Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If You Can Read This, You've Got It Good

Everyone has been reposting this article, "How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex, and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps" from Kate Bartolotta at HuffPo.  It REALLY struck a cord when I finally read it.  Thank goodness someone is having this conversation.  Thank goodness we are picking apart our everyday discourse to bring it back down to a more humble understanding.  In addition to this, she is pointing out our biggest flaw; always wanting more & "I will be only happy when.." syndrome.  

At the start of her argument she makes a simple, valid point. 
 "If you can read this, you're life is pretty awesome." 

She explains to the average GenY or Millennial that by shear luck you have electricity, wifi that you are able to connect to, and a computer to use.  

But then I thought of something I had read earlier that day on Facebook posted by the Half the Sky Movement.  

"Globally, 123 million youth aged 15 to 24 lack basic reading and writing skills."

Let's drive the point home further.
"61% of them are young women."

In addition to reading this wonderful article, tonight Washington College hosted Don McPherson to speak to the student body about violence against women and the conversation revolving domestic abuse.  I could not be more grateful and excited about his basic message: Why aren't we having positive conversation?  Why aren't we working to love everyone around us everyday?  What is it in our human nature that flaws us so to assume the worst or fall to temptation to please the masses?  And most importantly, why aren't we talking about it?  

The former NFL quarter back introduced himself as a feminist and I nearly stood up clapping.  If only more men would join this conversation.  This isn't a women's issue, it's a human issue.  

Feeling pretty grateful today about my life, the opportunities I've received by luck, and the everyday experiences I am able to have.  

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