22 Money Apps

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Money Apps are FREE of charge to use and save you money at the grocery store, while shopping, dining out at Restaurants, buying Take-Out, buying fuel, on travel… the list is endless.

Many will even Make Money for you & give you Cash for things you normally would do like grocery shopping, buying fuel or when you watch videos or want to sell items like cds & dvds

Some will give you Cash Back on items you bought, others give you points for scanning products, then you convert those points to Gift Cards or withdraw Cash via Paypal. Others will give you Free Food Offers when you Buy one, you Get One Free (BOGO) and some work the same way coupons work without having to cut out paper coupons

 

 

Money Apps:

1. Alaska  Bunch – is a clickable picture Survey App, ‘do you like this or this?’ , where you get $5 for signing up and then get paid for each survey you answer, it’s easy to use.  Once you reach $25 you cash out with Paypal

 

2. Shopkick

You earn ‘kicks’ (points) = Shopkicks, that you accumulate and then cash in for FREE giftcards

You can earn ‘kicks’ by WALK-INs, walking into stores offering shopkick walk-ins, open the App before you enter the store, Your kicks will appear on your screen …Walmart, Target, Kmart, Publix etc,

You can earn additional ‘kicks’ by scanning the barcode on specific products in the store

 

3. Checkpoints

(Enter code: ozkat67) when you register your account for bonus points on signup

Similar to Shopkick, Checkpoints award points for scanning specific products in the store, or check-ins at certain stores.  You  can cash out with PAYPAL once you have earned enough points or use your points for any of their other giftcards (Walmart, Amazon, Target, Best Buy)

You can also earn points by watching short videos

 

4. Ibotta

Ibotta is a grocery shopping App that replaces cutting and clipping coupons

  • Download the Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android. The app is required to submit a receipt
  • Unlock Rebates

Before you go shopping, unlock cash rewards on great products by completing simple tasks

  • Go Shopping

Buy the products you’ve unlocked at any supported store

  •  Verify Your Purchases

Scan your product barcodes, then submit a photo of your receipt.

  •  Get Cash

You’ll have the cash deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours

Once you reach $20 you can withdraw your cash via PAYPAL

5. Checkout51

  • Download the App
  • Browse offers and buy products listed
  • Take a photo & Upload your receipt using Checkout51
  • They confirm your purchase and credit your account
  • Once your account reaches $20 you can cash out, they will send you a check in the mail

You earn more cash back with this app than you would clipping coupons

 

6. TheCouponsApp

Search for deals, coupons & online promo codes from over 100,000 retailers inside The TheCouponsApp

Shopping and restaurant offers at thousands of nationwide and local chains. Browse the best coupons, view local deals or see popular retail stores. Get alerts when they offer new savings at all your favorite restaurants & stores. Get automatic notifications when deals are nearby

 

7. WALMART Savings Catcher

Just by registering and uploading your receipt via the QR code, Walmart checks local competitor prices and refunds you the difference if they find an item on your receipt cheaper elsewhere

Submit your receipt to Savings Catcher in any one of two ways:

  1. Enter the receipt number (the TC number) into Savings Catcher at savingscatcher.walmart.com or in the Walmart Android f4147bb044297965f3fd find this number located near the bottom of your printed Walmart store receipt.
  2. Or, scan the code at the bottom of your printed store receipt, using the scanner in the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app

Savings Catcher compares the prices of the eligible items you bought at Walmart to the advertised prices found in the print and online versions of the weekly ads of top retailers in your area. The ads must be valid at the time you made your Walmart purchase.

If Savings Catcher finds an advertised price that is lower than what you paid for the same exact item at Walmart, you’ll get back the difference in the form of Savings Catcher Reward Dollars, which can be redeemed for a Walmart Rewards eGift Card or Walmart Buck$ added to your Bluebird by American Express Card, which can be used to make purchases exclusively in-store at Walmart or online at Walmart.com

 

8. Receipt Hog – turn receipts from everyday shopping into cash

You simply download the app, register your name & email, take a photo of your Receipt from restaurants, groceries, health items, beauty products, clothing, club stores, pet stores. drug stores etc you will earn ‘coins’ and once you have enough coins, trade your  coins for Cash via Paypal or Amazon Gift cards or magazines

 

9. Find&Save – Cash back and coupons for shopping at local stores & restaurants.  Upload your receipt and earn cash back

 

10. T-Mobile Tuesdays – If you have a cell phone with a T-Mobile service, download the app. Each Tuesday you get free rewards.  You don’t have to do anything but hit the REDEEM button

We have had free Pizza’s, chipotle, Video Rentals, Movie Tickets, 25c/gal off gas, they have heaps of rewards

 

11. Fuel Rewards – Save 5c, 25c, 30c per gallon when you fill up at the Gas Station, dine at select restaurants, shop at convenience or grocery stores, travel etc

 

12. Decluttr – Cash back for your old cd’s, dvd’s, video games

Download the app, scan your item’s barcode, (or enter the ISBN number online if you are not using a cell phone), you can accept or decline their offer. All shipping is paid by the buyer. They send you a shipping label, you pack them up and ship them off…It’s free to use, they pay you cash as soon as they receive your goods and have checked them, you can choose to be paid by check, Paypal* (*This option was available online on my desktop computer but not when I did it via my cell phone) or direct deposit to your bank account

They have a pretty good online reputation, and at no time do you have to agree to their offer. I scanned my cd’s, some were only worth 5c, 10c , 30c, 40c, but I had about 9 that they offered anything from $1.50-$3.50 each, I got about $50 back for CD’s I no longer listen to

 

13. Swagbucks -Earn Cash back for watching videos, playing games, shopping, dining out, travel & surveys

 

14. Saving Star – Cash back on select fruit & vegies, groceries, cash out after $5

You can cash out to a bank account, PayPal account, Upromise account, Starbucks gift code, iTunes gift code, or AMC Theatres gift code. Payouts occur within 24-48 hours of being requested

 

15. Coupons.com – Cash back on Groceries – Select coupons before you shop, upload receipt, get cash back

 

Weekly BOGO Offers From Fast Food Restaurants when you download their Apps:

16. McDonalds – You just download the App, show the QR code when you pay

 

17. Burger King – Download App, open at Burger King, use Promo Code when you Pay ($30 in APP offers each week)

 

Save on Restaurants:

18. Groupon.com offer 20-40% off e-cards for local restaurants, Buy a $10 gift card for $4, $25 card for $10 etc

 

19. Restaurant.com also gives you a discount on Restaurant e-certificates

What this means is instead of you paying $25 at a Restaurant you pay $10 for an e-certificate and the e-certificate is worth the full $25 at the restaurant

It is a local app for restaurants near your location, so it’s great to take with you when you travel too

 

20. LivingSocial.com – Find and purchase great local offers, discount vacations, unique products, and local events with just the tap of a finger. It’s all on the LivingSocial app, available free for Android and for iPhone and iPad

 

21. Perka – % cash off your restaurant bill, Today we got 10% off our bill just for a check-in

  1. Check in on the app when you’re ready to pay
  2. Let the store clerk know you’re using Perka
  3. Start earning perks

you will get points / punches towards free rewards (like free drinks etc) for each visit, like a punch card, then you redeem for your free reward when you have enough perks accumulated

It depends on the restaurant what the reward is, but it’s free money off your bill

 

MOVIES:

22. AMC – Earn points and Cash Back Off food &  Movie Tickets at AMC Theatres, get invites to advance screenings, souvenir posters, lots of perks if you are a regular movie goer

 

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Generations of Cinema

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I don’t know where my love for the cinema really comes from

When we were growing up, we were not allowed to go to the movies

I grew up in  a very strict old fashioned church family and my parents beliefs were that only sinful stuff went on at the cinema, on and off screen

They firmly believed only lewd sexual conduct was portrayed in film and it was not content or language that ‘people like us’ should ever be exposed to

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I am not sure what movies they have ever seen in their life, but I sure haven’t seen the XXX-Rated smut they were ever talking about…lol

I remember my mother telling us that people that go to the movies get up to no good, they are holding hands one minute and before you know it are pregnant and having babies…            ??? WTF ?

Seriously, I don’t know what cinemas they were going to, but I have never been to one movie theatre yet where there was room or opportunity to have sex at in full view of the public….wow…I have been to hundreds of movie theatres and never seen it going on

Now I will confess, there have been movies I have been coerced into going to where there was more nudity and language than I was comfortable watching with my adult or 17 yr old son sitting next to me, but they are far and few between, they majority have been clean, wholesome, family fun

 

Grandma

My Grandmother  was not cut from the same cloth as my parents.  She was the coolest person I ever knew.  She only went to church Easter Sunday and Christmas (and was always getting into trouble for handing out candy to us during the service) as far as I remember, lucky her, we were dragged there every Sunday, sometimes twice on Sundays and it was, well pretty much, excruciating, I’d rather have been in a coma

She LOVED going to the movies

She never drove a car, so she would walk to the bus stop and ride the bus into town to go to the cinema, it was a whole day outing for her

Seems like an awful lot of trouble to me to go to, just to see a movie, but I admire her appreciation for the arts

She loved watching the old black and white films and romanticized about the handsome actors on the big screen

Can’t say I blamed her, her life at home pretty much sucked from what I saw of it

She loved Ginger and Fred, Frank, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor…Cary Grant….mmm, she had good taste

We loved watching movies with her on Sundays on tv too, Tammy, Gidgit, Elvis

And she had a whole other thing for Liberace, all the outfits and jewels, much to my father’s dismay

She loved the glitz and glamour and romance of the cinema and Old Hollywood, I get it..

I can totally relate to this, I still like seeing my favorites up on the screen…I am a sucker for a well groomed, tall, dark and handsome man  …George Clooney (who isn’t), Richard Gere, Clint Eastwood and Scott for that matter, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Grant… I also don’t mind Kevin Costner and a couple of other blondies…I never cared too much for Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, I never saw what the fuss was about with them…and much to my kids dismay, I liked their eye candy value and sense of humor over any acting skills they may / may not posses…lol, oh well, sorry boys, I am only human, maybe that makes me shallow, I don’t know or really care too much about it

My Generation:

The very first movie I ever went to was at a drive-in with my sisters and my eldest sister and her boyfriend, Annie in 1982… I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about, from my parents perspective or from a going to the movies perspective…we were just glad to get out of the house for a few hours, I really don’t remember too much about the movie at all

Ironically enough, my first husband and I started ‘going out’ together as it was called back in those days,  (1983) when our church youth group went to see a movie… the movie itself was lame, but I do remember thinking how cute he was; my soon-to-be boyfriend/husband sitting next to me and by the end of the movie we were holding hands…hmm… maybe my mother did have a point after all? hehe

As we courted/dated, whatever you wanted to call it, we went to the movies together a lot

In fact, the theme song from Mannequin, “Nothing’s gonna stop us now” was the song I walked down the aisle to when we got married in 1988, I know this upset my parents, they were hoping for ‘here comes the bride’

“Pretty Woman” was my favorite movie, 1990, can’t blame a gal for romanticizing about my tall dark and handsome Richard Gere swooping me off my feet and riding off into the sunset in his limo…yes please!

As the years went by, movies became my sanity, my escape from reality.  Reality was an abusive marriage, yelling, screaming, more drama than anything any Hollywood Director could ever manufacture, let alone imagine or conjure up

“Sleeping with the Enemy” had nothing on my real life at the time

I escaped for a few hours and was able to just ‘tune out’

I didn’t really care what I saw, I just needed a break from ‘life’

It really wasn’t until I had teenage kids that I ever went to the movies for any real depth or meaning

 

The Baby Years:

I remember taking my boys to the movies very early on, they were well behaved and always excited to go to the cinema, it was an exciting day out and a couple of hours for me to relax and not have to ‘parent’

I never took them to adult movies when they were little, I wasn’t that selfish. If there were movies i wanted to see and I never had the luxury of babysitters, (and I never did),  I usually missed the movie, stayed home and waited till they came out on dvd.   I missed going out to the cinema and missed out on a seeing a lot of movies on the big screen from 1993-2002

We usually only went to see kids movies, it would never have ever occurred to me to take babies or toddlers to ‘grown up’ movies as many do today, you just stayed home, that’s what you did

Our dvd collection was vast, we could have opened a video store we had so many. We had a spare room with movie posters plastered all over the wall

It was a fun thing to stay home and watch movies after the kids were in bed, but not the same as seeing them at the cinema

I missed the whole going out thing, the environment and atmosphere you get at the cinema, not to mention the big screen and sound system and putrid smell of popcorn (i don’t know why, it turns my stomach)

The Toddler Years:

The first movie I remember my sons were the most excited about, I mean so excited they couldn’t sit still and were giddy with delight about seeing at the cinema, was Spider-Man, the Tobey Maguire one in 2002, I’ll never forget how excited they were that day (3 & 9 years old) and I remember thinking to myself, how happy I was that they had a love for going to the movies, they probably didn’t, they just liked Spiderman

We also saw the animated film ‘Spirit’ that year, my youngest son would have been about 3 years old.  He remembers watching it and says it was the first movie he really remembered watching at the cinema.  Funnily enough, our local dentist has been playing that movie in their waiting room for the last ten years we have been going there.  Makes me smile

 

New Appreciation:

The very same two sons now have an avid love for going to the movies and we go as often as we can, more than most families do.

I love going to comedies, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, they crack me up

I now have a much greater appreciation for movies, I now love movies that make you FEEL something where as before, I used to go to solely to tune out from feeling any emotion at all

I never really realized it before because of all the other outside noise and drama going on in my life at the time was so emotionally draining

I don’t cry very often at all when it comes to movies, but I did cry when I saw Benghazi and Patriot’s Day

In fact my two sons (23 and 17) are far more sensitive when it comes to the movies and both told me they have cried in movies that I have not had that reaction to

 

I won't see occult type horror movies or anything scary 
I refuse to pay someone money to scare the crap out of me, 
I've had enough of that to last me a lifetime at home for free

Recent Movies:

My eldest son has convinced me to see far more movies than I would normally have gone to see. Funnily enough, one movie I most resisted, was Dr Strange. I really didn’t want to go to. I did however want to spend time going out with my sons, so I went.  I ended up Loving that movie  far more than I ever thought I would. That movie probably is the one that has surprised me the most

The most boring movie I have seen was 2003 “Holes”, but my son (then 10 yrs old) loved it

The most angry I think I have ever felt at a movie was Benghazi, seeing it as the mother of young men changes your perspective a lot

The most emotionally draining movies have been ones about people dying of cancer or kids dying, it’s too much

I don’t like being that emotionally invested in movies, life is hard enough

I do see movies from a very different perspective now having been through heartache, marriage, divorce, family deaths, being a mother and a blended family.  It does change how you watch movies

My 23yr old, 17 yr old and I can all watch a movie like “La, La Land”and come away with a totally different perspective.

My 23 year old loves movies so much he is writing screenplays and planning to move to Los Angeles to make movies and wants to be a Director some day.  His cousin, my nephew is in the industry as well. So they watch movies very differently than I do. They get into all the nitty gritty technical side of how a movie is made, the directing, editing, cinematography of a movie, the acting as a craft

I am more of  a romantic at heart and love a good love story and something that makes you feel something.  I just want to watch a movie and go home. I have too much else going on than to obsess over how its made

I do love a good sweeping cinematography because of my interest in photography and do like watching some kids animated movies just to see how they did the artwork/animation because of my interest in art and cartoons from an artists viewpoint

I also love a good comedy, there just aren’t that many really funny movies around

And of course my second husband hates going to the movies, it’s just not his thing, he’s more into sports and football, so that’s disappointing. He gets very little down time from his job so he won’t go with me to the movies. I’ve had to see too many romantic movies on my own when there were only couples in the theatre and I was there on my own.  It’s not the same as seeing a movie with your partner

In the last few years I have seen hundreds of movies alone, it’s still my ‘happy place’ if I need to tune out for a few hours, if I am sad, or had a fight or someone has died… it relaxes me and gives me a time out from whatever is going on in life that I don’t want to deal with

Social Media:

I love social media as much as the next person, but when it comes to movies, I must admit, I don’t want to see or hear about the actors home life.

There was so much more mystery and romanticism back in the days when we knew nothing about the actors in our favorite movies.  I hate seeing cute young actors turn into grumpy, ugly old men, I want to remember them how they were in the movie.

I don’t care or want to know about their political views and award ceremonies are certainly not the time or the place for it

Some of the magic of the movies has gone when we see all the scandals and carryings on about the actors and their home lives.  I don’t care or want to know who dated who or who broke up with their boyfriend, it really doesn’t interest me

We go to the movies to tune out from our lives, why do we need to be invited into all their drama?

And I love seeing trailers at the movies, but I really don’t want to see behind the scenes all the goofs and blunders and inaccuracies of a movie

I just want to die with fond memories of going to the movies and watching a movie for the movie’s sake

 

 

 

 

La La Land

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So I wasn’t real big on musicals, I hate tap dancing, I was in two minds whether I wanted to see La La Land or not

My 23year old son, saw it twice in a week and came home dancing and prancing around the house like I have never seen him do before, he was so happy…I was like, ok, what is going on…he’s usually quiet and reserved around me and I had never seen him so excited in a long time, it warmed my heart to see him so happy

So one day in late January, I was having a moment, a crappy day, can’t remember why, and just wanted to get out of the house. I took my son to lunch and we decided to go see La La Land afterwards, I didn’t have to ask him twice, he was thrilled to go again

I was so glad I went.  It wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. I was expecting some pokey musical with tap dancers all up in my face, it wasn’t anything like that

It is the story of an aspiring actress, and a jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet.  It is  about everyday life, trying to make it in Los Angeles in your youth. 

My son is planning on moving there later this year to make movies, he’s written some screenplays and wants to be a director one day, so it is a bit closer to home for us

SPOILER ALERT: The movie is about a once-in-a-lifetime love, that will never be, but one that lives on forever and will never be forgotten

It’s the kind of movie that makes you sit up and take notice of the life choices you have made.  Did you settle for less?  Did you take the easy road or did you put yourself out there and do whatever it took to get to where you wanted to go

It is a feel-good movie about reaching for the stars and fulfilling your dreams and hopes and aspirations

I can see why a 23yr old writer intent on making it in Hollywood would be so energized by this movie and give him hope to reach for his dreams and give him a pep in his step

It was special for me watching it with my son, it was truly  ‘a moment’

It warmed my heart too because my grandmother loved going to the ‘old Hollywood’ movies and it made me think of her, I know she would have loved this movie

If you need a ‘pick me up’ time out from your day,  this happy feel-good movie is the one to see

 

 

 

 

The Founder

 

An interesting look into the life of Ray Kroc and the McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac

The beginnings of McDonald’s and the billion-dollar empire it became

Impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food in their modest hamburger joint, Kroc saw franchise potential in the brother’s restaurant. A man with a dream and a ‘the sky’s the limit’ attitude with really nothing to lose.  The great lengths he went to take over the business from under the original founders, that was painful to watch. A movie about the wheeling and dealings of a pushy salesman and a behind the scenes look at the Restaurant Industry

This movie made me think of a few things

I remember the very first time my father ever took our family to McDonald’s.  We didn’t have money growing up, we never ate out and only ever had take out if it was someone’s birthday, usually a big bucket of KFC or Homestead Chicken, yum, (the franchise as we knew it doesn’t exist anymore, it was the best fried mushrooms and Styrofoam esky/cooler to take the food home in)

I can’t remember how old we were, maybe 7 or 8, we were a big family of 8, which was embarrassing enough, and we were all in our church clothes as our father pushed us inside the door. We were extremely shy. I remember we made a big scene, everyone was looking at this weird family all squashed up together, as my father was barking at us, what do you all want to eat. It was overwhelming, there wasn’t even time to read the menu, everyone was looking at us like we had just arrived on another space ship…. I was humiliated, i just wanted to leave, we had waited for this day for a long time, dying to have McDonald’s everyone else had talked about, and it was a miserable, embarrassing experience, as most things were in our family, very few happy memories. I remember everyone else was in t-shirts and jeans or shorts, and they were all laughing and chatting and having a good time. When we walked in, it was a spectacle.  Dad got upset because none of us could make up our minds what we wanted to eat, and everyone was staring at the weirdo family and the cashier asking him over and over what we wanted.  Ironically, they had fried chicken on the menu, so I got that just because I didn’t have time to even read anything else on the menu, and I swear, to this day, it’s the best fried chicken I have ever had, crispy, crunchy breading and juicy chicken. It was yum. In later years they took it off the menu.

So I was jolted back in time with that vivid memory

Then catapulted forward to funnier memories of being hungover after a night of heavy drinking in my early twenties and the only cure for a hangover I knew that worked at the time was a big mac…lol

I remembered nicer, happier memories of my boys being excited to eat there when they were toddlers

I had a small family restaurant of my own in the mid 90’s so from a restaurant perspective, it interested me to see how it all started and how it was run from the ground up and the things that went on behind the scenes.  I was dying to know what the secret formula was to their success

You couldn’t help but feel for the wife who had been by his side through all his hair-brain ideas and loyally stuck by him when times were tough, who he later divorced for another woman when things took off for him

I had heard some of the Ray Kroc story before but wanted to learn more about him…stories like that are fascinating to me, how you go from being a 50+ year-old salesman to a billion dollar empire.  I couldn’t even imagine starting a new job at that age, let alone setting up a new restaurant business, the thought is exhausting to me when I know how much work there is behind setting up and opening a restaurant

I wonder what regrets he had when he died

I look at the local franchises and they can’t even get a basic order correct, or the fries are stone cold, or missing items in the bag when you get home … I wonder if getting that big was really worth it when you lose quality control of your product, the personal sacrifice,  and the employees don’t have the same cheerful disposition they once had

My son said to me after the movie, I want to go to one of those McDonald’s restaurants where the food is hot and fresh and the servers are that excited to serve you…lol

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much money you make, how successful you are, you can’t take your money with you when you die

I guess it all boils down to what you really want to be remembered for

Do you want to be remembered for being a ruthless businessman who screwed people over to make their mark on the world and get ahead, or do you want to be remembered for having integrity and treating people right

 

 

 

Hidden Figures Movie

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A film based on the true story of Katherine Goble Johnson, a NASA mathematician, Dorothy Vaughan, NASA mathematician &  Mary Jackson, NASA engineer who were an integral part of the operations involving the Friendship 7 NASA space mission in which John Glenn orbited the Earth three times in the early 1960’s

The movie not only deals with the segregation issues these three brilliant African American women faced but also the issue of sexism in the workplace.

As I watched the movie, I wondered if we have really advanced as much as you would think a democratic nation would be in 2017, especially considering this took place some 54 years ago….

I was disappointed that not very much has changed in terms of Equal Employment and pay for women in America, I just don’t see it.  I still see far too many cases of women earning less than men for doing the same, if not more work as their male co-workers

There are still to this day some private businesses and franchises who have zero women Managers or Executives on their staff and I wonder why that is.  It certainly isn’t that there are not qualified women to fill the positions. I had the misfortune of applying for a job with one such company (who will remain nameless, they deserve no promotion or recognition from me), despite having a 20-year work history, excellent references and 5 years management experience in the field I was applying for.  The manager liked me, was willing to hire me there and then, the Area manager told me and I quote to “go home and look after your children”….?   I could have reported him or sued his butt, not just for his comment, but for asking if I was married and had kids in the first place, but I am not vindictive, it is his loss and I have great faith Lady Karma will take care of him

This ridiculous nonsense needs to stop and does not exist in similar countries like Australia or in the UK, so why does it still happen here?

The backward thinking needs to change, there are many many brilliant minds out there and hard workers who are not being given opportunities they are qualified for because of their gender, race or ethnicity

 

Marathon- Patriots Day Movie

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Marathon – Daily Post

Up until today, I would consider my life was a Marathon, a slow and steady race with lots of twists and turns,  uphill battles that at times take your breath away.  A race for the brave and strong, often with no end in sight

Then today I went & saw the Patriot’s Day Movie about the Boston Marathon bombings, alongside my sons who are around the same age as the Boston Marathon bombers

My sons have not had an easy life, yet they have so far turned out to be awesome, amazing young men with hearts of gold who believe in equal rights for all and are not afraid to stand up for what’s right. I couldn’t be more proud of them.

I still can not fathom, nor can millions of others,  how two brothers that young could in all good conscience believe that taking the lives of others, would be a good idea.  What happened to them?  How did they get so hurt, so badly that made them want to hurt others?

My heart is sad just thinking about it, all of it

The resilience and strength of those who survived are nothing short of a miracle. I could not imagine losing a limb.  I don’t think I would cope as well as they have.  I do not know that I would want to live through such an ordeal.  I wonder what drives them?  What keeps them going each day?

Around the time this tragic event happened I was seeing doctors and specialists myself about having a knee replacement. I remember at the time I felt guilty for even asking for a knee replacement when there were others more deserving than me, given what these folk had just been through. It was heavy on a lot of people’s hearts.

I have never lost a limb and hope I never will

I know that physical wounds heal in time (and just how hard and painful it is to have to learn to walk again, & that months of rehab is a bitch!)

I can’t even fathom what they went through

I also learned it’s ultimately your attitude and how you react to trauma that makes all the difference.  The emotional scars may never go away, yet these people have soldiered on regardless

I cried watching the movie today, re-living their story again and I am only a mere spectator, this wasn’t just a movie we were watching, this was people’s real life

I am not sure of the motivation behind those who made the film. It was about endurance and strength and banding together as a community in solidarity to defeat hatred and terrorism

For me it was a poignant reminder, that life is precious and we shouldn’t take one single moment with our loved ones for granted

We shouldn’t be spectator’s in our lives, we need to join in and run the race alongside those who are brave and strong and may just need to know someone is running life alongside with them in their journey, help to get them through to the finishing line

 

 

 

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