Hey World, We Are Doing The Worst

Hey World, We Are Doing The Worst

Time to step up and stand out.

My morning started off by me stepping on a powdered donut.

I laughed about it and went on with my day thinking "today will be good. It will be filled with laughs."

I walked into my 9 a.m. and my professor told us our test on Friday is going to be moved to Monday and I knew that today would be a great day.

That 9 a.m. class has 84 people in it. 84 students from different states, different families, different religions, different everything, but all united by this joy of our test being moved back not just a day, but a whole weekend.

Soon after that joyous news, our professor introduced three students who would be sharing their lives with us and myself and the rest of my class would soon come to learn that they would be the sole reason our test is now on Monday.

They were introduced as a part of the LGBTQ+ community and almost instantly the mood in the room changed to extremely positive to an extreme mix of various emotions. People made faces and comments, but we all sat there because attendance is mandatory and a test grade.

To put it all in simpler terms: most of us were outraged.

41 minutes past and 84 students packed up their bags and quickly walked out the door.

I have never called my dad quicker in my life.

I was furious and had to stop his day so that he could focus on mine. I was expecting him to explode, pull me out of school, and force me to move into our church back home, but he didn't. As I was talking to my dad and he was saying all of these things to me to calm me down and give me perspective almost all I could hear was " you sin too."

That's the truth- I do sin. All the time. I make mistakes. I lie. I fall short every. single. day. It's almost embarrassing how much of a sinner I am.

It took me a total of an hour and 15 minutes to realize that I needed to be forced to sit through that class because I have been failing miserably at loving people. As a Christian, I have been doing the absolute worst at being forgiving and loving. I have expected more from people, but not given those people what they deserve.

I have been focusing more on the fact that I stepped on a powdered donut than I have loving people.

Today, 84 students sat through a class most of them really had zero interest in sitting through. I would say that 80% of those students called their parents- like I did- to complain about how our professor gave us zero option about being in that class today.

Today, 84 students were told how unaccepting we are. How unloving we are. How discriminatory we are.

Today, one student saw the truth. Saw that yes, we are unaccepting. Yes, we are unloving. And yes, we need to fix it, but not in the way the three students who spoke to my class were asking us to.

I am here and I am saying: I hear you, I see you, I love you, and I am praying for you. I am praying that we all become more loving. That we all becoming more forgiving. That we all focus on what is good and what is true rather than what the world sections us off as.

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Yes, I Made My Cat An Instagram

I follow my cat around like her own personal paparazzi.

Yes, the headline you just read is true. I have in fact created an Instagram account for my cat. I know, it does sound a little crazy. What respectable person does that? Well, I do. A bored college student home for winter break for six weeks.

Now, in the beginning, it started as some crazy idea that came to me while I was lying in bed on my phone at two a.m. Velvet, my cat, was sleeping on my bed and I looked at her and thought to myself, ‘She is just as cute as any other pet account that I follow on Instagram,’.

So, her Instagram account, @velvet.blackcat, was born. I posted the first picture, one I had taken when I was packing for my bags for college, and introduced her to the Instagram world. I followed some accounts that also featured black cats, turned my phone off and went to sleep.

Now, this might be the part of the story where the next morning I turn my phone back on and was ecstatic to see Velvet had all of these new followers. No, that is not the case. She had garnered a few likes on her first picture, and a couple of followers.

Some might think that I’m exploiting Velvet’s cuteness just for followers. While she is very adorable, I genuinely enjoy taking artsy pictures of her each day, editing, and posting them. Her follower count has steadily risen and it’s enjoyable to interact with different accounts that are also dedicated to their pets.

While most who read this will think it’s a little crazy, I’ve found it as a fun sort of hobby to do during the day. I like looking at the different cats and dogs whose owners have also created Instagrams for them and they post daily on what they have done that day.

It also allows me to spend more time with Velvet, more so than I already do. I follow her around the house now and wait for her to do something cute like play with her toys, roll over, or fall asleep in a cute position.

I’ve also found a new outlet for creativity as well. I found that I enjoy the process of taking pictures. I like finding the how the light reflects off different objects in the room to create a unique looking picture.

I enjoy taking on a different sort of role of writing. It’s fun and creative and enjoyable. It’s amazing to see all different types of animals that have owners who love them so much.

I encourage anyone who has an animal to start an Instagram for them. It’s a different way to spend time with your favorite furry friend and to connect with other people from around the world. Take some time out of your day to spend with your pets, take cute pictures, and don’t be afraid to lay on the ground and play with them!

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Don't Let Fear Stop You From Branching Out

“Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.”

A few days into the new year and the new semester, and I’m still sticking with one of my resolutions: to branch out. I feel like my first semester was a lot of trying to get settled in and somewhat testing the waters. It was strictly school work and just hanging out with a couple of friends.

However, I felt somewhat disappointed that I didn’t meet more people, and I realized that if that’s something I want to happen, I have to do more than sit in my dorm; therefore I made branching out a goal of mine for the spring semester. Honestly, I am so excited about it.

My roommate and I are basically in this together, and one thing we decided to start doing is work out classes and yoga. This obviously does not sound appealing, but I was willing to try it. I knew that this wasn’t anything I was interested in, but I felt like for the sake of my resolution, it definitely couldn’t hurt.

But I was nervous. I didn’t like the thought of working out in front of other people. I don’t like people seeing me in a state where I am somewhat vulnerable. I was actually nervous to take a class. I didn’t want to have to experience the judgement of anyone else in the room around me. I finally I thought, “You know what? Who cares. You are trying to better yourself “

So, I went. I experienced some of the worst pain ever, but it was so worth it. I realized it was something that I enjoy doing and made me feel good. I didn’t feel a single look of judgement. I felt a room of people supporting each other that are working toward the same/similar goal. It felt nice that all of us had a common interest. We talked to people, we laughed, and we ached.

I tell this story to say that you shouldn’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. A quote by Robert Tew says, “Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.” He couldn’t be more correct. Though I am applying this to something as simple as taking a yoga class, this can apply to many situations in life. We so often find fear holding us back.

I find myself often referring back to lessons my dad taught me. One of the greatest lessons he ever taught me was not to let fear restrict me. I was such a scared child. I was scared of everything. I missed out on many opportunities because of the fears that ate at me. My dad reminded me that I will never know unless I try, so I began to try. I began to see success and growth in my life and my confidence.

I still find myself being scared at times. Most of the time, it’s over something silly, but it is something big to me. If it holds me back, it’s a big deal. Your fears are a big deal, but you can overcome them.

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