First World Problems
By Emily Chance
One of the worst things about life is that something bad will always happen, and those bad things usually come in threes. The worst part about these bad things in threes is that they occur regardless of your attempts to make everything good and right again.
I’ve been trying to turn my life around for the better, and all I feel is a deep sadness that goes away for a little while when I’m keeping myself busy, but always returns when I’m alone with my thoughts.
I try to work out, but I get injured or have skin complications. I go to a doctor for health issues and they turn me away saying “it’s probably nothing,” then charge me over $100 for visiting because of a worry. I try to find a new job, but the job I really want and really need wants a recommendation from my boss. I can’t ask my boss for a recommendation because I don’t want them to know I’m quitting my less than minimum wage job in order to pursue something that would help me out further in the future, such as a quality education. If they were to find out I was actively searching for jobs, they might fire me before I have another job lined up to go into or they might treat me differently than the other employees they have.
I know these are first world problems, but it doesn’t make it easier when you’re trying the best you can to accomplish something and it all turns to crap in your hands. I just want to be happy again, but in order to do that, I need to change certain aspects of my life. However, every time I try to change something, something else pops up to block that change.
Sometimes I feel like life gets its fuel from personal failures. Sometimes I just lie in bed and accept that, but I hate feeling defeated. I try to better my existence, but life gets in the way with death, poverty, illness, or hate. I try to be strong, and I try to retaliate and better my existence out of spite, but I also know it’s okay to just curl up into the fetal position and cry. In fact, sometimes it is necessary.
I don’t wish to burden anyone with any of my own issues. I know everyone in the world has their own version of the terrible threes. I just want everyone to know that whatever they’re going through, they are not alone. It is okay to cry and want to give up, but is in the best interest of everyone to push through and keep fighting for the better existence. Surely life can’t keep us all down.
Edited by: Reagan Greenwood
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Don’t be Afraid to Read What you Love
By Klancy Hoover
Nothing is worse than that intense, spine-crawling feeling of being judged. Browsing the stacks of young adult books at my local library, I couldn’t help but notice that someone was watching me read the dust covers of books. Occasionally, the person would glance over at one of the teenagers in the same row as me, watch for a little bit, and quickly look away whenever I caught them staring. Of course, they could have just been waiting for me to leave the stacks so they could browse, or not-so-discreetly attempting to see what book I was obviously interested in, but as someone who has been asked when I am going to start reading “real books” that aren’t part of the YA genre, it’s hard to ignore the embarrassment that washed through me at that moment. Quickly, compelled by the urgent need to escape the person’s notice, I placed the book I was considering reading back on the shelf and left.
Having left the library flustered and fumbling for my keys to unlock my car door, I finally climbed into the front seat of my car. I remember taking a breath to calm my nerves. Then, replaying the situation in my head, I became angry. Not at the person who had glanced at me in the stacks, but at myself for allowing negative comments about my reading tastes to give up a book I know I would have enjoyed. Negative comments that I’m sure other avid readers have heard such as, “when are you going to start reading adult books,” “there’s no way you could have enjoyed the book if you read it that fast,” or “listening to audiobooks doesn’t count as reading.” As if muttering these comments to someone can somehow solidify the ever-changing, varied realm of readership.
But just how not every person is alike, not every reader is alike either. Someone who enjoys reading classic literature and typically reads over 50 books a year is obviously going to have a different idea of reading than someone who exclusively listens to fantasy audiobooks on the weekend, such as the Harry Potter series. The important thing to remember is that every reader is valuable. What you choose to read is valuable. Your ideas about genre, format, and reading speed will shape who you are as a reader, and shouldn’t be diminished or pushed aside.
So next time someone asks what you’re reading, don’t try to hide the cover of your book. Choose to embrace your preferences. Whether you like to read swoon-worthy romance novels or science fiction books that feature futuristic robots, you are a part of the reading community. Your ideas help shape and inform more diverse conversations surrounding books in the publishing industry. Embrace that and continue to read what you love.
Edited by: Corinne DiOrio