• Emma commented on the post, Beauty that Matters 1 month ago

    Accepting your body in the midst of all the harsh expectations thrown at women is a never-ending battle. I consider myself to be much stronger than I once was, but I still frequently experiences insecurities. When it comes to your physical wellbeing, what ultimately matters is health. There are very thin girls who are very healthy and much…[Read more]

  • Emma commented on the post, Where I’m From 1 month ago

    I love honest pieces of writing like this. You shared all the things that make you you, and I’m proud of you mentioning PJ’s death. What happened made us into the people we are today and a lot of us are still struggling with it. It’s brave of you to openly share the affect he had on you. Thank you for sharing such an honest piece.

  • Emma commented on the post, The Power of Language 1 month ago

    Hello Thomas!
    The first thing that came to mind as I read this was a quote by Albus Dumbledore: “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” I love the concept of language and writing as well. I find it mind-boggling that we can just stare at symbols and they…[Read more]

  • My middle school self was a girl who woke up earlier every morning to flat iron her hair, obsessively pressing down and watching the wispy smoke rise, hoping to God that it would make her prettier. She was

    • Emma,
      Wow I really enjoyed reading that because it is so relatable. I too have several, not very well kept, journals that document events that had happened to me from about 8th grade and on. I cringe reading some of the things I wrote in there. But I think that having all of these journals are a really good way to look back on how much I really have grown as a person. I have been looking back at my high school experience and experiencing a lot of self reflection; looking through my journals is really helpful in this. I wish I could tell younger girls what it is gonna be like to go through these years have got through but everyone has to experience certain things to grow. Do u think at the time when first journaling your thoughts would they have been helpful later on? I know I never thought about it that way. I thought about it as a way to vent and get my feelings out. Again, I really loved reading this.

    • Ellie replied 1 month ago

      what a powerful and touching post you have created and shared. This is so relatable for many girls who have too undergone the struggles that come along with middle school, myself especially. You have so accurately described what it is like to be a girl growing up in society. Beauty is everything. If you don’t have the right clothes, hairstyle, shoes, make-up, etc, you are not as pretty. That is ridiculous. Young girls should not even be worried about the way that they look. That should not matter at all. Do you think that society will ever change is that regard? Will exterior beauty ever lose value? Thank you for sharing this post, I absolutely loved it.

    • Annie replied 1 month ago

      This post is harsh in content but true in nature. I don’t mean to say that your words or the message itself is harsh, but the memories and relationships that arise from reading this are, for lack of other words, harsh. I find it difficult to read this, but I also find it important, to for me specifically, but more importantly for my cousin who is beginning to go through these kinds of transitions in her life right now. This post is striking in a way that it could affect change in her life, and I hope that in some way it does. I want her to read this so she can feel and understand that she is not alone in her journey; I want her to know that I, along with millions of others, are with her along the way. Your post was beautiful, relatable, and painful in a way that catches the reader’s attention. Thank you for this post, and for the positivity it gives for the future.

  • Sevin,
    I am in total agreement with what you are so and I loved the reasons you used to back up your argument. I think one of your strongest points was made when you discussed how everyone is entitled to their own opinion. These football players felt strongly about the oppression they have been facing, and they took a stand for what they believed…[Read more]

  • Hello Hunter!
    I am envious of how good of a writer you are. Aside from that, I really like your message. I believe it’s human nature to want we don’t have, but in cases such as these, it’s important that we have a healthy perspective. The reality is that the roaring 20s, the milkshake 60s, and the funky 80s are all glorified in the movies we…[Read more]

  • I have no fear of the the dark until a man is present. When I was in middle school, the prospect of a first relationship was poetic and thrilling, something I had fantasized about since a young age. It didn’t t

    • Emma,
      Your piece was very powerful, and very relatable in many regards. I especially loved your final paragraph where you made it clear that men were not inherently a burdened, but having a son would be a “privilege”. I think this is really important for a lot of people to understand because many believe women fear men and avoid them without ever really getting to know them because they believe they are “too much to handle” or simply extra baggage in their lives. This paragraph also suggests the change you hope to create in the world, and the change you hope to see in this world. In all reality, the way to make change isn’t all that difficult. The way a man is raised has everything to do with the way he behaves when he is a man. Raising a boy correctly is vital to his behavior and actions as an adult later on in life. Check this out for more: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/12/19/371679655/some-early-childhood-experiences-shape-adult-life-but-which

    • Emma,
      I feel drained—most days I believe—because of the way I think that I have not fully become my dreamt-of-future self. My dreamt-of-future self is caring, loyal, friendly, and funny. In other words, my parents and my teachers raised me in a way where disrespecting anyone is beyond inappropriate. The way I have acted towards others today holds true to my dreamt-of-self. However, I feel drained because of the way most individuals see me as a guy. Since the beginning of middle school, I have always found it easy to talk to girls and to hang around them was just normal for me. Consequentially, this has not made my ability to make friends with guys any easier. During my time in middle school, I was bullied for every little thing I did, whether it was asking my crush to a dance and then having a guy tell that girl to say no right in my face, or being kicked over on the ground by another guy when gathering my supplies. I believe my view on what it means to be a guy is different from others because of the way I was treated by guys my whole life. My drained feeling goes back to these experiences because of the way I have observed other guys act around me. I could probably say that my disposition wasn’t trained to conform to the “guy group.” Additionally, I guess I could say that it is still a bit hard for me to make friends with other guys but when I find guy friends who genuinely want to be friends and not just wanting to social climb, well, then, those relationships are pretty awesome. Anyway, enough about me, my point is that I do connect to your post. I believe that it would be beneficial that guys look at themselves, slow down, and to pay attention to who they are as a person in society; to stop and realize how themselves and their bros may present an image to the rest of us.


  • Hi Kristin,
    I am in total agreement of what you’ve written. When you propose that we need to be encouraging people to vote, I think it’s necessary to also emphasize education. Voter participation is extremely important, but having educated voters is what we should truly strive for, otherwise we will continue having leaders such as our president…[Read more]

  • At my lowest points of my teenage years, I have pleaded to an invisible force that I would do anything to be devoid of the anxiety that plagued my life. 

    Around the age of fifteen, a traumatic event triggered

    • I really enjoy this. It popped up on my “feed” and I immediately clicked on it because anxiety is something that changes you. Your life is strongly influenced by anxiety, and will continue to be whether or not you want it to. I assume you have tried to “fix it” or “get rid of it”, but have learned it doesn’t work that way. It is inspiring that you accept the way you process things differently than others knowing it might make your own life harder. I found an article that gives tips to solve this problem, however I do know most of the time these tips don’t work.
      Thank you for sharing your personal story with me, I enjoyed learning about the illness.

    • This is an amazing post, and I think it is a really important message. You perfectly portrayed how restraining the illness is. I agree with Isa that this is a very inspiring post, and I think it will inspire others. https://adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress here is an article that I think applies to your post.

    • Emma, I love this post. Similarly, I have experienced something close to this. While I was in agreement throughout the whole post, I found paragraph three particularly compelling. When you said, “I fear that without my illness, the process of becoming the person I am today would be significantly delayed if not altogether prevented.”. I couldn’t agree more, and I often find myself thinking this exact thought. I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and how honest you were about this topic. People often find it too taboo to talk/write about, but I think you did a marvelous job. If you were to keep writing with this much thought and heart, I would definitely come back to your posts. And finally, however cheesy this article https://themighty.com/2016/11/good-things-that-come-with-an-anxiety-disorder/ might be, I think it does an excellent job and even backs up the points you made in your concluding paragraph.

    • This is such a relatable post. It is really amazing you are able to talk freely about mental illnesses because I feel so many of us try to cover them up and pretend they don’t exist but they are a part of us. I think it is so important that we acknowledge mental illnesses and talk about them. I found this article about a man who also suffers from anxiety, you might find it interesting. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/surviving_anxiety/355741/

    • Emma,

      Your writing is beautiful and fluent. I have a quote that relates to the pain you felt in which you gained beauty. One of my favorite philosophers named Aeschylus once said, “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
      falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” I thought this quote is an amazing way to describe pain, knowledge and what you wrote, beauty. When you look at the quote, the “awful grace” are two words that normally do not go together, but that may be the beauty—how God or humanity forms us into unique individuals with which we accept or deny what may come our way…


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