Recently, for the New Year, I bought a couple wristbands from the LeBron James Family Foundation charity function, in which the money goes to benefiting inner city kids and helping them reach their goals and dreams. The bands, a yellow and black one, simply read two things: "I Promise".

Seems like just two wristbands you can easily find anywhere on the internet, or even make yourself, right? Well, not so much.

The previous year, I've really been able to see what awaits me in the real world and not this sad "Burlington Bubble" I live in. For every genuine good person, there's several people who are as far from "good", "kind", and any other positive words you can think of. Instead, the words "ignorant", "unjust", "cruel" and others like them come into play. Whether it's to people I'm close with or myself, the facts are facts: people in this world are plain heartless. Depressing and sad to say and acknowledge? Yes. But even those who seem to see life through rose-colored glasses should realize that this world far from perfect. People, whether it's because of being ignorant or looking for fun in all the wrong ways, will go out of their way to hurt people.

And THAT'S where those "I Promise" bands come in.

Contrary to popular belief (of those who know me), I didn't but them just because they're from LeBron. In fact, my reasoning behind buying the bands are nowhere close to that reason. I've never been one to make New Years Resolutions. I always thought that, for the most part, they're kind of pointless because they only last for a month (at the most, and that's being a bit generous). But before the calendar struck 2014 and before the thought of buying the bands even came to mind, I made a promise to myself. Whenever I was the clear-cut target of ignorance, this promise of mine slowly manifested itself. Now, with the fact I only have a few months left here at home before I start a new chapter of my life, I've not only decided to go through with this promise, but I've personal mission to accomplish this goal.

My promise? For the yellow band (which is the New Years band, which encourages New Years Resolutions), my promise is simple: to be much better person than everyone and anyone who has came, or will come in the future, into my life just to knock me off my path to where I want to be in life. The second promise (which is just the standard black band) is to back the other promise up by striving to be better than I was in the past.

Resolutions aren't meant to be easy, I suppose. Yet, with this pair of resolutions, I accept the challenge to back my words up. Deep down, I feel like I can succed with these. As a matter of fact, I will.

I Promise.

Pardon my indulgence.

P.S: I'm back.

 


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