We Can't All Be Lawyers

We Can't All Be Lawyers

Or engineers. Or scientists. Or architects.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We can all remember a time when this question was fun. It was often paired with naming your favorite color and favorite food. You just knew that you were going to be a baker. Or an artist. Or a fireman.

It was all fun and exciting… until it wasn’t.

One day, that question went from cute to stressful, because all of a sudden you were going off to college and had to choose something. A life expectancy of nearly 80 years, and you have to choose one thing. One major. One area to specialize in. For most of us, this task is daunting.

If your dreams are to become a nurse, a lawyer, a doctor or an engineer, you might not know the struggle. You have been praised constantly for your choice. A choice that will lead to a good job and an even better paycheck. You have chosen something that will make your parents proud, and strangers will nod in approval when they learn of your studies. You are the person that people like me wish they could be like. But we can’t.

We don’t love those things. Even if we are capable of getting through organic chemistry or calculus III, why would we want to? To pursue a degree that everyone tells us will be successful? Our entire lives, math and science have been so entirely emphasized that creativity and the arts have taken a back seat to the point that they feel unimportant. Where did this come from?

We constantly have to see people’s pursed lips and double takes after telling them that our major is creative writing or art history. People constantly ask us, "What are you planning to do with that?” They wonder why someone would choose such an empty major.

But without us, the world would be less beautiful and a lot less extraordinary.

If someone fails a math class, they're seen as dumber or lazier than everyone else. But if someone fails an art class? “Oh, it’s not like you need that class, anyway.”

College has gone from being a place of learning and education to a place of job preparation. Never before has college merely been four years of jumping through hoops in order to obtain a stamp of approval to show your future employers. College students used to be the ones who learned how to speak impeccable English, the ones who provided society with new inventions, ideas and innovations.

Now, college has turned into glorified high school with students who have been sculpted by the system, and guess who doesn’t fit into the system like everything else? Us. The arts and humanities programs at colleges are slowly becoming neglected, therefore sapping the education of those of us who choose to do what we love, instead of what will make us the most money.

I'm tired of being condemned for choosing to spend my life being happy and creating beautiful things instead of chasing fortune. Just because we don’t know the exact job title we will have the second we're handed our college degree doesn’t mean we are failures. Even if society and the people around us make us feel that way sometimes.

I could never be a lawyer, but I will argue in favor of creativity for as long as I live.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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