To The Florida Students, You Are My Heroes

To The Florida Students, You Are My Heroes

You represent the strength and bravery that some of our representatives could only ever dream of having.
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To the students in Florida who refuse to stay silent after one of the most traumatic things they have ever endured, you are my heroes. You represent the strength and bravery that some of our representatives could only ever dream of having. You have made your voices heard with dignity, power, and an intense amount of resilience: for that, I thank you.

As I reflect on my own thoughts and emotions from the past week, I can only imagine what you have felt. We as a nation have let you down, we as citizens have let you down, but most of all, we as humans have let you down.

There is never a time, in my eyes, that a child or a student should ever have to endure the pain and emotional stress you have been put through. With this being said, I could not be more proud of how you are allowing your sadness and anger to fuel your movement and your mission to help end the astronomical number of mass shootings in the United States.

Oftentimes, our generation is labeled as lazy, incompetent, and selfish. However, what you have begun has proven to be just the opposite. You are active, brave, and selfless. You are using your voices for a purpose that spans an entire nation of over 300 million people. Knowing that there are people my age and younger that are willing to continue this fight gives me an infinite amount of hope for the future ahead. I believe that we can be the generation of change.

To those who are upset that people are too quickly "politicizing" the situation, I truly do not understand how one could not. Our level of gun violence in our country surpasses every other nation in the world, and to the average, logical human, they would view it as a problem that needs to be addressed. A problem that requires a real solution. A problem that requires a certain degree of change.

Change can be intimidating, but you want to know what is even more intimidating? Your blatant disregard and care for the toddlers, children, and adults who lose their lives due to gun violence. Want to disagree with the exact number of "mass shootings" in the U.S.? Fine. Want to disagree with the fact that there is "nothing we can do" except send our thoughts and prayers? Then we clearly have a difference in morality.

To the students in Florida who have begun this incredible movement, I applaud you. I will stand with you. I will support you. Thank you for shaking up American history and for advocating for such a necessary change. I could not be prouder of my generation, and of these students.

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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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