4 Ways To Learn About You And The World Around You

4 Ways To Learn About You And The World Around You

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This summer for me is all about figuring out who I am and what it is that I want for myself in life. If I put that into deeper perspective, I realize that it's going to take longer than one summer to figure these things for myself. For all I know it could take from a few years to a full lifetime to figure out who I am. But, I do have some suggestions for people who want get started like I have.

1. Go to the Movies by yourself

Everybody says that going to the movies by yourself is a bad thing or it just looks depressing. But why is that? It's not like you're TALKING during the movie, you're simply watching a movie on the big screen as opposed to watching it Netflix on your laptop. It's a nice experience because you're taking the risk of spending money on a movie that you may or may not like. You get to chose you're own movie and don't have to compromise for the sake of the group and you can stay to the end of the credits if you're that type of person. But go to the movies by yourself. Enjoy the movie by yourself and savor the movie knowing that only you saw it.

2. Go to a restaurant by yourself

I've seen several articles online talking about this and this is genuinely a really good thing to do. You learn, just as Marilyn said, to enjoy your own company. While you wait for food, instead of being on your phone, read a book, draw something, or possibly write. And when your food comes, just enjoy eating your food. No talking, no texting, just eating. And don't worry about what others thing of you, if they aren't paying for your food then that don't matter. The wait staff will have immense respect for you as you will for yourself.

3. Get a little lost

Whether your walking around the city or riding the bus, it's okay to get a little lost and confused while trying to figure out where you're going. One night when I was coming home, I got on the wrong bus and I ended up riding it all the way to the end of the line and then waited for it start the ride over to take me home. It took my about an hour and a half longer to get home, but I saw some parts of Houston I didn't even knew existed. Actually by getting lost in Houston I'm learning how big it actually is. But by getting a little lost, or very lost like I get most of the time, it forces you to come up with a strategy on how to get where you're going. And plus by learning all the different ways to get to a destination, you become more familiar with where you're at. And I believe that you can apply that to yourself. If you ever feel lost or down, you'll have to figure out how to pull yourself out and by doing so, you'll learn about yourself.

4. Have conversations with strangers and never know their name

Yup that's right. Have a conversation, but don't introduce yourself. DON'T DO IT. Some people are in your life for a season and maybe that season is only 20 minutes long. What I like about these types of conversations is that it reminds you that there are other people in the world who are living life and you just don't know who they are. It's different when you see people in a public place, they're just people. But when you talk to a person you don't know and keep it as a two strangers having a conversation, their life becomes real and they become a person. They just become the person you had a conversation with. And you'd be surprised how often these conversations can happen and where they can happen. Just be open to them.

And those are my suggestions! These are the things that I've been doing for the past couple of weeks and I feel like a different person. I feel free-er. I feel more connected with the world around me as I learn about myself and the world itself. And I believe by passing on this knowledge, all of us can grow as individuals.

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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 hor 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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5 Reasons My Staycation Is WAY Better Than Your Fancy European Vacation

You don't need a big, expensive vacation to enjoy your summer. Staycations can be just as rewarding.

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Going on vacation during the summer is always a great time. You get to experience a new culture, try delicious new foods, learn about a different part of the world. Vacations are an incredible way to get away from all the important tasks you have. You can hop on a plane and just forget about everything for a week or two and enjoy what life has to offer.

But do you know what is better than going vacation? A staycation! Yes, you read that right. And I know you what are thinking, "Um, no it's not. You're just laying around at home doing nothing." To which I say, yes, you are correct, but there is so much more to a staycation than just laying around the house.

Here are 5 reasons why a staycation is just as fun as a vacation:

1. Money

Let's be real, going on vacations are all fun and games until you have to spend your life savings just to make it happen. You have to spend money on food, drinks, Ubers, souvenirs, etc. Staycations are a lot cheaper and your bank account won't cry for months. You can relax the entire time without having to calculate how much you need to spend on dinner or if you can afford that super cute dress at a store that is only in the country you're in.

2. Home-cooked meals

As college students, this is something we take for granted while growing up. As soon as we're in college, it's ramen noodles and fast food 24/7. A staycation at your parents house in the summer means an endless amount of your favorite home-cooked meals from mom. Sure, authentic Italian food sounds SO good, but what's that compared to your mom slaving away in the kitchen to make sure her child is well fed?

3. Be a tourist

Okay, be honest, you've never gone full tourist in your own city. And that's okay! I get it. Why would you want to go around the town you grew up in and do things that tourist usually do? But here's the thing, it's actually kind of fun. I grew up in South Florida, and every time I get the chance to go home, I find myself doing touristy things with my parents that I never thought I would do. You learn more about the town or city you grew up in, and it's a lot cheaper than flying half-way across the world to see a statue or building.

4. No packing

One of the most stressful things about going on vacation is packing. You have to think about what to wear during the day, for dinner, and something to wear when you go out at night. Let's not forget about the "just in case" items that we always end up packing but never need. Staycations are great because you can roll right out of bed and change into a pair of sweatpants for the 3rd day in a row. You don't have to worry about the airports charging you because your bag was over 50 pounds or making sure you have enough room for anything you purchase on your trip.

5. 24/7 laziness

The best part about summer is all about the level of laziness you can achieve. You've worked endlessly during the school year to get good grades, and now all you want to do it relax. Going on a vacation may be relaxing at some points, but there will still be times where you may want to rip your hair out because of all the (other) tourists around you. Staying at home and watching movies all day and night is truly the best way to reach the maximum level of laziness we all want.

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