My Experience With An Owl

My Experience With An Owl

finding positivity in my favorite animal.

In light of recent events sweeping our nation, it is important to me and to a lot of people to try and find some positives within our own life to reflect on. Mine just so happens to be the living out of a lifelong dream of getting to hold an owl. This may seem like an odd thing to dream of doing, but from the start owls have been a big part of my life (I was a weird kid, what can I say?).

When I was little, my dad got a tattoo of an owl perched on a scroll with my name on it. This would be "my tattoo" growing up. Owls symbolize wisdom and knowledge, both of which I hold as important factors of my life. When I was younger I strived to learn all I could, reading copious amounts of books in record time, and as an adult I still have a drive for gaining knowledge and wisdom of the world around me. Thus, I feel that my life is personally connected to what an owl represents.

Then however, came the obsession with getting owl themed items. I had stuffed animals, jewelry, pillows, pictures, drawings, etc. all of owls. This obsession has dwindled substantially as I became slightly overrun with the theme, however it did not diminish my fondness for this bird. I would go to aviaries growing up and seek out the owls, listen to the woods at night to hear the faint hooting in the trees, and read books about the various kinds of owls in the world (216 species to be exact).

As I grew older I always wanted the chance to actually hold one for myself, and of course I wanted one as a pet at one point, but I realize that is out of the realm of possibility now. When I was eighteen and working at a zoo, a keeper let me pet a small screech owl and, well, I cried. This might not have been my finest moment but I was so excited by just getting to be that up close with my favorite animal.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. While visiting my boyfriend in nearly the middle of Pennsylvania, we decided to explore a fall festival in the neighboring area. After attending this festival we drove past a sign saying another fall fest was right up the road. Without planning, we decided to see what this one had to offer. Hoping for some food or maybe live music we went to what can not really be considered a fall fest but just a few informational booths set up along a dam. We decided to check it out anyway and while walking along I almost didn't notice that massive owls and other birds of prey were on display at one of the stands. It was a booth advocating for a birds of prey sanctuary, and they brought some of the birds they use in educational settings to be seen. My eyes fell on one owl in particular. He was massive, and had bright orange eyes. He was an eagle owl, one of the larger species. I was enamored and then I realized I would be allowed to hold him.

I went up put on a safety glove and watched as the man wound his harness around my fingers so he wouldn't fly away. Then with one shift of his wrist Owlexander (his name of course) hopped onto my arm and looked at me. It was a moment I will not soon forget. As we looked at each other, my heart felt full. This was a moment I had waited years for and it had now become a reality. I felt like a little girl again imagining being able to do this, and I was truly happy.

So, regardless of the negativity surrounding our nation at this time, reflect on a moment of pure happiness in your own lives, as I did with Owlexander. Maybe it will help inspire you that a better tomorrow will eventually come.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend


Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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