Going away to college for the first time is an exciting venture which, for many, marks the beginning of a new chapter of their lives. While thrilling, it can also be a bit overwhelming to ‘move away’ and truly be on your own for what may be the first time.
A few months ago I found myself sitting in the movie theater wowed by the flash of color and fantastical musical numbers dancing across the screen before my eyes as I watched 2017’s The Greatest Showman for the first time. It wasn’t until my second (and third and fourth) viewings of the film, though, that I was struck by the tremendous lessons its plotline could lend to all of us, regardless of where we are at in our lives or what we are facing.
So, Grammy-worthy soundtrack aside, here are 5 lessons we can learn from The Greatest Showman:
I vividly remember the first time (and the second and third) that someone I cared about confided in me that she had been the victim of sexual abuse. I felt heartbroken over the pain she had experienced. I felt angry on her behalf. And perhaps most of all, I felt frustrated by my own lack of knowing what to say in response or how to best support her.
The sad reality is that in a day and age where 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime, there is a likely chance that we may encounter someone in our family or circle of friends struggling beneath this (more than likely) silent weight.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “consent” as a verb meaning “to give approval”. In the state of Missouri, as with all states in the United States, there is an “age of consent” that is the age at which the state has determined that someone can legally consent to participate in sexual activity. In Missouri, the ‘age of consent’ is 17. That means if you are under the age of 17, you cannot give your consent to engage in a sexual activity, even if you agree to it.
As human beings, we all long for companionship and support, but what we sometimes forget is the work that goes into building strong and healthy relationships.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked some of these incredible women who make our work possible through their generous hearts to share their best love advice on what have made their marriages and relationships not only last, but thrive over the years.
Regardless of whether they have been married for 2 years or 50, here’s what our wonderful volunteers and staff had to say:
‘Diversity’ is a term that is as important as it is prevalent in our society today. One of the most beautiful attributes of humanity is the variety in which it is presented—people of all colors, shapes, sizes, backgrounds and world views walk this planet, creating as they do a tapestry only emboldened by the differences displayed.
At Birthright, we are blessed to be able to serve women from of all ethnic backgrounds regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status. In doing so, we have learned first-hand that diversity is a thing of beauty and value.
Whenever a child is born, the lives of two people are inevitably changed forever as they become parents. Whether married or not, it is important to the development and well-being of a child for his or her parents to maintain a solid parenting relationship founded in mutual respect.
This means making a commitment to keeping your marriage strong if married, or if not married, committing to treating your fellow parent with a respectful and supportive attitude.
We can all benefit from the companionship and closeness of another, and all relationships have their ups and downs. So how can you tell if you and your significant other are in a healthy relationship that can last or one that will soon pass (or maybe should)?
To find out just how healthy your relationship is, ask yourself these questions: