It Is Okay To Be Scared

It Is Okay To Be Scared

It's 2017 and "you're the bomb" has a whole new meaning.
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My normal morning routine of reading the Washington Post and New York Times has been flooded with horrendous events lately. I want to say that I am not scared for the future of our nation, but if I said that, I would be lying.

All I want to do at this very moment is give people who are affected by our worldwide violence a big hug. Usually, hugs make everything better, but in this case, I don't know what to do. For the first time in a long while, I feel helpless and lost about the uncertain future of our world.

I am normally the one who sees the world from a glass half full perspective. Right now, it is so hard to live that way when we are bombing innocent people and destroying lives. If that glass was filled with anything at this moment, it would be the tears of mankind. I am crying for the lives lost and affected by violence brought on by hate.

We have a saying at Southern Miss from the amazing Dr. Joe Paul, and it is to leave a place better than you found it. I want to do that for the world. I think that my generation is wondering how when so many terrible events have happened. It is impossible to know where to begin when we do not know how it will end up. However, as history shows, we have the ability to persist. Our world leaders have heavily discouraged the idea of a resistance, but in order to initiate the change we want. we must. In the words of the fabulous Hillary Rodham Clinton, we must "resist, insist, persist, and enlist. It is through the help of our worldwide resistance that things will start to point in the right direction.

I am proud to be an American, but I cannot be a proud American when our president is breaking up families and harming innocent people. If he is doing it to innocent people, what will happen when he steps on enemy lines? Another war is almost certain to happen at this rate, and I am scared of what is coming to us. With failed missile strikes already happening and directed at the United States, it is scary. What I have had to come to the realization of is that it is okay to be scared. Just as it was fine to get upset over the election results, it is okay to be scared. It's what we do with the tears that will define our millennial legacy. While we could easily turn our tears into bullets, let's turn them into hugs.

I know how easy it is to want to stick your middle fingers in the air and take a dose of Screwitol, but we cannot afford to do that. We have to become the architects for future generations and build the structure of our future on the foundation of our ancestors. We may build walls, but there will always be a window to let light in.

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Thoughts That Go Through Your Head Daily When You're Socially Awkward

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Oh, hello my name is socially awkward and I'm going to live in your head making every encounter with a human being as uncomfortable as possible. Now let's begin...

"Is that person waving at you?... ye... nope... HA gotcha!"


"This is definitely something a normal person would say. You should say it. Say it now so they will think you're funny."


"That's odd no one is laughing... do something with your hands."


"Oh no... silence..."


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"Your phone is ringing!"


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5 Simple Ways To Keep Your Life's Bucket Full

The children's book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids" by Carol McCloud teachers early elementary students what it is like to have their very own bucket
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GPositive behavior is not practiced by many but preached by all. It is important to understand that everyone has an invisible bucket. The bucket may be emptied if you did an action that leads another to unhappiness. The key to life is happiness. Why not practice it?

The children's book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids" by Carol McCloud teachers early elementary students what it is like to have their very own bucket. As an adult, it is important to be educated on how to treat others and fill another's bucket, whenever possible.

1. Say good morning

It takes two words. You could be out at the store, passing a classmate, or just wishing someone a good morning. Two words can make someone's dreadful day into a day worth living. Some people wake up on the wrong side of the bed and a simple greeting could help change their perspective.

Changing someone's perspective can alter their day. Have you ever thought, "Why is this person so mean... I didn't even do anything to them? A simple greeting could have changed the way they looked at their day. Be the person of change.

2. Be honest

I am sure you have told a lie. So what? Things happen and people tell a long tale or two.

But, in the bucket-filling world, you are dipping into another's bucket. You are trying to make yourself happy despite the lies you are telling. It is not good to lie and honestly turns out better in the end.

The best way to get along with people is telling them how you feel. Telling the person you do not like the way something is being handled or the way they act can help that person become someone you like... or at least tolerate.

3. Be careful what you say

When people post online, it could offend some while it may amuse others. It is important to understand that not everyone can take a joke. I have seen people get overwhelmed over content that may or may not involve them. Questioning online posts are ridiculous.

4. Engage in conversation



Is talking to people hard? Why not try and speak what is on your mind? It could be the hard truth, you being nice, or simply wanting to put yourself out there.

Make yourself known; you could be the talker of nothing or the talker of something. When you involve yourself in a conversation, make it memorable and unforgettable. Think before you speak and make sure you leave a lasting impression.

5. End the conversations

You want to leave a lasting impression. Make sure you end the conversation. Concise points leave a person with the acknowledgement that you cared about the conversation. Leaving your friends on "read" can leave them with the impression you don't care.

Putting friends off doesn't make you a good person either. Be there for your friends as much as they want to be there for you.

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