To The Professional Athletes Kneeling During the National Anthem: Stand The Hell Up!

To The Professional Athletes Kneeling During the National Anthem: Stand The Hell Up!

You have so much power, and you are using it in all the wrong ways.
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To those of you disrespecting the men and women who risk their lives daily, I have four words for you: Stand the hell up! People have died to protect your freedom, and the least you could do is show them the respect they deserve.

I understand that everyone has the right to speak freely. I recognize that our country is having some problems and that you are trying to drive change. However, is this really the way you want to do it? Recently, the Beaumont Bulls, a youth football team in Beaumont, Texas, protested the national anthem by taking a knee while the song played before the start of their game. The boys are around 10 years old. Was this your goal? Did you set out to teach elementary school children to disrespect our Armed Forces?


I know you believe it is not disrespectful, but I strongly disagree. This song represents everything beautiful about our country. The anthem honors the men and women of all races that serve our country. I am not ignorant to the recent violence throughout the United States, nor do I think it should be ignored.

However, this violence doesn’t negate the courageous work our military does, and it certainly doesn’t negate the loved ones lost protecting your freedom. Additionally, for those of you who chose to kneel on September 11th, that conduct is repulsive. Nearly 3,000 people died on that terrible day. All across the world, our service men and women fight to protect our country so that an attack of that magnitude can never happen again. I don’t know why you thought it was appropriate to kneel on September 11th, but it was not.

Our nation’s anthem honors the men and women that risk their lives every single day for you. By choosing to sit or kneel while it’s playing, you are disrespecting our military and the work they do. Please be conscious of the fact that you are role models, and children look up to you. You have so much power, and you are using it in all the wrong ways. Every time a member of the Armed Forces dies, that is someone’s sibling, child, parent, spouse, or friend. How would you feel if your loved one died fighting for this country, and someone made a decision to disrespect his or her life intentionally?

These people are real heroes. They leave their families for months at a time, and they miss out on holidays and various family milestones. They make constant, daily sacrifices for their country. When they don’t agree with something, they don’t just take a knee; instead, they continue to do their job, and they don’t get paid millions for it either. So next time when the national anthem plays, please stand and spend two minutes thinking about the men and women that serve this country. Please remember that you’re able to make a living playing the sport you love because of our Armed Forces and the work they do.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The ball club that is starting to lose its rhythm as of late.

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The Seattle Mariners started the year out way better than people expected. They started the season off with a 13-2 record during their first 15 games. Now as they head into May, the team is sitting at a .500 record. However, the team did not have high expectations as they were looking towards a rebuilding year for the ball club. During the off-season, they got rid of a lot of their core players such as Jean Segura, Nelson Cruz, James Paxton, and Edwin Diaz.

According to an article from CBS Sports, the Mariners now own the longest playoff drought in all pro-American sports. The team was last in the playoffs during the 2001 season. That was during Ichiro's rookie season, and he is now retired if that doesn't explain enough. I have been going to Mariners games before I could even walk and I have never seen an MLB postseason game ever. The looks of this season started promisingly for us Mariner fans until we started having losing streaks as of late. The Mariners have started the month of May with a 1-5 record and are currently on a 4-game losing streak.

The team has developed a strong farm system from the acquisitions of Justus Sheffield, Kyle Lewis, and Jarred Kelenic. It might be a while until we start seeing consistent success from this team. It feels like every year we get so close to making the playoffs and then we end up short every season. I hope to see the ball club keep their top prospects and build something that will benefit the team in the long run.

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