To The Person Who Said Those Horrible Things From Behind The Safety Of A Screen

To The Person Who Said Those Horrible Things From Behind The Safety Of A Screen

You can disagree with someone and still act like a decent human being. It's not that hard to show some respect for others.

Bullying. It's a word we all know very well, as it has sadly become a large topic of conversation in this day in time. Some of us may have been lucky enough to never experience it, but others have been not so fortunate.

I have experienced this type of harsh name calling, degrading way of getting your point across, especially since becoming a writer for Odyssey Online. Of course, it is expected that, when writing for such a well-known platform, you will experience "haters." People who have nothing better to do with their time than tear others down behind the safety of a screen. Social media makes it all too easy, since you never have to face the person you're being horrible to and you can even hide behind fake profiles.

When I write about things on here, I don't write to be liked. I don't write with the expectation that everyone will agree with my opinion on things, because that would simply be naive. However, I was always raised to respect other's opinions, no matter how much they differ from my own. Some folks weren't raised that way. I always try to throw in every article I write a little disclaimer stating that the there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with me. I am never saying my opinion is right. Because technically, opinions can't be right. THEY ARE OPINIONS. Some people can't handle respecting others. Maybe it takes too much maturity? Maybe it's entertaining to them to hurt others? I have no idea, but it needs to stop.

Thankfully, I consider myself decently strong-minded. I have been blessed with a wonderful support system of friends, family, and significant other. Others? Not so blessed. I can handle the rude comments, the name calling, and just the downright horrible stuff that should be reported. But some people? They can't. You never truly know what someone else is going through, and for you people to blatantly disrespect and bully someone you've never laid eyes on, in the most cowardly way possible, behind a computer screen? Let's just say that if a judgment day ever comes, y'all have some explaining to do.

I welcome other's opinions with open arms. By all means, if you completely and totally disagree with everything in one of my articles, let me know. BUT, do it respectfully, and act like a decent person. You do not know me. You have no right to call me stupid, worthless, naive, juvenile, or especially vulgar words when you have no idea who I am. And if all else fails, I like to go back to what my mama always taught me, "If you can't say nothing nice, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT."

This doesn't just go for me and other Odyssey creators, either. This is for anyone. That girl who loves to sing and posts a video of her singing on YouTube, and you may not think it sounds the best. She does not need your negativity. The extra curvy girl that wants to show off her new bikini. Don't you dare. The guy that loves politics and posts every CNN article with his opinion on HIS page, sure you can disagree, but DO NOT tear him down and call him stupid because he believes differently than you.

We are all God's children and He loves us equally. And if that's not what you believe then you can at least agree on the Golden Rule; treat others how you would like to be treated. Not one of us has any right to tear down someone else. Not one of us is better than someone else. We are all different for a reason, and I believe as decent human beings, we can all agree to disagree and respect one another.

RANT OVER.

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The Basics Of Hygge, To Help You Get Your Groove On

We are VERY overdue for a cozy intervention!

Hygge What is it?

A term you’ve probably seen plastered over countless Pinterest boards and featured in this New Yorker article, “hygge, (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish term used to explain the feeling of contentment, well-being, and coziness. Though it has no true English translation, it’s gained massive popularity over the past few years.

Winter is the most hygge time of the year. This concept is all about the warm and fuzzy side of life: cozy slippers, roaring fireplaces, and soft blankets. But it’s so much more than that. It can be found in a cup of tea, while sitting with loved ones, or inside the crackling of a candle wick.

Adding warmth to your life is simpler than you think. I wrote this hygge-inspired article for an introduction to sprucing up your bedroom. If you want to make any space a bit cozier and content, add fuzzy pillows, soft rugs, softly dimmed string lights, and a couple of close friends (or your pet!).

Most importantly, hygge focuses on the present. Today, we’re drowning under a siege of notifications and it seems that our surrounding technology is inescapable. “But what about my followers?” Uhh, do you remember your real friends? As much as our lives do center around technology, we’re doing nothing but good when we take a break from technology. Put down the phone, power down your laptop, and enter the present. Curl up with a good book by the fire. Go to dinner with your family. Have a tech-free game night. Little things throughout the day can make you feel more connected without feeling like you NEED your phone.

This warm and fuzzy concept isn’t new, but platforms like Pinterest and Facebook have made it more accessible to the masses.

With so many holistic concepts like natural medicine and clean eating entering the mainstream, it’s no wonder that this Danish concept has gained so much popularity. It’s almost as is society is reverting back to a simpler time, which in my opinion, can do nothing but good.

Hygge helps us stay present, centered, and focused so that we can advance and better ourselves without forgetting the things that really matter. It’s so much more than blankets and lights.

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28 Things To Write About When You Don't Know What To Write About

Because writers block happens

So it's probably no surprise to anyone that sometimes a writer has no thoughts on what to write about. This week was one of those weeks for me. So this is what I came up with for this weeks article a nice list of things that can be written about when people aren't sure what to write about.

1. Your family

2. Your significant other

3. Why you love your major

4. Why you love your minor

5. Your best friend

6. Your ex-best friend

7. Your fur baby

8. A letter to the one that got away

9. A class that you love

10. A letter to the teacher/professor that changed your life.

11. Tattoo's

12. Your job

13. What you want your future to look like

14. Life lessons that your mom taught you

15. Your hate for the modern dating scene

16. Thoughts that you have going into a new semester

17. Thoughts you have as you're about to move into your first apartment

18. Student clubs

19. Why it's important to have an organized planner

20. Reasons to eat better

21. Thoughts that you have after getting a Fitbit

22. Pet peeves

23. Why you think your letter to Hogwarts is still coming

24. Your hate for men that aren't truthful from the start on what they want

25. Why it's important to have really good friends in your life.

26. Netflix shows worth binge-watching

27. Books worth reading

28. Thoughts on things happening in the world


Hopefully next time you or I have a hard time coming up with something to write about this list will help us even if we don't use something on this list maybe it will spark something else that you can write about.


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