My Wish For The World

My Wish For The World

A necessary reflection on the tragedy in Orlando, Florida.
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I know I can’t be the only one thinking that our world is falling apart. Specifically referring to the shooting in Orlando, Florida, that killed innocent people at a nightclub. The majority of these people just so happened to be a part of the LGBT community. I’ve seen way more on social media than I would’ve liked to have seen stating that these people deserved to die. They deserved to die because they were “disgusting,” “pedophiles,” “bad,” “sick,” etc.

Yes, I understand that words like these are not what killed these people. I know that the person who did kill them had a hateful heart, and I would like to think that most of us do not think that way. However, I do know that mean spirited words like the ones I mentioned above do not help the matter. They only add fuel to the fires of those hateful hearted people.

When you refer to someone of a different race than your own as inferior to you, you're fueling the fire. When you glare at the gay couple holding hands in the grocery store, you're also fueling the fire. When you make a judgment about someone before knowing them, just because of something you recognize on the outside, you're sending a message to those hateful hearted people that their hate is OK. I do not want to live in a world where hate is OK. I do not want to live in a world where people are afraid to hold the hand of someone they love because it is dangerous. I most definitely do not want to live in a world where innocent, hardworking, loving, happy people are killed because of who they are or who they love.

When are we going to open our eyes, put the guns down, and realize that all we really have in this world is each other? Whether we’re male, female, gay, straight, black, white, Christian, or not — we are all human. What all of us really want is to be accepted for who we are, not just during tragedy — but every single day.

I have spent many nights recently wishing and hoping for something better. I want a better world for the people I love and care about, for my future children, and for myself. I want a better world for people that I don’t even know, and for the idealistic dreamers out there like me.

I hope someday I can say that we have overcome this obstacle. And that we have overcome every other obstacle that will come upon us in the future. I hope that someday, the majority of people I come in contact with will not have a bad word to say about someone just because they are different from them.

My wish for the world is that we can come to understand and love one another. And even if there are people who you disagree with, you can still meet them in the middle, and at least see where they are coming from with their views. You must always remember that not everyone has been through what you have been through. No one has walked in the shoes you have walked in, but we are have our struggles. We all have our own hopes, dreams, and fears. But my wish is that our fears can be something other than the world we live in.

If you’re reading this, please choose to love someone else today. Always choose love over hate, and spread kindness everywhere you go. Because love always wins in the end.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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How Growing Up In A Culturally Diverse Environment Changed Me

We are all human.

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I can proudly say that I am from Montgomery County, Maryland, more specifically from the city of Gaithersburg. According to a 2018 study by WalletHub, three of the top 10 culturally diverse cities in the United States are located in Montgomery County. Those cities include Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Silver Spring.

I have lived in Montgomery County ever since the day I was born. Growing up in such a culturally and economically diverse area has educated me with the value of accepting differences. Since I was exposed to an assortment of cultures at such a young age, I hardly ever noticed differences among my peers and I. The everyday exposure to various cultures taught me to embrace diversity and look beyond appearances such as the color of someone's skin. I was able to open my eyes to other ideas, lifestyles, and backgrounds.

Ever since I was a child, I was not only taught to welcome different cultures and ethnic groups, but I was always surrounded by them. From my elementary to high school years, every classroom was filled with racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity. Coming from someone apart of the Caucasian race, I was often the minority in school. Not everyone is as fortunate to experience such a multicultural society.

Since being from Montgomery County, I have grown up as a person with an open mind and strong values. Diversity has not only taught me to be more mindful but has also helped me become more of a respectful person. Learning about other cultures and backgrounds is essential to help societies strive, but experiencing it firsthand is something that no one can teach you.

After being in countless culturally diverse situations, I have been provided with many lifelong advantages. I was taught to be inclusive, fair, and understanding. I am able to be comfortable and accepting of all cultures and religions. After growing up in such a culturally diverse environment, I now develop culture shock when I'm not surrounded by diversity.

Our world is filled with numerous different kinds of cultures, ethnic groups, and religions. Being raised in a diverse environment has prepared me for what the real world looks like and taught me exactly what equality means. As I was growing up, I was always taught to be nonjudgemental of others and to embrace all individuals for who they are.

Diversity molds our identities. Every individual is unique, but each of us shares at least one trait — we are all human. Who would rather experience a homogeneous society, when they could constantly be learning about other cultures and building diverse relationships? When growing up, I never realized how impacted and truly thankful I would be to of had the opportunities to experience diversity each day. So here is a long overdue thank you to my parents for choosing to raise me in such an incredibly diverse place all of my life.

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