Why You Need To Watch Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Awards Speech

Why You Need To Watch Meryl Streep's Golden Globe Awards Speech

"It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life".
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Like every morning starts, a cup of coffee in hand, the Today Show on, and scrolling through my Facebook feed, I found a gem that had occurred the night before. Myself, among many people, where watching the Golden Globes last night as stars were awarded for their exceptional work on the screen, in American television and film. I did not make it through the entire evening this time, but when I woke up I sure didn't miss a beat. La La Land won seven Globes, which was not the biggest surprise, but rather Meryl Streep's acceptance speech for her Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Earlier in the night I had made a remark on how incredible of an actress she was, and one of my favorites at that, so many of my favorite films include her. Last night, was just another reason she gave me to idolize her.

You must be living under a rock if you haven't heard of the news yet; every outlet has covered it with a different angle in each. Just this in itself is representative of her speech. Meryl Streep covered current issues in her speech by simply starting with three words, Hollywood Foreign Press. In each of these words resonated a theme in her speech. She highlighted the culture and ethnicities that belong not only in Hollywood, but in our country. From this she highlighted the importance of these people and the place they have in our country, which all could call home. With each sentence furthering her speech along, came another comment on the actions of the new President elect, Donald Trump.

It is no secret that this election was an upset to say the least. People have not given up though after the outcome, they keep expressing their thoughts and have not stopped fighting. Meryl Streep's speech last night may have been one of the most elegantly phrased actions against this election outcome yet. There was no hate thrown with her words, only truth. She expressed her self in such a way that there was no way you couldn't be moved. If you have not viewed the speech yet, it is a must see. Whether you support or do not support the President elect, Meryl Streep highlighted the importance of this new era upon the country.

The person who will now be representing our country has shown actions that are not acceptable, but which many will now think are, due to the power he holds. One of Meryl's most powerful instances in the speech is when she does not directly quote, but discusses the moment when Donald Trump mimics and mocks a disabled reporter, "It was that moment, when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life".

Meryl Streep took a leap of faith with this speech, and it hit home with a multitude of people. Not only did she illustrate such a portrait, but the reaction to it in itself just added another stroke. Donald Trump's reaction was not one that was a surprise, taking his business and plastering it on the social media website, Twitter.

There is so much more to say and do as our country transitions into a time of uncertainty. Meryl Streep is one who has not given up, elegantly expressing her feelings unlike some others have done. What Meryl couldn't have predicted is that her illustration would only be furthered by the man she was painting himself. This speech was only one of the highlights of the Golden Globes, but one that is worth taking the time to look at. It's rare these days that you stop in your tracks to watch or read something on Facebook as you scroll through your feed, and when you do, you know that it is big.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Doing Things On Your Own Should Be Celebrated, Not Pitied

Our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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Despite living in an incredibly individualistic society, it is rare to hear of occasions in which people go to restaurants, sight-see, or head out to a bar… alone.

Humans are naturally sociable creatures. We thrive in groups, and we often reach out to each other in the hopes of making long-lasting connections. This is great! People need people, and completely isolating yourself from everyone can have negative consequences on your mental health.

However, this also means that we tend to latch onto one another in social situations. I'm sure many people would be confused at the thought of going to a bar alone without the prospect of meeting up with friends—but why?

Why is it that people need to be seen in public with other people? Is it because socializing gives us a sense of purpose in being out at all? Is there something inherently shameful about being seen alone?

There certainly shouldn't be.

So much good can come out of spending time in your own company. As much as we love our friends and family, sometimes we need our alone time, and this doesn't always mean that we stay in and binge-watch a new Netflix series. (Although many times it does, and that's totally cool too.)

Sometimes needing our privacy means heading out to get a cup of coffee and sitting in a cafe for hours without waiting for anyone. Sometimes it means visiting that museum you've never been to and soaking up all the art at your own pace. Sometimes it means that you need a break to sit with your thoughts.

So why do we feel such immense pity whenever we see someone standing alone?

If we see someone at the movie theater with their bag of popcorn and no clear sign of expecting anyone, why do we assume that means the person is a loner?

Maybe that person just wanted to enjoy a film they've waited years for, and maybe they couldn't watch it to its fullest extent with their best friend asking questions about it all the time. Maybe they had a rough week and want to sit with their popcorn—no questions asked.

Regardless of the reason, we should not be pitying anyone who stands apart from the crowd in a public space. Rather, we should remember that our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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