I Am Happy

I Am Happy

Embracing and celebrating my happiness.
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Have you ever realized that you are completely content and happy with your life and almost everything about it? It is a rare feeling, and therefore something to be cherished. Recently I have noticed how happy I have been; I’m happy with school, I’m happy with my friends, I’m happy with my family, and I’m happy with my relationship. It is really quite the accomplishment to be genuinely content with almost all aspects of your life, so that is why I find this so important to recognize and celebrate.

It is such a liberating feeling to know you are happy. For so long I have been going through life wanting more from it, wishing I could change certain things, and always waiting for good things to come my way. I don’t wait any more. I don’t crave better situations and better days because where I am right now is exactly where I want to be. I understand how lucky I am to feel this way, and also hate the fact that being happy is considered such a luxury feeling.

Although it might sound strange, I am so happy with school right now. I love what I am studying in college, and even though it is stressful and overwhelming, I thoroughly enjoy my classes and what I’m learning. I am excited about the profession I hope to go into and that helps me be excited for the future and what it will have to offer.

I am overjoyed with the incredible people I have in my life that I get to call my friends. I have successfully surrounded myself with a great group of people who support me, make me laugh, and help me create valuable memories. The people I get to live with and spend time with are people who challenge me to be better, share the same passions that I do, and prevent there from ever being any dull moments.

My family has always been my backbone and I know that I’m lucky to have grown up within a family dynamic that is so healthy. My family may be somewhat crazy, but they are the good kind of crazy that makes you feel embarrassed and yet proud at the fact that they are your crazy family.

I recently stumbled into a new relationship that has already opened my eyes to how unfairly I was treated in my last. I am so appreciative for my boyfriend now, and I don’t even think he realizes how all of the little things he does makes me feel so important, valued, and cared for.

When I look at the big picture of my life I see clearly how incredibly lucky and privileged I am. I know I can’t take this happiness for granted and that I need to make sure I thank all of the people in my life who contribute to my happiness. So, thank you to my friends, family, and significant other for helping put a smile on my face almost every day.

It is so liberating to me to embrace my happiness and I can’t even explain how good it feels to be so happy where I am in life. I know many bumps in the road are ahead, but what is important right now, in this very moment, is that I am happy.

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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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For The Love Of Pitbulls

Shining light on the stereotypes and biases against pitbulls

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When I first heard the rumor that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) was joining the fight against pitbulls I was infuriated. How could they aide with those wishing to outlaw the biggest snuggle babies in the world? They used to be nicknamed "Nanny dogs" for crying out loud. Was PETA not the ones who were supposed to fight for animals' rights?

I knew there had to be some sort of mistake. In an effort to seek clarity regarding PETA'S stance on pitbulls I researched their website where I found the following statement:

"Some pit bull fanciers out there seem to think that PETA is "against" pit bulls because we don't oppose breed-specific measures to address what is obviously a breed-specific crisis. Au contraire. If someone proposed a ban on breeding Labrador retrievers or Chihuahuas or poodles (you get the picture – any dog), we'd be for those too. That's because we don't think any dogs should be brought into the world as long as millions are dying for lack of homes in animal shelters and on the streets every year."

PETA goes on to indicate that pitbulls are only singled out because they are involved in "so many attacks on humans and other dogs" which any pitbull owner will tell you is a lie. According to the American Temperament Testing Society's (ATTS) 2017 report, pitbulls have an 86.4% pass rate which is significantly greater than other breeds such as golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, cocker spaniels, Shih Tzus, and even Yorkshire terriers. These kinds of slanderous statements by PETA make me question their reliability entirely. If they could miss such a vital piece of research regarding pitbulls, who knows what else is being forgotten. While it is evident by the 3.3 million dogs currently living in shelters across the United States that we should all be participating in the #AdoptDontShop movement, banning the breeding of dogs of any kind would not be a plausible solution. Much like a band-aid, legislation that banned breeding of dogs would encourage more shelters dogs to be adopted rather than euthanized but would have some serious potential risks. One such risk would be the endangerment of breeds going extinct. Typically, shelter dogs are mixed breeds which if they were left to be the only dogs available could wipe out thousands of pure breeds. Just like the animals of the wild, pure breed dog species should also be protected. Some may believe that having a shortage of specific breeds, like the pitbull, for example, would not be so bad. But I am here to explain why such an event would be so heartbreakingly tragic. I and thousands of others have taken to social media to raise awareness of the true facts about owning a pitbull. For example, videos can now be found all over the internet about the true danger of pitbulls and Instagram accounts such as the one for my pitbull Luca that open up the day-to-day lives of those that own these types of dogs. This act of transparency will hopefully open the eyes and hearts of those seeking to ban pitbulls and the breeding of them.

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