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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

Take care of our planet and our future.

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The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

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The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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