9 Things I Will Never Do Again, Now That I'm Older

9 Things I Will Never Do Again, Now That I'm Older

2. Not wear rain boots when it's raining.

I believe that regret has no place in a healthy and fulfilling life.

I actively try not to regret things on a daily basis. I know at some point we've all done something we regret. Even so, there are some things I've done that I will never do again. Some of these are silly, here is a list of things that I will never do again.

I apologize in advance for the double negatives.

1. Not care about what I eat.

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Basically, I will always care about what I eat. I am not the perfect picture of health, nor do I pretend to be. I did go through a period where I didn't really care about what I ate or focus on it too much, as most teenagers and college students do. I've tried to be more health conscious and limit certain items in my diet, like dairy. I found that I just feel better when I do.

2. Not wear rain boots when it's raining.

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Basically, I will always wear rain boots. For a long time, I went without rain boots. Once I experienced running across campus in the rain without an umbrella or rainboots while carrying Chipotle; from that point on I will always wear rain boots when it rains. Wet shoes and feet are the actual worst.

3. Not pay attention to where my money goes.

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In college and before I didn't really budget or watch where my money was going. When you don't pay attention, money just disappears. Never again will I let this happen!

4. Fly in coach on an eight hour plus flight.

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This one is honestly mostly wishful thinking. I would love to always fly in first class. Planes are just uncomfortable. If I have enough money and plan for travel, you bet I'll fly first class.

5. Shame myself or anyone else for feelings experienced.

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I have never intentionally shamed myself or someone else for their actions or feelings, but I'm sure it's happened nonetheless. I just want to strive to be a better listening ear without making people feel ashamed. It's the quickest way to disconnect with people.

6. Waste time doing activities that don't matter to me.

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I've done some activities before that have honestly not really made me very happy. I am more selective now about how I choose to spend my time, even though I still stay incredibly busy. I want to spend my time productively and happily.

7. Wash my sheets once every couple months.

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In college, I didn't wash my sheets that often. Looking back, I'm horrified by this. Now I wash my sheets at least once every two weeks- and probably more like once a week! I'm obsessive about it now. It's just nice to sleep in clean sheets.

8. Wait to go to the doctor.

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There are times when I've had a skin rash that I thought would get better, and it didn't. Every treatment I tried is what I ended up being told not to do. I tried to go to the doctor, but by the time I tried to go I couldn't get in for a couple weeks. It's just not worth waiting, especially when you just want to feel better.

9. Not write down my thoughts.

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I feel so much better when I actually write down my thoughts. It's how I process things.

I'm sure everyone comes to realizations sometimes about things that they never want to do again. Growing as a person is a process, and I just want to strive to be better every day. What are you vowing to never do again?

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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​The Motivation To Get Back To The Gym Only Comes From Yourself, Not Online Fitness Influencers

After a long winter break, are you ready to get back to grinding?


My winter break was filled with time spent with friends, family, working, and of course, eating lots of food!

Too much food to be completely honest. My holiday food baby is still kicking with late night cravings, and endless amounts of french fries that I absolutely DO NOT need to keep consuming from different restaurants.

My latest excuse from bringing myself to the gym is from being too tired- although I work incredibly late (till around 2 A.M almost every night) I can't help but feel drained and empty the next morning to get myself up, and run 2 miles on the treadmill. It just doesn't make sense to me why I would do such a thing when my body is clearly over-exhausted from late nights at work.

Getting to the gym is like a mind game- you wanna go and get back into shape, but you feel restricted when you haven't been there in approximately 9 years. You have to get in the car that's freezing, walk into the gym filled with people who are in much better shape than you are, and find some way to get yourself motivated to get back on the grind you used to know and love before the holidays started.

Working out in this society is something many post about on social media, especially influencers. Fitness guru's flood Instagram and YouTube with the latest workout routines, as well as show off their "bikini body" and their body progress. This can easily make women who are not consistently going to the gym or eating health feel bad about themselves because they may not have the same body figure. Although it could be motivating to see others working out online, it could also be damaging to one's mental health when they don't have the same level of motivation or body figure.

It all comes down to your mindset and attitude about working out!

Sitting in bed waiting for yourself to just go back to the gym and pick up from where you left off isn't going to make the process any easier. Relaxation mode is completely different than the grinding mode, people! If you want something to change, whether it is to lose weight or just to tone certain parts of your body, it won't happen unless you put effort to do so. This means your body, but also your mind needs to be ready to make that change. If you are in the mindset that you want to sit back and relax, there is no doubt that you wouldn't have a good work out because the entire time you are tirelessly running or lifting, you would be wishing you were home in bed doing nothing.

Your mind needs to be equally as prepared to set goals for yourself in the weight room.

The best ways to motivate yourself to get back to the gym are pretty simple- changing your diet by including healthier options could help, drinking lots of water, and even putting on a pair of work-out leggings could put you in the mindset to get back to the gym. As long as you are working out to better yourself physically and mentally, and not comparing your body type to others on social media, you will feel more positive and get a better work out in rather than feeling the need to compete with others.

Working out regularly is about self-growth- it's about doing what you can to see the changes you want to make with your life. It won't happen overnight, but it is possible! It is finally 2019; a new year filled with new beginnings. Put yourself out there, get motivated, and do what you can to live a healthier lifestyle.

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