4 Reasons Why Superwoman Is Always My Hero

4 Reasons Why Superwoman Is Always My Hero

Lilly Singh is more to me than just another YouTuber.
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Lilly Singh aka iiSuperwomanii on YouTube is one of my biggest inspirations. She is so much more to me than just another YouTuber that I watch daily, but rather a true role model who embodies everything that I strive to be in the future. She has changed my life in more ways than one and I can only hope that this short list of things that I love about her can exemplify my pure admiration for her and her content.

1. She is true to herself and her roots

In this digital age, the number of creators on YouTube is growing at an exponential rate. To be noticed, so many creators choose to make content that they hope will become viral, rather than content that represents who they are. Thus, many people are after the views, the like to dislike ratio and the accolades that come with being famous. Lilly Singh is NOT one of these people. She originally started making content to make herself happy and to this day stays true to her humble beginnings. She constantly states in her vlogs that she knows that her main channel videos won’t get as many views because of their content. However, she loves what she is producing and putting out there and that is all that matters to her. This is one of the many things I love about her because her dedication and authenticity translates effortlessly in all her videos.

2. She keeps it REAL

Lilly has always strived to be as transparent with her audience as possible. This includes her stating her opinion on many issues that would be considered controversial. As someone who makes a living off people liking their content, most YouTubers shy away from talking about such topics because they are afraid to lose their fan base. However, Lilly Singh is quite the opposite. She holds her opinions firmly and does her best to explain why she feels the way that she feels while also immensely encouraging her audience to discuss the other side of the argument that she might be missing. Further, I love her fearlessness in her content and her ability to vocalize when she is feeling vulnerable in everyday situations. Not many people have the ability to do both of those things with the amount of grace and candor that Lilly has.

3. She is an advocate for mental illness

Lilly has always been an open book when it comes to her depression and anxiety. Mainly through her daily vlogs, she talks about what she is feeling and what she is doing to cope those feelings. She does this in such a raw and genuine way that it makes people at home watching feel like they have found someone who understands how they feel. At times through her vlogs, we see her breakdown due to stress and anxiety and feelings of loneliness which are all things that everyone has experienced. What is even more commendable is that she is a fighter who always picks herself up from any low point and works her way to feeling better again. She is such an inspiration to those who also struggle through similar battles that oftentimes in her vlogs she will encourage the audience to also get back on their feet and keep fighting with her.

4. She is an inspiration to the South Asian community

Lilly Singh is one of the first extremely successful brown female entertainers on YouTube. She is not only a minority within comedy because she is female, but also because she is South Asian. Through her success, she has in part broken the stereotype that South Asian people can only become doctors and engineers and that South Asian women can only be housewives. On a larger level, Lilly being as successful and as big as she is has made an enormous impact on the South Asian youth. Being Indian myself, I have never watched another YouTuber that I can relate more to than Lilly. She represents an extremely large community on a platform where that community is otherwise greatly underrepresented. To have someone who looks like me be as successful as Lilly is on such a global platform like YouTube is an amazing thing and just another reason why I love her.

Overall, I can think of so many more reasons why Lilly is such an amazing person and why I love her so much, but I would rather keep my admiration short and sweet:) SHARE this article if you agree!

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

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I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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