7 Phrases You Should Start Saying

7 Phrases You Should Start Saying

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1. You like it, I love it

This is one is my go to whenever I’m trying to be supportive of something don’t agree with. This is a good one whenever your friend is dating that weird guy you really don’t care for but you still want her to know you have her back. It’s a great way to show that you love and support whoever it is your saying this to no matter what bad decision they’re making.

2. Who do you think I am? Boo Boo the Fool?

I am just now recently using this one and I love it. My dad used this a lot when I was younger when I was younger when I thought I was being sneaky, and actually wasn’t. This is the phrase to allow the person you’re saying it to know that you can see through the BS. It’s great comeback to when someone is trying to lie to you and you know they’re lying. It in a way lightens the mood, but also lets them know that you aren’t stupid.

3. That’s between you and Jesus

Has your friend ever done something wrong, and then tells you about it? Then you hear this awful thing and you want to tell her she’s wrong but don’t know how to say it without being rude? This is what you say. It gives off how you feel about the situation without even having to say what you feel.

4. There are bigger things

I love this saying because sometimes I think that people forget how fortunate they are to be in the position they are in. This is something I say to myself a lot, because we get so caught up in our own lives and forget that there are worse things to be upset about. One time I almost had a meltdown because I couldn’t find a shirt I was looking for. Then I told myself, “there are bigger things” and realized that not being able to find a specific article of clothing among my infinite amount of clothing wasn’t worth getting worked up over. Which brings me to number 5

5. People are dying

I actually stole this from Kourtney Kardashian that time when Kim lost her earrings in the ocean and Kourt had to humble her sister and say, “Kim, there’s people that are dying”. When I first saw this, I could not stop laughing because Kim and her ugly crying face, and then Kourt throws her infamous shade and it’s pure gold. Anyway, it is so true. Sure her earrings were more than my entire net worth, but it was an earring. She was on a family vacation which was momentarily ruined over something materialistic. This saying isn’t just to throw shade on someone having a ridiculous meltdown, but it’s to remind ourselves that people are dying and we have to enjoy life as much as we can. We can’t sweat the small stuff.

6. Do you want me to tell you what you want to hear or do you want the truth?

I am a very honest person. Sometimes I am too honest, and my friends have learned that so much. Knowing that, they always love to ask for my opinion. Some of my friends can handle the truth and some of them can’t, so whenever they ask for my opinion, I give them a chance to pick if they want me to say what they want to hear or if they want to hear what I really think. Giving them this choice lets them know that my opinion isn’t all that nice, and allows them time to prepare if they choose my opinion. It’s definitely good to ask because sometimes people just need to hear what they want to hear to put them in a good place. Plus, if they know that your opinion is opposite of what they want to hear, that may be enough for them without having to give anymore detail.

7. I’m sorry

A lot of people think that apologizing is a form of weakness but I disagree. I think it takes a very strong person to recognize their mistakes, and want to fix any damages their mistakes have caused. In order to be right, sometimes we have to be wrong. Making mistakes is all apart of life, but being able to acknowledge and take responsibility for them… makes a person bigger than life.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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5 Ways You Can Stop Producing so Much Trash

We produce a lot more trash than you think, until you start paying attention to your actions.

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One of my major goals this year is to do more to save the planet as well as animals. I have already been vegetarian for three years. and I'm plan to stay vegetarian, but I want to have a more plant based diet. As well, I want to start reducing the amount of trash I produce. Not only because I realize just how drastically our trash is affecting wildlife, but also because I think having to take out your trash twice a week is way too much trash!

1. Bring recyclables to a recycling center or reuse them around the home!

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This is something I want to start doing! I always get take out food and throw away the containers, when I could be using those containers to carry my lunch everyday! Also, I want to start collecting my plastic water bottles and taking them to the recycling center on campus instead of just throwing them away

2. Invest in a reuseable water bottle

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This would actually fix my water bottle problem. I need to invest in a nice, reuseable water bottle that I can refill, rather than throwing away 3-4 water bottles a day. Amazon has a lot of varieties of these bottles ranging from inexpensive to expensive, cool designs, and even one that holds snacks.

3. Reuseable Straws

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This is a great addition to your new reuseable water bottle! Like trash, you don't realize how much you use (and throw away) straw, until you actually start to keep count. I thought i didn't use straws at all because I never bought them in my life, but then you go out to eat (straw), you go to Starbucks (straw). Having a glass straw is actually really useful to reduce your trash, in cases when you wish you had a straw but don't, and sanitary purposes. Those straw sitting out at Starbucks, are they really that clean?

4. Donate old/unwanted clothes

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This is something I already do. I go through my drawers and closet once a year, and just put all the clothes I haven't worn all year, or just don't want into a garbage bag. I'm usually able to fill at least one (gallon) garbage bag with clothes to take to Goodwill!

5. Use actual plates instead of paper plates

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This is another huge mistake of mine! I hate doing dishes, so I try to buy paper plates to make less dishes, but in the end I'm producing more and more trash! I'm convinced the reason I have to take out my trash so often is because I eat so much! It's time to be a big girl now and start washing my dishes...or start using my dish washer

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