Why don’t you decide to respect criticism only from those you respect? Everything else is just noise. I’m not digging deep into this because it wouldn’t be appropriate. Needless to say, I was told something that was intended to be, I hope, helpful, but was instead insulting, inappropriate, and thoughtless. It upset me profoundly until I deeply considered the source. Now I don’t feel so bad. I feel like Hillary Clinton laughing off an idiotic statement made by Donald Trump. 


Why don’t you stick with me on this topic because I’m livid? You ever get so righteously angry that you suddenly understand why characters in books and movies become super villains? I get it now. Completely. Anyway, whenever I get around to running for president, this will surely mess my plans up, but the way the American labor force is treated is SHIT. Complete shit. We are made to feel guilty for being ill and paid an unlivable wage. It’s obscene. Fix this, America!


Why don’t you get over your fear of looking stupid? I’ve spent the majority of my life unwilling to go too over the top because I didn’t ever want to look unprepared or uninformed. But over the past few years, I’ve been willing to do things to push me out of my comfort zone and it’s been a terrifying blessing. In class last night, we had to do a puppet show — I know — and while I was worried, I decided to live my standup comedy fantasies and make a fool out of myself. It went really well and I had a lot of fun. And I got a perfect score. 


Why don’t you explore all the restaurants in your local areas? Even the ones that look shady and frightening? We have a newer restaurant where I live called Oasis, and while it’s not scary by any means, it’s quite unassuming. The food though, is next level good. Friends and I went yesterday and it was divine. In Des Moines there is a truly grim looking restaurant that makes outstanding Nepali food, that I never thought about going into, but the food was BOMB! Explore and eat, reader!


Why don’t you celebrate the resignation of Theresa May as the Prime Minister for the United Kingdom? When I heard the news this morning, I was honestly jubilant. Nothing against her personally, but politically, I cannot tolerate her. She became Prime Minister shortly after the insane Brexit referendum passed. This was back when I thought England would never leave the European Union and Donald Trump would never be president. Well, like most of the world, I was wrong. May’s resignation, though, feels something like the pendulum swinging back into place. Is this the beginning of a return to civility, diplomacy, and thoughtfulness? I don’t know. The EU is voting right now for their representatives, and the right wing could easily take over. That’s a worry, but I feel like people are finally waking up. [UPDATE: The right wing gained but didn’t win in any overwhelming fashion! BLESSED!]

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