101 Reasons To Stay

101 Reasons To Stay

The world may be a big place, but it'd be empty without you.

As humans, we crave to be touched. We crave to have someone listen and words of advice. But when depression gets in the way it seems like it's never enough. You start to feel stuck and hopeless. Then feel like there is nowhere left to go. I remember a time where life was my worst enemy. Waking up every day and sharing breathing space with other people who “didn’t understand me” was the daily struggle.I fought with my family over the smallest issues. I shut out my friends. I saw a therapist. I was on anti-depressants. Emotion always trumped logic. At the end of the day, everything I did to try and improve myself would leave me feeling stable for only a few hours.

Now that I’m in my 20s, I often reflect back to those dark days, where I was almost stupid enough to take my life because I almost let my teenage woes get the best of me. I can talk so casually about this now because I know how common teen depression really is, and I’ve come SO far since then. I’m also evidence that, as the cliché goes, it all gets better with time. But also, I would probably give myself a list of things to live for and look forward to. It was a gradual process for me to learn that, above all, some things and feelings you just have to wait out. And while you’re waiting, it’s the small victories that begin to help you get a grasp on the fact that life has a lot to offer you.

1) It will destroy your parents.

2) Your siblings will never get over it.

3) What about your best friends.

4) People WILL miss you.

5) You can help people.

6) Be able to tell your story.

7) Travel the world.

8) Be able to publish a writing.

9) Think of all the new art you will miss out on.

10) Get a tattoo.

11) Be able to have a drink on your 21st Birthday.

12) Give it time to get better, it will get better.

13) Graduate

14) Get Married.

15) Have kids.

16) Go to concerts.

17) Being able to listen to music.

18) New movies.

19) That next CD from your favorite band/artist.

20) New Books.

21) Meet your idol.

22) Learn to surf.

23) New seasons of your favorite TV shows.

24) Visit New York City.

25) Be able to see yourself recover.

26) Watching the sunset.

27) Wake up to see the sunrise.

28) Be able to try new foods.

29) Be able to go to Museums.

30) Experience a haunted place.

31) Disney.

32) You are a beautiful person.

33) You are precious.

34) Starbucks coffee.

35) Bonfires with friends and family.

36) Being able to meet new people.

37) Hugs

38) Dancing

39) Singing

40) Beautiful beaches.

41) Holidays

42) Rainstorms

43) Being able to be your own hero.

44) Bath Bombs

45) Laughing so much it hurts with friends.

46) You are NEVER alone.

47) Future relationships.

48) Being able to finish your bucket list.

49) Dressing up for formal events and feeling like a princess or prince.

50) Being able to be rebellious at times.

51) Hearing the words "I love you."

52) Long hot showers.

53) Pain is only temporary.

54) Staring at clouds and finding shapes in them.

55) High school reunions.

56) Having the power to make someone smile.

57) Love Stories.

58) Being able to hold babies.

59) Snorting when you're laughing so hard.

60) No one will ever be able to replace you.

61) Hearing someone sing Happy Birthday to you.

62) Think about how many people would blame themselves.

63) One day, your smile will be real.

64)The smell of summer.

65) It is OKAY to not be okay!

66) Eating junk food at 12 am with your best friends.

67) Eating junk food at 12 am with your best friends.

68) The Butterfly Effect: Every time a butterfly flaps it's wings, it changes the atmosphere around it causing (or preventing) a major event somewhere else.

69) It's okay to break down sometimes.

70) Every struggle is the opportunity to grow as a person.

71) Think of the family you will gain blood or not.

72) Watching fireworks.

73) Being able to see rainbows.

74) Being stupid in public because you can.

75) Cuddling under the stars.

76) Making snow angels.

77) Showing your talent off to the world.

78) Need a friend, I'll be your friend.

79) Tree houses.

80) Being able to watch leaves fall in Fall.

81) Seeing shooting stars.

82) Fresh baked cookies.

83) Blowing bubbles on a sunny day.

84) Changing your hairstyle.

85) Making pancakes at midnight.

86) Finding the perfect pair of jeans.

87) Overcoming your fears.

88) Being able to finish a Harry Potter marathon.

89) Seeing your favorite sports team win.

90) Water balloon fights.

91) Being able to go camping.

92) Cute puppies

93) Bubble wrap.

94) Laying in a hammock.

95) Walking bare-foot in the sand.

96) Singing loudly in the shower.

97) Polaroid pictures.

98) Rollercoasters

99) S'mores

100) X-Factor, American Idol, The Voice (be inspired, disgusted or amused by performances)

101) Because you are destined for greatness.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Staying Quiet Is Never The Answer

Never hold in anything—always talk to someone.


"Talk to someone" may be a phrase used all of the time, but I'm serious when I say, talk to someone.

I cannot stress enough the importance of talking to someone when you are going through anything difficult that is bringing you down. Believe me when I say that this is something I had to learn myself. I'm the queen of not talking about anything to anyone and wearing my, "Everything is okay" mask, but that is one of the most unhealthy things you can do. Holding everything in is so damaging to you emotionally and mentally. When you bottle everything, it will eventually all come out and it will be on someone you are close to who had no idea about anything you tell them.

My reason for not talking was always that my problems would add a burden to someone else and I never wanted to do that; the truth is, those that care about you think more about ways they can help than your problems being a burden for them. I've always been the person to hold everything in until it got to be too much and then I would explode on one of the people closest to me; not only was that damaging to me, but it was damaging to my relationship with that person as well.

Talking to someone is one of the most serious things you can do. People have been placed in your life as people you can vent to and tell everything to. I'm not saying vent to everyone in your life, but find at least one person you can trust and talk to them. The more you talk to people and let them in, the easier it gets to become something you do normally and the easier life gets. Even if you don't want to talk to someone close to you, there are hotlines you can call and talk to people who literally do that as their job. Your problems are not a burden and do not need to be held inside.

Talk to someone; the more you do it, the easier it gets.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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