20 Things Only Pale People Understand

20 Things Only Pale People Understand

The Struggle of Being Pale
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Summer and I have a very love/hate relationship. I love summer because I get to just relax and not worry about tests and essays. I hate summer because summer makes everyone I know turn into bronze gods and goddesses, while I'm just sitting here looking like the White Witch from Narnia. All year round I am the exact same color except when the sun burns me to a crisp then I turn 50 shades of red. When winter rolls around most people return to the pale status that I uphold all year round. My fellow all year round pale people, this article is for you because only you can truly the struggle of being actually white as snow.

1. All your friends always compare their tan skin to yours to make themselves feel even better about tan they are compared to you.

2. "Nude" colored anything makes you actually look naked.

3. Essentials for the beach include: umbrella, SPF 10000000, hat, all sorts of cover ups to ensure maximum protection from those UV rays.

4. Getting so self conscious to the point where you buy all the fake tanners in the world and every single one, no matter what brand, always manages to turn you into a pumpkin.

5. The flash on the camera automatically turns you into a ghost.

6. Realizing that everyone squints at you when you walk around on an especially sunny day because you're literally blinding them.

7. People always joking about how you're either albino or a vampire.

8. Sometimes when you wear an all black outfit you come across as goth without trying.

9. All foundation and concealer is literally too dark for you.......even the lightest shade.

10. Bruises show up 10 times more clear on your skin, the combination of the purple and blue bruise against your pale skin enhances how the ugly the bruise is.

11. Blushing is the worst possible thing in the world because it is so noticeable to everyone in the room.

12. People constantly point out your paleness, the phrases "wow you're like really pale" and "oh wow you're so white".


13. You get super red after working out and people stop and ask you if you're alright because they are concerned about how red your face got.

14. People always say that their sunburns turn into tans and then they assume that happens to us pale people, but no it doesn't it fades back into a lovely snow white.

15. You get a sunburn when your sun roof is open in your car.

16. Sometimes people ask you if you're feeling okay because you're paleness is mistaken for sickliness.

17. After a nice long winter of wearing pants you start to dread the day where you have to put shorts on again and show you're pale legs to the world.

18. Your veins are always visible to the world.

19. When people tell you that you better sit in the shade and cover up or they say the whole "ooooh you're going to get so burnt".

20. Giving up on staying out of the sun because you could honestly still get a sunburn even if you were encased in darkness.


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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things You Say To Your Roommates Before Going Out

The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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7 Thrifty Reasons You Should Shop At Flea Markets

Pop-ups and vendors have a little bit of everything.

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Shopping is not always fun, especially when it is for the same things you wrote a list of. Week in and week out, you find yourself frequenting those commercial brands and store chains all too often. There are better outlets to check out and the best part is, they do not require any prep time. These are the reasons to go shopping at flea markets.

1. Special finds.

Price tags can make your wallet cry bloody murder sometimes. Rather than buy that name brand collection that costs the same as your rent, buy something that fulfills the same value. Flea markets have something unique to offer and for fair prices too. The owners and vendors may even be so willing and friendly enough to negotiate costs. Whatever you buy, it will be worth every penny.

2. Bang for your buck.

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The amount of creativity, ingenuity, and variety behind the vendors and pop-ups at open markets is hard to find anywhere else. You never know what to expect and it is something different every time you go. You may even become a loyal customer to the makers and small businesses out there.

3. Shopping without the chore.

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Shopping does not have to be a chore or a listed aim. The whole point of window shopping is to daydream about something you find of value and to humor the thought of maybe purchasing that item. Now imagine window shopping but without the window. That is what shopping at a flea market feels like; no lists directing you, just an open curiosity.

4. Shop on the go.

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Most flea markets are open during regular business hours but that does not mean you have to be the first one there come sunrise or the last one there sundown. Plan your day around it, make it a ritual to visit your local vendors and attend special events in your area. It is a good experience to spend some of your time and money on or just to share with friends and family..

5. Start small, think big.

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Small businesses are nothing short of inspiring. Their commitment to quality goods and services is unmatched compared to faceless, nationwide corporations. When you shop small and local, you get to see familiar faces you can trust and come back to without hesitation. They know their products and people intimately, and that is priceless.

6. Go for the pop-up, stay for the Gram.

Discovering something or someone new is an experience you will not forget. Capturing those moments and saving and sharing them lets you relive your market day experience. You have a good time shopping for curio while the shops and small business owners gain some new customers. Flea markets offer the best of shopping and entertainment.

7. Support local and small business.

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The dollar does not stop here. With your purchase at a local shop or small business, you are supporting the owners and quality that they can deliver, time and time again. Not only is it convenient for you as a shopper, but it is helping the community grow culturally and economically through these local, small, but unique shops.

Flea markets make up more than vintage items. They are the place where commerce and culture create better communities.

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