Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Say, Sara- Best Advice?

Say, Sara, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

   I’ve been thinking about this question for a while now and I’ve finally found my answer. At first I wanted to dig up some deep and meaningful advice that had been given to me, but instead my thoughts centered around three words: Never give up. I know that seems pretty stupid seeing as how I’ve heard so many influential lectures in my life, but give me a moment to explain.

  That advice was given to me by my dad. Sure, my mom said the same things, but I really remember him saying is every time I got frustrated or angry because I couldn’t achieve something. As long as I have been a citizen of this planet I have been a very determined individual. I hate giving up on things. I want to see every idea I have through to fruition despite the many obstacles that might be in my path. 
What’s funny about my dad being the one to give me this advice is that he’s the exact opposite of me. I’m super liberal and not religious. He’s on the far right.
My best boy :)                                                                                                                                 
    Sometimes I wonder if he regrets teaching me to stand up for what I believe in considering that my ideals are much different than his.
    I’m not sorry in the least that I’m a Democrat. I love the Liberal bumper stickers on the back of my car. I jump at the chance to share my opinions with a class full of close minded Republicans.
    There have been very few times in my life when I’ve been so angry with someone that I saw red. Those times centered around someone saying that I wanted to kill babies and a girl screaming down the hall way that “gay people are wrong.” I’ve never wanted to punch someone that much in my life. That girl is a bitch, and that’s the nicest thing I can say about her.
My "Be Human" bumper sticker 

     I don’t like the way our family communicates sometimes. I don’t like the fact that I can only talk politics around my mom and brother without my dad getting up and leaving the table. While I don’t understand or agree with any of the Republican ideologies, I do realize that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I just want my dad to be more open minded. 
The people in this town that are Repubs (which is the grand majority) carry around so much anger all the time. It’s like this cloud of hostility and hatred just hangs around all the time. No one bothers to get their information from a credible source. Fox news doesn’t have the facts, by the way. That news station is run by bigots. Down with the bloody bigots, I say!

    To get back on topic, I will never give up on the idea of a world where my children can marry whomever they choose. I will never give up on equality for all humans. I will never give up on the fact that our founding fathers knew how important it was to keep church and state separate. You want to talk unconstitutional? I’ll give you unconstitutional (but not in this post).
Know that I love you, dad, for teaching me to hold my values highly and proudly. I know that you can’t see the world through my eyes, but maybe if you use just a little imagination, you can catch a glimpse.
                                              Peace, love, and equality,


  1. I so agree that everyone should be allowed to have his/her own opinions. But it strikes me as ironic that you're so preoccupied with justice and quality for all humans, but not those who haven't yet exited the womb.


  2. I respect you view, but I must say that I do not see my opinions as ironic in the slightest. I think that it is absolutely no one else's business what happens to a woman's body. Furthermore, I do not consider a fetus to truly be more than a clump of cells until after it has matured past the 20 week mark. Even so, if the fetus is harming the woman after the first 20 weeks to the point that her life is on the line, I can understand the difficult decision to decide the fate of the fetus. I wish the world could be more empathetic of those who have had to make an incredibly hard choice.