If You're Not There Yet, You'll Soon Be On Your Way!

If You're Not There Yet, You'll Soon Be On Your Way!

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People tell me all the time that I need to get myself back on the right path in life. I assume this is because I'm not aiming to achieve the same goals as they are. But most of them don't stop to think about the fact that maybe, just maybe, I'm happy on this path... On my path. So just like how someone else's path might not be right for you, your path is not always right for someone else either. We all have our own paths and it's our job to stay true to ourselves and follow them. Here's a few ways to know if you're on your right path.


You're not doing things that make you uncomfortable.

You do a lot of things in life. Some of them you like, some of them you don't, some of them you don't have a choice about. However, there is one thing you should never do - anything that makes you uncomfortable. You need to do things that you really want to do... Things that you love... Things that make you happy.



You are CONFIDENT.

No one's ever gonna love you like you love you, so you gotta be confident. You have good ideas, and you KNOW you have good ideas. Own it! Only you can know what's best for you, so you need to take that stand and make those decisions for yourself. You have to be your own biggest fan.


You consider yourself lucky.

You know that each day is a blessing, and you take them for exactly what they are. Not everyone gets the chances or opportunities that you do, and you acknowledge that. You understand that there is always a possibility of failure, but you welcome it like an old friend. The fact that you have made it this far is proof that you're capable of continuing on and you don't take it for granted.


You don't feel the need to apologize for your success.

You're proud of yourself. And you're gonna be proud of yourself no matter what. Because you're doing what makes you happy, and what makes you successful. If anyone has a problem with your success, that's their problem- not yours. You should never have to apologize for accomplishing your goals, or growing as a person. You're bettering yourself, and that's all the world can ask from you.



So at the end of the day, are you happy? Are you confident? Are you lucky? You should be. Be excited to get out of bed in the morning. Feel accomplished when you fall asleep at night. Let your life feel like an adventure. Don't be so hard on yourself. Figure out the first step, and take it. Don't bite off more than you can chew. Set a goal for yourself, and work to accomplish it. Take a minute and relax. Odds are, you're on the right path.

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How Can We Bring About More Positivity?

There have been countless tragedies/negative events this week. We need to band together instead of being divided.
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This past week has been filled with a large amount of tragic and negative news. Earlier today, a few of my coworkers and I got into a debate about all the recent events that transpired. In regards to the shooting that took place in Parkland, FL (R.I.P. to all the souls last in that tragedy), some of my coworkers felt as if society is to blame for the actions of this 19-year old; however, a few others believe that it falls upon the parents to properly censor what their children are exposed to.

In order to get a deeper understanding on the viewpoints of these tragic issues, let’s take a minute and explore these positions. Society does play a huge role in the development of children (due to the exposure through social media, television, etc.), and it also has a huge influence on the human population as a whole. Despite however many people think they are “anti-government” and they “don’t follow everyone else”, there are still things that those people do that are, in fact, influenced by society somehow.

I’m not a parent, so I cannot really comment on this viewpoint as strongly as an actual parent can, but many of my coworkers felt strongly that this shooting, along with a sixth grader writing a very hateful note yesterday, all comes down to how the child was raised. Yesterday, a sixth grader wrote a note that threatened the students and faculty, saying he was going to “shoot their ugly a**es” and called them “you b*tches”. It is truly sad to see such a young individual write such hateful and threatening words.

How can we stop this?

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The Florida Shooting: When Does It End?

The violence that plagues our nation.
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There is nothing more heart breaking than turning on the news and seeing the words “school shooting” pop up on the screen.

Instead of being a rare tragic event, it has become an all too common headline. Valentines day, a day of love was turned into a day of tragedy as 17 children were shot to death attending school. 17 parents unknowingly said their last “I love you” and gave their children their last hugs. 17 innocent children lost their lives because of a mentally ill teenager having access to weapons. 17 daughters and sons, 17 neighbors, 17 brothers and sisters, 17 friends lives were cut short.

Who is next?

How many more people have to be killed before Congress steps up and fixes the gun violence problem. Guns do kill people; guns destroy lives, families, and communities. Heartbreak and solitude plague the nation for days, even weeks after these events. People post on social media begging and pleading for Congress to help, but nothing shifts their indifference. Their indifference has allowed for people to be killed.

What has to happen before it stops? My sisters attend school and everyday I fear I will have said my last goodbye. School is a safe environment to learn, but it has become a place which breeds fear in it’s walls.

Alyssa Alhadef, Scott Biegel, Nicholas Dworet, Martin Anguiano, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenburg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang all had dreams and aspirations they will never be able to achieve because our government has failed to protect them.

Families have been torn apart and broken. Sadly, this is not the first time, nor is it the last. As citizens, we elect members to government because we trust they will fix the problems that plague our society, instead they sit with their thumbs in their mouth. Democrats and Republicans alike should both value human life, instead they watch everyday as someone new robs people of their life. Where is the humanity in that?

Of course it is a lot more complex than it may seem, but they have failed to fulfill their duties as government officials. We need to work towards a solution, not stand by and wish things didn’t happen. Thoughts and prayers do not stop killing, policy and change does. My heart goes out to all those affected by this terrible event, you are all in my prayers.

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