60 Underrated Things In Life

60 Underrated Things In Life

Appreciation for some of life's most discredited pleasures.
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Life is full of many wonderful pleasures that many of us, like myself, often forget about. And it's important to recognize that even on bad days, good things still happen. Focusing on these positive aspects of our day-to-day lives can really change a person's perspective. So in thinking about the little things that make so many of us happy, I've here's a list of some of the best things that often go unrecognized and deserve more appreciation:

1. Sun showers

2. Smiles

3. Cool showers on sunburns

4. Tight hugs

5. Discovering new foods you like.

6. Reading something that really applies to your life.

7. Laying in bed after a long day.

8. And being completely relaxed.

9. "This reminded me of you"

10. Thunder storms

11. The feeling after you cry

12. Outdoor showers

13. The smell of clean laundry

14. Breakfast foods

15. When you don't find out something's on sale until you're at the register

16. Over-sized clothes

17. Contagious smiles

18. Contagious laughs

19. Car rides with that one person

20. When someone makes up their own nickname for you

21. Getting into warm cars on cold nights

22. The person you can send the ugliest snapchats to

23. Random (I miss you/ I love you) texts

24. The city at night

25. Surprises

26. Letters and cards in the mail

27. Hole-in-the-wall coffee shops/ restaurants

28. When someone tells you a secret or opens up to you

29. When you try on clothes in a store and feel super confident

30. Coincidences

31. Blanket cocoons

32. Car windows down

33. Good hair days

34. Really good coffee

35. "Come outside, we're going on an adventure"

36. Days where you're in a good mood naturally and for no particular reason

37. Conquering a fear

38. When they give you a lot of guac at Chipotle

39. New ideas that change your mind

40. Being so comfortable with someone that you can literally talk about anything

41. Home-cooked meals

42. When songs bring back good memories

43. Familiar roads

44. Fresh sheets

45. Tattoo stories

46. Leaves changing color in fall

47. When you think about a song and then it plays on the radio

48. Knowing you did well on a test

49. Non-mainstream playlists

50. Butterflies in your stomach

51. When your package arrives on time or earlier

52. Countdowns to big events

53. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on the beach

54. Finding money you didn't know you had in your wallet

55. When you can't stop laughing

56. When someone knows how you're feeling without having to ask

57. The beginning of new friendships

58. Not-awkward silences

59. When someone remembers little details or random facts about you

60. Genuinely nice people

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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