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Transitioning into where I always intended to be

Editorial by Ms. Doolittle


When I was in middle school, I came across a quote that would reverberate in my mind and heart to this very day. It was said by a German student studying at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich during WWII. She was an anti-Nazi political activist named Sophie Scholl, who, with the help of her brother Hans, and other members of the resistance group The White Rose, spread leaflets and graffiti wherever they could denouncing Hitler and his actions. Scholl said, “Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.”  Can you imagine being that strong? Taking the risks she and others took to rebel against the injustices that were taking place in their world? Even after she was turned in for her “crimes”, and sentenced to death, Scholl stood strong in her beliefs to the very end. Some might say her story would remind you of others throughout history. Figures that are the basis of a religion—Christianity. Learning of Scholl’s story, her quote, and her determination, taught me a few lessons. One, it was important to “stick to your guns”. If I believed in something, I was going to stand my ground. I may never make history, but it was important for me to be true to myself to back the things I believed in.  Two, I saw Scholl’s story as a great example for freedom of speech. Words are weapons, and if you use them wisely, you can affect change around you. I know freedom of speech is a double-edged sword because sometimes you have those that tout their terroristic ideals with words that both hurt some and fuel others to join their cause. It does not make what they say right, or true for that matter, but they should have the right to say what is on their mind. Because, the only way you can create change in the world is to voice it.  And if we were to never let them voice their opinion, then we would not have a right to voice our own. Life is about learning, growing as a person and expanding your insights. How will you do that if no one is allowed to say what they really think? Not to mention, as my father has always tried to teach me, “There’s three sides to every story, yours, theirs, and somewhere in the middle is the truth.” Everyone needs their right to speak so we can find the middle, the truth.  When I first approached the Messenger about writing for them, Conrad Doyle, and his rights to use a pen name to stay anonymous, were a ‘hot button issue’. I wanted to show my support that Conrad be allowed to voice his ideals through a pen name, so I started writing as Ms. Doyle to stand for what I believed in. Now Meade County, it’s time for me to transition into where I always intended to be. Myself.  From here on out I will be writing as Ms. Doolittle. And while I love animals, my pen name is not for the great fictional character who can talk to animals. I talk to my dog a great deal, but if she talks back, I certainly do not understand it.  Instead, Ms. Doolittle is for another one of my favorite fictional characters. Somebody else that I truly felt a kinship to—Eliza Doolittle from the play Pygmalion. In case you are unfamiliar with that play, or its musical adaption as My Fair Lady, let me tell you a bit about Eliza Doolittle.  She is a “Cockney” flower girl selling flowers on the street to people who pass by. She comes from the lower class, and while she is not ashamed of where she comes from, she does yearn for more. And when she meets Professor Henry Higgans, who makes a bet with another gentleman in his upper social standing that he can take someone as simple and uneducated as Eliza from the lower class, and teach her all the social graces and speech patterns of a lady from the upper elite with poise and polish, her life changes forever.  Eliza is polished by Higgins. She is transformed into something she always thought she wanted to be. However, in the end, she also finds her true self, who is a woman that is still not ashamed of where she came from, but also wants more than what society would have wanted her to have in life.  In my life I have been pushed, burnt, left almost in ashes, only to pick myself up and dust myself off. I have had equal moments of love, comfort and ‘polish’ to offset the hardships. Through this, in a way, I feel much like Eliza Doolittle. Life has put me through the trials and tribulations of producing me into something hard, yet beautiful, like a diamond. In my own way I am priceless but fragile at times, much like the gem, and I believe everyone needs to realize their inner worth in such a way. So, here I am Meade County, as I always meant myself to be, Ms. Dolittle. I still stand strong and believe in Conrad Doyle’s rights, but I am glad that perhaps now, you will see more of “me” as I am. Someone who has lived an overrun life of ups and downs and just wants to help others through her experiences. Please feel free to write to me at: msdoolittlesopinion@gmail.com

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