I'm The Girl Who Is Heartbroken About Raising Children In THIS World

I'm The Girl Who Is Heartbroken About Raising Children In THIS World

But you, the good, truly prevails.
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At nineteen years of age, I can already say that I fear for what the world will be like when I have children of my own. It sickens me to think of all that has been happening, from the mass shooting in Las Vegas to corrupt politicians provoking even further divides across our nation.

With that being said, the following is an address to my future children, in reference to what has been happening in the present day, and how I hope it will be so different for them.We have not met yet, but let me say that I already love you with all my heart. The year is 2017, and it’s been a tumultuous one, to say the least. There have been seemingly countless mass shootings, destructive natural disasters (both foreign and domestic), and our president is a former reality TV star.

Do not even get me started on half the things he’s ‘accomplished’ thus far. All in all, things aren’t looking too hot.

There is no way we can continue on this path; something must be done. On that note, I want nothing but the best for you, and I hope you can take my insight and apply it to your daily lives -- whether or not we are redirected to a better path.To my future son: I am certain that you will be the respectful, kind, charismatic young man I’ll raise you to become. There are plenty of you out there, but you do not receive the attention you deserve.

Unfortunately, the bad in others often has to be addressed in order to see the good.

It is quite discouraging, but issues such as sexism, gender inequality, and gun violence must be acknowledged and combatted. Please know that you will not be construed as a sexist, overbearing individual, despite all of the negativity that exists today.

Do your job and prove the stereotypes wrong.

Work hard, be smart, do whatever makes you happy. I’ll always be here to guide you.To my future daughter: well before I hold you in my arms for the first time, I already long for you to have better days than many women from my generation have experienced.

The world is a scary, scary place. Sometimes, the people who you should be able to trust and look up to will let you down beyond belief. With that being said, I pray to God that we will no longer have a president who condones misogyny, sexual misconduct, and rape culture. That’s right, he does absolutely nothing to combat this source of evil that runs through society.

Not only does it break my heart, but it also infuriates me to think that this type of behavior that is ultimately deemed normal.

I will do everything in my power to protect you from the monsters that live among us. It’s inevitable that I won’t be able to block out everything, but just know that you are strong. You are beautiful. You are smart. You are worthy. Do not allow fear to reside within you, because you will power through with strength and resilience. You’ll thrive in your lifetime, my love.

Though I am writing to help you overcome the bad, I want you to know that the good truly prevails; look around, you are so, so loved.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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How Am I Supposed To Feel About Graduating? (I Really Don’t Know)

Feelings you have when filling out your grad apps…

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It has already been six months since I took that walk across the graduation stage, and time has done precisely what it did while I was a student… it has flown by. I made the biggest mistake one can make in life: I blinked. I closed and opened my eyes and four years had passed in between. It is truly hard to believe, and harder to accept. I got asked how I felt many times, and each time I did not know what to say. As I would tell them, I always did not know how to feel — I felt everything and nothing at the same time — but if I had to choose and emotion, I would choose sadness. While I have come more to terms with my life now, it still hurts. It is still scary. It is still anxiety-inducing. Yet, it is still… kind of exciting.

This all starts (at least at JMU) with filling out your graduation application. Here, I will try to explain it using the seven stages of grief…

1. Shock.

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It hits you out of nowhere. You have the right conversation, see the calendar for the first time in a while, get that email about application deadlines or ordering your cap and gown… and you cannot believe that it is already time to think about this.

2. Denial.

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You deny it. You choose not to accept it. You are like, "No, no, nope… no way. I am not graduating. I will FAIL a class on purpose. I am not leaving!" (But underneath, you know that this is ridiculous… but it is what you really feel).

3. Anger.

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You start to reflect back on your years and experiences in college, and you aren't happy… You can't seem to find the joy and pride in your work, only the shortcomings. The unfinished business. The failures. And you wish you could go back in time and fix what went wrong. Make things better. Change the past. To be better. All of the bottled up emotions runneth over, only because you don't know what else to do.

4. Bargaining. 

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You jokingly talk about failing a class or whatever, so that you can stick around for another year… but you know that is not a real goal. Underneath, you really do wish that you could find a way to stay… but you know that it is all in vain. The time comes and goes. It crawls by, and yet passes in the blink of an eye.

5. Depression. 

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This is the point of no return. Rock bottom. You know the future to come and that it is inevitable. You grieve for the time that has passed. You bask in the memories of what has been. You cry for the ghosts of days gone by.

6. Testing. 

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At this stage, the tears have rolled and things have sunken in. The emotions have flowed (and continue to), but you are now in a clearer state of heart and mind, Now… you start to focus on what lies beyond, or what may lie beyond. You plan. You dream. You start to feel the excitement. You start to feel joy. But most importantly… you dust yourself off, you finish that grad app and turn it in, and you go buy your cap and gown.

7. Acceptance. 

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The journey is done. The time has come. The adventure is over… and a new one awaits. You hear your name, you take the walk, you turn the tassel. And for a moment… you are not afraid. You are alive. You are new. You are free.

Now, you have a life to start living. SO LIVE IT!

You only get to do it once, so make it a great one.

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