We Should Empower Girls

Is feminism good?

I got asked this exact question from an individual last week, and my answer was pretty constructive and straightforward.

I certainly think the actual REAL definition of feminism is good and it should matter to us all. Fundamentally, this is a human rights issue. Discrimination has no place in the 21st century, and every girl has the right to go to school, stay safe from violence, access health services, and fully participate in her community. Girls should be treated with equal respect and should have same benefits and opportunities.

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It’s something that WE all need to care about and invest our time in making sure that all girls have the right to be a girl and not what society forces them to be. You see because investing in girls is one of the smartest things we can do to promote a healthier, more prosperous world. More importantly, it’s the right thing to do. Every girl has the right to be in charge of her future and her fate.

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That’s what feminism is all about. I am here to say that I am a feminist and that if we can all support girls, we will have a better society for not only ourselves, but for the future generations to come.

To finish off this post, I want to quote a fantastic woman whom I had the pleasure to meet; she’s an artful vandal named @MissMe. She’s a feminist who stands for the right thing, and that is empowering girls, nothing more, nothing less. What she says is very important and quite frankly the truth.

“To be born with a woman’s body is to bear the unsolicited burden of society’s unresolved attitude to sex.”

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard


That’s why we should Empower Girls.

Featured Photo: Photo credit: Jiro Ose for UN Foundation

Photo #1: Girl Up

Photo #2: Photo credit: UN Women

 

Inner Beauty

If there was one thing that she had learned

throughout her life and tribulations

is that she had a heart and soul big enough

that could hold both her pain and happiness.

But she then realized

that in life you can’t wait to be something

but to accept your true self

appreciating only the beauty that comes from within

and the feeling of weights upon your shoulders

will disappear

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard


This was a free verse poem I’ve written about Inner Beauty in collaboration with my good friend Riya, whom I have known for quite some time now, and I must say, she’s a fantastic writer so please check out her blog as well as her poem! We’ve also collaborated before on previous posts which can be found on both my blog and her blog.

Interested in making a collab post? Head on over to this link – https://thebenlessard.com/collaboration/

 

Calling Out

 

She’s dreamt so long of being free
Calling out in total darkness
Her chains break open
Freedom responds at last

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard


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And please check out some of my previous posts if you’re craving for more TheBenLessard content. 🙂

Importance Of Love

The Heart of His Angel Friend

Memories

 

The Importance Of Love

Imagine for a second if the entire existence of love disappeared from our minds and our world forever. And please ask yourself, What would life be like if love did not exist? And for those of you who have never experienced such love or has never demonstrated any form of love, ask yourself, How would it be different?

Our world is filled with hatred and love, that is the problem. I certainly wish that our world would be filled with only love, I wish we as human beings could banish hatred from our lives forever, but we can’t! But what we can do is focus on the positive, focus on love itself, and through the people we come in contact with, so love can spread to those who haven’t experienced love so that they may share that love with another.

But for many of us, we do not understand the importance of love in today’s society, nor do we know its effect on everyone we come in contact with. I say life without love is an eternity without happiness. The purpose in life is to love and to be happy. No matter what you think, I feel life wouldn’t even exist without love. We are here because of love and we are forgiven because of love. I just have to say, I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t forgiven, there would be no point in living. We are forgiven because God loves us. I don’t believe people can be happy without love. People try, but it’s not possible. Nothing else can truly make you happy. Money, fame, power … none of that can truly make a person happy, but love will.

You see, if I show an affirmative action such as love, it causes a chain reaction of that positivity, events, and outcomes. It sparks extraordinary results. But that doesn’t mean anything; it shouldn’t really mean anything if I, if we do not love.

And if you don’t believe that love is important, if you’re aren’t sure if love is even a necessity in our world and as human beings, then you must seriously take a moment to really think about a world without love. Our world would crumble, our nations would crumble, and we ourselves would crumble. So let us not think for a second that love is not important.

“Without love, our lives wouldn’t have meaning because love is the glue that holds mankind together.”

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard


Interested in making a collab post? Head on over to this link – https://thebenlessard.com/collaboration/

And please check out my previous posts if you’re craving for more TheBenLessard content. 🙂

The Heart of His Angel Friend

An angel appeared to a young boy today with a heart of gold
With only love to pass on from what I’ve been told
He could feel her sweet tender touch along the sad path he took today
Touched by the hands of grace
All his fear and sorrow were wiped away

Wondering if it was even real or fake
He just doesn’t know
But he felt liberated of all things
Things that don’t usually come and go

Tears started flowing down so gracefully
With kindness she wipes them away
Casting away the darkness and loneliness inside him
That the heart of the angel was so pure
It kindled within him

She showed him with only the touch of her hands
To be free and show love
To never give up hope no matter the situation
To never be burdened by fear
To stand-alone and show compassion
To stay strong and to never lose ambition

He then said to me
That the angel flew gracefully to the heavens above
Watching over him with only a smile
He felt so happy he then pointed to the sky

Thanking God for sending this special Angel friend
Who has a heart so big and gentle
He described it as a dream so perfect and beautiful
Wishing it wouldn’t be the end
He finished by telling me…
That this was the Heart of his Angel friend

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Memories

Childhood comes and then goes
But once you’re old enough
There’s no going back
But then you remember all the memories
Seeing how you once were
So innocent and pure
With dreams so big and vast
Remembering the songs and smiles
The family gatherings
Knowing that everything will be fine
Not in tune with reality
You think everything is magical with rainbows and unicorns
And you will be forever young

But then it fades away
So quickly you can’t even imagine
Because reality starts to kick in
Confused by what’s happening
You’re going left and right and up and down
Wondering if you’ll ever be okay
Seeing the beauty of the world
Quickly fading away by greed and power
Your mind controlled by the now and the future
Forgetting who you are and who you once were
It’s quite twisted you see
But in the end, it will all make sense
Because you have the power to turn it around
That is if you’re commited and if you want it

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard


Took a month’s break from blogging, but now I’m back! Stay tuned for more posts because I will be bogging every two days.

Exploring Ft. Lauderdale & Miami

If you’ve been following my blog these past three weeks, you’d know that I just arrived in Denver about six days ago from Atlanta. Now I know I said my last destination of my trip was Fort Lauderdale, but my connecting flight from Fort Lauderdale to Denver was Atlanta. Long story short, my flight was delayed, and this caused my family and I to stay over night in Atlanta and catch the morning flight the very next day.

But anyways, the good news is that I’m here in Denver writing you this post about my fantastic stay in Florida. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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After landing in Fort Lauderdale from a three-hour flight from Montreal, I could already feel the great Florida humidity, which was great! So after getting my luggage from baggage claim, we went directly to our vacation home located in Pompano Beach; a good 20-30 minutes from the airport with no traffic.

And what’s great about where we stayed, was that the beach was right in front. So naturally I went, and it was great!

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The weather was gorgeous, the water was perfect … it was amazing!

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But what was even more amazing than the beach and the weather, was the restaurants. One of them being California Pizza Kitchen, a great restaurant with great service and great food! Here is the view around me (nothing special).

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But during my stay in Fort Lauderdale, I did many things like going to the movies, jet skiing, shopping, EATING…It was nice. But the highlight of my trip was going to Miami for the afternoon because it was unexpected.

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… and please excuse the blur on these three pictures. I had trouble focusing my lens.

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And now I’m on my way to the artsy side of Miami (10-13 minutes from downtown), somewhere not to touristy.

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And by the way, I think I’ve spent longer than I ever have before trying to whittle down the number of pictures to include in this post. As a result, this post has 20 photographs in it. Just what I needed to make this post.

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But seriously, this art is original and very creative!

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Every building was filled with color. It was beautiful!

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But all good things come to an end. And though I was sad to leave Miami and Fort Lauderdale, I left with a ton of wonderful memories and a whole lot of photographs (hundreds to be specific) to help me remember the glorious experience.

These two cities I visited were simply amazing! So much to do and so much to explore.

 Florida, I’ll see you again one day! ❤

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Camera: Images captured with a Canon EOS Rebel t6 paired with an EFS 18-55 f/4-5.6 lens.

Note: I guess that concludes my summer adventure. I had so much fun visiting new parts of Canada and the US, I enjoyed every second of it. I’m definitely looking forward to my next future destination! But in the mean time, stay tuned for more posts!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Unique Blogger Award

It has been six days now, and I can’t believe I’ve been nominated for two awards! The Real Neat Blog Award, and now the Unique Blogger Award.

I would like to thank Aestheticallae for nominating me. Please check out https://aestheticallae.wordpress.com … He just joined the WP community about two weeks ago, and I must say he already has great content. So definitely worth reading.

Here are the rules as follows:

-Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Now before I begin, I don’t recall Aestheticallae asking any of his nominees three questions, so I guess I’m going to answer the same three he got asked.

Q1. Do you believe in Parallel Worlds? 

I can’t say I do or I don’t. But perhaps there could be such a thing in such a vast universe. After all, we have only studied and explored around 4% of the universe. So there may be a possibility
Q2. What inspired you the most when you bounced back into the realm of sadness? 

That realm is a very tough and consuming place. Nobody should stay there to long because it’s not fun, and nobody should endure that much sadness and pain.

However, whenever you’re placed in a tough situation like this one, there is always some good that comes out of it. And there are always people who are there to help you, like family.

These inspire me to be a better version of me everyday.

Q3. Jot down your favorite lyrics

Remember those walls I built
Well, baby, they’re tumbling down
And they didn’t even put up a fight
They didn’t even make a sound
I found a way to let you win
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now
It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you break it
It’s the risk that I’m taking
I ain’t never gonna shut you out

Up above is Halo by the one and only Beyoncé. Such a powerful song, so it’s definitely worth listening too!

Now I too have been asked to nominate a few people for this award. This can help them gain some new well deserved followers and readers. And I was lucky enough to stumble across some amazing bloggers who deserve every bit of this award:

Kara Simone

Camila Aimbire

DoraDoressa

Misfit Spirit

Zeckrombryan

StayInKraft

Organicaholic

Beautiful Mind

And here are your questions:

  1. What’s one challenging moment you had to overcome?
  2. What’s one thing you’d wish you could change in today’s society?
  3. What’s one thing you like and dislike about the current advancement of technology

 


 

My Florida post coming out soon!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

The Real Neat Blog Award

I have been nominated by Dream Desire Achieve for the Real Neat Blog Award! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so. She is an amazingly creative writer who enjoys writing about everything that captivates her mind and that which conforms her to Christian faith, she’s also a very devoted wife, mother, and Christian, with a kind and charming personality. I always enjoy reading her posts, so I strongly suggest you head on over to her blog and see for yourself.

Thank you very much for nominating me, and I also thank everyone who has been reading, following, and supporting my blog. It means a lot.

Here are the rules for the “Real Neat Blog Award”
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc).
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

These are questions I was asked:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
I began blogging because I love writing, I’m in love with words. And I’d like to share my experiences, stories, thoughts, and travels with my readers to hopefully inspire and educate them about the world we live in and its everyday wonders.

2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
I’m fast. Now by fast I mean that sometimes I can do things fast, so the result is quite “crappy.” So I need to slow down and make sure the work is done correctly.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
This blog. Having to blog every week makes me very happy because I get to share my reflections, poetry, and travels with you. And I continuously receive nice comments and support for it.

4. Who inspires you?
Besides my family, it would be you, my readers. You inspire me every day with your kind comments, support, and love for writing.

5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
Right now I don’t have a profession. But I’m set on being a marine biologist and photographer for National Geographic.

6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
To finish high school, so I can go back to Montreal and go to University.

7. Share with us your favorite quote?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

My nominees are:

Riya – AestheticGraphy

Julie – In the Wild Los Angeles

Charlene – Charlene’s Adventure

Winta – Wandering Outside the Box

My questions for the nominees are:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
4. Who inspires you?
5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
7. Share with us your favorite author?

Thank you. Note: I’m arriving in Fort Lauderdale (final destination) this evening, so hopefully I can publish a travel post later this evening.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

 

 

A Day In Montreal

I awoke after a great day exploring the streets of downtown Montreal bubbling to the brim with anxiety and excitement. Anxiety, because I wouldn’t be able to see this gorgeous view for a very long time and I would definitely miss it, and excitement because I would have the entire day to explore alone.

But before I did anything, I had to take a moment on the balcony to appreciate this fantastic view of the water. And this view is coming from the 12th floor (one floor below the penthouses), so I guess it was a luxury in itself and a good way to kickstart the day.

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It was a glorious sunny day, the humidity was quite high, but it didn’t matter since a gentle breeze accompanied it…

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…but where I was staying, there was so much greenery (which was nice) and of course, an outside swimming pool (even better)!

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So to begin the day, I decided to take a walk in the forest located right outside the building.

There were many beautiful features in this area –  but the many trees were my favorites.

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After walking for a good hour, I spotted this “lonely” bench facing the water…

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After reading a few chapters of this book, I decided to head back home after I realized how far away I was from my apartment. When I got back, I went straight to the pool and then I took some pictures of the building and its property.

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I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous view and greenery!

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Here’s a picture of the back of the building.

 

So after a great day, I’m here writing this post to you after a delicious meal that my sister and I cooked (brie fondue served with a few slices of baguette and chicken skewers).

I want to end this post by saying that I lived here when I was very young and since then my family and I have been coming back and forth from our home in Ottawa and now our new home in Denver (where I’ll be living for the next three years). So Montreal is no doubt a beautiful city, but it’s also a city full of culture, diversity, and life!

If you’re having thoughts of visiting Montreal, I highly recommend you do, because it’s a city like no other and you won’t regret it.

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Tomorrow I’m leaving Montreal to go to Fort Lauderdale (my final destination), so be prepared for AMAZING posts!

Hope you’re having a great day / evening!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard