Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

So my school has a page called, Spotted At Laurier, where people can post their missed connections, things they’ve spotted, or anything in general at Laurier. Today somebody posted this:

Spotted: My brother is a first year student at Laurier University staying on residence. Its come to my attention that fellow students on residence have been bullying him. They call him inappropriate names, stole his food, and spilled pop all over his bed. This student has a concerned brother and caring parents who are worried about him. A university education should be a bully free zone. This isn’t high school anymore.

First of all, regardless of the fact that he’s in elementary, high school, or university – bullying shouldn’t be a thing, anywhere. Bullying stinks. Bullying sucks. Bullying ruins lives. 

According to The Government of Canada, at least 1 in 3 adolescents has reported incidents of bullying. 47% of parents in Canada have reported having a child a victim of bullying. That’s almost half. Bullying leads to many mental issues such as depression and even suicide.

It’s sad to see that highly educated students like ourselves are still bullying in school, but what’s even sadder to see is that bullying is still seen as a “a way of life” or “part of the real world.” “Kids will be kids.” It absolutely boggles my mind that people still think bullying is acceptable. Maybe if people realized how hurtful bullying really is they’d realize that bullying is unnecessary. We live in a society where being different is valued, and we should accept everyone for who they are. If that’s true, why would you bully someone? Although posting on a status may not be the best solution to the problem, it definitely helps people be more aware that bullying still exists, even though it shouldn’t.

For the kid whose brother is getting bullied – if you see this – I’m sorry to hear that. If he needs to talk to somebody, let him know he can message me anytime.

So the next time you want to bully somebody, watch this video and maybe you’ll think twice about ruining someone’s life.

If you see somebody getting bullied, do something. Even the smallest action can change somebody’s life.

“All it takes is for one person to stand up.” – Bully, 2012.


True Love SHOULD Be Painful

I love this.

Seth Adam Smith

"A Mother's Vigil" by Liz Lemon Swindle “A Mother’s Vigil” by Liz Lemon Swindle

For whatever reason, we seem to have this funny idea that love is supposed to be bliss or that when we get married we’ve somehow achieved a state of “happily-ever-after.”

Well, that’s just not true. Love is actually quite painful.

In fact, if you’re doing it right, love, marriage, and family will be the most painful things you’ll ever experience. Not because they’re bad things, but because to love at all means to open yourselves up to vulnerability and pain. And to love someone completely—as you do in marriage—is to put your whole heart on the line.

True love will be painful. True love should be painful.

To be clear, when I say that true love should be painful I am not referring to abusive, obsessive, or co-dependent relationships; those relationships are predicated upon selfishness and will inevitably produce a pain that’s destructive…

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The Mother of All Shows

Well, it’s almost the end. The series finale of How I Met Your Mother airs March 31st. It’s coming to an end and I’ve heard a lot about how everybody can’t wait till the show is over, they just want to know who the mother is already, etc. And yes, it has been a long 9 seasons, some better than others, but How I Met Your Mother is by far my favourite television series.

The show has done a really good job at being consistent –  one of my biggest pet peeves in television shows is when shows are NOT consistent. Although they have slipped up sometimes (just barely), Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have done an amazing job at keeping the story the same throughout.

For example, in episode 200, How Your Mother Met Me the mother finds herself sitting in Ted “architecture” class where he cracks a joke about seafood and being shellfish – obviously being the perfect woman for Ted, she laughs.

Flashback to season 5, episode 2: Double Date. Ted cracks a joke about seafood to Jen about being shellfish and Jen tells him it’s really bad. At the end of the episode Jen tells Ted that he’ll “Find his shellfish lady.” Ted states, “And kids, when I told your mother that shellfish joke, she did laugh.”

Regardless of the continuous story line, my favourite part of the show is probably Marshall and Lily’s relationship. Their little quirks are what I think are the best part of relationships. The way that they pause and unpause their fights, high five whenever they agree or are awesome and are unable to sleep without one another makes me smile.

One of the things I would’ve liked to happen however, I wanted the woman who bumped into Ted at the St. Patrick’s Day party to be the Mother (partly because I made a Slap Bet – in true How I Met Your Mother fashion).

It will be interesting to see how the series will end, especially with the most recent episode alluding to the fact that the Mother may indeed be dead while Ted is telling the story to his children. Think about it this way, Ted spends 9 seasons getting over the biggest heartbreak ever, Robin. He gets left at the alter, gets a butterfly tramp stamp, and dates and breaks up with countless women. And then has 10 wonderful years with the mother, and then she dies. That’s way too much heartbreak for one person.

Yes, the anticipation has been building up for 9 seasons, but isn’t the drumroll the best part?