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If Vicks VapoRub Could Talk To Us, Here’s What It Would Say

When you have a cold you rub it on your chest, around the rim of your nostrils and onto the soles of your feet. And sometimes simply the smell of it gives you a warm sense of relief. Vicks VapoRub is definitely the MVP every time you’re sick. ?

But what if Vicks VapoRub could talk to us… What would it say to soothe us in the midst of difficult situations? Here’s what we think it would say…

When you try to tell your parents a funny story, but they turn it into a life lesson ?… Vicks would adivse:

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Just have patience, their lecture will be over soon.

When you screw up by telling your mom you’re bored and she hits you with “pues ponte a limpiar”… Vicks would remind you:

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Basically, para la otra no digas pendejadas.

If Vicks VapoRub saw you crying after a breakup, it would say:

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You deserve better anyway. Move on and be happy.

During one of your lonely nights you might look at your ex’s social media you might accidentally like a photo from 37 weeks ago. ? Vicks would say:

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Maybe this is the spark that’ll rekindle the flame.

If Vicks heard someone tell you that you’re gaining weight, it would reassure you:

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There’s nothing better than self love, so who cares what other people have to say. Ignore the haters.

How about when you check your bank account after a night of drinking? Vicks has a few words for you:

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Prayers to you and your (most likely empty) bank account.

Things start to get better when you get your paycheck ?… But then you remember you have bills to pay ?. So Vicks tries to comfort you with:

 

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Bills suck, but it’s part of adulting. But stop spending your hard-earned money on liquids, dummy.

When you’re on a budget, leftover food is essential. But what do you do when someone decides to eat the food you were saving all day? ? Vicks would pat your back and say:

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$1 taco trucks will save your day hun, don’t you worry.

There’s probably nothing worse than finding out there’s aguacate AFTER you’re done eating. But Vicks has just the words to console you:

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Even though we are in the middle of an avocado shortage, Vicks still has hope for you.

And whenever you feel like giving up, Vicks would encourage you by saying:

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No matter how hard things get, you have to move forward. Never give up. Just take a deep breath and inhale some Vicks ??.


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This Latino In His Sixties Spent Half Of His Life Behind Bars, Now He’s Graduating College With Honors

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This Latino In His Sixties Spent Half Of His Life Behind Bars, Now He’s Graduating College With Honors

Photo via Facebook/Miguel de la Rosa

Once in a while, a story comes along that makes you realize that the phrase “you can do anything you put your mind to”, isn’t just an old cliche. One California Latino man proved that the phrase has some truth behind it.

62-year-old Joseph Valadez just graduated with honors from Cal State Long Beach after spending the half of his adult life behind bars.

Valadez’s story went viral when one of his fellow students tweeted about the California Latino man’s incredible story. “This man accomplished something incredible AND took the coldest pic of 2021,” said that caption.

The post is a screenshot of a Facebook post Valadez wrote, accompanied by some stunning graduation photos of the 62-year-old.

“I finished my last two semester at Long Beach on the ‘President’s Honor List’ for making straight As,” wrote Valadez on the CSULB alumni Facebook group. “Was also on the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.67. Not bad for someone who spent half his adult life in prison.”

“There’s a misconception about guys like me that I want to break,” he added. “If I can do it, anyone can.”

Since the picture went viral, Valadez opened up about the journey that took him from rock bottom to where he is now.

Like many people in the prison system, addiction fueled Valadez’s life of crime. In an interview with Long Beach Post, he revealed that he began using heroine when he first joined the army at the age of 18.

“All the crimes I did were related to trying to get drugs, selling drugs,” the California Latino man told the Long Beach Post. He would spend 38 years of his life battling addiction.

After that, his life spiraled into a cycle of addiction, homelessness, violence, and crime. In total, Valadez has been to prison 40 times. He has spent more than 30 years behind bars.

Valadez finally decided to change his life in his 50s, when he realized that if he kept living this way, he would die soon.

In 2013, Valadez checked into an adult rehab facility. He stayed there for a year while he got clean. Soon after, he enrolled in Orange Coast Community College before ultimately transferring to Cal State Long Beach. In total, it took six years of challenging coursework for him to graduate. But from the look of pride in Valadez’s face, it was worth it.

Throughout his journey in the educational system, however, Valadez has discovered all the ways that the system failed him. Despite getting good grades in high school, teachers didn’t suggest college as an option for him. Instead, they suggested he pursue landscaping or construction. Similarly, when Valadez bounced in and out of jail due to his addiction, no one ever suggested rehab as a way for him to break the cycle.

Now, Valadez wants to take the lessons he learned and give back to his community.

At CSULB, Valadez excelled in sociology, and was interested in exploring how the criminal justice system is set up to target people of color. “I know a little bit about that subject because I lived it,” he said. “I wanted to understand the ‘why?’.” As of now, he is waiting to see if he gets accepted into CSULB’s Social Work masters program.

Valadez wants to use his new degree to help young kids who are at-risk of being failed by the system, like he was. “I’m going to inspire somebody, I’m going to motivate somebody, I’m going to give somebody hope,” he said. “That’s what I’m supposed to do.”

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This Hilarious Viral Video is Being Called the Latino Version of ‘Get Out’

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This Hilarious Viral Video is Being Called the Latino Version of ‘Get Out’

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We’ve all experienced it before–the nervousness of meeting your partner’s parents. And if you’re in an interracial relationship, that nervousness grows exponentially.

That’s why this video of a young Latino man who is hesitant about entering his white girlfriend’s Trump-supporting family’s house has gone viral.

It’s #relatable.

The video starts off with the unnamed boyfriend narrating what’s happening to him as his girlfriend practically drags him into her parent’s home.

In Spanish, he says “I’m going to visit my girlfriend’s parent’s house. The house is very beautiful and she wants me to go inside. But I’m not going to do that because there’s a problem.”

At this point, he pans up to focus on a “Trump” sign prominently displayed on the front lawn.

He turns the camera around to show his own very worried face. The young man’s girlfriend tries to assure him that everything is okay, promising him that her parents are “going to like you”.

The young man tells her to go on without him because he “doesn’t want to die” today. “Maybe tomorrow, yes. But today–no,” he says.

His girlfriend keeps insisting he follow her in until he finally says: “They don’t like me!” before zooming in on the “Trump/Pence” sign one final time. The comedic timing is *chef’s kiss* impeccable.

The video is captioned “This Spanish remake of ‘Get Out’–a witty nod to the 2017 horror film.

As a refresher, “Get Out” centers on a young Black man in an interracial relationship who visits his white girlfriend’s family for the weekend. Soon, he realizes the family is not quite as idyllic as they’re pretending to be. Before long, he realizes his life is in danger.

The movie accurately depicted the real-life horror of racism and white supremacy through a cinematic lens. Phrases like “the sunken place” (the place the main character went when he’s paralyzed by his girlfriend’s mother) became cultural shorthand for: the “place an oppressed person goes when they have become silent or compliant to their own oppression” (thanks Urban Dictionary).

Internet commentators chimed in with their own thoughts and opinions about the super relatable video.

One Reddit user knew exactly how the young man felt. “As a biracial person who dated a girl from a very conservative Republican family, they never let me forget that I was biracial,” he said. “They brought it up almost every day.”

Another knew the struggles of having family members with different views from their own: “I have friends and family members that have been radicalized.. it’s very difficult to have a conversation about anything anymore that doesn’t end with vitriol.”

Another Reddit user had more sympathy for the man’s girlfriend. “I feel bad for the girl honestly,” they said. “We may be able to choose who we befriend, but we can never choose our parents.”

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