Listen to Demi Lovato's speech about mental illness.

I can't stand the way the media treats young celebrities who have lost their way. We all get lost sometimes. Demi Lovato shows there's another way. And it's awesome and brave and great.


This tough-as-nails Disney star has famously battled mental illness and addiction. But instead of (understandably) dealing with it privately, she has done the complete opposite.

As of March 2015, Demi Lovato has been sober for over three years, and she has allowed us to see her journey.

There's no telling how many young people are hearing her message because of her openness.

Her message about loving your body despite it not being the body of a Barbie Doll...

Her stigma-free message about caring for your mental health...

And (this one's my favorite) her flipping a big ol' bird to the idea that you need to be perfect.

She's become an outspoken advocate for comprehensive care and compassion for those suffering.

Frankly, Demi Lovato tells the Truth We Need to Hear.

Those are just a COUPLE of quotes from her speech at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I've included the whole speech below.

You'll go from "Who's this mom introducing Demi and why do I love her so???" to "Wow, real talk, this feels true and important" to full-on "DEMI IS MY QUEEN" in under 12 minutes.

I did.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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Being an adult is tough.

Nothing can ever fully prepare you for being an adult. Once you leave childhood behind, the responsibilities, let-downs and setbacks come at you fast. It’s tiring and expensive, and there's no easy-to-follow roadmap for happiness and success.

A Reddit user named u/Frequent-Pilot5243 asked the online forum, “What’s an adult problem nobody prepared you for?” and there were a lot of profound answers that get to the heart of the disappointing side of being an adult.

One theme that ran through many responses is the feeling of being set adrift. When you’re a kid, the world is laid out as a series of accomplishments. You learn to walk, you figure out how to use the bathroom, you start school, you finish school, maybe you go to college, and so on.

However, once we’re out of the school system and out from under our parents’ roofs, there is a vast, complicated world out there and it takes a long time to learn how it works. The tough thing is that if you don’t get a good head start, you can spend the rest of your life playing catch-up.

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This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015

Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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