In society today, it is so easy to find a "significant other" just by downloading an app, following up with swiping left or right. People meet, greet, then into the sheets! What happened to dinner and a movie? A friend of mine recently met someone on a dating app not too long ago and they're already moving into an apartment in another state.. yikes! My friend has admitted to jumping from levels of a relationship quickly because she believes every relationship is intended toward marriage. My friend is not the first to begin the thought process of marriage early on in the relationship, and surely they will not be the last. A lot of couples who have the discussion about marriage sometimes really are ready, and then sometimes people just want to have their Cinderella wedding. Those people are not doing themselves any favors. They are heightening their anticipation only for reality to come and knock it down. Countless friends of mine give their partner a promise ring, then something ends up happening where they have a big fallout and they're over. My friend is left with a heartache they can "never" get over, I'm left cleaning up the mess the ex made, my friend finds someone new, andddd the whole process starts all over again.
Right now in America, we have never been so divided by red and blue. We are tremulous to give our opinion, fearing that what we say will cause us to lose friends and become disliked. You can' log onto Facebook without seeing your aunt fight with your boyfriend over politics on an article you shared, or Timehop showing you a memory from a year ago of people who were once your "friends" but no longer are because you shared something they didn't like, hence they took you off Facebook...it sounds petty, but...ouch? It stings when we've been deleted off Facebook. The saying, "sticks and stones will break my bones, but deleting me on Facebook won't hurt me," just isn't and never was true. Deleting people off Facebook speaks millions of volumes to our generation, and as much as we like to be the bigger person...we're human, capable of feeling hurt from what seems like the most insignificant of things (like feeling down because you got deleted for liking a comment). Deleting one another off Facebook is this generation's indirect and cowardly way of saying, "you're not my friend anymore," or "Sc*w you and your opinion."
This November I flew to California to attend the Marine Corps Ball as my friend’s date. He showed me around Camp Pendleton and introduced me to many other great Marines, one of whom inspired this story. My friend, this other Marine, and I went shopping to target one evening and they had made a stop at the Starbucks before we left. When the barista asked for my friend’s name, he said Batman. He copied my thing, where I would use a superhero name instead of my own; anytime a barista asked for my name I would say Wonder Woman. When I did, it wasn’t to be a smart aleck, but because 1. No one ever spells my real name right, and 2. I am Wonder Woman. His friend insisted on paying and barged in and said to the barista, “No! Put Wonder Woman.” My friend looked at her sheepishly then tilted his head toward me saying, “Actually she’s Wonder Woman.” The Marine smiled and looked at me then said, “Well, I’m a Marine, so I think I outrank you for the title of Wonder Woman.”
For the first time in my life I finally saw the movie Rocky…