Do you ever find yourself struggling to find the perfect combination of words to communicate how you feel about that special person in your life? Whether it is a significant other, best friend, coworker or relative, there is no better place to seek advice than the master of the metaphor- Leslie Knope. The Ann in your life deserves a Knope-worthy compliment, so take advice from the queen herself.
My mom is pretty darn special. And I'd be kidding myself to say that I tell her enough how much I appreciate her. There aren't enough breaths in the day to thank her for all that she has done for me, and all that she will do for me. So this is for my momma, these are just a few of the reasons why I think she's pretty great.
1. I can talk to her about anything.
I know for a fact that no matter the issue and no matter the story, my mom will listen to the entire thing with nothing but compassion in her heart. I don't ever need to wonder if she will judge me because I know for a fact that she never will.
2. She gives the best hugs.
I don't care if I saw her yesterday or if I've been away for three months; my mom will always hug me like she hasn't seen me in years, and there isn't a better feeling in the world.
3. I have never met a more selfless person.
She has such a heart for others and I am constantly blown away by her devotion and passion for serving those around her. If I (or anyone else) needs anything, my mom is the first one to jump up, drop everything, and run to help. If I have half as much generosity as my mom someday, I know that I would be making a huge difference.
4. I am inspired by her.
5. She cares so much for me.
I know that no matter how old I grow to be, and how mature I may become, my mom will always be there for me. She will always be waiting with open arms to either congratulate me or console me. I have never felt more loved by any other human than I do by my mom.
6. She loves me unconditionally.
I will never ever need to worry that she will stop loving me. No matter the circumstances, no matter the phase of life that I'm in, my mom will always be there for me, loving me every step of the way.
7. She is my number one cheerleader.
I don't think I will every meet another person more dedicated to my success and ready to celebrate my accomplishments than my mom. She is hands-down my biggest supporter and will always be standing at the finish line of whatever race I may be running. I could be crawling across that finish line and she'd still be cheering for me the whole way.
8. I can always count on her to point me in the right direction.
My mom will pray for me. She'll encourage me. She will lead by example and through the counseling that she is always ready to provide. I know that I can always count on her to push me in the direction of my dreams.
9. She has the best laugh.
I could pick my mom's laugh out of a crowd of hundreds. Her ability to laugh at herself (and at her own cheesy jokes) are part of what makes her so amazing. But the sound of my mom's laugh has the capability to make anyone's day, including mine.
10. I never stop learning from her.
See points 1-9.
Mom, you are such an amazing woman, and there is simply no way that I could put it into words. So I'll simply say thank you. Thank you for all that you do for me, day-in and day out. Thank you for loving me, and showing me what it means to live like Jesus and everything else that you do. I hope that one day my daughter might love me as much as I love you.
My entire life, I have been told there is one thing you never discuss, and that is politics. People have tried to explain to me that speaking about political issues causes too many disagreements and that you are better off avoiding those conversations, but how is it helpful to refuse to talk about something that is seen as controversial? The only way to get people to understand our views is by expressing them.
Now more than ever, talking about politics should be imperative to all of us. Decisions are being made constantly that disenfranchise marginalized groups, and pretending like those problems are not there will not make the situation better. It does not matter that you think it is "rude" to talk about politics with others. We have to all make a point of making our voices heard, whether it is with our friends, family, classmates, or anyone else because choosing to stay silent. It is what causes people without a voice to be mistreated.
I have encountered many people in my life that believe that politics is too boring to keep up with and that they have better things to spend their time on. Obviously, I am not saying that you should drown yourself with news articles at every waking moment, but it is incredibly obvious that deciding to not pay attention to what happens in the world means you are privileged. You do not feel the need to stay up to date with politics because you know deep down that any decision that is made will most likely not negatively affect you. Instead of brushing off politics because it does not provide you with enough entertainment, you should be taking advantage of your privilege and using it to amplify the voices of people who are not being heard by their governments.
Some people seem to think that avoiding political conversations all together makes them edgy and different when really it just makes you seem uneducated. People try to convince themselves that it is pointless to pay attention to politics because politicians will ultimately do as they please, so shouldn't that spark a fire in you to make sure that you are making an impact? If you want to force your politicians to listen to what you have to say, then you should take action! Go to protests, vote in every election, and call your representatives. If you convince yourself that your voice does not matter, then you will never be able to change what you do not like about your government.
And in case you want to be involved in politics but do not know how to be, then your social media can be a place to start. Twitter is a great tool to use to get notifications from news outlets when they post articles, and it is also a way to be able to hear other people's thoughts about political issues. Political movements have also gathered support from social media, so being a part of those online communities keeps you in the loop of where protests are happening and how you can be involved.