@Everybody, It's Time To Throw Out Your Pacifier And Address Things As Adults

@Everybody, It's Time To Throw Out Your Pacifier And Address Things As Adults

Trigger warning: those offended easily, beware.
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Alright, let’s all come walk onto this common ground and agree that everyone has turned into babies. Yes, babies. No one can take a joke, have a conversation, or even watch TV anymore without having a fit on how they are offended. Who knows, you might not even be able to read this because it will offend you too much.

People get offended so easily nowadays that you really can’t say anything unless you’re willing to put up with someone complaining about how “badly” you’ve offended them. Like OK, Linda, here’s your pacifier.

Let’s also get this whole “liberal vs. conservative” thing out of the way as well. Whether you want to admit it or not, they are both easily offended. Yes, I said it; doesn’t matter if you’re a liberal or a conservative, someone makes a comment and you begin to pout like there’s no tomorrow.

I don’t understand how we’ve become a society that gets offended over the smallest things. I could talk about a burger, I ate and a person across the room will get offended by it. I ate my burger, why should it bother you?

Rarely do you hear people talk out their differences or debate a subject with facts.

Yeah, I said facts — as in "not things you pull out of the place where the sun don’t shine and claim to be true."

If we teach new generations to begin to address differences rather than hide behind a screaming contest, maybe we could get somewhere. Oh, and yes, I said address differences. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “You want me to talk about uncomfortable subjects? To other people?” Uh, yes. Yes, I do actually.

If we talk about things, the uncomfortable becomes something we can work on to become more comfortable. As in we work on the issue rather than come at each other with torches.

Now go ahead, bash me in the comment section. Just make sure you don’t type so much that your fingers get sore and don’t forget your pacifier. (Was that too much? Are you bothered yet?)

Or you can always throw it out, act like an adult, and start to make a change instead of complaining about it. Crazy concept, I know. Though it would be nice to watch t.v. without someone getting offended by a joke or that they didn't have enough characters of a certain race. (*Pushes button*)

Cover Image Credit: Adriana Gil

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I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

Stop judging me for it.
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Like most people, I turned 18 years old during the course of my senior year of high school.

I'll never forget the months prior to my birthday, though, because I spent hours making a decision that would be with me forever, the decision of where I would go to get my first tattoo and where that tattoo would go, and of course I spent a lot of time deciding on the font, the colors, and all of the other aspects of the tattoo I wanted.

Throughout this time, two things stood firm 1) the fact that I was going to get a tattoo, and 2) the six letter name that it would consist of.

Now, three years later, I'm 21 years old and I still get the occasional dirty look at church on Sunday or in line at Walmart, and more often than not this look is accompanied by the following words: “Why would you do that to your body when God says not to?"

A few weeks ago at a new church, a woman came up to me and said, “How can you consider yourself a Christian when you have that blasphemous thing on your foot?", I simply smiled at her and said: “God bless you, have a good week." I let it roll off of my back, I've spent the past three years letting it “roll off of my back"… but I think it's time that I speak up.

When I was 8 years old, I lost my sister.

She passed away, after suffering from Childhood Cancer for a great deal of my childhood. Growing up, she had always been my best friend, and going through life after she passed was hard because I felt like even though I knew she was with me, I didn't have something to visually tribute to her – a way to memorialize her.

I, being a Christian and believing in Heaven, wanted to show my sister who was looking down on me that even though she was gone – she could still walk with me every day. I wanted it for me, for her. I wanted to have that connection, for her to always be a part of who I am on the outside – just as much as she is a part of who I am on the inside.

After getting my tattoo, I faced a lot of negativity. I would have Leviticus 19:28 thrown in my face more times than I cared to mention. I would be frowned on by various friends, and even some family. I was told a few times that markings on my body would send me to hell – that was my personal favorite.

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks on you: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:28

The more I heard these things, the more I wanted to scream. I didn't though. I didn't let the harsh things said about me and my choice change the love I have for the Lord, for my sister, or for the new precious memento on my left foot. I began to study my Bible more, and when I came to the verse that had been thrown in my face many times before – I came to a realization.

Reading the verses surrounding verse 28, I realized that God was speaking to the covenant people of Israel. He was warning them to stay away from the religious ways of the people surrounding them. Verse 28 wasn't directed to what we, in today's society, see as tattoos – it was meant in the context of the cultic practice of marking one's self in the realm of cultic worship.

26 "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. 28 'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29 'Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. 30 'You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 31 'Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God."
Leviticus 19:26–31

The more I have studied my Bible over the past few years, the more I pity those who rely on one verse in the Old Testament to judge and degrade those, like myself, who made the decision to get a tattoo for whatever reason they may have for doing so.

This is because, you see, in the New Testament it is said that believers are not bound by the laws of the Old Testament – if we were, there would be no shellfish or pork on the menus of various Christian homes. While some see tattoos as a modification of God's creation, it could also be argued that pierced ears, haircuts, braces, or even fixing a cleft lip are no different.

24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
Galatians 3:24-25

In Galatians, we read that the Old Testament law was created to lead people to Jesus. However, we know that Jesus has come and died on the cross for our sins. He has saved us, therefore we are no longer held to this law in order to have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with Him comes from believing that Jesus came to Earth to die on a cross for our sins, and repenting of our sins – accepting Jesus as our Savior.

I am a Christian, I have a relationship with the Lord that is stronger than it has ever been, and - I HAVE A TATTOO.

I have a beautiful memento on my left foot that reminds me that my sister walks with me through every day of my life. She walked with me down the red carpet at my senior prom, she walked with me across the stage the day I graduated from high school, and she continues to be with me throughout every important moment of my life.

My tattoo is beautiful. My tattoo reminds me that I am never alone. My tattoo is perfect.

Stop judging me for it.

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The Epitome of Shower Thoughts

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Have you ever wondered why you have more elaborate thoughts and think more out of the box when you're taking a shower? It turns out that there's science to back that up. People tend to have creative epiphanies when doing something very monotonous. Because not much thinking is required for showering, our brains occupy themselves with singing, dancing, fake arguing someone who irritated you in math 101 first semester, mentally signing autographs after accepting your fourth Oscar, and shower thoughts.

I was inspired by these fun facts and started to pay more attention to what runs through my head besides the shampoo and conditioner. The more I introspected the more interesting my thoughts got and I began writing them down.

The first one was a social experiment. It'd be cool to see what would happen if a fraternity had to raise a kid from birth. They would be a collective group of parents for one child up until they turn 18. I wanna see how the kid would turn out. Would it be well rounded due to all the personalities in his environment? Would the child become the epitome of the frat boy stereo types or would he be more intact because he'll learn what not to do? So many questions.

Another thought that runs through my head a lot is about school and mental health. I feel like that's a healthy thing to ponder on. However, I've always wondered whether my grades or my mental health are lower than one or the other. Even more so, are they in a race? Because wouldn't be surprised if my grades and my serotonin levels are constantly competing on which can drop lower and faster.

Also, do you think professors would allow an absence due to being overwhelmed by your love life? I've contemplated on writing an email about it a few times. In my head it would probably read as, Good afternoon, I hope all is well. I won't be able to make it into class today because I'm overwhelmed by recent events. My crush is starting to give me attention, therefore, I need time to process this and reciprocate this immense emotion. I will try to make it next class.

Thank you xoxo,

Yas

My thoughts may be incomplete, however, according to science that's how shower thoughts work. Simply exploring different thought patterns and not questioning the legitimacy of it. It can be very blissful.

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