Sorry, Your Issue Isn’t Trending Anymore

Sorry, Your Issue Isn’t Trending Anymore

Would you want your issues to just be trendy?

Here I am...just a few exams away from completing my first year of college. It’s all so fresh that I’m still trying to wrap my head around the past few months. Yes I have gotten less sleep, yes I’ve had to lay aside my dying need to always be perfect, and yes teachers have placed me out of my comfort zone. But overall, it’s been an experience like no other and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The past few months I’ve really been thinking about what I want to do with my life and how I want to leave an impact on the world (the world doesn’t have to be every continent, it can simply be the people you’re in relation with). Of course I’m an aspiring writer but I’ve definitely realized how strongly I feel compelled to bring change around me to issues or injustices.

In short, the work of an activist is someone who strives to bring change to either political or social issues/injustices. For a while I believed that I had to have a huge platform and following for me to be considered an “activist”. But then it dawned on me that if the work of an activist is to bring change I can easily do that just by speaking up in any arena.

What better arena for a college student then the classroom? For those of you who know me personally, you know my passion for debating and researching in an effort for bringing positive change to the status quo. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to take debate this semester, I was able to take public speaking.

Public speaking has for sure been my favorite class this semester as I get to implement a lot of the techniques I was taught in debate. We were given the assignment of getting into small groups and brainstorming a topic we’d like to have a panel discussion on in front of the entire class. After our group brainstormed pretty much every topic imaginable, we came to a consensus on actually one of my ideas! We would be discussing how social issues have become trends over time.

I could already list probably 20 issues off the top of my head that I knew had become trendy for the sake of staying relevant in my generation. As someone who wants to do even more activism work in the future I stressed the dire effects the situation of social issues only being trends had on the history, present, and future of activism.

We must not dilute the severity of injustices with selfish gain. Thinking of all who have come before me and laid their life down fighting for what they believed in, I would never want to dishonor their legacy with a need for likes on social media or a round of applause from my peers. This is something I wish everyone understood.

All too often I see celebrities, corporations, social elites, and even people I know using the pain and suffering of others to elevate their status. Whether it’s using hashtags for movements you don’t actually advocate for offline or playing along with the extreme ends of a social issue (“femi-nazis” for instance), all these things have negative consequences.

I think it's important that we all find that thing that we are truly passionate about and run with it. Everyone has something that tugs on their heart a little more than other things. As for me I’m still trying to find a balance between all of my passions. There’s a lot that I see wrong and wish that I could fix but I know it’s not my place to try and fix EVERYTHING.

With all of that “said”, I leave you with the word authenticity. For if we are authentic with the things that matter in the world, we will never delve into the dangerous territory of being trendy. Behind every movement there are lives and souls at stake. Consider that the next time you pick up your phone or open your mouth with the intention of wanting to boost your image or being trendy.

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Ariana May Be Bigger Than The Beatles, Hard As It Is To Believe

55 years later and Ariana has taken No. 1, 2, & 3 on Billboards Hot 100 Chart.


Ariana Grande has simultaneously claimed the top 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. This feat hasn't been achieved since the Beatles did it 55 years ago. All three of these songs are from her most recent album, "Thank U, Next." Her No. 1 song is currently "7 Rings," which has been in this spot for 4 weeks now. This song was truly inspiring to a lot of fans, including myself. No. 2 is one of her newest songs, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend I'm Bored." There has been a lot of controversy regarding this song, but it has still found its way to the top. Finally, taking lucky number 3 is her song "Thank U, Next," which moved from No. 7 to No. 3 and has been a leading song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 7 weeks now. Ariana's hit song "Thank U, Next" has been an all-time favorite for most Arianators since it first came out in early November. I personally could not be more inspired to see the Queen herself take the top 3 spots.

The last time this happened was in 1964 when the Beatles lead with their top 5 hits: "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand", and "Please Please Me."

While the Beatles may have been hot stuff 55 years ago, Ariana definitely has them beat in this day in age.

After this major outbreak, Ariana's career has hit an all-time high in less than 24 hours. Her music video views have increased tremendously and so have her followers. However, Ariana's songs are still competing against the song "Without Me" by Halsey, which has been on the Billboard Top 100 List for 19 weeks now and was No. 1 for 3 weeks. Right behind "Without Me" is "Sunflower" by Post Malone, which has been on the list for 17 weeks and was also the No. 1 spot for a couple of weeks. With just these two songs, Ariana has a lot of competition and the pressure to keep the top 3 spots is going to be very important for her if she wants to continue going forward with her career.

Does Ariana deserve the record she just broke, taking the spot from the famed Beatles? Is her music truly worthy of being compared to legends like Michael Jackson? Some seem to think so, while others argue that her fame is helped along by today's social media influence.

While Ariana creates outstanding music, not everyone is a fan. However, because of today's social media influences, these people are now exposed to her music even more. From Instagram to Twitter, Ariana's music is posted everywhere by all of the Arianators in the world. Even people who have no idea who she is or what her songs are called listen to her simply because she's 'popular' and nowadays popularity plays a huge role in what people think they like versus what they actually like. Yes, I love Ariana Grande's songs simply because I enjoy them, but this isn't the case for all of her 'fans.'

Now there is only one question that remains, "Has Ariana's career hit its peak or will she be able to uphold this title and stay in the top 3?"

1. "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande

"7 Rings" has been the leading song for 4 weeks now. It is indeed a jam.

2. "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" by Ariana Grande

"Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" is now ranked the No. 2 song. Some love this song while others argue that it sends the wrong message, especially to her younger fans.

3. "Thank You, Next" by Ariana Grande

"Thank You, Next" moved from No. 7 to No. 3 and spent 7 weeks as the No. 1 spot when it was first released in November. It's views on YouTube continue to climb while many praise her for her unique and creative approach.

In conclusion, all hail the Queen herself.

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In The Words Of Casting Crowns, My Life Will Be For 'Only Jesus'

"Only Jesus" by Casting Crowns has inspired me to live my life for Jesus.


When I watch the music video for Casting Crowns "Only Jesus" I am reminded of the reason why we are on this earth, alive, breathing air through our lungs, our hearts beating, and time going on and on.

We are on this earth, not to seek our own glory, our own accolades, and our own selfish greed, but to know God, love God, and to make Him known in this world, through sharing how God's son Jesus has set us free from our sinful lives and has resurrected us spiritually.

At the beginning of the video, we see Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, driving down a road, eventually driving into a junkyard. The junkyard is both a setting for the music video and an allegory. The junkyard is allegorical to show that everything we obtain in this world, both material things and in achieving our own selfish pursuits of self-glory, self-pride, and self-adulation, will one day rot away and decay into nothingness.

No one will remember you in 500 years when you are dead and gone. The only exception to this is if you do something spectacular with your life that makes you famous. Only then will people remember what you did, not the person that you really was.

But living for Jesus and dedicating our lives to the "good fight" is the everlasting legacy we should pass on.

We should be remembered how we dedicated every minute of our lives being fishers of men for Jesus. When Christian men and women live this way, their children learn about God's love, which in turn causes them to surrender their lives to God, then passing God's love to their children, repeating this infinite loop of love for all time until Jesus comes back. Only Jesus is eternal. Only His love is eternal.

So when I die, "I don't want to leave a legacy. I don't care if they remember me, only Jesus."

Because my Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the only thing that matters.

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