From The Millennial Born 30 Years Too Late

From The Millennial Born 30 Years Too Late

Drive-in movie theaters would beat Netflix and chill any day.
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I grew up in a generation that prefers communicating through social media over face-to-face communication. I wish my generation was more comfortable with face-to face-connections. How cool is it that guys would approach your front door and ask your dad if they could take you out on a date for the night? And drive in movie theaters would beat Netflix and chill any day. I don't want to stream a show that "we're not even going to watch." I wanna go out and get snacks and big blankets in the back of a car and watch a classic movie on a big screen. I want to talk in person and hang out, not send pictures of my face back and forth with no conversation. I want to make more friends in ironic ways doing cool things not befriending people on social media and acting like we know each other.

Technology is great but how great was life before it was so popular?

Don't get me wrong I love my iPhone and all of its amazing features, I mean come on pictures at a touch, streaming my favorite music and snap chatting ugly pictures of myself to my friends. But ever think about the connections people had before this? I mean how awesome do you think it was to go out to a roller rink or dancing and meet new people and exchange phone numbers on napkins? And what about waiting for that new friend or possible lover to call. You see movies of an eager girl waiting by the phone and letting it ring a couple of times before picking up so she doesn't seem too eager, this is way better to me than turning your read receipts off and avoiding double texting to try not to sound so creepy.

Music used to not be so mainstream.

I love my rap and all but just think about the '80s and the disco music, or the concerts in the '70s. Everyone listened to pretty much the same band and knew everything about the band. Going out for the night looked like a scene from Saturday night fever, everyone danced to the same beat. Now going out consists of the same old song being played at parties or a horrible remix that no one likes besides the DJ. I want to go to concerts and have the whole crowd waving lighters back and forth to the slow songs, not my iPhone, and I want the only flashes to come from Polaroids.

And what even is the 2000-current day fashion?

It's all a repeat of previous generations anyways. Chokers, overalls and crop tops are the '90s. Flowy dresses and flower crowns are the '70s. Tight skirts, dresses and blazers are the '80s. Fashion is all a cycle really, but I'd take a crazy 80's party outfit with bright colors and scrunchies any day over wearing my boring clothes from H&M that everyone else has too.

I'm hoping that the 2010s and up, and maybe even 2020s have something super exciting to prove that the 2000s should be the wanted generation to grow up in and these can be the years known for something more than just the technology age, if not maybe I'm just a kid with their head stuck in the '80s.

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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.

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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.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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This One’s For Africa

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It's now been a week since I stepped foot on the African continent for the first time in my life. I first visited Johannesburg, where my dad and I spent a day on an 'apartheid tour.'

This tour consisted of visiting Shanty Town, one of the poorest communities in South Africa. The living conditions were indeed different. They had to steal electricity through homemade wires connected to the telephone poles. They had only a few porta potties for ten families to share. They had several spickets to obtain fresh water from. There was no heating in the houses, which were made from pieces of painted aluminum.

Such inconvenient circumstances have come from years of oppression towards black people in South Africa. It was incredibly sad to know that these problems still exist and that apartheid only ended so recently.

On the other hand, the people showed very little anger. Despite their living situations, the people of Shanty Town were so kind and welcoming. Everyone we passed smiled and waved, often even saying hello or asking about our wellbeing.

It brought some serious warmth to our hearts to see their sense of community. Everyone was in it together, and no man was left behind. They created jobs and opportunities for one another. They supported each other.

The next part of the day included a tour of Nelson Mandela's old house. We then made a trip to the Apartheid Museum.

Overall, Johannesburg did not disappoint. The city contains a rich history that human beings as a whole can learn a lot from. Johannesburg is a melting pot that still contains a multitude of issues concerning racism and oppression of certain cultures.

After two days in Johannesburg, my family made our way to Madikwe game reserve, where we stayed at Jaci's Lodge.

The safari experience was absolutely incredible. Quite cold (it's winter in Africa right now), but amazing enough to make up for the shivering. We saw all my favorite animals: giraffes galore, elephants, zebras, impalas, lions, hyenas, wildebeests, rhinos, you name it. While my favorite animal will always be the giraffe, I don't think any sighting could beat when two different herds of elephants passed through a watering hole to fuel up on a drink.

Finally on June 1st, I flew to George to start my program with Africa Media in Mossel Bay. On Sunday, we went on an 'elephant walk.'

The safari was certainly cool, but that makes the elephant walk ice cold. We got to walk alongside two male elephants - one was 25, the other 18. They were so cute!! We got to stroke their skin, trunk, and tusks. They had their own little personalities and were so excited to receive treats (fruits and vegetables) at the end of the journey.

My heart couldn't be more full. Africa, you have become my favorite continent. And it sure is going to take a lot to drag me away from you.

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