As Long As You Are Nice

As Long As You Are Kind To Me, Nothing Else Matters

No one should be judged for being who or what they are.


Today, everyone is so quick to judge somebody, simply for enjoyment or to feel better about themselves. Judgment is just plain cruel, mean, and selfish.

I hate it.

I've come to learn something new every day, but the one thing that I see, over and over again, is somebody being put down for their beliefs or who they are.

You see this mostly on social media since it's too damn easy to type away on the keyboard, behind a screen. Fighting is common online because no one can get to you. Personally, fighting on a silly social media platform is just a waste of time, and it's quite immature.

Why can't everyone just be nice?

Why can't everyone just move along with their day?

Why can't everyone just do one good thing for a stranger?

Why can't people smile all the time?

Why can this country be so rude, divided?

Aren't we supposed to be unified? Aren't we supposed to be in this together, as one?

For some weird reason, at least a sliver or two of this population wants to cause trouble. They want to be mean, and they want to fight an uphill battle. They want to be a divided nation. They want to judge.

I don't want to judge.

Who cares if you're a Democrat? If you voted for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, fine! I don't mind that. Although we may not agree with each other, it doesn't bother me.

Who cares if you're a Republican? If you voted for President Donald Trump, cool beans, dude! I don't mind that, either. Agree to disagree.

Politics are silly and quite bloody at times, but we need it to run a country. I don't care what political party you side with, as long as you're nice to me.

Who cares if you are gay or lesbian? If you're a part of the LGBTQ+ community, that's great! You're all amazing and courageous. We look up to you.

Sometimes, we tend to believe the voices inside our head that can say we are supposed to be apart, that we are supposed to hate one another, based on our sexuality. No! Never should this ever happen!

I'm straight, and I have straight friends, but I also have friends in the LGBTQ+ community. They are just as great. If we are all about love, then let's love! I don't care what your sexuality is, whether it's private or public, as long as you're nice to me.

Who cares if you're Christian? There are many branches of this religion, and I belong in one of them. It doesn't make you a bad person if you are in something different from me.

Who cares if you are Jewish? I find this religion so fascinating. It's similar to Christianity. The stories are great, and it's okay to tell them to others.

Who cares if you are Muslim? I know it's hard in this country to get past the "stigma", to get past the hate being thrown at you. Not all of you are violent. Not all of you are threatening.

It doesn't matter who you believe in, or how many times you pray in a day, as long as you're nice to me.

Who cares if you're female? Who cares if you're male? Not all men are jerks and dirty, and not all women are bitchy and dumb. As long as you're nice to me, nothing else matters.

This is a reminder that kindness is key, and that no one should be judged for who or what they are. I don't care who you are. I don't care what you've done.

I hope people remember this. I want us to be in togetherness. I wish it was that easy, but in all of this violence, tension, and hate in the world, just think of this.

If you're kind, I will be your friend.

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."

Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me," but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is, to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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Being The Last Friend To Turn 21 Isn't ALL Bad

All your friends have turned 21, but that is okay


You may think being the last one out of your friend group to turn twenty-one is the worst thing in the world, but in all honesty, it doesn't have to be. One of the biggest perks is that everyone of your friends can go out to the bars with you on your birthday. All the people who turn twenty-one first have to wait for people to be able to go out with them, but you get to celebrate your birthday with all of your friends.

Another huge reason you should feel okay with being last to turn twenty-one is thinking about all the money you are saving. The bars are expensive. When you don't go to the bars you are saving so much money because an average bar drink is about seven dollars. This being said seven dollars multiple times a night, multiple nights a week really adds up, so you are going to have to budget your money better.

You don't have to be the one to buy alcohol for everyone else. Having a ton of people ask you to buy them alcohol must get annoying at a point, and if you're the youngest out of your friends, no one will be asking you to do liquor store runs for them because they can all go already for themselves.

The biggest reason is that you can enjoy being young. You should still continue to enjoy going to house parties and just being able to hang out with friends without having to go to the bars. Spend these months before you turn twenty-one just being able to enjoy life without feeling obligated to go out to the bars all the time. You have a great excuse when you don't want to drink on a weekday to just stay in. This being said it will be your turn to turn twenty-one soon.


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