To Those Hitting Rock Bottom

To Those Hitting Rock Bottom

Life is not always easy, but it sure is beautiful.
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To the people who feel as though they have hit rock bottom; I understand. Sometimes it seems like we can't fall any deeper, and then something worse happens and life surprises us with another smack in the face.

I am here to tell you that it is okay and everything will get better.

Everyone is fighting their own battles and dealing with their own struggles. Whether it be financial issues, academics, work, family, friends, relationships, no life is perfect. If somebody seems perfect, there is no doubt that they are hiding the imperfections and there is nothing wrong with that.

Personally, I am not one of those that can easily hide my struggles; I let it affect everything, whether I mean for it to happen or not. I like to think I am strong; I know I am strong, but, it is okay to be weak.

It's okay to cry and it's okay to feel broken down.

Just remember to stand back up, keep fighting, and move forward. Keep your chin up and do not let your crown fall. Life is not always amazing. Life is not always happy and light. But, that's life, there's no better way to explain it. It's an uphill battle, but then you can enjoy the ride for awhile before the next battle.

Life is constant improvement and learning. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them.

Once you hit rock bottom, you can only move up. Think of the positives; you're still alive, you're breathing, the sun is up in the sky, the grass is always growing. Listen to some music, take a bath, light a candle, and just relax. Take some time to yourself to put everything into perspective. It's possible that anything that is going wrong can be fixed or at least alleviated. Is school difficult? Take advantage of some quiet time at the library or visit your professor in office hours. Troubles with friends or relationships? Talk it out, sit down, and listen.

I know it is going to sound cliche, but everyone is fighting a battle, you may just not see it. Reach out to friends and vent to them, go to church if you're religious, look for ways to leave the stress in your life for a bit, then go back when you're ready.

Life is not always going to be easy. It is not always going to be pretty and happy. There are going to be struggles, but those struggles make us who we are. They shape us into the strong and motivated individuals we are. They guide us forward. Life is not always easy, but it sure is beautiful.

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An Open Letter To The Judgmental People In My Hometown

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value.
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Dear judgemental, simple minded people from my hometown,

I am sorry that I have never met your level of perfection.

Coming from a small town, everyone settles to the norm of the people around them. Unlike you all, I have always been a little bit different.

I've never understood why everyone always seems to feel the need to talk down to the next person. People love to gossip about a situation as long as the situation has nothing to do with them. For every move I made, someone was always there to bring out the negativity in the situation. You all are always sweeping around somebody else's doorstep when I know your doorstep is not clean. Maybe it is time to buy a new broom. I know that I cannot please everybody and that I will also not be liked by everybody. However, I deserve respect just as the next person.

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I hope for the sake of the future generations of our small town, you all can learn to be more accepting to change.

I hope that no one judges your children like some of you all have judged me. I hope that the people that you love and care about are welcomed and accepted for who they are.

If we put as much time into being better people or helping others like you put into judging others, the world would be a much better place.

Imperfections are what gives a diamond its value. Pebbles are perfectly round. I'd much rather be a diamond, one in a million, than a pebble that fits in.

Sincerely,

The one whose every move you criticize

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Unless You Want Your Immune System To Be A Total Brat, You Should Probably Get Vaccinated

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines.

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When it comes to vaccines, there is a broad range of opinions. Some people believe vaccines are bad and chose not to vaccinate their children. Then there are the people like me who believe vaccines are good. By all means, you are entitled to your own opinion and I'm sure my views won't persuade you, but there's so much more to think about when it comes to vaccines.

Majority of the vaccines we have received have the live virus in them. I'm almost positive you don't know why. Once the live virus enters the body, it teaches the immune system how to detect it and develop an immunity. For example, the chickenpox vaccine has a live virus. I received that vaccine when I was a baby and received a booster in the years after. Guess what I NEVER got? Chickenpox. Same goes for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

When it comes to vaccinating children, I support vaccines. A baby's immune system is not as strong as an adult. They are much more susceptible to different pathogens. Especially while in a public place. Children tend to put things in their mouths that could be covered in germs.

Did you know that vaccines are the reason why smallpox is not around anymore? Because of the vaccine, the United States has been free of polio since the 1970s. Before vaccines, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of 300 million people worldwide. Now, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.

Polio caused severe paralysis to many people in the years of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Polio was so contagious that public places were shutting down. Then, Jonas Salk made the polio vaccine. Polio is now on the path to eradication... thanks to the vaccine.

Polio and smallpox vaccines are examples of inactive vaccines. This means there's no live virus in them.

By not vaccinating, you are putting yourself and others around you at risk.

I understand you have your reasons on why you choose not to vaccinate. I have my reasons why I do. If you still choose not to, I'm not going to judge you. That's your choice.

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