We Will Rise

We Will Rise

A New Beginning

I think that most people can agree that 2016 has been a shitty year, generally speaking. The year was plagued with the death of very beloved celebrities such as Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, Gary Marshal, Anton Yelchin, Alan Thicke, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher. The year was also plagued with needless acts of violence from the Black Lives Matter and SJW activists riots to terrorist attacks committed by both Islamic extremists as well as domestic terrorists committed by white people and black people alike. The year was also haunted by very ugly presidential campaigns by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and it was finally revealed (as if most people didn’t already know) how corrupt the democratic system is and how pathetic the mainstream media is. So with all of that being said, I am sure that many of us will be sitting up on New Year’s Eve to watch 2016 die and I suspect that many of us will have a hell of a time at the wake. But once the partying is over and our hangovers are cured, one question will have to be answered: what happens next?

The easy answer, and the answer that we tell ourselves every year, is that life goes on. While that is certainly true and it is important to go on living life, the simple fact remains that we have a lot of problems with our government and our media and then average American tends to have an attention span of eight seconds (one second shorter than that of a goldfish). For this reason, I have several new year’s resolutions, not for me, but for the media and the mainstream democratic party, because that is what we, as American citizens, deserve.

Firstly, the media should actually try their hand at journalism once more rather than this reality TV bullshit that gets them ratings. I, and any intelligent American, do not care what Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump has to say about the other’s personality or whether or not they are legitimately qualified. The media spoke way too much about that in the course of this election, not only in the general election but in the primaries as well. I cannot tell you how many times I was watching a Bernie Sanders interview on CNN or MSNBC when they disrupted the interview and committed journalism malpractice by asking his thoughts on Hillary Clinton’s damn emails, his approval of Barack Obama, or any of the random bullshit that just so happened to spew out of Donald Trump’s mouth that week. I understand why they’re doing this (because drama=ratings, of course) but it is completely insulting to the inelegance of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and their entire audience. It is the job of journalists to get to the truth, not report what one candidate says about the other and then ask their opinion on that because their opinion is completely irrelevant. And for the record, Bernie did a great job at refusing to go down their path and sticking with the issues while Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and most of the Republicans fell into that trap time and time again (do we need to be reminded of Donald Trump’s ridiculous small hands freak out and the over coverage of Marco Rubio for making that comment?). Also because of this, the media is at least somewhat responsible for the rise of Donald Trump? Why? Because they underestimated him. They failed to report the truth when it comes to Mr. Trump because in their mind, Hillary was a shoe in. They assumed that she would win and because of that, they became what the first three letters of “assume” spells out.

Secondly, the Democratic Party must learn from their mistakes. In December 2016 we already are having reports of Hillary Clinton or possibly Tim Kaine running in 2020 and if either of these two scenarios happen, the DNC will no doubt back them yet again and they will lose yet again. People are sick and tired of moderate or conservative democrats. They want liberals; they want progressives like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison, or Tulsi Gabbard. The straw that broke the camel’s back in Hillary’s campaign was when she picked Tim Kaine as her running mate, who is actually worse than she is. If she would have picked a progressive or maybe even played it conservatively and picked the likeable Martin O’Malley, she might have won. But no, they don’t learn for their mistakes and they keep making the same ones over and over and over again and wonder why they never win. The DNC was able to fake out the public when they allowed the seemingly progressive but realistically massively regressive Barack Obama to be the nominee. They reason they allowed this is because they secretly knew that Obama was really one of them and they went all out to make sure Bernie Sanders never got power because they knew that he wasn’t in their club. Until they figure this out, they will continue to lose until the party eventually rolls over and dies.

Lastly, I want to talk specifically about the American people. We as Americans will not be silenced! We will not forget about the corrupt system and the inconsistencies when it comes to civil rights. We will fight more for the truth and less for a certain ideology. We will fight for common sense and intelligence rather than be the mindless sheep and just fall in line. This is our country, not the corporations and we will take it back. We will move forward with love rather than hate and we will rise!

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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When Words Are Not Enough

Sometimes you just need to be.


Life is a roller-coaster of ups and downs. We all desire easy fruitful lives where no one ever dies and no one ever leaves. Instead, we suffer through hardships and great trials that test our faith. These conflicts often leave us worn down and feeling helpless. This is the time when words become a languid breeze, going through one ear and out the other. This is what you should do when words are not enough to satiate the pain you hold in trembling hands.

Focus all your energy into just being. No one expects you to get over the tragedy that occurred in your life, so don't force yourself. Just eat, breathe, and sleep until you feel up to doing normal tasks. Whatever circumstance that has stolen your breath and turned your life upside down won't go a week in a couple of days or a week. Wounds like yours don't go away instantly; instead, they take time and nurturing. Sometimes it's best to keep a sore covered but in some circumstances, know that seeing someone is okay.

These tragedies you face are real, and they try to break down the very substances that make you who you are. Counselors and therapists can help you make sense of the burden you carry. There are many reasons why you might be hesitant to see a therapist, but if the burden you carry becomes too much, a therapist can help you lighten that load.

Know that what you are going through is real and it is tough, but you will make it out on top. You are a survivor and a success story. Every single bad thing that has tried to tear you down hasn't succeeded, and this will be no different. Trust me, your story is not over.

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