4 Reasons Why You Should Have Friends

4 Reasons Why You Should Have Friends

Friendship can be a road full of mutual benefits
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Most people make friends that are irreplaceable throughout the course of their lives. Although not all friends are able to stay in the picture as long as you might want them to, they are significant and can benefit your life.

1. A friend's influence has an effect on you.

This being said, when maintaining a friendship, make sure that the other person is not influencing you in a negative way. Keep a friend that cares about your well-being, supports you in what you do, and always wants the best for you. The saying "who you surround yourself with is who you become" is evidently true.

2. You can make more friends through other friends.

There's nothing wrong with having more friends in your social circle. These new friends can potentially make a positive impact on your life in one way or another. If you need a favor one day, and your immediate family and friends are busy, you can always call up another friend. If they like you a lot, they more than likely be willing to lend a helping hand. Also, when other friendships end for whatever reason, you can always have other people to talk to in case you need advice.

3. Loneliness can be hard to deal with.

If you ever plan on moving to a new city or town, consider making friends to make the experience easier. If you are not going through a change in your life to make you feel lonely but you just do, know there's always someone who can make you forget about your loneliness. Constantly feelings of loneliness can actually be a burden to your mental health. Venting to a friend can put your mind at ease. Also, if you're going through something your parents would not understand, then a friend is the perfect person to go to. Being with a friend in general can bring so much joy and laughs to help you feel better.

4. You learn how to be a good friend too.

I always feel grateful knowing my friends are always there for me. That is why in return I try help them as much as I can in the ways they help me. It's the best feeling in the world to know you've made someone else happy. If you know your friend is not having a good day, then be there to make them smile and to make their day turn around.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Voting Is One Of The Best Ways For People To Elicit Change And You Should Do It On November 6

Make sure you vote, everyone! Be the change.

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I hear these phrases said quite often and it makes me sad:

"I don´t care about politics."

"It doesn't affect me so..."

"Nothing will change anyway."

Voting is one of the best ways for people to elicit change. The people are the only way that a person could get into a position of power and we can very well be a threat to someone who isn't doing the best for the country.

The current political climate can be very discouraging to some. I often feel discouraged by all the horrid things that occur and the rhetoric that is being accepted as fact, and I'm a political science major.

I can't emphasize enough how much more important it is the vote, now more than ever. At a time where we feel disappointed by the actions of our government, it is our civic duty to get to those polls. We have to show the government officials that we will not take things sitting down and we will vote them out if they are not doing what it is in the best interest for the people of this country.

The only people that can change politics and change the country is us. We hold that power. It's not just voting, it's encouraging others to vote, to become educated in the matters that concern our people, and to get involved in causes that matter to us. Politics doesn't just belong to the political scientists or government officials, it concerns EVERYONE.

If you want to live in a prosperous and equal country, it is not time to go against voting, it is time to exercise your right as an American.

Don't be discouraged because if there's any time to be excited for change, it is now. It is now when the people are seeing the injustice and the corruption in the government. It is now when the American people are coming together to improve the quality of life and gain equality for the masses.

I encourage everyone to go out and vote on November 6, not only because it affects you, but to play a part in improving the entire country.

This is the site where you find all information regarding registration:

https://www.rockthevote.org/

I hope to see you at the polls.

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