Not Every Hero Wears A Cape

Not Every Hero Wears A Cape

The true heroes are the ones you don't see on Facebook.

I remember being 5 years old and watching the first Spiderman movie. I was captivated by the story and the idea that an ordinary person could become something extraordinary. I became so obsessed, that everytime my uncle would take me to a bookstore, I was always heading straight to the comic book section to pick up the editions of all my favorites. As the years have gone by, the idea of going to a bookstore and buying a physical book has become a more ancient idea, but Marvel and DC have built a cinematic empire using pieces of paper as a foundation. For years, I've gone to the theatres and have found myself being more and more enthralled with the amazing effects and complex storylines from these movies. And as the latest Avenger's movie is set to release next month, I've had time to realize that the true superheroes don't wear capes.

Every day, I see posts on Facebook about people who do good things, and no one seems to care. There are people freezing in the cold on a winter night because they have nowhere else to go. People are rotting away as addiction cripples them, and it's like they're invisible to everyone. It seems like people know what they should do, and they just don't want to. Then I realized, the true heroes are the ones you don't see on Facebook.

The real heroes are the single parents who work two jobs to feed their kids and still make it on time to every soccer game. The real heroes are the firefighters who run into a burning building, not knowing if they're going to come out or not. The random citizen who sees a homeless person on Christmas Eve and buys them a meal instead of looking away. This is for the sons and daughters of our nation who have laid down their lives protecting it. People like Lt. Michael Murphy, who gave up their lives to save the ones they love.

I see in a lot of news headlines that people like Jake Paul and RiceGum are "bad role models" for children. And then I'll see parents post on Facebook about how these guys have "corrupted" their children. This drives me insane because if as a parent you're letting a couple of 22-year-olds who make fools of themselves on the internet control how you're children behave, you're doing something wrong. Your children already think you're superhuman, show them what a real hero is. Go play a game of catch with your kids, take them for a drive and show them something beautiful, just be a part of their lives. Take them to a soup kitchen and show them that picking up a ladle has more of an impact than picking up Thor's hammer.

Above all else, show your kids that they can heroes too. My parents are in their 50s (or as we call it in my house, speed limit area), but the things they did for me growing up will always make them stronger than the Justice League in my eyes.


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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Why You Should Attend The University of South Florida

Why The University of South Florida is the best school to go to.


Now before anyone says anything, yes I know I am biased. That's the whole point! The University of South Florida is truly an amazing institution. The campus is big, but not overwhelming. Trees and plants cover the grounds and create a very peaceful feel as you walk around campus. The buildings are modern looking, our facilities are advanced, and there is a sense of openness to the layout of everything. there are no confined or small areas, the whole campus is an open floorplan.

Additionally, the diversity rate of USF is incredibly high. there are people from all areas of life that come here and join the herd. We are unique in the sense that you never truly know who you'll run into as you go around campus. I have not had one negative interaction with anyone on campus. People are open-minded and allow you to be yourself. There is a constant feeling of kindness in the air, and not just from students. The professors are caring, the staff members are kind, and the janitorial staff members are some of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. You are always met with a smile.

USF also is in a great city, Tampa! There is so much to do in close proximity to the school. It's really quite amazing everything you can do. Down the street is Busch Gardens, across the street is MOSI, and Universal and Disney are only an hour drive East! There are also multiple restaurants around and shopping centers as well. the campus is clean, safe, inviting, and so much more. And if that wasn't enough to convince you, we also have our very own Publix! You cannot get much better than that!

Overall, USF is an amazing school that has amazing opportunities. If you are unsure of where to go, I would recommend coming up and taking a tour here. I absolutely love this school. GO BULLS!

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