Things To Talk About At Thanksgiving Other Than Politics

Things To Talk About At Thanksgiving Other Than Politics

Assuming you still actually want to have a family after this.

It's no secret that this election, regardless of your views, has been divisive and ugly. This isn't a post about politics. This is a post reminding you what else is out there in the world assuming you still want to actually have a family left for future Thanksgivings and holidays in December.

Here's a list of things neither party (ha, literally) will hate. Millennials hate being asked certain questions - more to come on that at some point - and older people hate certain things too (I couldn't tell you as I am not one of them).

So here's a list of, presumably safe, topics to explore for Thanksgiving, when you all oddly sit around a roasted bird and eat three times your weight in food in the name of a holiday:

1. What famous person would you meet and why? Obviously not a politician, if that's your choice then you don't get stuffing.
2. Celebrities. Babies. Celebrity babies. The fact that a Kardashian just named their kid "Dream". Bond in hatred via other means.
3. Go on YouTube and find cat videos. Cats in boxes. Cats swimming in bathtubs. Cats chasing the dog. There isn't anything cats haven't done at this point on YouTube.
4. I guess if they don't like cats, dogs will have to do. Cats vs. Dogs debate is banned, however.
5. Embarrassing childhood moments.. featuring people of all ages. Aunts and uncles, that means you too!
6. Their jobs when you're inevitably asked what career you're going into.
7. .. Maybe don't do that, but sports should be a safe topic, unless you're in Ohio.
8. That one Aunt/Uncle who never shows up and you're all pissed off about it.
9. Your pets.. as long as they aren't actually present, so nobody feeds them table food. Because most pet owners quietly despise that sh*t.
10. Recipes. Turkey recipes. Maybe even your favorite brand of turkey, so long as you can ensure it doesn't devolve into mindless arguing.
11. What dessert everyone brought. At least that'll be productive before everyone goes into a food coma.
12. What concerts you've been to. Even if you don't like the music, pretend you do.
13. Vacations. Let them show you 2,500 pictures with a thesis essay for each one for an explanation.
14. Where you're doing Christmas, so nobody complains in three weeks Aunt Susie never called back.
15. Movies. I don't have a snarky line for this one. Movies are just movies. Everyone likes movies. I think?
16. Their favorite Thanksgiving food. Turkey isn't an option because that's too easy.
17. Get out a family photo album so everyone can see how ridiculous they looked in the '80s.
18. Young people aren't safe either. Baby photos, people.
19. The impending food coma, so you all know it'll be quiet eventually.
20. How nice it was to see each other after months of ignoring each other's existence amid family drama.
21. Anything other than politics and religion. Really. Honestly. Please.

Just a few ideas for you this holiday season!

But, hey, amid all the crazy things your family inevitably does, it's nice to see them at Thanksgiving.. Right?

They're your brand of crazy, after all. Embrace it (not too much, though).

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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I Thought I Was Invincible But Then I Tore My ACL

i had to fall to get back up again


Track has been my favorite hobby since I was in elementary school. Nothing could compare to the wind rustling through my hair as I ran, the sun shining down on me, the feeling of complete bliss and accomplishment as I crossed the finish line. Every spring, I lay in wait for the elementary track meet where I would prove I was the fastest girl in my grade (there was only two of us, so winning didn't really prove anything). Every race was a chance for me to do better–to become better.

High school rolled around and I was still as committed to track as I was when I was eight. The season was going well and I was on my way to do big things. The only thing on my mind was state; I didn't even think about the possibility of injury. The sprint relay came along, and like always, I passed all the competition with alarming speed and grace. My pride swelled with each distant cheer from my teammates and friends. It was just about time to hand off to my second leg when things went horribly wrong. I ran up on my teammate which caused me to step out of my lane. Panicking, I pulled my leg back into my lane and stopped. I heard a loud POP! and I went down in searing pain. My coach and other teammates ran up to me after the race was finished to help me off the track.

My coach couldn't determine what was wrong with me, so I hobbled over to our setup to rest until my next event. I ran the 800 relay with none of my former grace and ease, but I finished and help qualify my team for the area. That's when my life turned upside down. I went from being a regional qualifier to not being able to run in a matter of minutes, and I didn't know how to contain myself. This sparked months of rage and despair which made it hard for others to be around me.

Eventually, I started to realize that my sports career wasn't the only trait I possessed that made me unique. There were so many extracurriculars I was able to invest my time in when I wasn't able to do sports. It took some time, but I realized that my identity doesn't come from the organizations I'm a part of, but the type of person I am. Through my recovery time, I was able to get to know myself and rediscover some old hobbies, like reading. I was also equipped with the knowledge that good things don't come effortlessly. Instead, I have to fight for the things I desire.

The most important lesson I learned from tearing my ACL was this: I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined. My determination to overcome this set back showed me a type of resilience and persistence I never knew I possessed. I am strong, not because of my physical abilities, rather, my mental capabilities. These are the few lessons I hold in my heart as I finish up this year's track season. Events didn't play out the way I imagined but I'm thankful for every opportunity I've had to do what I love.

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