Let Me Nap All Day and Eat What I Want

Let Me Nap All Day and Eat What I Want

At the age of having to be responsible? Miss being irresponsible?
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1. Being a messy eater was “cute”

Remember when your mom use to pull out her camera every time pasta was on your face? Remember when everyone would “aw” at your “cuteness”. Ya, I miss that. Now having food all over you face isn't considered too cute. Even when you are starving and want to devour that plate of wings you simply can’t. You have to be cautious of your messy eating.

2. Homework didn’t exist

I miss the good times when you went home from school and had a playdate. You didn’t need to worry about doing homework because it didn’t exist. You didn’t need to stress about the fifty-page reading your teacher assigned for busy work. Or the sixty math problems to do for “practice” even though it was really more for torture. You could just hang out, eat, and sleep after school.

3. Playing dress up was not just for Halloween

You could be whatever character you wanted to be when you were younger. You did not need to wait for Halloween as an excuse to be someone else. If you wanted to be a firefighter or doctor that day you could. Now you have to wait 365 days until you can dress up again.

4. The tooth fairy was real

Oh, the excitement you used to get when you lost a tooth because that meant the tooth fairy was coming that night. It was so nice, you got money just for sticking your tooth under your pillow. Now to get money, you actually need a job.

5. Diet didn’t matter

The golden days when you could eat Fruit Roll-ups, Swedish Fish and Animal Crackers. You didn’t even have to think twice because diets didn’t matter. You could have cared less about the number on the scale. You didn’t need to worry whether it would make your hips or butt or thighs look fat. All you worried about is if your parents were going to cut you off from sweets.

6. You got recess

Recess, the land of four square and tag games. The land of the free. No test or piece graded homework was ever due at recess. Recess was the best, just ask any elementary school student what is their favorite class. Nine times out of ten times they will say recess. I mean who doesn’t love free time?

7. And nap time

The days I got nap time were so long ago I can’t even remember them. But all I know is I wish I still had nap time now. Especially, when I am sitting in a lecture and it is putting me to sleep. If the professor said, “Okay time to pull out your pillows”, I would cry tears of joy. That professor would make the educator hall of fame on the first ballot.

8. What was drama? Besides fighting over crayons

There was no drama back then. No one tearing each other apart over a guy or a girl. It was a drama-free land. Well, maybe besides fighting over who got the non-dull crayons. I mean, nobody wanted the dull crayons; they were “gross.”

9. Snow Days were unreal

Remember you used to get excited for snow? Because snow meant snow days. Who didn’t love a snow day? Until you got older and realized snow days cut into your summer, then snow days didn’t seem so nice.

10. You get Valentines from everyone in your class

Never did you feel more loved than walking home with thirty valentines on Valentine’s day. Especially, if some kids in your class splurged and got the valentines with candy attached to them. Those were honestly always the best ones. However, now you’re lucky to even get one valentine.

11. You had no responsibilities

You didn’t have to worry about doing your homework. Or studying for a test. Or getting a job. Or getting into college. Or getting a job. All you had to worry about was having fun and being a kid.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?

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Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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