An Open Letter To My Dreams That I'm Determined To Make Come True

An Open Letter To My Dreams That I'm Determined To Make Come True

Even when others don't believe in me, I know I am still capable.

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To my dreams,

Some of you are hard to achieve. Some of you frustrate me more than I can describe. Some of you have people worried, but I'm not. All of you, however, is what I want. Some of you go way back to grade school and some of you go back to the beginning of 2018.

I guess what I want to say more than anything is how determined I am to reach you no matter how outlandish it seems. Some people have called me crazy for wanting to work for a hockey team. I think those people are crazy for not believing in me. Those are the people who make me want to work even harder. Those people are my motivation. They will be the ones I think of when I finally make it, and I get to say "See, I can do it."

My dream of starting a family, especially with my medical history, seems a little crazy. However, it's exactly what I want. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted a family. I've always wanted to raise children who would be athletic or at least follow their dreams. And no, that does not mean I can't be a feminist still. Don't get that mixed up.

I've wanted to work for a hockey team since I was young. Numerous people have told me to "shoot lower." However, I've also had a countless number of people who have told me they believe in me more than they can begin to describe. Those people have helped me to believe in myself, as well.

My dreams spread far, but I know I can achieve them. I believe in myself. I know I can make it to where I want to be. Even when others don't believe in me, I know that I am still capable.

It makes me think of what teachers told me for so many years- "I believe in you." Four simple words that have helped me believe in myself more than I ever have before. Those words taught me, I doubt myself far too often, because as they said that I kind of shook my head in disbelief.

However, I have also had people who have told me I need to scale my dreams back a little bit. Those people are the people that frustrate me the most. Those are the people who have tried to cut me down, but they haven't. I'm coming for you, crazy dreams.

Yours truly,

The Determined Person

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.


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One Of The Things I Learned From Therapy

I cannot dwell on things that I cannot change and for the longest time that is what consumed me.

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My therapist told me to only worry about what things I can change, about what I control. I no longer care for things that I cannot control. I cannot control how people choose to be. I cannot control how they choose to view me in their life, the position they give me. I cannot dwell on things that I cannot change and for the longest time that is what consumed me.

I can change the way I choose to study and the number of hours I give to one calculus problem. I can control how I care for my mental and physical health. I can control if I wear a sweater and then a jacket over it, but not the fact that my quiz is still due at 11:01 p.m. I can change the time I wake up and how I spend my day. I can control the number of times I replay the same sad song because it's my playlist.

I can change the dramatics in my head as to why nothing goes the way I want it. For a split second, it feels like the world is tumbling. Maybe it's not the world, I think, it feels like it's the ground beneath my feet shaking. But in reality, it's not the ground but my head that is spinning and all I see are derivatives and word problems. I should know how to figure the problems out, but I don't.

I can control what happens with my academics and if I am going to that party Friday (you know that frat party that everyone is TOTALLY going to). Sometimes I get too into my head and the world revolves around only me. It's a horrible world until I step back. Yes, the world is horrible, but not only for me.

This is supposed to be my first entry, my debut, and it is. I originally wanted something happy, something enthusiastic, but would I really mean it?

So, this is the first post of an overstressed girl at 11:56 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, who is currently on the ground surrounded by papers, notebooks and is playing The 1975 and 21 Pilots. The same girl who's cramming for her first calculus test that she probably will fail, but it's okay because her professor is going to drop the lowest test grade.

It will be okay. I will be able to breathe. I will finish my work. I will learn how to prioritize. I'll learn to change songs and to fix the things I can. I will learn what is best for me, even if it means learning new habits. I will be better because I can. I used to hide the things I have written, but I think its time to let people explore my the labyrinth of my mind and my unorganized words.

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