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Today, my best friend is staying with my family permanently until she finishes high school next year. Last month her family was involved in a car accident on the way home from dinner. Her father’s mini-van was hit by an SUV, knocking it upside down, and off a pretty steep mountain road. My best friend’s mom, dad, and younger brother all passed away at the scene of the accident, while my friend walked away with just a few cuts and bruises. Her strength through all of this, and her ability to still laugh at my jokes MMT.

#16519 (1) - Jul 29, 2012 by sarajlewis - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (791) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, I took a friend for a burger to try to her cheer up after a tough day. When we got our sodas, the kind she wanted was gone. In a state of frustration, she complained aloud about all the things that had gone wrong today. As she was saying this, a middle-aged man who was missing his both of his legs from the knees down rolled up to the soda fountain in a wheel chair. He said to her, "Cheer up, dear. As long as you've got air to breathe, it's a pretty good day." MMT

#16517 (2) - Jul 28, 2012 by Anonymous - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (624) - No, that made me sleepy. (24)

Today, I awoke to find several texts from my friends either asking if I was ok, or saying they were fine. After a little while, I learned about the deadly theater shooting that happened just a few miles from where I live. The fact that so many of my friends were at midnight showings of batman last night, and one of my friends was invited to see batman at the very theater of the shooting but didn't go, MMT.

#16515 (0) - Jul 28, 2012 by Shino - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (440) - No, that made me sleepy. (12)

Today, I am in Syria working as an amateur reporter for a popular political news website. I was shot at today by a group of armed insurgents. As bullet flew in every direction, I ducked behind a brick wall and crawled to safety inside a school house. I was bleeding – but only barely. When I got to the restroom to clean myself up, I realized I had small cuts/burns on both of my ears. A bullet had grazed each of my ears, missing my head by less than an inch… twice in a row. MMT

#16512 (0) - Jul 27, 2012 by ronni - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (874) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, my oldest daughter gave birth to a beautiful little girl, my first grandchild, while two floors above, my youngest daughter had her first chemotherapy treatment. MMT

#16511 (0) - Jul 27, 2012 by dad - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (734) - No, that made me sleepy. (11)

Today, I told my mom about the huge argument I got into with my husband. I admitted that it was my fault, and that I yelled at him because of my own insecurities that were created by the unhealthy nature of my previous marriage. My mom listened and let me cry, and then said, “If you carry old bricks from your past relationship to your new one, you will build the same structure that fell apart before.” MMT

#16499 (0) - Jul 23, 2012 by Chelsea27 - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (561) - No, that made me sleepy. (16)

Today, I find myself increasingly unsure about the "American dream." I grew up in a small town, with little abject poverty, in a white middle-class family. But now I'm interning at a non-profit in a city that works with current and former prisoners to get them on track. Seeing them fight so hard for what I've taken for granted, and seeing the laws and odds in their way that almost seem to be designed to keep power in the hands of people like me, MMT.

#16488 (3) - Jul 21, 2012 by iwannafixit - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (344) - No, that made me sleepy. (22)

Today, my mom told me that earlier my sister said 'you know she is really pretty.' And I said thank her for the compliment, but I still can't forget all the times in school when all those popular people told me otherwise. The fact that things from so long ago are still lingering in my mind MMT.

#16485 (3) - Jul 20, 2012 by Anon - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (239) - No, that made me sleepy. (58)

Today, I have been teaching a hard-of-hearing child swim lessons for 3 weeks. I found different strategies to accommodate his disability, and he and I understand each other. His mom came to watch his swim lessons for the first time today. About halfway through she told me that he kept looking at her and that I must be doing a poor job helping him understand. In reality he was looking at her to make sure she was watching what he had learned. The extent of her unawareness with her own child MMT.

#16482 (0) - Jul 19, 2012 by swimmersarah - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (743) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today, as with every day, I send a guilty wish that my illness was physically visible. Then maybe people would understand how disabling the mental struggle I go through every day is and my inability to complete simple tasks when I look like I'm fit and healthy. The toll a mental illness can take and how it can destroy lives without even showing itself MMT.

#16476 (5) - Jul 18, 2012 by fighting myself - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (575) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, I learned for the first time that my parent’s marriage started with my mom cheating on her ex-husband with my dad. The fact that my parents have been married for over 16 years without any marriage issues that I know of, and that my dad was once sort of like my mom’s ‘mistress’ MMT.

#16473 (1) - Jul 17, 2012 by MissJ - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (309) - No, that made me sleepy. (61)

Today, at sixteen, I constantly beat myself up for any little misstep, any mistake academically, athletically or musically. I look at my body, which after years of running has yet to become society's version of beautiful, and wonder what is wrong with me. I just want to feel beautiful and worthy, but I don't... and think that I am doing things right. MMT

#16472 (3) - Jul 17, 2012 by i'mhere - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (318) - No, that made me sleepy. (140)

Today the local news aired a story about the bully who taunted me to the point of tears almost every day in elementary school. He has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder of an elderly man. As he sits in jail, I am graduating college and still trying to get over all those years of bullying, but the fact that he eventually got what he deserved MMT.

#16470 (3) - Jul 16, 2012 by Anonymous - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (449) - No, that made me sleepy. (28)

Today, I realized that the reason I am so afraid of attending school again is not the coursework, but the fact that once again I will be asked the dreaded question: "Where are you from?" and I will be reminded that I've never really had a place to call "home." MMT

#16468 (5) - Jul 16, 2012 by 16th Move - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (365) - No, that made me sleepy. (30)

Today, at 16, I am the youngest person in the room at an alcoholics anonymous meeting. An 86 year old man is here speaking with over 40 years of sobriety. The effects of drugs/alcohol on both the young and old MMT.

Today, I realized that I'll never again wonder, "What if?" about my potential future with you. It's not because I'm finally over you, and I'm never going to say goodbye to someone that's become a great friend as you have; it's because for the first time in far too long, I just want to feel happy by myself, without your thoughts in my head. So this is me, saying goodbye to your "what if." MMT

#16464 (2) - Jul 15, 2012 by anona - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (364) - No, that made me sleepy. (72)

Today my dog Lance has been with my family for 12yrs and shared my two kid's childhood. He can't walk now so I drove him thru our favorite park for one last "victory lap" on the way to the vet. Then I sat on the vet's floor with him for an hour, feeding him treats and talking. He died peacefully with his head in my lap and at that exact moment I had the clearest day dream of him running freely alongside my Dad who died 32yrs ago, and it MMT.

#16463 (0) - Jul 14, 2012 by dave7 - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (810) - No, that made me sleepy. (14)

Today, I was on the bus and I saw a family of ten get on. At first I was annoyed because there were just so many of them, and they were all talking. But as I sat and observed them, as they conversed and laughed about the simple things in life, I realized it was envy. No one in my family even calls each other anymore. MMT

#16460 (0) - Jul 14, 2012 by Misguided Ghost - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (420) - No, that made me sleepy. (15)

Today as I sit here excitedly awaiting my husband's arrival home from work I am in awe of how much I love him... Even though I learned last year, one week after we had the wedding of my dreams, that he cheated on me at 6 times throughout our 6 year relationship. The combination of the resiliency and blindness of love MMT.

#16459 (3) - Jul 14, 2012 by Anonymous - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (195) - No, that made me sleepy. (390)

Today, after he hit, I cried in my best friend’s arms. “I’d rather be with him than be alone,” I said. “Why?” she asked. “Because I hate being lonely,” I said. “Well, being alone does not always mean you are lonely, and being lonely does not always mean you are alone,” she replied. MMT

#16457 (0) - Jul 13, 2012 by JenBee - Miscellaneous - Yes, that made me think too! (376) - No, that made me sleepy. (38)

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