With the inauguration of our infamous president elect just around the corner, many are finding themselves in a state of understandable disheartenment. It’s easy to become discouraged when the future leader of our country continues to give us numerous reasons why he should in fact not be in this position.
However, in times like these it is more important than ever to focus on the positive and persevere. That being said, we’ve had quite a few individuals who have given us reason to say “hell yeah” this week even in the wake of overwhelming negativity. So, take a break from the darker corners of reality and allow these people to make you smile.
1. The Bush twins
With just a short week until the Obama family leaves the White House, the Bush sisters sat down and penned a heartfelt letter to Sasha and Malia advising them on the next chapter of their lives as former First Children.
“We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease. And through it all you had each other. Just like we did. Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children — a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines. But you have so much to look forward to. You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.”
*Sniff* We’re not crying, you’re crying.
Though we will miss every member of the Obama family, we are excited to see what the future holds for these two influential young women.
The full letter can be found on Time.
2. This badass grandma
Next on our list of people who made us say “hell yeah” this week is this amazingly badass 65-year-old grandmother who does CrossFit. As in the series of intense physical exercises like squats, kettlebell swings, push-ups, etc. Freda Bernadette has 11 grandchildren who she says are her inspiration for staying impressively fit.
Can you say #Goals?
Freda explains that she’s driven by her desire to live long enough to see all her grand kids grow up.
“I’m here working out because I want to live longer. I want to be able to watch my grandchildren grow up.”
She trains at CrossFit Grace in Boiling Springs, South Carolina and in addition to being an all around fearless physical warrior, she’s probably one of the cutest grandmas we’ve ever seen.
If she doesn’t inspire you to fulfill your New Year’s resolution and get back in the gym, we don’t know what will.
3. Idris Elba
To be honest, we’d love to give this beautiful gift to humanity a permanent place on our list every single week. I don’t think anyone would mind, right? However, there is a specific reason we’ve selected him today. In addition to his glorious existence, Idris Elba has announced this week that he’s giving fans the opportunity to be his valentine. Yes, this is real life.
In a recent Facebook live video Elba invited fans to enjoy his company on a Valentine’s date.
“I’d like you to be my Valentine,” he says. “And once we’re feeling comfortable, we can order whatever your heart desires. Maybe some truffles, perhaps some steak. Pepper soup and Fufu. That’s an African dish, and you pound the yams. And you know what? I’ll let you pound my yams.”
We might need a minute.
The campaign is part of an initiative to raise funds for W.E. Can Lead, an organization that provides education and leadership opportunities for young women in Sierra Leone and across the continent of Africa. Every $10 donation to the Omaze page earns you one ballot entry The more you give, the likelier you are to be picked. You can also get additional prizes (T-shirts, signed merch, etc.) if you donate more.
Well, I know where my paycheck is going…
4. This wonderfully petty man
No one and I do mean NO ONE, enjoys a trip to the DMV. The experience is one that can only be compared to teeth-pulling sans numbing shots. Even the people who work at the DMV hate the DMV and anyone who dares set foot in its facilities.
This is probably why we found so much joy upon hearing about an admirably petty man, who after fighting with the Department of Motor Vehicles for a considerable amount of time, decided to pay his $2,987.14 tax bill in only pennies. In case you were wondering, that amounts to nearly 300,000 pennies weighing 1,548 pounds and taking five full wheelbarrows to transport.
Our hero, Nick Stafford, had been fighting with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia since September and was finally pushed to the limit.
“It shouldn’t matter if you pay $300 per year in income taxes or pay $300,000 per year in income taxes like myself, because the backbone of a free democracy/republic begins with government transparency, period,” he said.
He said the DMV was required by law to accept the unrolled pennies because of a federal act that specifies coins to be “legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues.” According Stafford’s statement, it took the staff at the local DMV more than 12 hours to count the coins.
5. Joe Biden
Last, but certainly not least this week on our list of people who made us say “hell yeah” is the one and only Joe Biden. Though there are numerous reasons as to why this vice president restores our faith in humanity, last night was an especially memorable moment in history.
According to the NY Times, After inviting Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, to the White House for a private farewell, President Obama instead brought him into a room filled with his friends, family and colleagues to present him with the nation’s highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
For the first time, Mr. Obama awarded the medal with distinction, an added level of veneration that previous presidents had reserved for recipients like Pope John Paul II and Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state.
“To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully,” Obama said during the televised ceremony as Biden wiped tears from his eyes.
It was clear that Biden had no idea such an immense honor was to be bestowed on him and we were all crying. There is no one more deserving.