month’s Rule Your Nation Awards. These people exemplify Ruling Your Nation by standing up for themselves, achieving great feats, following their hearts, and going against the grain. I hope in your every day life you get the opportunity to do the same. Is there anyone you know who deserves a Rule Your Nation Award? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions don’t have to be famous, but they do have to be awesome. Catch you guys next week when I talk about sexiness!
Rule well, my friends.
Jason Aaron: http://www.npr.org
Jada Green: www.independent.co.uk
Lebron James: http://www.nydailynews.com
Tim Howard: http://www.ksoul945.com