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.

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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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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6 Reasons It Is Okay If I Don't See My Best Friend For Weeks On End

When we do get together, prepare yourselves, because all hell breaks loose


My best friend and I have been friends for years. She has been through all the bullshit, we went to completely different high schools and colleges, and she deals with all the drama. Yet, here we are all those years later. We both have become a part of each other's families and a huge part of each other's lives. Most people think that in order to have a friend that close, you have to be with each other every day. You have to be holding hands, in each others space, and talking constantly.

Let me tell you, my best relationship and my longest friendship is with the one I don't spend every waking minute with. And this is 100% okay. Here is why.

1. She has her own life and I have mine

Hannah Porter

We are both in relationships. So we aren't each other's significant other. That is a huge part of both of our lives. We have our own balance where we make time for each other and still hold a relationship. Sometimes, that means not seeing each other for a little while. This is okay! We don't let anyone tell us otherwise.

2. We will talk nonstop for hours because of all the drama we have to catch up on

Hannah Porter

We will get lost because we forgot about the GPS as we are trying to catch up. It is nonstop stories and gossip. We catch up on each other's families and boyfriends, school, and personal life. There is so much to get caught up on that there is hardly a dull moment. I'd rather have a great time like that then just sitting in silence.

3. We text, a lot.

Hannah Porter

So we may not see each other, but that doesn't mean there aren't Facetimes, phone calls, and texts. When something good happens, she's the first I tell. We might not celebrate until a week or two later, but she knows. When something just cannot wait, we find a way to tell each other.

4. She wants the best for me and I want the best for her

Hannah Porter

We are both in school and work. I want the best for her and she wants the best for me. That means making money and getting good grades. So if there is a weekend we are working, we skip a week or two hanging out. This is 100% okay. I'd rather have her not stressed because she is hanging out with me constantly and not studying.

5. When we see each other, we spend money. Try dinner, shopping, and nails.

Hannah Porter

Think of it as a money-saver. Let me tell you, my bank account would be very dry if we spent every day together.

6. ​There are no hard feelings. We pick right back up where we left off.

Hannah Porter

We both agree that this works for us and there aren't any hard feelings. We pick right back up where we were weeks ago and catch each other up. That is how you know our relationship is strong. I am so truly thankful I have her in my life.

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