/ ANJALI, 18, INDIA
Saying feminism is unnecessary because you don’t feel oppressed is like saying fire extinguishers are unnecessary because your house isn’t on fire.
I remember my son once asked me, ‘Did you ever, like, kiss in high school?’ And I told him this long drawn-out story of how shy I was, how I finally got a girlfriend but she broke up with me because I was too shy to try to kiss her, and then I had another girlfriend but still couldn’t figure out kissing. The technique was always a big obstacle in my head, like, How do you kiss? Where does your chin go? Forget about anything beyond kissing - first base was a total mystery to me. So I’m telling my son this long story, and he listens patiently until he finally realizes where I’m going with it, and he says, ‘Dad, no. Did you like Kiss in high school? Kiss, the band!’ And I was, ‘Oh yeah, Kiss… they were good’.
The past is where you’ve been, not where you’re going.
Staying up all night seems like an awesome achievement until you actually stay up all night