Warning: Yes I realize this is a tantrum but I have a point. Bare with me.

I’m getting real sick and tired of everyone’s opinions lately. Especially when they are about ridiculous things. I can HONESTLY say I have never noticed that Starbucks had “special” red cup until this last week. Seriously people? It’s a freaking cup. Get over your basic selves. Oh some pretty girl on Instagram called social media evil? How dare she. Target made an “OCD” shirt that is so offensive? Guess what. People miss use and “self diagnose” the term OCD everyday! McDonald’s has breakfast all day now? Wait, that’s awesome…

I realize that everyone has their own experiences and responses to these “controversial” topics for a reason but don’t you think we are throwing these things a bit out of proportion? Do you even know what is going on in the world right now? Let me break it down for you:

-In the last week alone 3 children under the age of 10 have been brutally tortured and murdered
-The government has confirmed that combat has been happening in the middle east
-Two planes have crashed and killed (combined) over 500 people
-We are deciding on a new President of the United States (who are you voting for?)
-China is allowing people to have more than one child now
-China’s stock market has also crashed twice and their government has been shut down
-Greece is in an economic crisis as well
-Europe has announced they will take in 800,000 refugees in the next year
-The largest ever US bank data breach happened the other day with over 100 million people effected

Just to name a few. I could go on and on about bigger issues going on that we really should be focusing on but I won’t. I learned a long time ago that sometimes little things really do matter and strongly effect people’s lives. I am not discrediting anyone’s opinions or feelings about these topics; I’m just really tired of what people waste their energy on. Also, I hate that everyone dressed up as Star Wars this year. I get it, a new one is coming out. But that is besides the point. 
It is so sad for me to realize that the society we currently live in is more concerned about red cups and people celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving than actual issues. We spend so much time, energy, and effort on small things that in the long run truly have no effect on our lives or future lives. We should be spreading that passion and energy to things that coincide with our values. 
I feel like people these days are so afraid to voice their opinion because they care too much about what other people will think about them or because they are afraid to make change. I am no exception to this. I have kept quiet about some topics because I know that they are sensitive and I am afraid of hurting feelings of people close to me or creating a big debate that I really don’t want to be a part of. Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid to voice my opinion if it directly effects me or someone I love so pick your battles I guess. 
Anyways, I am not really sure where I was going with this.  I just wanted people to know that I am aware of what’s going on in the world but I also am aware of what is important and what won’t matter two weeks from now. Or maybe I was just inspired by this post on The Daily Tay which I completely agree with….
 I challenge everyone to evaluate your values and truly think about what you want to be in the next 10 years and surround yourself with people, activities, etc. that will get you there. 
Okay, I’m done. 

31 thoughts on “Is everyone done throwing their tantrums?”

  1. Great posts and great points.
    You know what is super strange about all this “red cup” stuff? I haven't actually heard one person say they were offended. I have only seen people talking about how “other people” were offended. It's interesting.
    Oh no! Where were these kids that got tortured? The USA or elsewhere?

    You asked who we were voting for. I am a conservative person, so I will go with a republican, I just really, really, REALLLLLYYYY hope it isn't Trump. I think his policies are mostly awful, but I don't like any of the democrat candidates any better. I really like Carson and I like Paul. How about you?

  2. That is a great point! I have heard people say they were offended but they are “joking” which is ridiculous because why be sad or offended about something if you really don't care? Yes the kids were in the US.

    I totally agree with you on Trump. I just don't trust him and even though he has some good points I don't think his intentions are well. I feel like he will be another Obama and be all talk and no game. He has some ideas that seem intriguing and it seems like he really does want to help America but I just feel like he is so fake. I really like Rubio and probably follow him the most along with Carson.

  3. Amen! It's crazy how fired up people get about ridiculous things like that. Why in the world do we expect companies to honor a holiday for our religion? It's just silly to me that people worry about that kind of thing when there are so many other issues to think about. Thanks for your honesty here!

  4. Thank you for saving what I was thinking. There are such bigger issues in the world and some people have nothing going on in their life so they have to find something to be upset about. Frankly I think that making the cup solid red was more considerate of the diversity in our country because it doesn't lean towards a certain holiday. Either way its a cup… if it bothers them so much go to one of the other million coffee shops and cafes in the world..Starbucks will continue to sell coffee with or with out them.
    Also I don't know if you're an Ellen fan but she did a wonderful response to “cup gate” I 'd recommend you check it out.

  5. This is a fantastic post! I feel that way all the time. As a journalist primarily, these issues are so close to heart and it makes me saddened, and a bit upset, that people focus so much on these trivial things in life. There is a much bigger picture out there and they should be discussed just as much, if not more, than silly #firstworldproblems things.

  6. From your brain to fingers to the screen—I 100 percent agree with every single word! Seriously it's a damn CUP. Who cares about the color? If you are so offended, don't go to Starbucks or bring your own damn cup!

  7. The crazy part of it all is that Starbucks has NEVER put anything on the red cups that is Christ centred, no manger, no three wisemen, none of that. So everyone needs to just get their panties out of the knots they are in and chill out. A red cup is NOT going to save you.

  8. This was a great post for me to read to stay motivated and engaged on this Friday. Thanks for the reminders and for putting this wake up call out there!

  9. I couldn't agree more! It honestly it's so frustrating and sad to me to think of the society that we live in and what is “normal”. I can't wait to tell my grandchildren they things we used to say and worry about haha

  10. Great point! That is probably what they were thinking when they just went simple with the red. But of course dunken donuts had to step in and “fix” the issue. Probably was a marketing scheme to begin with. I LOVE Ellen but I haven't watch that yet so I will go check it out!

  11. I couldn't agree more! It absolutely blows my mind what people consider and issue and how there is so little interest in actual issues. And even when people are aware of what is going on they make it about themselves or don't actually attempt to help or make change.

  12. Exactly! Even with everything that is going on with Paris I am still amazed at how many people are “showing” support but not actually doing anything to help or actually looking up what is going on. Just today I was having a conversation with my friend and they thought it was annoying how everyone was so concerned and they had NO idea how big of a deal it really was. And I've heard the opposite as well, people being very concerned and posting nice thoughts and pictures but still not fully understanding the whole story.

  13. Preach girl preach! I could not agree with you more. Everyone is offended by stuff that doesn't really matter while there are so many bigger issues that need to be addressed. I think the red cup is festive and not by all means a symbol of Christmas but just a fun way to get people in the mood about the holidays. Speaking of bigger issues, this is the first year where I've actually watched some of the political debates. We are republican so I've only watched those debates but I'm like Ben Carson a lot.

  14. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  15. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  16. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  17. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  18. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  19. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  20. I have heard such devastating news in the Chicagoland area regarding deaths of children and babies, not to mention, of course, the tragedy in Paris. There are wayyyy more important issues than the darn red cup! Thanks for shedding light on this, Chandler.

  21. It is crazy to think that all those huge events are completely overshadowed by a tiny little red cup! I didn't even know most of those – it's sad, both for myself and the country.

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