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Let's lift each other up, because we are not our thoughts.
Odyssey recognizes that mental well-being is a huge component of physical wellness. Our mission this month is to bring about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community. Let's recognize the common symptoms and encourage the help needed without judgement or prejudice. Life's a tough journey, we are here for you and want to hear from you.
It's a topic that needs to be talked about way more than it should, especially in today's world: mental health. Whether it be anxiety, depression or O.C.D. (or anything, really), we have come to learn as a society that it's okay- and even more beneficial than you think- to openly talk about experiencing what almost everyone does inside the complex mind.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month (and also the end of finals season for college students), so what better time to list some positive affirmations to ease the mind this time of year? Just take a deep breath and read on to realize that you are enough, it will be okay and you are not your thoughts; not by a long shot.
"Feel what you need to feel and then let it go. Do not let it consume you." - Dhiman
"You did well — even when you think it is not enough. Even when others think it's not enough. You tried, and that should count for something. Do not belittle yourself."
"From a year ago today, you have come a long way. Every step you have taken matters more than you know." - Morgan Harper Nichols
"I hope you know it's okay if your strength looks a little different in this season." - MHN
"You have survived this before and you can therefore do it again. And with each time you do you become stronger. Believe in that."
"You are only human and humans are not perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, and it is only how you react to it that defines who you are."
"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay then it's not the end."
"You are safe and loved very much. You are more worthy of those two things than you even know."
"You are capable of doing anything, and you are becoming a better version of yourself the more you try."
"You are in control of your own actions and destiny."
"Take things one step at a time, day by day."
"You're a fighter. Look at everything you've overcome. Don't give up now." - Olivia Benson
"This is the root of Self. You are not your thoughts; you are aware of your thoughts. You are not your emotions; you feel your emotions…. You are the conscious being who is aware that you are aware of all these inner and outer things." - Michael Singer
"You are allowed to be happy and deserve all of the good your mind can imagine."
"You are enough. You are significant. Remember this always."
A leaked document revealed the Supreme Court intends to vote on overturning Roe v. Wade.
When Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in by the Supreme Court, she insisted overturning Roe v. Wade wasn't on her agenda. That landmark case made it possible for pregnant people across America to legally choose whether to have an abortion. There are many reasons a person would want to terminate their pregnancy. Money, age, health and sexual assault are just some of the reasons a person would choose to get an abortion.
Some religious people, Christians in particular, oppose abortion and therefore, the right to choose. They claim to be pro-life, as if the majority of pro-choice individuals are anti-life. No decent human being is pro-abortion. It's excruciatingly painful (both emotionally and physically) for the person experiencing it. Even though there's supposed to be a separation of church and state, some don't seem to care about that.
Certain folks in the Supreme Court especially don't seem to care, since they have decided to vote on overturning Roe v. Wade. This was revealed through leaked documents, the authenticity of which was later confirmed by the Supreme Court. With a conservative majority in the Supreme Court (thanks in large part to Amy Coney Barrett replacing RBG), this doesn't look good for those who are pro-choice.
While many cite religion as their motive for being against abortion, that belief doesn't apply to all religions. In Judaism, abortion is viewed as acceptable if the pregnancy endangers the life of the carrier. What about Jewish people? Do their religious beliefs not count? Christians who cry about their freedom of religion being stripped away seek to deny other religious people that same freedom.
It makes no sense as to why people feel the need to impose their religious views onto others. As stated earlier, there's supposed to be a separation of church and state. This separation guarantees freedom of religion, not the other way around. If you're a Christian who is against abortion, choosing not to get an abortion should be enough for you. You shouldn't have to pass a law forcing everyone else to follow your religious beliefs. Nobody is forcing pregnant Christians to get abortions.
Nobody is forcing them to marry someone of the same sex, either. As you can imagine, the same cast of characters constantly complain about same-sex couples being legally allowed to marry. It's interesting that when interracial marriage was illegal, the Bible was also used as justification. Yet, nobody would dare oppose interracial marriage today and most religious folks have evolved past that. Hopefully we'll reach that stage with same-sex marriage one day. Until then, however, we must deal with cry babies throwing temper tantrums over having to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples.
These temper tantrums tend to come with a large helping of gaslighting. Justice Clarence Thomas recently spoke out after the leak to chastise people for getting upset over Supreme Court rulings. He didn't specify the Roe v. Wade issue, but broadly referred to recent events. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to decipher what he's referencing. He said that people should accept rulings they don't agree with and refrain from getting upset about them.
Aside from being condescending, this statement falsely equates mere disagreements with people having their rights stripped from them. These two scenarios are very different and getting upset about the latter is more than justified. Protesting and demanding change isn't an overreaction. Justice Thomas' words are nothing more than a pathetic, manipulative attempt to silence criticism and gaslight the American people.
What Justice Thomas and many others seem to miss is the fact that this won't stop abortion. All it will do is cause more unsafe abortions. Who knows how many people will be injured or suffer serious health detriments as a result? As of right now, people in America can have safe abortions performed by a medical professional. It's absolutely barbaric and immoral for the majority of the Supreme Court to take that away from countless American citizens.
Just because America has made progress in terms of abortion rights and marriage equality, it can still be reversed. It's been speculated that overturning same-sex marriage is another item on the Supreme Court's agenda. We must not allow ourselves to be gaslit. We must speak up about these issues. We must vote and take action in whatever way we can. As corny as it may sound, the American people have the power and we can stop our country from regressing. In order for that to happen, we must not give up and keep fighting the good fight.
You become best friends thinking you’ll never leave each others side, that bff’s literally means forever and ever. You pick someone and you click. Random trips to wherever, tons and tons of photos. You spend years building a relationship and a special bond thinking it’ll be there when you’re gray and wrinkly. The endless nights staying up and talking about anything and everything, the stupidest things. Meeting each other’s families, calling their parents yours. You plan your whole life around theirs, future kids being besties and houses next door to each others.
The sad part? Not knowing when or why it’ll end. Waking up one day and the bond is gone, the memories are all you have. The even sadder part? Watching it slowly happen. Watching the bond trickle away, not as close, someone moves away; someone does something stupid. Someone feels left out. There’s a million good reasons why you should stop being friends with somebody. Then theres reasons you wont understand for awhile. You won’t understand why you don’t talk anymore or what made you feel like that. You’ll wake up sometimes and go to text them but you don’t have their number anymore. You forget why you aren’t friends.
All of that aside, that girl was supposed to be forever, she was the girl standing beside you at the alter no matter who you were getting married to her spot was set in stone. She was the girl who you couldn’t live with out. Now you are. It doesn’t mean you don’t still care for each other, it just means you have different paths you're on. You’re jorneys didn't align but you respect and love her forever. While the girl wasn’t forever, the bond is. She won’t be standing next to you at the alter, she won’t be the godmother to your kids, she won’t be a phone call away. You’ll watch from afar and silently cheer her on as she moves through life with a smile on your face because you knew her and you’ll remember everything forever.
To the girl who was supposed to be my forever, you’re doing amazing, and while it’s better this way, you were always my favorite person. I’ll forever cherish our memories. I love the life you’ve built for yourself.
Maternity does not determine a motherly relationship; unconditional love does.
Mother -- A woman who conceives, gives birth to, and raises a child.
Mother’s Day was a holiday I used to dread. I used to see and hear about all of my friends’ days with their mothers—their blood mothers. On social media, posts about how “Mom has been number 1 since day 1” made me happy, yet they made me sad. It made me happy seeing how happy everyone was with their mothers. The genuine smiles in their pictures made me feel warm inside; however, it made me feel more down than on most days. Why? Seeing those relationships made me jealous—I wanted that, so badly.
For the last 19 years, I haven’t had my blood mother in my life. Other people, both men and women, assumed a motherly role they didn’t have to take on. From my father, step-mothers, grandmothers, my friends’ moms or close relatives, I could never find full satisfaction with my situation—especially on Mother’s Day. I desperately craved this mother-daughter relationship that couldn’t be broken. For the longest time, I believed birth was the true binder between a mother and child. Mothers who describe their pregnancy say that the bond that develops during pregnancy is one that cannot be felt with anyone else. Since there was no possible way to obtain this relationship, I beat myself up over it. When I went to my friends’ houses and saw how their mother and them were so close, it tore me up on the inside. I was so happy to see that there was a happy family, but as I said earlier—I didn’t have what they had. I accepted my situation, but I didn’t approve. I never showed it, though. I continued wishing women who were important in my life a happy Mother’s Day and let them know how much I appreciated them.
Recently, however; I have come to a realization about motherly relationships. I am currently in one of the most important phases of my life that basically dictates my future. Stress is almost overbearing while reality gives me slaps in the face daily. The age I’m at right now requires a lot of support, love and encouragement to get by. These are the things that most people get from their mothers, and what some get from other figures. With that being said, I realized this—Maternity does not determine a motherly relationship; unconditional love does.
I have made countless mistakes, stupid decisions, and been selfish on multiple occasions. I have done things I am not proud of. However, the women who supported me most were the ones who didn’t even give birth to me. After everything I have been through, these women were not critical. They were compassionate and provided me the guidance I needed to persevere through my situations. No matter how many errors or successes that followed, they still had my back. They expressed love to me like a birth mother would do to their child. When I faced hardships, they were the ones to tell me everything I needed to hear—things that need to be heard from a mother’s perspective. (No offense, dads.) No matter what I have done or said, they never failed to acknowledge the good qualities I possess. To this day, they still support me in all of my decisions and are a part of both my successes and failures.
Therefore, it’s hard for me to agree with the definition of “mother” at the beginning of this article. It says “by birth,” however, if my own birth mother can abandon me, that shows that a mother is not determined by maternity. The women who play motherly roles in my life did not give birth to me and had a choice to have a relationship with me—and they chose to. They invested so much time and effort into me—sadly, I have to admit I can be a difficult person to handle at times. Since these women stuck by my side knowing my flaws, that shows that mothers are truly defined by unconditional love—this unconditional love.
To those who are blessed to have amazing relationships with their blood mothers, never take that for granted. Don’t get me wrong; blood bonds most definitely exist. I’m saying that they aren’t required for a successful motherly relationship. To those who don’t have their blood mothers in their life for whatever reasons, don’t take for granted the women who try to be motherly figures. It’s difficult not having that blood bond sometimes -- I completely understand. In some cases, it can leave someone feeling broken, abandoned, or gloomy. Those women who try to be mothers to you want to heal you. That’s what mothers do, so embrace that blessing in your life. I get it won't be the same, but I promise you it will still be great.
To whoever your "mother" may be -- your birth mom, grandmother, step-mother, aunt, sister, friend, friends' moms or a close family friend, I want you to squeeze them tight the next time you see them. At some point, I want you to tell them you appreciate everything. Tell them everything -- how great they can cook, clean, give advice, shop, joke around, wipe your tears and be there for you through it all. These amazing women deserve to know they're amazing, and it would mean the world to them to know how great they really are. After all, everyone needs a mother of some sort. Vice versa, you're their child in their eyes. Don't forget -- they need you just as much as you need them.
One day, I can't wait to be at least half the woman that these women are for us. I can't wait to nurture someone and provide them the love and affection that was provided to me. To all the mothers out there, we thank and love you.
My greatest blessing is my mom
Single moms: you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a heroine, a provider, a defender and a protector. You are my first and only definition of Super Woman. Wear your cape proudly!
I am incredibly blessed and among my greatest blessings was you, Mom.
Please hear and believe me when I say this: when asked who I admire most and who I want to be when I grow up, my answer is you. When you hear the word job, what are the images that come to your mind?
-A Police Officer
I am here to tell you that the greatest, most difficult and often unappreciated job is that of a parent. Now, for a single parent, in my case a single mother. take that and magnify it by ten. Now that I'm older and debatably wiser, I now see that what you did wasn't normal and it proves you're not human. You're superhuman, you're my super(MOM). Looking back, I cannot think of a time when you didn't work at least two jobs.
There are times when we're on FaceTime now, where you are leaving one job just to go to another. Some are blessed to work from 9am-5pm, but I know your hours go far beyond that. Even now, at almost twenty-five years old, there have been times after I've gone to bed when, that you've come in to check on me while I was sleeping. Those nights when the pain was too much to bare, I walked or crawled into your bedroom. After a mere touch of your foot, the gentle calling out of "Mommy" you wake ready to chase away my monsters and love me through the pain.
I have to wonder, in twenty-five years, how much sleep have you lost for me? How many sacrifices did you make because you had to work to provide? How did you manage to keep it together when you left work, to come to a riding lesson, just to return to work. Hours later, you picked me up from school, clothes in the car, taking me to a Girl's Guide meeting. Don't even get me started on the Math homework. Math was and is still way beyond my comprehension. I know there were times that it frustrated you that despite your best efforts, sometimes it just didn't click. Nevertheless, you rose from the table, took a few deep breaths and sat back down ready to try again.
Language, how to walk, how to tie my shoes. These and a million other things I learned from you throughout my childhood. I hope you know though, the greatest lessons you taught me were in: love, selflessness, courage and strength. When you love someone unconditionally and without compare, their needs often come before yours. For all of the sleep you lost, the tears you cried and moments when you didn't feel you were enough, I am sorry! Thank you for having the courage to take care of the Special Needs that came with me- without the support of a partner to share your burdens and fears with. Lastly, thank you for showing me what true strength is. It's not perfection. It isn't always having it together. It isn't having it easy. Strength, true strength, is crying, picking your head up and suiting up for the fights of our lives with a smile that reassured me through it all.
Your Baby Girl
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign