What Does It Mean To Be Human?

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

I've been upside-down, I don't wanna be the right way 'round.
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I was sitting on the couch one night trying to think of something to write my article about when my fiance walked into the room and asked what I was doing. I responded by telling him I needed to write an article, but was suffering from a never-ending writer's block and could use some inspiration.

I was then shown this video and became inspired within five seconds.

What does it mean to be human?

Wow.

To me, being human means having the freedom to be whomever you want to be. To be able to create and discover yourself as an individual without caring about the judgment of others. Being human means accepting all that you are and living your life in a way without regret or worry. Being human means having and showing emotions. Crying when you're upset or mad, laughing like a maniac when something humors you, and loving people to the ends of the Earth—and letting them know that.

Being human means making mistakes and being flawed. Being human means gaining a few pounds, eating unhealthy sometimes, and having stress breakouts. Being human means split ends, regrowth, chipped nails, worn out jeans, and stained t-shirts. Being human means making friends, and then having their backs turn on you (or vice versa). Being human means discovering all that is around you and traveling the globe. It means spending your entire Sunday in bed watching cartoons or getting up to watch the sunset and then spending your morning worshiping Christ (or whomever it is you believe).

Being human means giving it your all in every thing you do, but also realizing when enough is enough. Being human is putting differences aside and standing together with those you never thought you could.

Everyone will have their own definition of being human—what's yours?

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I am a romantic but not just any romantic. I’m talking a twentieth-century, love letter-writing romantic. So often, my expectations of dating don’t align with the 2018 hookup culture. Currently, we are living in a time where humans have more interactions with their phones than actual people. Because of this, a new-age vestal for romance has emerged called online-dating.

There are multiple different websites and apps for online dating, but the one that started the trend is Tinder. If you don't know, Tinder is an app that shows you fellow users who are near your location. You are shown a bunch of people's profiles, then you swipe right if you are interested and left if you aren't. Simple right? That's the problem.

Tinder takes the spontaneity out of meeting someone. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to bash on Tinder. I know a ton of people who have had pleasant dating experiences and even some who have had long-term relationships form from the app. It's just not for me.

I don't like that I am judging a book by its cover. I personally do not have the patience to scroll through each of the person's pictures, read their biography, and then decide if I'm going to swipe right on them. More often than not I'm going to quickly skim through the app and only swipe right on the people whom I immediately find attractive based on their profile picture. More than half the time I don't even read the person's biography.

Sound shallow? That's my point. This app reduces the fun of meeting someone into a mediocre task that's similar to online shoe shopping. It's reduced people to commodities.

I also don't have the guts. Amazingly, there have been a rare couple of people on the app that I've had genuine conversations with. Some of these people I talked to for a couple weeks, some just a day or so, but when they asked that pressing question, "So do you wanna meet up?" I'd panic and ended up ghosting them. Am I proud of this? No. But if you talk to someone long enough you build up an idea of what you want them to be, and actually meeting them destroys that idea. There is no way around that.

I guess I just long for the old-fashioned way of meeting someone. Getting to know them through conversation, not just through the bullet points on their bio. Being comfortable around them because you've already met them, not just their picture on a screen.

As a society, we live in the golden age of the consumer, where we know what we want and we want that thing now. But I don't mind waiting a little longer if that means I get to have a human interaction that isn't manufactured by a computer.

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An Open Letter To My New Sisters

Dear sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi...
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Dear sisters,

I just joined your sorority. Well, I guess it's mine now too. It's a new thing, but at the same time, it's not. I got used to having a bunch of girls around all the time with my dance team. But this is different because now I'm the younger one. Between my dance team and my little sister, I was always the role model. It's strange that now I have someone to look up to.

I'm really glad to have you all, but I'm also nervous that I won't find the love that I see between all of you. I do know that right now, I'm having a lot of fun. I want to feel that same love that you all have for each other. It's so apparent how much you truly care about each other just from the few interactions between you I have seen in the few days I've been your sister.

The process of recruitment was so stressful, but you wonderful girls make it all worth it. I know we are going to grow into a big family and have each other's backs, always. I really think I am in the right place. It was a pretty easy choice, too. I know that God heard me praying that I end up where I should, and I think He answered me when I got a bid from Alpha O.

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We don't all know each other yet, so here are a few things you should know about me. I stress out way too much. I work way too hard. I am always here for you when you need me. I am not very good at managing my time. I am a little shy at first, but oh just you wait until I get over that. I am silly. I like to be busy. I am loud. I love helping other people. I'm a little crazy. And I'm your sister.

I can't wait for all the memories that I will make with you all. You are all wonderful women, and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to get to know you and love you. You ladies are incredible, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes us!

Lots of love,

Your new sister

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