I've Had Enough Of, "Enough Is Enough"

I've Had Enough Of, "Enough Is Enough"

I go to school and for that reason, I am scared.
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February 14th is a day that should be associated with love. Whether it be romantic love, platonic love, or familial love, Valentine's Day should be a day that only brings up thoughts of chocolate boxes, sappy instagram posts and overpriced cards.

February 14th should not be a day where 17 families have their entire worlds fall irreparably apart. It should be a day that is associated with red because it is the color of hearts, not because it is the color of blood.

The tragedy that hit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is yet another tick on a list that was too long from the day that it started. And frankly, we are tired. We are beyond tired.

How many times do we have to say "enough is enough," before enough is actually enough.

We are living in the age of terror. And "terror" means more than just terrorism - we are literally living in an age of terror. Where nightclubs, concerts, movies aren't safe. Where parents are terrified to send their kids to SCHOOL, of all places.

Where I have to watch my 13-year-old sister's eyes well up with tears as she says that she is, "at least safe until next year, because someone would probably shoot a high school before they shoot a middle school."

This is so far past unacceptable it is actually hard to fathom. It is hard to fathom the fact that 17 innocent lives were lost simply because they went to school. It is hard to fathom the fact that we have to listen to the children in Parkland advocate for bulletproof windows in classrooms.

Because, somehow, now the words bulletproof and classroom are spoken about in the same sentence. It is so far past an atrocity, so cruel, so magnificently painful that I do not know if there is even a word to describe it.

I cannot begin to relate to the pain that those directly affected by this tragedy feel. And I will not pretend to.

But what I will say is that I should not have to look into my little sister's eyes and see real fear at the prospect of going to school.

What I will say is that I should not be afraid at the thought that she still has 4 years of high school to attend - 4 years of which, if nothing changes, I cannot guarantee she will survive.

My hometown is very much a bubble: it is the type of town that is as safe as they come. It is the type of town where we talk through the entirety of a lockdown drill, because the thought that it will ever need to be applied for real does not even cross our minds. It is the type of town that is exactly like Parkland.

"As safe as they come" is clearly not that safe at all.

I am not going to pretend that I have a vast amount of knowledge about politics because I do not. And I am not going to pretend that I am the authority on gun control because I am not.

But what I am is a human - I have eyes, I have ears, and more importantly, I have a heart. And you do not need to be a politician to recognize that we NEED change, you simply need to be a human.

Because regardless of your political affiliations, this is apocalyptic.

Children cannot be sent to school with a book bag and return in a body bag.

And we cannot keep sending "thoughts and prayers" when what we really need is change. I hope with everything that I have in me that this time enough is really enough.

That no one else needs to die before policies are changed and the existence of children becomes more important than the existence of the second amendment in a constitution. A constitution that, mind you, included a compromise that declared people of color to count as 3/5 of a person.

Nowhere is off limits. No one is safe.

We must make changes and we must make them now.

Because it is too much to bear.

It is too much.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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My Experience Getting The Nexplanon Implant

Why I got this form of birth control and what you need to know if you are considering it.

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There are many different reasons for a woman to be on birth control; whether it is to prevent pregnancy, regulate periods or clear acne, each woman uses birth control for different outcomes. Although there are many opinions surrounding birth control, it is an important subject for women to be educated on in order for them to individually make the best decision for their health and lifestyle.

There are many different forms of birth control, both hormonal and non-hormonal, including the everyday oral pills, the IUD, the patch, the implant, the ring and many more. The most common hormonal contraceptives include the hormones estrogen and progestin, or a combination of both, and each hormonal combination can affect every woman in a different way, so as a disclaimer, my birth control experience will most likely differ from every other woman's.

I have been through a rollercoaster of side effects, emotions, and changeS for more than two years due to being on and off of birth control pills. Finding the right combination that reaped the side effects I could handle was difficult. I was on an estrogen-only pill for most of my freshman year of college which cleared my face, did not effect my weight and had good physical benefits for my anemia. Although I couldn't complain about the physical side effects, I decided to stop using this form of birth control due to the anxiety it caused.

Many women struggle with a change in mentality because of birth control hormones and although it can be manageable, there are so many other options and combination of hormones that can allow for a happier mental state. After months of research and conversations with my gynecologist, I decided to go on Nexplanon, which is a small hormonal implant that lasts up to three years.

The main reasons I chose the Nexplanon implant were how it would affect my anemia and mental state, as well as the reliability of not having to worry about taking a pill the same time every day. This decision was not made lightly because Nexplanon is not a form of birth control that I can stop taking or remove easily since it is surgically placed beneath the skin. Nexplanon contains the etonogestrel hormone which, because of its location, releases a low dose into the bloodstream over the course of three years.

The side effects concerning menstrual cycles vary from no bleeding at all to light spotting and even to heavy bleeding. Every woman who receives the implant has a different chemical balance in her body, therefore a doctor cannot accurately predict the patterns and side effects that will occur within a recipient of Nexplanon.

The insertion procedure involved my doctor marking the area where the implant would be placed, sterilizing the location, numbing the area with an injection and inserting the implant with its corresponding applicator. The only painful part of the procedure was the numbing injection, which could be compared to a bee sting lasting five seconds and after that, there was no feeling in my arm. The implant was placed in my non-dominant arm due to the bruising and pain that would be experienced during the healing process. The day of the insertion, I experienced the most pain due to the discomfort of the bruising and sensitivity of the area, but every day after that, my arm recuperated very quickly.

Overall, I made the right decision for my mind and body by choosing to get the Nexplanon implant. If you are experiencing any mental or physical side effects that you do not favor, talk to your gynecologist in order to discuss changing your birth control method, or if you are considering starting birth control for the first time, do your research and make sure you make the right decision for you.

Every woman will experience different side effects on the same forms of birth control, so make sure to never judge a method on reviews because your body could react differently. Birth control is not a subject to shy away from due to the benefits it yields on young women, especially in college, and starting or switching birth controls for the safety and happiness of your lifestyle is always an option to consider.

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