I am excited to start Lone Conservative’s first column series that answers questions from our supporters and followers. Every Monday, Lone Conservative will post on either Twitter or Instagram so you can submit your questions that you want answered. It can range from issues on campus to general life struggles.
After growing up in a small town, I decided to attend Penn State Altoona and major in political science. I am certainly not an expert on any topic, but great advice doesn’t have to come from some far-away expert. Often, the best advice comes from those struggling through the same thing. I’ll also get a little help from other members at Lone Conservative, who do have some expertise. Enough about me, let’s get to the questions you guys submitted on our Instagram this past Monday.
Daniel – How do you know when you’re ready to start dating again?
It depends on what happened in your last relationship. If it ended poorly, it takes longer to be ready to date again. You need to take time to mature and grow as a person. Listen to what your last boyfriend/girlfriend said and take the time you need to learn from your mistakes. If you don’t, you could further hurt yourself or another person. There is no real way to tell when you are ready, but if you go on a date and find your mind consumed by thoughts of your ex, that should tell you something. Thinking about your ex here and there is normal whenever you first get back out in the dating scene, but if they are constantly in your thoughts, you aren’t ready.
Chris – How do you deal with the negativity in the media and on social media (not towards you but in general)?
The media will always be slanted towards negative stories because those are the ones that get the most clicks. That helps me remember that there is more positivity in the world that I’m not seeing. Similarly, headlines are made for clicks as well but the news isn’t usually as bad if you read the actual article.
More practically, I deal with the negativity of social media by avoiding social media for a couple of hours and ridding my feed of those who cause the most negativity. Clear up your feed and follow some people who you think bring positivity. Social media is great, but it isn’t necessary for a lot of jobs. Get off of it when it begins to affect your mental health.
Anonymous – How did you establish your beliefs?
Establishing your beliefs is an ongoing process. It started with my family and hometown. I learned from the people around me. Then I began following the news on my own, debating with friends who I disagreed with, and listening to people who knew more than me on certain issues. I started to read more and at the same time, I was becoming more religious. Some of the beliefs I had when I was younger changed and others remained. Beliefs will continue to change or become stronger as you keep educating yourself. Take the time to look into the issues and look to God. You’ll form a solid belief system that way.
Anonymous – What to do when separated from family during COVID?
Two things: pray and use technology. God can reach our family wherever they are and so I pray they’d have the strength to get through this time. Second, we are lucky to live in an age where we can talk to someone across the world with a press of a button. I use social media, FaceTime, text messages, and calls to connect and keep in touch with them. I know we all get busy, but even five minutes on the phone a day will make everyone feel more connected.
Chris – What would you say Trump’s chances of being re-elected are?
I’m not going to speculate on his chances of being elected. However, if I was going to give him advice I would say get off of Twitter and reach out to young people more. Some of his tweets can be funny, but his controversial tweets are far more common and more damaging to his election chances. Young people are driven and passionate. They would be a great addition to his reelection campaign, but he doesn’t make any efforts to connect with them.
These are all the questions that I can answer this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted questions. If your question wasn’t answered, don’t worry, you still have a chance to get it featured in next week’s column! Or you could resubmit your question on Monday on our Twitter when we post about it. You can check back next Friday to see if it has been answered. Hope this advice was helpful and I’ll see you guys next week.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.