you are creative. you are sporty. you are hard-working. you are something and you have something that is completely unique to you. i think that often we get caught up in this place in our heads where we look at the people surrounding us and get jealous and defensive because they have something we don’t. this of course makes us insecure.
i’m here telling you: it is okay. i tried to be “good” at sports for a long time. i am putting ‘good’ in quotes because it is simply not possible for me. seriously, i am that bad. negative percentage hand-eye and foot-eye coordinated. but you know what?? i can paint and draw really well. also i like the way i load the dishwasher. i have definitely perfected my dish cleaning technique. and baby no one can load dishes the way i can. there is absolutely something about you that no one else has, and that is great. because i think the world would be a really boring place if we all loaded dishwashers the same way.
so discover your something and go be even greater at it. or better, go find a something and be really passionate about it. maybe you are an awesome gymnast or you brush your teeth really effectively. perfect your technique, or use it in a different way than you have before. and for goodness sake let’s stop being jealous of other people and start celebrating them for how incredible and unique they are.
after a sucky hiatus, i am back nerds. and i bring gifts in the form of recs! i haven't been reading anything new exactly (which isn’t true it’s just that i have yet to finish any of the five books i am currently reading), because well busy, but i do come with tidings of some of my favorites.
have you ever had those authors that just spin words and storylines in such a beautiful way you want to cry? i’ve got a couple here for you to check out.
read read read read until your hands bleed,
we haven't posted in, like, two weeks! and we're really sorry about that!! life is stressful and we are busy and we have some pretty valid excuses:
so as you can see, it's not that we haven't wanted to post, it's more like we just couldn't. but thankfully, we know you're all totally awesome people and you get where we're coming from. we really appreciate it (and you). we're looking forward to hanging with you guys more soon!
i like to think that i am a pretty cool person. i know that this is not true, but it makes me feel better about myself. i also like to believe that i am into some pretty cool things. i can say with a sliver of confidence that this may in fact be true.
there are some things i've learned about myself in my eighteen years. i have a very addictive personality. i find something i like. i dive head first into it without abandon. i fall in love. i don't think of consequences i justlovethisthing with myentirebeing. that's just how it goes. so, inspired by mary lynn's post, here are some things that have consumed my time as of late.
what's your excuse for sitting with an open textbook nearby?
the world is a very big place. you’ll come to realize this more and more, especially when you fly the nest. did you know that you need to get through about five levels of conversation in swahili before you can actually say “i had a bad day” because it’s not considered polite to do otherwise? or that people in east africa often speak three languages by the time they reach college?
did you know that sometimes it can be cheaper for you to study abroad for a semester than it would be for you to study in america? did you know that some schools will transfer your financial aid so that it applies still when you go abroad? did you know that there are programs dedicated to helping students like me like you to travel the world and learn cool new things? whaaaaat. yes, it’s real. google it.
let me broaden your horizon and tell you that it’s actually quite possible for you to travel to far-off amazing places where the natives think your name is weird and your accent even weirder. guys, the planet is so awesome and big. i don’t know about you but i have this intense desire to wander and screw money or time because i want to explore.
i think that we often grow up with this equation in our heads: highschool + grades + ACT = diploma + college —> college + boy = husband + career = the rest of your life. well let me tell you that life doesn’t have to be that way girlfriend, or boyfriend whatever. take a gap year, or study abroad for a semester. come to scotland with me and milk goats to pay your way through it. it can be done. it will be done. and we’re going to do it. limits exist because you put them on yourself and i know you’re bigger than that.
close your eyes, spin the globe, and point
mary “all we do is encourage teenagers to rebel” lynn
you’re too freaking young.
you are too freaking young to not be the person you’ve always wanted to be. don’t look back when you’re thirty and regret not doing everything you wanted to. life is too short to care what other people think. wear the dress. buy the shoes. shamelessly love what you want to love. do it without abandon. love loudly. smile too brightly. be happy because finally, the person you are on the inside matches what you see on the outside.
you will get snide comments from that one aunt and your roommate will wonder who the person sleeping one room over has become but it will not matter. i promise. you will be happier that you ever thought you could be.
stop putting it off. go be that person. you've always wanted a tattoo? wanted to dress that way but are afraid of what your friends would say? wanted to listen to that band? wanted to major in art? go. freaking. do it. you were born from stardust and to stardust you will return, but you have this entire "dash" between your birth and death years to fill up. make it magic. do whatever you want to and don't say sorry because in the end, you're the only one who sees the whole thing playback before your eyes. make it worth watching. die with a smile on your face because there's not a thing you would change.
i'm giving you permission to be a little selfish. to care about and for yourself a little bit more. i'm not telling you to say "screw you world!!!" and live as a hermit because you dropped everything and everyone to be this person. there is a way to balanced. find that perfect ratio and laugh when you do. then don't stop laughing.
go dancing or something.
shalom! it is friday again and so we present you with another list of songs to celebrate making it through another week. since all we've been listening to for the past month is walk the moon in preparation for the concert, and all we've been listening to since the concert is walk the moon to help ease the pain, this is a pretty uncreative list. however, we want everyone on earth to know and love this band like we do, so here are our favorites!!!
next in line // walk the moon
be impressive // the griswolds
portugal // walk the moon
fixin' // walk the moon
16 years // the griswolds
aquaman // walk the moon
beware the dog // the griswolds
lisa baby // walk the moon
jenny // walk the moon
love them, danggit!!
documenting the fun years.