by: Libby Weicker
This is a very interesting question because the correct answer varies per person. Going to college definitely propels people in their lives because they are normally given more opportunities based on a higher level of education and networking. Although this normally is true, there are many jobs that do not need a college education to excel at. I do not think that everyone needs college to be successful, but I think that it will be easier to be highly successful in life with a higher level of education, as long as it is in reasonable means. I would highly recommend college to everyone, but I also can fully acknowledge that it isn’t necessary to everyone either. If you are seriously considering not going to college, you should consult your parents, guardians, mentors, and/or counselors because it is a serious decision that can change your life. College is one of the first decisions teenagers get to make for their adulthood, and it should not be taken lightly. Overall, weigh the positives and negatives, and make the right decision for you that will make you the happiest.
by: Libby Weicker
The continuous paradox of humanity. Amazing and terrible. All we want, yet what hurts us the most. Simple and challenging. Heartwarming and painful. We all go through love differently, but it’s also something that almost everyone can relate to. For me, romantic love has always been something that I thoroughly enjoy, but has never been a necessity. I’ve always been highly independent, but everyone wants love to an extent. You are in a very difficult situation. With the limited information provided, I have a few thoughts that I think could help. In making a decision of whether you should break up with your boyfriend of a couple months, I would submit these questions to you to ponder:
Now, moving on to addressing the potential feelings for the ex-boyfriend situation. My advice for this problem is to live your life with no regrets. If you still have feelings for him, tell him. Life is too short to regret something like this. Yes, it is scary to be that vulnerable, but it will be worth it in the end. Love is worth fear. If I were you, which I am not, I would end things with my current boyfriend because he deserves more than someone who may not consider him her first choice. Then, I would have a conversation with my ex-boyfriend about my feelings. I don’t know how y’all ended your relationship, but I would act on my current feelings for him. Ultimately, I think you should do whatever would make you the happiest, and it doesn’t seem like that is going to be staying in your current relationship. Relationships are supposed to make us better as people and add mostly positivity to our lives.
Obviously, there is no perfect relationship without any problems, but being in a relationship should bring you more happiness than unhappiness, and I think that if you are thinking about your ex, there is something missing in this relationship; therefore, it might not be the relationship for you. I hope this resonates with you and helped you in any way. Feel free to keep me updated with anything new that I can help you with!
by: Libby Weicker
Hello! Welcome to my world. My name is Wren Weicker. I am 1 year old and live in Arrington, Tennessee with my family. I love my family very much. My sister, Libby, adopted me about six and half months ago. My previous family loved me too, but I knew they were just my foster family. Now, I have my forever family. WOOF! My dream came true! I didn’t even have to wait until next Christmas to experience snow. My mom and sister were super-duper excited on Monday night for the potential snow coming that night and the next day. I didn’t totally know what to expect, but woof I underestimated everything about it! We woke up to a beautiful snow globe of a world, and it was amazing. Troy and I immediately ran outside and rolled around in this new, cold substance. My feet got a little cold, but I didn’t even notice it because I was having so much fun. Then, Libby woke up and came outside with us, and we went sledding down the driveway! I’d never been sledding before. It was exhilarating. I ran and chased and ran and chased until I had to lie down and take a nap, I was so exhausted. The best part of it all was that it didn’t even end there! We got to have another day after that to play in my new favorite thing. I loved the feeling of it falling on my back as I run to catch up to my brother, the way it feels on my nose as I sniff the grass through it, how my feet slide around on it, and how happy it makes my family. Extra snuggles were given and received in the cold, wet weather, which are my favorite thing. To say the least, I was overjoyed. I hope all of y’all had as much fun as I did! I hope you’ll join me in praying for many more snow days to come!
Until next time,
Love your people like your pup loves you,
by: Laurel Dernbach
“Ich bitte euch ratet mir was besser ist... reden oder sterben.”
Das Heptameron by Margarete Von Navarra
Is it better to speak or to die?
For those that don't know, Oprah Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" last Sunday on the Golden Globes. She accepted her award with an inspiring shoutout to all the women who have recently spoken out about their experience with sexual harassment, both mundane and in the lime lit world of Hollywood. When it comes to powerful men sweeping these claims under the rug, Winfrey proudly proclaims that "time's up."
I'll be honest and admit didn't watch the Globes live on Sunday, however after watching back the footage from Oprah's speech here, you can see every women in the audience entranced and empowered by her words. This is the power of truth. When you speak truth with conviction and authenticity, people cannot help but listen. Some people are empowered by this new-wave feminism and comforted by the idea that if something were to happen, there would be a group of supportive men and women behind them. Others, like myself, find it a bit scary. Yes, I'm comforted to know other women have spoken out and if I ever needed to, I could too. This being said, the large amount of #metoos is a bit suffocating, because I can't help but worry that a friend, a family member, or even I, hopefully moving to a big city like Seattle of Chicago in the fall, could be next. Sexual assault has always existed, I am aware of that, but the Time's Up movement makes it seem a bit more real and certainly impossible to ignore. To my dad, a smart and reasonable man, he claimed Oprah’s speech made him feel like he was being “lectured.” The truth is uncomfortable sometimes, difficult to fully grasp. This is also the power of truth. It raises awareness and creates a (hopefully healthy) sense of fear within us, hopefully driving us to, more or less, do better.
Another truth weighing heavy on my mind this week is Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, a dreamy yet heartbreaking summer romance and coming of age story set in 1980s Italy. The beautiful clash of cinematography (2 hours of the Northern Italian countryside? Uh yes please), music (featuring The Psychedelic Furs and Sufjan Stevens), and flawless acting performances (Timothée Chalamlet is my new celebrity crush), this film left my heart so empty and so full all at the same time. I loved this movie because it's so genuine, telling a story that almost everyone can relate to, at least emotionally. Elio is 17 year old boy is growing up and like most 17 year olds, thinks he's already grown. He doesn't realize how much growing up he really has yet to do-- that's where Oliver comes in. Oliver, an American graduate student staying to study with Elio's family for the summer, teaches Elio what it means to really like someone, and then more importantly, lose them. In the end, Elio's father comforts him by saying, "We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster, that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything - what a waste! … Our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now there’s sorrow. Pain. Don’t kill it and with it the joy you’ve felt." And this my friends, is a brutal truth (at least I know it is for me). It's hard to feel thing sometimes. But the pain can only ever strike as deep as joy-- it's worth the temporary pain to fondly remember the joy.
Truth is powerful. It sparks conversation and lights fires in people’s hearts, from empowering women to recognizing how difficult it is to navigate growing up. Conversations about these real and important things need to be had openly, and home, school, church, wherever you’re most comfortable. Talking about things is how we grow as people, and believe it or not, you have your own truths to speak as well. Being able to have a person or group of people you can trust to say things like “My mental health isn’t good right now,” or “I’m sorry I’m not the friend/partner/child I want to be right now,” is critical to our development. Speaking truth is what makes it possible to process and deal with said truths, regardless of what they are.
“Stets werde ich meinen Freunden raten, zu reden, denn nur wenige Worte lassen sich nicht wieder gutmachen,”
I will always advise my friends to talk, because only a few words cannot make amends.
That is the power of truth.