My therapist recently told me about the concept of FHBs — fallible human beings. We all are fallible. From myself to President Donald Trump, we're all humans who will inevitably mess up.
This concept was originally shared with me because I'm usually hard on myself when I struggle or fail. I tend to be a perfectionist who wants to be the best to everyone, and I kick myself when I fall short. But I've also been trying to use this concept to accept my family and friends’ faults and resolve conflicts we may have with one another.
March Madness is about much more than 68 teams playing basketball to vie for a stupid trophy and bragging rights. It's one of the largest spectacles in which the power of sports reveals more than just athletic ability.
The sociology classes I've been taking this semester have taught me just how messed up our country is. I've been learning about class inequality more in-depth and how people of all races from lower-class backgrounds can't achieve the American Dream. I realized this a while ago, but it pains me that others don't feel the same way as me, especially in regards to education.
Wait, President Donald Trump didn’t just use a quote from "Bee Movie" in his inauguration speech, did he? Barry B. Benson, one of the bees in the Bee Movie, and the president’s images were side by side with a supposed “Bee Movie” quote below: “We are one colony — and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.
Over the past eight years, our country has gone through a lot, from mass shootings and arguments over gun control to human rights crises such as the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Maybe it’s just because of the consistent flow of media making us aware of everything wrong in the world, but times have been tough lately. But when it comes to the issues of racism and police brutality, there was no better president to be in office than Barack Obama.
All over our social media feeds, everyone is dubbing 2016 the worst year. But was it really? Frankly, I think the reasoning for why it was the worst is hyperbolic. The statement is mainly tongue-in-cheek, citing the deaths of famous celebrities such as Prince, David Bowie and Carrie Fisher as the reason why the year was so horrible. The reactions to the deaths of some of our favorite stars are relatively harmless, but reveal something about the country's favoritism toward the famous and those immediately in our consciousness.
I've been a columnist for three semesters, expounding upon nearly every substantive opinion I've had over that time and putting it to words. It has made me challenge every thought and better articulate why I believe in the causes that I support and, sometimes, want to fight for. I’m sure many others have felt the same way — having to voice their opinions in the face of opposition and having to keep pushing until the change they’re looking for is enacted. But at the same time, writing and talking and thinking about things over and over can be exhausting.