15 Thoughts For A Long Lost Friend

15 Thoughts For A Long Lost Friend

I will always watch from afar to see if you are okay.
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What does it mean to be a good friend?

Even if I do not know how to give you what you need from a friend, I will always try my hardest for you. If only I was able to be who you needed me to be. Our individual complexities sometimes interfere with the relationship between us.

Even if I do not always show it, there are some things that I promise to all those who have touched my life in some way, regardless of the distance, time, or manner in which we grew apart. I owe these people. These are my silent ways of in which I thank you for the time we spent together.

1. I will never wish you ill.

2. If you call, I will answer, no matter the time, place, or situation. Everyone needs someone they can unconditionally depend on.

3. I will always cheer for your accomplishments, and be hurt by your losses.

4. I will wonder about your parents and siblings, as over the years, I had come to think of them as my own family.

5. I will wonder about your dreams, whether or not they came true, and what new dreams you have.

6. I will wonder if you ever reached your goals that you had set for yourself, and worked so hard to achieve.

7. I will be curious to know how you remember the memories we made together. I'd hope you would think of them fondly, as those memories are some of my best

8. I will be curious to know whether or not your memory of me is a good one.

9. I will be curious if you are seeing anyone, and hope they are treating you better than I can even imagine.

10. I will want to know how you have changed, in ways both big and small.

11. I will want to know if you think we will ever be close again, because there is nothing that I would want more.

12. I will want to know if you are happy. You deserve all the happiness in the world, and nothing less.

13. If you are not happy, I would want to hear all the reasons why not.

14. If you are not following the same plans for your future, I would want to hear what inspired your change in heart.

15. If you are not into the same music that you used to be, I would want to listen to all of your new favorite songs, since music tells so much about a person.


I will always watch from afar to see that you are okay. I hope that one day, you are able to find your sunshine.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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Michigan's Proposal Three

Why expanding voting access can only improve Michigan's democratic system

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Last month, the Michigan Board of Canvassers gave the green light to a ballot proposal aimed at overhauling Michigan's electoral laws to add reforms like automatic and election day voter registration and straight ticket voting. A Detroit News Poll completed earlier this October showed "majority support" for the proposal and for good reason. From increasing voter enfranchisement to allowing for voters to vote more efficiently, this proposal can only help Michigan's population be more civically engaged by allowing more voters to get involved in the election process.

Although Michigan's voter turnout of 63% during the 2016 presidential election is higher than the national average of 58%, it is still lower than it was in previous years, such as when it was over 66% during the 2008 presidential election. Also, according to data from the Secretary of State, there are 200,000 Michiganders of voting age that are not registered voters. While this deficit seems small in comparison to Michigan's overall population of nearly 10 million, it is important that any number of potential voters can make all the difference in an important election. Recall that Trump only won Michigan by a little over 11,000 votes in the 2016 election. Maybe 200,000 additional votes could have made a difference. By allowing citizens of voting age to easily register to vote the day of an election through an automatic process that should reduce the level of work on the voter's part. While the specific details of this automated process are still being decided, there should be no reason to dispute Proposal Three in terms of voter enfranchisement, since involving more citizens in our electoral process is nothing if not meritorious.

Another important provision of Proposal Three is re-implementing the practice of straight ticket voting. This means that there will be an option on your ballot that automatically allows you to vote for all the the candidates in a political party in a single action. To explain, you would not have to bubble in each candidate individually if you intend to vote for only candidates of a single party. While opponents of this practice have argued that it decreases voter volition since it may encourage voters to not actually look at who is running for office and vote along overly partisan lines, approximately 30% of voters nationwide did not complete their ballots in recent elections nationwide. This may be because of the sheer number of candidates that larger voting districts may have. Chicago, while not in Michigan, has over 101 candidates on the average ballot. Larger regions in Michigan such as the metro-Detroit area likely have ballots that are similar in length and complexity to Chicago. By allowing people to vote for the political party they subscribe to in a quick and efficient manner through straight ticket voting, more voters may be incentivized to actually come out and vote in elections, which once again leads to Proposal Three increasing the democratic representativeness of Michigan elections.

As previously mentioned, Michigan voters will be deciding the fate of Proposal Three in the upcoming November 6th midterm elections. I strongly urge all Michigan voters to support this measure because, again, there simply is so much civic benefit to be gained at so little cost.



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