Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Be kind, even if no one is watching.

A lot of the times when less fortunate people are in need, there are those kind-hearted individuals who will step up and do what it takes to help said people. Sometimes it's the homeless, sometimes it's foster children or orphans, sometimes it's the poor, sometimes it's those who are victims of something and live in shelters, sometimes it's those dying or suffering from terminal illness as well as their families. The list could go on for ages, if I'm being completely honest, because there are so many people in this world who could use the help of others in more ways than we could ever think possible.

Recently, I heard the story of a young woman in Walmart who was sandwiched between two parties. The party in front of her was a mother who had two children who looked like her with three dark haired children who looked nothing like her. She was trying to buy clothes for the three dark haired children since they were in shorts and flip flops and the weather was frigid. Behind this young woman was the second party comprised of a couple dressed quite well, saying rude comments about the mother being rung out -- how the three children showed her no resemblance and how she must be using a food stamp card as well.

Growing more and more annoyed by the peanut gallery behind her, the young woman stepped forward to help the mother who was struggling with her food stamp card. When the young woman asked, the mother explained how she was a new foster parent and some things weren't making the most sense to her. With a smile, the young woman told her new friend how she was a mother of nine because she was a foster mom too.

After the mother had given her three children their new coats, she took her things and left the store. Once she was out of earshot, the young woman turned to the couple behind her and explained that the woman they were making fun of was a new foster mother and the children she had with her didn't have any other clothes. This made the couple clearly uncomfortable on account of they left that checkout line to join another one in silence. Even the cashier had felt for the new foster mother since she too was a single foster mother herself.

This incident made me realize that even though all we hear on the news is tragedies -- people getting killed, planes crashing or disappearing all together -- there is still good in this world. Unfortunately, those are the stories that will never be broadcasted. However, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be kind to others just because no one will hear about it. That doesn't mean we shouldn't help because it won't give the local newsrooms any ratings.

There are so many people in this world who could afford some compassion, so why shouldn't we extend a helping hand? Let us be the change we wish to see in the world, and before we know it, we will be on our to make this world a better place.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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