10 People Who Were Definitely On Your AIM Buddy List

10 People Who Were Definitely On Your AIM Buddy List

"The girl who was oddly obsessed with beaches even though you lived inland."
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AIM was the best way to contact your friends back in middle school. As soon as you got back from a tough day of learning pre-algebra, nothing was more satisfying than sitting down at your desktop computer, opening AIM and hearing the door creak open as all your best friends became available to chat. But what did the username you chose say about you?

1. The animal lover

Ex: horseluver227, puppyluv99, xxKittyCatGirlxx

Whether domestic or farm, if you loved a certain animal it was definitely mentioned in your AIM username. Because your friends probably didn't know how much you loved animals already based on the 7 horse folders and horse backpack you carried around school.

2. The athlete

Ex: footballguy88, batnballgirl2213s (mine), soccernumber4

Its not like you frequently talked to people you didn't know. Everyone you talked to probably knew you played sports. But, that did not stop us from reminding our friends with every message that we played these sports. Because, you know, in middle school sports are taken very seriously.

3. The flirty girl

Ex: xoxoMiiiikaylaxoxo, KatieLovesYoux0x0, emiilyyXx

Lots of X's, lots of double letters and maybe your "xoxo"s were made of 0s. These were the girls who got to talk to the cool athlete boys even when your username CLEARLY stated you also played sports. Those double lettered hoes always got the man.

4. The movie/TV show obsessed person

Ex: TwilightLuvEdward, starwarzluvr99, ilovehannahmontana22

Because as we have learned, if you love something and it doesn't make your AIM username, did you really love it?

5. The jokester

Ex: JACKofalltradez21, MARYhadalilLamb

Making a pun with your name certainly meant that you were the class clown. If you were a jokester but couldn't make a name pun, sucks for you.

6. The person who was oddly obsessed with beaches even though they lived inland

Ex: beachbabyyyxoxo, bikinibabe25, beachlooover29

Because being surrounded on all sides by land and never seeing a beach with your own two eyes did not stop you from making it the core of who you were on AIM.

7. The boring person

Ex: JessicaSmith24, Annie32Jones, LilyElizabeth44

Maybe your love for animals, sports or beaches just didn't beat out using, you know, your name. But just know we all thought you were lame.

8. The obsessed-with-your-significant-other

Ex: ilovebraddxoxo, mikesbabe33, megansdude4411

There weren't many of these people, but they were there. They are most likely the people who's text signature was the date they started dating their significant other. This too-close couple were often spotted making out during lunch even though you were all 12.

9. The one who was oddly mature for being a 6th grader

Ex: sexylexi27, catherinehottiexoxoo, lildevil6

There's just something about being a 12-year-old and calling yourself sexy. Didn't your moms check your AIM conversations to make sure they were appropriate?

10. The generic personality trait

Ex: Bubbly77, funluvr88, sillygirl79172

Because why leave it to your school pals to find out that you are a fun-lover or that you're bubbly when you can save them the trouble and just make it your username.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Fall in love with being alive

Stop waiting for tomorrow, live for today.

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Every day, I wake up and I instantly think about all the things I have going on: Am I working? Spending time with family and friends? Relaxing? Whatever the case, my thoughts immediately delve into the course of events I have set out to follow that day, that week, that month, etc.

I don't know if any of you relate to this, but it seems my days are so meticulously planned out, every day just another checklist to finish before I hit the pillow and get ready to do it all over again. Go to work. Work out. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Living life in a constant cycle, I sometimes find myself dreading my daily activities, always anticipating the next event, not being happy with where I am right now.

Because of this, I wonder: Am I ever living for today, or even better, the present moment?

As I consider this question, a quote from Thích Nhat Hanh comes to mind:

"We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive."

What has happened to me, to us all, that we are so focused on always pushing forward, on preparing ourselves for the next two, ten steps, that we have diverted our focus from our current surroundings?

It seems to me to we do not only have difficulty remembering we are alive in the present moment as Thich Nhat Hanh says, but also that we have forgotten to fall in love with simply being alive.

I have talked about mindfulness and living in the present moment before, and today I want to go even deeper, to really consider what it means to live to be alive, and nothing else.

One of my favorite quotes goes, "I hope there are days where you fall in love with being alive," and that is something that I wish for you, that I wish for me.

I'd like to say that I have a good idea about how to do this, but, as I was explaining earlier, I am in the same trap of mindless routine as you all. Yes, I do many things to help shift this mindset, but there are still days that I forget what a blessing it simply is to be alive, to be walking this earth.

As I'm writing this and considering more what this idea of falling in love with being alive means, the image of children comes to my mind.

Think of a baby, or a small toddler who gets excited at the little things. You can be playing peekaboo or giving them their food, with a spoon coming at them like an airplane and you will find them smiling like crazy, giggling endlessly.

There is something so pure, so innocent, so freeing about how satisfied children are while doing such mundane things. This is a feeling I think we should all aim to embody in our daily lives.

I think what it comes down to is not only doing our very best to live in the present and live for today, but living for the little moments. I find the days I am most at peace with my life are the days where I embrace someone giving me an offhand compliment, I sit down and truly enjoy a good meal, I have a really satisfying workout, or have a day full of good conversation.

We spend our lives always pushing forward for the big moments, but I think, in the end, it's the little moments that make it possible for us to fall in love with life.

I am not by any means suggesting we stop our daily pursuits. What I am saying is that we take time to reflect and really enjoy the little moments that make up the bigger picture of our life. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. Remember that.

Fall in love with the way the sunshine hits your face when you walk outside, the sound of one of your loved ones laughing, the relaxation you feel when your head hits the pillow after a long day, the laughter that comes from your favorite tv show.

These everyday occurrences are what matter most.

The big moments are only time markers enveloping the little moments that make life worth living.

I believe in you, readers. Start living for today, for right now. Start falling in love with being alive.


Talk soon,

Sam

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