- You’re doing 90% of the things you said you’ll never do when you were 16.
- Helping your mum around the house doesn’t make you her slave. After all, every superhero needs a trusty sidekick.
- No one drinks alcohol because they like it.
- Coffee doesn’t keep you awake, the habit of drinking it does.
- “Growing up” and “taking responsibility” is not the same thing. You can do one without the other.
- There are days when chocolate is a perfectly acceptable meal.
- Your mother admits she doesn’t always know what’s best for you.
- You stop wasting your kisses.
- Word “cool” takes on a completely different meaning than it did in high school.
- Some people who haven’t touched a book in years start enjoying reading as much as they did when they were 8.
- You never tell your younger sibling they’re annoying when they talk about things that interest them. You’ve learned that’s one of the worst feelings in the world.
- You find yourself teaching your parents about life, not the other way around.
- College is not all that different from high school.
- There are still cliques and means girls and popular kids and those less popular.
- But you are different. You don’t want to just fit in anymore, you want to belong. You don’t want to stretch yourself to fit into someone else’s skin.
- Friends you find in college are most likely for life.
- You start fighting stereotypes.
- “I love you” loses its dramatic flair. It becomes something you need to hear as much as something you need to say.
- You learn that some clichés are real and good - that’s how they became clichés in the first place.
- Sometimes, 10pm is way too late to go out.
- Or to do anything but sleep.
- Your love life is still a soap opera, just with a volume turned down.
- People start taking you seriously, whereas a year ago you were still just a child to them. Sometimes you feel cheated out of life because of that.
- There are things you start looking forward to as much as when you were a child.
- Like Christmas.
- And Summer.
- And ice cream.
- World becomes a never ending hallway of possibilities.
- Some days you feel too small, or too big, for your own body.
- You don’t mind being yourself because you finally start discovering yourself. It’s new. It’s exciting. It’s like visiting a city you’ve seen in pictures, but they’ve never quite felt right.
- Society is messed up.
- People in magazines don’t even look human.
- Crowds don’t seem so crowded anymore, because there’s always someone you know, or someone you would like to meet.
- One month words on paper and scenes on television are so mesmerizing that you don’t leave the house.
- The other you start forgetting how your room looks like.
- Beauty is everywhere.
- Desire to travel rises in you like a hot air balloon.
- You don’t postpone studying anymore. You want to get it over with. You want to live.
- You use sarcasm more than in any other period of your life.
- You get tired of waiting for a cute girl/boy to like you back.
- You do something about it.
- There are worst things out there than rejection.
- Confidence boost.
- Everyone knows how to dance. Even those who don’t have a clue about it.
- Growing older doesn’t seem so scary anymore.
- At 26 you feel the same as you did at 22.
- You do things you’re going to be too ashamed to tell your children about.
- Tequila shots.
- Strip poker.
- Making out with a complete stranger.
- Eating a box of ice cream at 3am.
- Watching a whole season of a television show in one day.
- Having a Marvel marathon.
- Thinking that a box of pizza and six hours of playing a video game is a perfect date.
- Take a risk.
- Visit a theater every once in a while.
- Or a museum.
- Go vine tasting.
- Or poetry reading.
- Join a club. You never know what, or who, you’re going to find there.
- Go to a protest.
- Join a cause.
- You experience heartbreak on a completely other level.
- Happiness takes on a new form.
- Sometimes it’s everywhere.
- Other times it’s nowhere to be found.
- You don’t want this period of your life to ever end.
- You have a feeling it won’t.
That’s got to be the goal: to destroy less and create more. To increase awesome and decrease suck.
~ Hank Green
On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute.
Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.
"You’re allowed to want to kill yourself,
but you’re not allowed to do it.
You’re allowed to fight with your mother,
but you’re not allowed to to leave her crying on your bedroom floor.
You’re allowed to miss your ex boyfriend,
but you’re not allowed to say the scars all over your arms are his fault.
You’re allowed hate the girl who almost got you suspended,
but you’re not allowed to tell her that the world would be better off without her.
You’re allowed to stand on the edge of that bridge,
but you’re not allowed to jump.
You’re allowed to be mad at the world,
but you’re not allowed to blame it for the state you’ve put yourself in.
You’re allowed to be sad,
but you’re not allowed to give up."
The infamous penis cake thanks to Swag!
Shit hit the fan back in August. I took defensive measures. Shit just exploded and became real. I’m glad that I took those measures, but I’m sad that it has come to this. :/
"Breathe. It’s okay. You’re going to be okay. Just breathe. Breathe, and remind yourself of all the times in the past you felt this scared. All of the times you felt this anxious and this overwhelmed. All of the times you felt this level of pain. And remind yourself how each time, you made it through. Life has thrown so much at you, and despite how difficult things have been, you’ve survived. Breathe and trust that you can survive this too. Trust that this struggle is part of the process. And trust that as long as you don’t give up and keep pushing forward, no matter how hopeless things seem, you will make it."
It’s a good feeling when my boss tries to work with my schedule so that we can work together next year. It makes me less scared about being successful. :)
"I’m going to tell you what a demon once told me: It is okay to want your own happiness. It’s okay to care about yourself the most. It’s okay to do what’s healthy for YOU. When someone hits you, it’s okay to hit back and then ask them what the hell they expected. It’s okay. You are not obligated to sit there and smile and swallow every bit of shit everyone heaps on you. You are more than furniture, you’re more than window dressing, you’re not their shiny toy. You’re human, and you have the right to say “That was shitty of you”. You have a right to say “Let me feed that back to you; tell me, how does it taste?” You have a right to protest your own mistreatment and set boundaries for respectful interactions. The rest of the world doesn’t realize you have this right, and they will act offended and appalled when you exercise it, but it is yours."
Things I’m Doing/Getting Once I’m Done Painting for the Summer
- Go to a spa / get my nails done to get rid of all this paint
- new running shoes
- celebratory meal/night
- new phone screen
- new phone case
- fix the trunk of the car
- fix the shock or whatever is making the front tire wobble
- new tires and maybe brakes / brake pads
- maybe detail the car to get rid of the spilt paint
- new cleats
- new clothes
- contacts + new glasses
- Kindle? Nook? Kindle Fire? something to read
- bluetooth for the car so I don’t have to keep making CDs (just ordered)
- bike + lock
- pictures/posters/decorations for my room
- ultimate gear?
Then the rest of the money goes to savings, Roth IRA, bills, rent, tuition.