35 Things That Are Better Than This Week

35 Things That Are Better Than This Week

Only a slight exaggeration

I had a rough week this past week, and I know I'm not the only one. There's school stuff, family stuff, school stuff, and personal stuff, and sometimes all that stuff stacks up so far that it falls over and causes a huge stressful disaster in your life. For me, that was this week. This week was stressful and hard, and sometimes it just helps to acknowledge how terrible something is. So, on that note, I've written this in honor of my crappy week.

1) Accidentally shaving your head and then trying to play it off as a bad hair day

2) Reaching into a box of your favorite snack and realizing that the box is empty

3) Being caught in the rain with no umbrella on the day you decided to wear neon pink leopard print underwear

4) Your favorite team leading the entire game and losing in the last 30 seconds because of a bad call

5) That moment in the Princess Bride when Westley and Buttercup think they're safe from the Fire Swamp only to be captured seconds later

6) Thinking it's Friday and then finding out that it's actually Monday

7) Finally getting food when you're super hungry and then spilling it everywhere

8) Your phone/computer dying halfway something really really important

9) Being late and in a rush and your car won't start

10) Realizing at 2 am that you have a 10 page paper due the next day

11) Having a horrible fight with one of your best friends and then remembering it's their birthday

12) Having to sit through a Twilight movie while sitting between Edward Cullen fangirls

13) The moment you realize you've forgotten something extremely important

14) Getting a paper cut between your fingers and then dipping your hand in lemon juice

15) All the cheese sliding off the pizza slice

16) Your favorite band breaking up

17) Someone saying "We need to talk"

18) Your mother using your full name

19) Losing your wallet and finding out someone in Dubai bought $4000 worth of jewelry with your credit card

20) Being stuck in traffic miles from the nearest highway exit with only 1 gallon of gas in the tank

21) Going to a restaurant and asking for Coke/Pepsi and they only have the other one

22) Getting halfway through a Big Mac and finding a long hair hanging out of your mouth

23) Stubbing your pinky toe on the corner of a wall

24) Eating nothing but raw spinach leaves for an entire week

25) Sleeping only in 1 hour increments for a month

26) Remembering that today is your anniversary and you haven't done anything for it

27) Attempting to dye your hair and instead you somehow bleach your eyebrows

28) Getting tattoo with a word misspelled

29) Going on a blind date and finding out you're related to your date

30) The world being completely out of ice cream

31) Only decaf coffee existing

32) Having to go everywhere on stilts while hopping on one foot

33) Broken headphones

34) A baby screaming the entire time on a 13 hour flight

35) The 2016 presidential election

So, I hope everyone's next week is better than this past one was. And may none of these things ever be comparable to your life.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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