This is a human experience that is very near and dear to my heart, particularly in recent months. I went through a difficult breakup with my partner of six years, who I still love and respect as a dear friend.
There are some cultural morays that are just so captivating that I can't seem to resist the urge to throw my two cents into the mix. The NPC meme was basically started by right-leaning people who wanted to troll Trump protestors and those on the left of the political spectrum in general.
I want to preface this article with a story from my own life. My wife of six years and I recently went through a separation of sorts, and yet our friendship is as strong as ever and we're both committed to becoming the best people we can be.
This piece will be a little bit on the deeper end of things, so I thank you in advance for taking a deep breath and diving in with me.
I see parents struggling in various ways almost everywhere I look these days. Lately I've seen young couples tiredly pushing their double-strollers with exhausted looks on their faces, single moms desperately trying to hold it all together, and weekend dads who seek to be a greater part of their kids' lives.
If you're anything like me, your teenage years and perhaps early twenties were likely the times you experimented most with various substances. (Many of you have carried the spirit of your youth to the present day)!