The Youth Of America Will Not Be Stopped, And We Should All Support That

The Youth Of America Will Not Be Stopped, And We Should All Support That

We're moving mountains.

There have been an unexplainable number of attacks on our youth. The shootings at our schools are the obvious example. The shootings are gutting us all, and many young adults are doing what they can to keep themselves and their cohorts safe. It is insane to think anyone would try to stop that, and yet, it happens.

The verbal attacks and mental scrutiny are arguably just as detrimental as the shootings themselves have been, just in a different way. We are constantly ridiculed for thinking on our own and battled for doing things that matter to us.

We are fueled by passion and lit up by change.

The chance to speak up is something not everyone gets to do, but by being the youth in America, we get that privilege. What started with shootings is now a fight between youth and guns. In trying to defend the second amendment, people have been diminishing the value of the first amendment. We should be encouraged to voice our opinions, and quick to research facts and learn about things. We have the chance to do all those things and so much is possible.

The youth have two things that cannot be taken away which make us unstoppable; a voice and time. We have so much ahead of us and so much time to learn and be powerful. The youth are so easily inspired and it's threatening to anyone who isn't used to it. We have a window into the entire world through our screens and if we look through it with openness, it can be an incredible tool.

We fight back and have platforms to move mountains, and we can, will and do move mountains of all sizes every time. There are so many opportunities to be vocal and stand up for matters bigger than any of us and we use our resources to make something happen.

The youth that previous generations should look out for are the ones taking their chances. The ones that are singlehandedly taking down the NRA, singing with Shawn Mendes and Khalid at the BBMAs about how strong they are in standing up for themselves and the ones willing to write about things like this. We form movements, protests and walkouts. We call out wrongdoings of politicians.

We aren't afraid of our voices and we know the power they have.

Young adults go through school and enter the world categorized and stereotyped as naïve and helpless, and that isn't fair. So many of us are observant and focused on making a difference. We're excited to be able to vote and have any say at all. We don't have to take a stand, but we do and proudly.

Something as simple as letting us know we're being heard is so helpful in us pushing forward. Let us know what we do matters and that change is okay. Our lack of life experience doesn't mean we lack any ability to make a major difference. Age doesn't add that much when eyes and minds aren't wide open.

It doesn't have to be a huge change, but all young adults deserve recognition for doing what they can. A lot of little changes are breaking ground for what's to come.

We are the future and for us to be willing to step in and make a better world for all of us should be praised instead of fought.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Dear Nancy Pelosi, 16-Year-Olds Should Not Be Able To Vote

Because I'm sure every sixteen year old wants to be rushing to the voting booth on their birthday instead of the BMV, anyways.


Recent politicians such as Nancy Pelosi have put the voting age on the political agenda in the past few weeks. In doing so, some are advocating for the voting age in the United States to be lowered from eighteen to sixteen- Here's why it is ludicrous.

According to a study done by "Circle" regarding voter turnout in the 2018 midterms, 31% of eligible people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted. Thus, nowhere near half of the eligible voters between 18 and 29 actually voted. To anyone who thinks the voting age should be lowered to sixteen, in relevance to the data, it is pointless. If the combination of people who can vote from the legal voting age of eighteen to eleven years later is solely 31%, it is doubtful that many sixteen-year-olds would exercise their right to vote. To go through such a tedious process of amending the Constitution to change the voting age by two years when the evidence doesn't support that many sixteen-year-olds would make use of the new change (assuming it would pass) to vote is idiotic.

The argument can be made that if someone can operate heavy machinery (I.e. drive a car) at sixteen, they should be able to vote. Just because a sixteen-year-old can (in most places) now drive a car and work at a job, does not mean that they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, many students have not had fundamental classes such as government or economics to fully understand the political world. Sadly, going into these classes there are students that had mere knowledge of simple political knowledge such as the number of branches of government. Well, there are people above the age of eighteen who are uneducated but they can still vote, so what does it matter if sixteen-year-olds don't know everything about politics and still vote? At least they're voting. Although this is true, it's highly doubtful that someone who is past the age of eighteen, is uninformed about politics, and has to work on election day will care that much to make it to the booths. In contrast, sixteen-year-olds may be excited since it's the first time they can vote, and likely don't have too much of a tight schedule on election day, so they still may vote. The United States does not need people to vote if their votes are going to be uneducated.

But there are some sixteen-year-olds who are educated on issues and want to vote, so that's unfair to them. Well, there are other ways to participate in government besides voting. If a sixteen-year-old feels passionate about something on the political agenda but can't vote, there are other ways of getting involved. They can canvas for politicians whom they agree with, or become active in the notorious "Get Out The Vote" campaign to increase registered voter participation or help register those who already aren't. Best yet, they can politically socialize their peers with political information so that when the time comes for all of them to be eighteen and vote, more eighteen-year-olds will be educated and likely to vote.

If you're a sixteen-year-old and feel hopeless, you're not. As the 2016 election cycle approached, I was seventeen and felt useless because I had no vote. Although voting is arguably one of the easiest ways to participate in politics, it's not the only one. Since the majority of the current young adult population don't exercise their right to vote, helping inform them of how to stay informed and why voting is important, in my eyes is as essential as voting.

Sorry, Speaker Pelosi and all the others who think the voting age should be lowered. I'd rather not have to pay a plethora of taxes in my later years because in 2020 sixteen-year-olds act like sheep and blindly vote for people like Bernie Sanders who support the free college.

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