23 Things To Do Instead Of Getting Engaged Before You’re 23

My comment: Looking back at my yearbook and my high school classmates’ Facebooks and other social network, quite a bit of them have gotten married either right after high school or college. There seems to be a checklist in life of what “success” and “happiness” are suppose to be. I’m glad to say I am not one of them – the married young and raising kids in your early 20s. I’m sure they’re happy with their decisions, and I’m nobody to judge. But, it’s just not for me. Not at this point in my life anyway. I’m glad to still be exploring, traveling, and getting to know the world.

For all you young ones out there that need a bit of nudging, or some sort of direction in life, this blog post is for you. Why jump right in to a 9-5 job in a cubicle? Why jump into changing diapers or driving to soccer practices? We don’t need to know what the hell we’re doing. What we do know is to learn about and develop ourselves. This is the time in our lives. While our counterparts are doing their husbandly/wifely/fatherly/motherly duties, why don’t you go and kiss a stranger?

Wander Onwards

Marriage

As 2013 wraps up, I’ve been noticing more and more people getting engaged and/or married under the age of 23.

I get it.

It’s cold outside… you want to cuddle and talk about your feelings… life after graduation is a tough transition… so why not just cut to the chase and get married, right?  It’s hip. It’s cool. You get to wear clothing that wouldn’t normally be socially acceptable at the dive bar you frequent with the $5 beers.  Eff it. YOLO. YOMO! You only marry once…

Oh wait.

The divorce rate for young couples is more than twice the national average. Divorce is no longer a staple in a midlife crisis, but rather, something that SEVENTEEN Magazine should probably be printing on. Headlines could read,

“How to budget for your prom AND your wedding in the same year!”

“What’s HOT: Kids raising Kids.”

“Why your Mom doesn’t really…

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An Open Letter To The Lost.

My comment: Suicide is not just for the depressed. It’s for anyone who feels hopeless. It’s for those who truly genuinely feel that everything and everyone is just going against them. It’s when you truly feel that there is no way out, and there is no future to look forward to. This blog post successfully shows the emotion of suicide: what it feels when you contemplate that option, and the emotions that run through the ones you leave behind.

Please help raise awareness about suicide. For those who do not understand, do not hastily judge that it’s a mental condition, or a breakdown of some sort. Far from it. It is what could be the end of a long struggle, a losing battle, and suicide might be the only option they think they have when all others have failed.

You've Been Hooked!

This is for everyone out there who is currently hearing the whispers of desperation, the call of the void reaching out to them, even in the places we hide.

My name is Robert and I have something to say. I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, a place of great natural beauty surrounded by the trappings of humanity. (Yes, parts of Niagara are ridiculously tacky, but on the plus side, Rob Ford isn’t our mayor and we’re not bankrupt like Detroit.) Every day we welcome strangers to our home; everyone is greeted with a smile and the hand of friendship. We never turn anyone away and regardless of how these strangers feel when they leave, one thing is certain: No one is unaffected by the unimaginable power of the Falls themselves.

The rushing waters are a symbol of purity and power and as they fall to the earth below they…

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