News Flash: You Can't Invalidate My Love For Something Because You Don't Understand It

News Flash: You Can't Invalidate My Love For Something Because You Don't Understand It

Find what makes your soul shine brighter than the golden sun.

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As the passionate, blue-eyed girl expresses her love for her favorite band, a crude classmate turns around and blurts out "nobody cares about your obsession." Her pale skin turns red as her eyes fill up with tears. The confidence she once had about expressing her love for her favorite band has crumbled, all because of one ignorant classmate.

Unfortunately, people judge others and make them feel bad about themselves when they are openly passionate about something they love. People are so quick to judge something when they lack understanding of it.

Instead of opening their minds, they open their mouths and name-call. They throw around the words "obsessed," "not normal" and "weird," without thinking about the potential harm they may cause.

I am far too familiar with the judging and the name-calling.

I am very passionate and enthusiastic about the person I idolize... In the eyes of some, I may be a bit too passionate. However, I don't believe it is anything I should be ashamed of. Granted, it may get annoying seeing the same caption that blurts out "I love him" several times a month, but where is the harm? There is none.

It's OK to get lost in what you love in. Sometimes, it's the only thing that helps you get through the rough patches in your life.

For instance, my favorite movie is what got me through my freshman year of high school — when I had no confidence and no friends. When I first watched the movie, I felt as if sunbeams wrapped around my soul and whispered words of reassurance into my ears. To this day, whenever I watch that movie, I still feel the warmth and comfort.

Watching videos of my idol is sometimes the only thing that can make my anxiety go away. Even such a small act of looking at his picture can make fill my cloudy days with sunshine.

It's completely understandable that some people don't get it and might find it strange, but everyone has something that makes their soul light up.

Respect what people love and don't ever make them feel bad about it. Encourage them instead.

God knows what people think of my love for my idol, but I have learned to not care — even though I am extremely sensitive.

So, get lost in what you love. Let it consume you. Passionately express your love for everything that makes you happy and pay no mind to what others think. Allow yourself to be happy. Take pride in the things you love. There is no harm in doing so.

Find what makes your soul shine brighter than the golden sun.

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.

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My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.


The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.


There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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