40 Little Things That Make Life Worth Living

40 Little Things That Make Life Worth Living

For the days when it feels like there aren't any.

This is for when you fail that test. For when you oversleep again and miss the test altogether. For when you don't get the job you wanted, even though you thought the interview went well. For when you spill coffee on your impeccably-ironed white blouse before the most important interview of your life. For when the person you love breaks your heart. For when you break your own.

Here are 40 little things that make life worth living, for the days when it feels like there aren't any.

1. Hugging your loved one so tight neither one of you can breathe.

2. Seeing couples reunite at the airport.

3. Taking the long route home just to listen to your favorite playlist for a little longer.

4. The smile someone gives you when you accidentally meet their gaze.

5. Black and white photos of your parents.

6. Lying in bed during a thunderstorm. Listening to the rain crash down on the windows. Feeling peace in the violent renewal.

7. Autumn leaves the color of Merlot, and sunlight, and your favorite dark lipstick.

8. First kisses. The lingering glances. The simmering curiosity. The delicate innocence of it all.

9. Laughing so hard your sides hurt.

10. The realization that you’re falling in love again.

11. The restoration of the belief that it’s possible to fall in love again.

12. The jolt in your chest when you think about them.

13. Fresh sheets.

14. Peonies in the spring.

15. The garden scene in Notting Hill.

16. Bonfires at the end of summer.

17. Sunsets.

18. Sunrises.

19. Cities that are so beautiful and beyond anything you ever imagined you feel the strange and sudden urge to cry.

20. Looking around at a concert and realizing that 80,000 strangers have felt the way you’ve felt.

21. Friendships that are bursts of positivity in your life.

22. Dancing until you’re sweating and your feet are aching and you’re feeling more alive than ever.

23. Going out to get breakfast in the middle of the night.

24. Coffee on a Saturday morning. The unhurried walk into the kitchen. The smell of French roast suffusing the room. The caffeine coursing through your veins.

25. Cozying up in front of the fireplace with a blanket, fuzzy socks, and a mug of hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows, always).

26. Burning a new candle.

27. Watching the clouds of your first winter breath hang in the air.

28. Laundry that’s still warm from the dryer.

29. Boys that smell like fresh laundry.

30. Boys whose laughs could cure all the heartache in the world.

31. People who laugh. A lot. Even when their heart aches.

32. Watching your favorite show while taking a bath and noticing how all the words adopt an otherworldly echo.

33. Opening up a new bottle of shampoo and letting the scent of sandalwood and vanilla permeate the space.

34. Opening up a bottle of your favorite wine.

35. Watching a scene in your favorite TV show that brings you so much joy you can’t contain yourself.

36. Watching a scene in your favorite TV show that shatters your heart.

37. Hearing a song that you feel with every fiber of your being.

38. The crispness of the air on the nights where you can see all the stars.

39. Text messages from unexpected people.

40. The kindness of strangers.

Simply wanting to live can be the most impossible goal sometimes. But we have to remember that even on the days when nothing seems to be going our way, there are always things in life that are beautiful. There are always things to anticipate and appreciate. There are always things to live for.

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5 Things I Really Wish I Knew ~Before~ Losing My Virginity

Advice to our younger selves.

Everyone has a first time. We're all at different stages of our lives when it happens, which impacts how we approach the situation and how we feel about it immediately after and in reflections. Some people idealize their first time, some people regret it, some people feel nothing about it. I agonized over my virginity.

I wanted nothing more than to throw it at the first willing participant. I felt that it made me someone inferior to my friends who had already had sex, like somehow I was missing out on some great secret of life or somehow I was less mature than them. I spent a lot of time wishing it would just happen, and then one day, it did when I wasn't expecting it. I don't regret my first time, but because I had wished for it to happen for so long, I had built up this image in my head of how it would be that was completely unrealistic.

So, this is for those girls like me whose imaginations get the best of them. Here are some tips to ease your worries and prepare you for what it's really going to be like.

1. It's going to be awkward.

Not just the first time, every time. No matter how much porn or how many blogs or erotic fiction you read, you will not have any idea what you're doing. The other person probably won't, either. There are too many variables, and you're both so concerned with doing it well, you'll be focused on too many things to properly control your limbs.

2. Don't think about your body.

The angles that are required for things to work leave both participants in awkward positions with limbs in strange places. Don't look at your body; don't even think about where your limbs are. Just keep your eyes and mind on the other person and what they're doing and how you're feeling. If you're feeling bad, let them know, so you can change it. If you're feeling good, enjoy it.

3. Don't do it drunk.

Not even a little tipsy, at least not for the first few times. Alcohol throws in another variable and another reason your limbs are flailing listlessly on top of other unforeseen complications. Just wait until you've had a little practice to introduce alcohol into the mix. You want to actually remember your first time and understand what's going on.

4. You're not going to feel any different after.

I expected to feel a weight being lifted or some newfound maturity, but I really didn't feel any different at all. That's because I really was just the same girl as before. Finally having lost this imaginary flower didn't make me physically any different at all.

5. You're going to feel something.

There wasn't some profound emotional release afterward, either, but I did feel a little different. Again, not in the sense that something had actually change, but I felt different because I had placed so much importance on this, on having sex, and now it had happened. I wanted there to be some big release or celebratory moment, but really, I just felt the same. I didn't even feel a little more mature or experienced. I was positive that if I ever did it again, I would still have absolutely no idea what to do (which was true).

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If You Live By 'Forgive And Forget,' Don't Forget To Forgive Yourself, Too

To heal a wound it helps to stop touching it


Forgive and forget... easier said than done, right?

Some days it's better to act like nothing happen when those that you love hurt you.

Other times you tell yourself to stop being so submissive and toughen up.

If you have a compliant personality naturally and don't like to stir the pot, this predicament leads to you feeling resentful when you are hurt by others.

If you feel like you have been placed into the endless cycle of wondering if it's worth the time to forgive and forget, perhaps take a look at the steps along the way that I try to walk through that makes forgiveness the best form of love. This is not only for them but for yourself, too. Ultimately, the decision to forgive is the one healthiest for the soul.

Yes, not only for that person but for yourself, too.

Feeling resentful, holding grudges or pondering over what you did to make them treat you like this isn't a feeling worth holding on to.

Forgive yourself first.

There are a few thoughts I have when I feel betrayed, hurt or used. First off, try to forgive yourself in all aspects. What have you done wrong in the past? What have other people forgiven you for?

Maybe you let something slip about a friend in a story because you thought it was funny. Or perhaps you forgot to call a person you love during a rough time that individual was going through. Did you accept forgiveness?

It could be that the alternate situation isn't equivalent to the hurt you feel, but admit it, no one is flawless. Everyone has hurt someone in some way or another. For myself, seeing how I have been forgiven for my mistakes and feeling gratitude to those that have given me another chance for saying something I didn't mean, or accidentally hurting them helps me realize that we are all only human.

Remember, when someone does something wrong, don't forget all that they did right.

Most importantly, don't blame yourself.

Forgive yourself for failing to read the signs. Forgive yourself for your kindness and occasional lack of judgment. Forgive yourself for being who you are and not being perfect.

Learn from your mistakes and ultimately, understand that it's okay to mistrust, misjudge, and misread situations, and see the best in people. A friend I have known since high school told me, "Liv, your biggest flaw is that you give people the benefit of the doubt." This is true, but ultimately, if people prove you wrong, that is a reflection on them – not yourself.

Don't allow yourself to feel like a victim for your forgiveness and resent yourself in the process.

After you forgive yourself, forgive them too.

Forgiving yourself is the hardest part. So congratulations, you are halfway there.

Now accept that those that hurt you may not have meant to. Sometimes, it is understandable. Maybe the person didn't know how you felt in that situation or perhaps he or she is going through a rough time. (Benefit of the doubt coming in handy again, see?) The best option, contrary to some people's opinion, is to give people the benefit of the doubt.

In quite a few cases, there is no apology available. In this scenario, it may seem impossible - and you might attempt to “fake it, until you make it" or “forgive, but never forget." Here is the fatal flaw with “forgiving, but not forgetting." This is obtainable if you are to be wary of the person, but conclusively decide to hold onto "no resentment." However, if you choose to have that person in your life that you are consistently wary of is "forgiving, but not forgetting," is it really worth it?

Forgiving doesn't mean holding onto resentment and "not forgetting" is synonymous with that situation. This is a hard concept to grasp – especially for myself. Yet, I am trying to take my own advice, because it takes a lot to give up on a friendship or a person. However, the best approach is to understand and accept people for their actions.

Forgive what happened, mistakes that were made and move on.

Accept apologies, and people for who they are.

Holding onto resentment, grudges and things of the past won't do yourself any favors. Instead, focus on what you learned. Don't get trapped into negative energy because you get out of life what you put in. This can mean wishing the best for a person, holding your memories in a special place in your heart, but moving apart in different walks of your life.

Instead of holding onto resentment, hold onto love.

Don't think of these as “cutting people out" like stems from a flower - help people grow and let them help you grow – whether it is in the same garden or not.

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