Daily Inspiration: Sing Your Heart Out

America’s Got Talent is a collection of different people showing of their skills whether amazing or weird. The judges never know what they are going to get and this contestant blew there socks off.

Andrew De Leon surprised the judges with his rendition of “O Mio Babbino Caro”. It is a reminder to go after your dreams no matter how unlikely others think they are.

Daily Inspiration: Wrestler Plays Tug of War

Adam Cook is a wrestler for the University of Michigan Wolverines. He knows what it means to still be a kid at heart.

In today’s video he tests his strengths against 50 kids in a game of tug of war. While the odds seemed to be in his favor, they gave it all they had and were declared winners. It serves as just a little reminder to always find the fun in life.

Daily Inspiration: Recognizing Talent at Any Age

Talents come in many shapes and sizes. They can also develop quickly and at a very early age. Kareem Waris Olamilekan is an 11 year old artist from Nigeria. His portraits are very skilled, beautiful and rooted in hyper realism.

In today’s video he describes how he gets his portraits done and the symbolism behind them.

Daily Inspiration: Judging Before Knowing is Always a Disservice

Skat Dagger  is undoubtedly a tattoo enthusiast. His body is covered in tattoos and can be seen as self expression.

In today’s video he describes that sometimes he can face discrimination due to the art that he displays on his face. He says that people believe that he suffers from mental illness because of his body art. He goes on to explain the meaning behind some his face tattoos and it is sure to tug at your heart strings.

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Daily Inspiration: No More Excuses

Michael Jordan is an iconic basketball player who is always noted as being the best player of all time. His career in the NBA is a constant source of referral and his sneaker line is widely popular.

In today’s video, a commercial, he talks about how he became such a successful player. The message can also be applied to every day life and the struggles that one must face to get to where they ultimately want to be.

The Suicide Machine Aims to Make Death Peaceful

Death means different things to people across cultures and religions. The idea that everyone has a last day is non-disputable. Assisted Suicide gives death a permanent and scheduled date. Although questionable, physician assisted deaths are not new.

This type of death was highlighted in mainstream media through Dr. Kevorkian. He was a medical pathologist that helped terminally ill patients end their lives and was eventually prosecuted for it. In an interview with the New York Times he explained his position:

“My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience,” he said. “I’m trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.”

The argument for assisted suicide is centered around giving the terminally ill individuals who want to end their suffering a peaceful and dignified way to do it. Philip Nitschke, a pro- euthanasia activist has developed a 3-D printed device to do just that. The Sarcos is a pod where the patient can end their own lives with nitrogen. Nitschke is a staunch supporter of an individuals write to choose.

I believe it is a fundamental human right for every adult of sound mind, to be able to plan for the end of their life in a way that is reliable, peaceful & at a time of their choosing.

Several states such as: Vermont, California and Oregon  already permit assisted suicide for patients that have 6 months or less to live. This device may give individuals more autonomy over their own deaths. The legality and the logistics of how a product like this would actually be put into practice has yet to be determined.

The morality of self inflicted death is still up for debate; individuals such as Nitschke are using modern medicine to make the transition between life and death more dignified.

Daily Inspiration: City Gives Jobs To End Panhandling

Former Mayor of Albequerque, New Mexico, Richard Berry is the mastermind behind the program There’s A Better Way.  This program gives people who are in need a job for the day paying them a wage of $9.00 an hour for five and a half hours.

In addition to a paying wage, the participants are also given resources to receive services that can help them get back on their feet.  The mission of the program is to help give dignity to people through work and collectively end panhandling.

Daily Inspiration: Cancer Survivor Becomes Stoma Designer

Heather Maston is a stage three colon survivor who discovered how to make her new disability work for her. After having her large intestines and rectum removed, she now has a permanent ostomy bag on her body.

To help her cope with this new accessory she designed covers for the bag that she wears daily. She can switch them up depending on her mood, and help her bring a sense of confidence to her adjusted daily routine.

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Adaptive Clothing Breaks the Mold

The greatest features of modern society are tolerance and innovation. Thanks to this, people are finally able to reap the benefits of progressive thinking. Adaptive clothing is specifically designed to increase mobility for disabled, elderly and special-needs children and adults.

While sneakers with Velcro clasps and ‘grandma’ pants with elastic waists aren’t new, this concept goes a step beyond. Magnetic closures, sensory friendly and anti-strip jumpsuits for Alzheimer’s sufferers is now available. Individuals who are wheelchair bound are able to find clothing that is suitable for their lifestyle.

A quick search yields large and small retailers that have expanded their fashion lines to help these previously excluded groups. Tommy Hilfiger, Target, and Silvert’s are just a few of the brands that are enabling people to increase their independence.

Adaptive clothing is ushering in a new wave of fashion and accessibility. Allowing someone to maintain a sense of normalcy in what can otherwise be a restrictive existence, is life altering. The future of all inclusive garments will only help foster individuality and improve the lives of those who need it most.