9 Thoughts Every Southerner Has When Learning How To Ski

9 Thoughts Every Southerner Has When Learning How To Ski

We can't all be good at everything, right?

While I am writing this, I am currently on a ski trip with my family in Colorado, and my body feels like it is falling apart. "Why?" you may ask. Because I just spent the day looking like a baby giraffe that's been trying to walk for the first time, aka learning how to ski. Honestly, I am just surprised I survived a full day of ski school without dropping out. Skiing was literally the most difficult thing I have ever tried to learn. Don't get me wrong, skiing is a ton of fun once you get the hang of it, so I have heard. But while I was learning how to do something completely out of the norm for me (since I am a girl from Louisiana who has seen snow a whopping two times) I had a lot of thoughts going through my head during this experience, mainly questions.

So, if you're a Southerner, and you have never tried skiing, here are some thoughts you may experience for when you do:

1. This skiing thing doesn't look too hard! I will definitely have it down in no time

Sorry to break it to you, but that's going to be a hard no.

2. Walking in your ski gear is a lot harder than you pictured it

^ How you and your ski school pals look waddling around in the 80 layers of clothes you're all wearing

3. Wait what is going on? And Could I die?

^ Me when the ski instructor said "OK, Madison, show us what you got?"

Ummm, I have literally nothing. Please don't expect much. Or anything at all.

4. What is "wedging" and why do I suck at it?

Turns out wedging is the important little maneuver that helps you slow down/stop. So... let's just say I was going pretty fast most of the time. unintentionally.

5. Why are all these kids so much better than me?

Did that pack of six-year-olds really just pass me up on the bunny slopes?

6. There's no way in hell I'm getting off this ski lift

Wait, so you want me to ride this ski lift to the top of a mountain and then jump off?? Sorry, I think I rather die a different way, but thanks for the idea.

7. Oh, I think I'm kind of getting the hang of it!!!

Sooooo, I'm basically ready for the winter Olympics, right? Someone sign me up.

8. Oh, false alarm, I still suck

But that's OK because no one's an Olympic athlete after a few hours, plus it's almost lunchtime, so that's a plus!

9. I may not be the best, but at least I didn't die!

I'll be skiing on the black slopes next year. Or maybe just not the bunny slopes.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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College Students Are Highly Susceptible To JUUL Addictions And It's Not A Laughing Matter

I've watched many of my friends go from people who thought cigarettes and vapes were idiotic to people who fiend for JUUL pods when they run out.


Lately, on every social media platform, you can see videos of college students hitting a JUUL or memes about JUULs. It appears that many students go into college without any intentions of forming a nicotine addiction. However, that changes when friends and other people peer pressure you into trying one. Once that happens, you buy your own, and then you become a fiend. It is quite ridiculous, but that is what ends up happening. I have personally seen it happen to a lot of my friends, especially my guy friends who rush a fraternity.

During college, many people are looking to try new things and experiment, so they are open to more things.

So, this means while many never have any intention to attempt a JUUL, they do because everyone else is doing it and continuously ask them to try it. Also, in the beginning, after you hit a JUUL, you get a big head rush, you are on a high. After that, you chase that high and end up smoking a whole pod. I have watched many of my friends go from people who thought cigarettes and vapes were idiotic to people who fiend for JUUL pods when they run out.

It's ridiculous, I know.

I know getting addicted to JUULs may sound ridiculous, but it is just like any other addiction. Many people do not even know their family suffers from addiction until it is too late. I just discovered that there are some family members in my family tree that have suffered from addiction and I avoid anything that could potentially trigger that. So, people just end up chasing the "dragon" because they do not know they have any preexisting conditions.

It is what it is.

Yes, you should cut out the nicotine addiction, but it may not be easy. Since it is a combination of peer pressure and possible addiction in your family, it may take a while and a lot of discipline. However, that is what it is like for knocking any habit. For instance, it takes years for individuals who are addicted to cigarettes for them to quit.

Stress can also be a trigger, which is why you need to practice techniques that will lower your anxiety rather than giving in. It will be healthier and help you instead of just pushing the issues aside.

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