Saying Goodbye to Childhood Heroes
When I heard that Carrie Fisher had passed away, it seemed like my childhood crumbled.
You see, I grew up with a dad who loved science fiction. This led to me watching great movies like Star Wars at a very young age. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with these fictional character who were forever captured on the screen.
Princess Leia was my favorite princess (and since Disney’s recent purchase of Lucas Films, she is my favorite Disney Princess). Princess Leia was not afraid to stand up for herself or fight for what she believed in. She fought hard and she loved hard. Leia challenged the stereotype of being a princess who needed to be saved and took the fight into her own hands. While I was hesitant about the latest Star Wars movie, Carrie Fisher’s role as a general seemed perfect. She went from one awesome type of badass to being a badass general of an army.
While Princess Leia was a character I idolized, I didn’t realize how special the woman who played her was until I was older. Carrie Fisher was a remarkable woman in her own right.
Having lived with bipolar disorder, Carrie Fisher refused to be quiet about mental health disorders. Having struggled with bipolar disorder, as well as substance abuse issues, Carrie Fisher did what she could to share her story and encourage other people to get help as she did. Struggling with such a disorder and waking up each day to fight it, makes Carrie Fisher one of the bravest heroes of all.
“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
She showed us that mental illness does not hinder you from being successful. She showed us that there is no shame is seeking treatment for mental illness. She showed us that happiness is not dependent on what others think you of, but of what you think of yourself.
Goodbye, Carrie Fisher. You will continue to be an inspiration.
I’m going to take a moment to hit upon a subject that I’ve written about before. In a past blog post, I wrote about how people need to respect other people’s opinions on issues, even when they disagree. However, I am going to focus it a little more.
I’m going to talk about politics.
I’m not sure if people are aware, but we are about to elect a new president. And it is a circus.
Now, I have some very strong feelings in regards to this current presidential race. There are some candidates that I really don’t want to see in office. However, I’m not going to express my political opinion in this blog post. I don’t want to influence anyone’s opinion by expressing who I am going to be voting for.
What I want to do instead is ask a favor.
I know that not everyone who reads this blog is of voting age, but I’d hope that the favor I’m asking for will follow you to when you can vote.
The first thing that I am going to ask is to educate yourself before you vote.
- I was guilty of this, especially when I was in high school. When it came to the presidential candidates, I found that I was listening to what people were telling me and not actually doing any research on my own. Now, I love discussing politics with people. And I try to make sure that when I discuss it with people, that my information is accurate. To do this, I actually get off of social media and look up where candidates stand on the issues that matter to me.
Understand that almost all media outlets are biased towards one side.
- I took a journalism class in high school, and after taking it, I became very aware of the bias in journalism. A lot of news outlets here in the United States lean towards the Democratic Party. There are a couple that leans towards the Republican Party. Now I’m not going to say which way is right nor not, but it is a huge issue. The bias in most media is horrific. So please be aware as you are reading news articles that discuss the election and the candidates that this bias is present.
Just because someone doesn’t agree with you on who they are voting for doesn’t mean that they are wrong.
- This is getting close to what I was talking about in my previous blog post about respect. It is hard for someone like me, who gets super passionate about politics to remember that people don’t have to agree with me on everything. I have friends who have very different views than I do about who should win this election. What I would ask is that, instead of attacking or arguing with people who don’t agree with you in regards to this election, is to actually talk to them about why they feel the way that they feel. And even if they disagree with you, respect their right to disagree.
Do not vote on one issue.
- This is something that I can’t stress enough. Everyone has issues that they are passionate about. That is totally okay. We are allowed to be interested in what we want to be interested in. However, being president is generally about more than one topic. They have to handle multiple issues. Decide what issues are most important to you. After picking the issues that are most important to you, please look at how candidates view all of the issues that you are interested in. Find the candidate that lines up the most with your issues.
Finally, please remember that every vote matters.
- I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve heard someone say that one person can’t make a difference. And maybe on a small scale, this is somewhat true. However, when a lot of people don’t believe that their vote really makes a difference, they don’t vote. What does that mean? It means that the elected presidential candidate doesn’t truly represent who United States citizens would have elected. So, vote. Encourage your friends to vote. Your one voice can make a difference.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this. I can’t promise to never talk about politics again because I think that it is very important. Especially this 2016 election.
Till next time,