Hello, readers! Welcome to November’s Rule Your Nation Awards. It has been a very good month for sports in particular, but a bad month for the family of Michael Brown and the rest of Ferguson, Missouri. Still, some great people managed to shine a silver lining on some of the darkest moments. This month, and from this point on, the Rule Your Nation Awards will have a section titled “Every Day Conquerors” dedicated to people who may not be famous but are as passionate and dedicated to ruling their nations as any celebrity. If you have any nominations for an award, please send a picture, bio, and reason he/she deserves an award to email@example.com. Multiple submissions are accepted and encouraged. Until then, let’s get started.
Kobe Bryant has spent his entire career on the butt-end of media scrutiny and this season was no different. With articles claiming that he was a cancer to his team, to numerous response pieces in his defense, Kobe’s media persona can be summed up with one phrase. You either love him or hate him, but he is still Kobe. The Mamba is also constantly compared to Michael Jordan; especially as he approaches His Airness’ scoring record. However, this month Kobe reached a record that is all his own. He is now the first NBA player to score 30,000 points and 6,000 assists(surpassing Jordan’s assist total). Kudos, to you Kobe Bryant. Even with the constant criticisms and unfair comparisons to the G.O.A.T., you have carved out a place in history for yourself that no one can take away from you without playing well enough to surpass it. You are Ruling Your Nation by forging your own legacy. Keep doing you. Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2285075-kobe-bryant-first-player-in-nba-history-with-30000-points-and-6000-assists.
As one of the most underrated future Hall-of-Famers in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki always finds ways to stay relevant. Much like Kobe Bryant, Dirk’s talent and work ethic has resulted in a career full of accolades. At 36 years old, he still averages over twenty points per game and shoots over fifty percent from the field, and he does it with a game all his own that is so effective that other players(including Kobe Bryant) have started copying it. Dirk’s recent achievement of passing Hakeem Olajuwon to become the highest scoring foreign born player in NBA history is yet another testament to his undying passion for the game. With his 26,947th point, Dirk solidified his place as one of the best scorers of all-time. Kudos to you, Dirk Nowitzki. You are ruling your nation by making history the only way a skinny kid from Wurzburg, Germany would know how; with hard work, dedication, and creativity. Keep making it happen. Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2264440-dirk-nowitzki-passes-hakeem-olajuwon-becomes-highest-scoring-foreign-nba-player
St. Louis Rams
Before their Sunday game, the St. Louis Rams walked out with their hands up in protest to the recent grand jury decision of the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri. Though there are certainly athletes who start foundations and donate to numerous causes, it is not often that you see athletes use the athletic arena to protest. It takes a certain level of boldness and integrity to risk media scrutiny and endorsements for the sake of proclaiming that an injustice has occurred. In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, this protest was especially memorable. Kudos to you, St. Louis Rams. You are Ruling Your Nation by taking a stand when others would not. This writer applauds you. Source:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/30/rams-ferguson-hands-up_n_6245294.html
In a world full of get-skinny-quick schemes, Kate Hudson tells the cold hard truth. If you want to get in shape, you must work at it. Period. Kate Hudson told US Weekly that she “works her ass off” to stay in shape and that, “Everybody wants some sort of secret and there just isn’t, it’s just you have to work out.” However, Hudson also makes a valid point about practicing a consistent work-out routine instead of an overly intense one:
“I wouldn’t say [I work out] a lot, just consistently…People think for some reason you have to work out for two and a half hours…but, it can be little. It can be 20 minutes, it could be 40 minutes, but you have to [get it in].”
Kudos to you, Kate Hudson. You are Ruling Your Nation by setting the example that there is no replacement for hard work to achieve your goals. Continue to maintain your excellence. Source: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/news/kate-hudson-admits-to-working-her-ass-off-to-get-in-shape-20142411#ixzz3LFCxt3MQ
During the riots in Ferguson, there was a lot of anger and conflict. Some people may have watched the video clips of people destroying property and thought that such behavior was all that Ferguson had to offer. Wrong. Meet Terrence Williams, a young man who got up at seven in the morning to clean the community. He was not the only person cleaning up, but his media exposure represents a positive image of black males that is often overshadowed by the “thug” narrative, and it is a refreshing sight to see. Kudos to you, Terrence Williams. You are Ruling Your Nation by doing the right thing. Your efforts are appreciated. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/25/ferguson-looting-cleanup_n_6220508.html
Tugce Albayrak died at 23 years old this past month after defending two girls from a group of men harassing them in the street. After she stepped in to protect the girls, one of the men waited by her car and attacked her. Though there are conflicting stories about how the altercation took place, the resulting coma is undisputed. On her birthday, Ms. Albayrak’s parents decided to shut off her life support. It is a shame that doing the right thing can result in death, and this blog will join in honoring Ms. Albayrak by telling her story. Kudos to you, Ms. Albayrak. You Ruled Your Nation by helping others; even to the point of self-sacrifice. #ZivilCourage. Source: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/student-killed-confronting-men-harassing-girls-photos/864988/
Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills
Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills trained for a month before running 550 miles from Atlanta, Georgia to Ferguson, Missouri to pay respects to Michael Brown’s memorial. They are also raising money for the families of Michael Brown, John Crawford, Charles Smith, and for the bail and court fees of the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Here is an example of two people taking their gifts and talents and using it for a good cause. The amazing feat of running 550 miles is only amplified by the incredible hearts behind it; the same hearts that led these men to the emotional moment at Michael Brown’s memorial pictured above. Kudos to you, Mr. Hall and Mr. Mills. You are Ruling Your Nation by doing the extraordinary. This writer salutes your passion for justice and your efforts to make the world a better place. Source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/11/23/3596130/runners-from-atlanta-to-ferguson/
Zach Hodskins was born without the lower half of his left arm. However, he still managed to play basketball well enough to make the Florida Gators’ roster. As a result, the Florida Gators opened the season by giving him his first college minutes. Though he did not score his first college points(yet), Zach “fulfilled a dream” by playing on such a high stage. Kudos to you, Zach Hodskins. You are Ruling Your Nation by refusing to accept limits. Keep doing what you love. Source: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/11/florida-zach-hodskins-one-handed-player-zach-hodskins-makes-debut
Paige Fox is a Third Year Law Student at Chicago-Kent College of Law who holds an intense passion for public interest law. Though she regularly interns for the Abuse Investigation and Legal Advocacy Unit (AIU) at Equip for Equality, Ms. Fox finds little ways to help people every day in her free time. On November 26th, Paige was waiting at Union Station in Downtown Chicago when a man approached with a trash bag of clothes and asked if he could use her phone. He told her that he had just been released from prison, and the clothes in his bag were all that he had in his name. Since everyone else ignored him, Paige called his mother for him. He thanked her and said, “There really are good people in the world. Happy Thanksgiving.” Kudos to you, Paige Fox. You are Ruling Your Nation by living a life of service and acts of kindness, both large and small. Do not stop giving to a world that needs more people like you.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. November has blessed us with some pretty amazing people people. We had the excellent finding a way to be more awesome. We also had the ordinary doing the extraordinary. The moral of the story? You don’t have to be famous or fit a particular standard to Rule Your Nation. You just have to be the best you that you can be, and live your life with no apologies. Until next time, Conquerors!
Rule Your Nation, my friends.