I Am Proud of My Accomplishments And You Should Be Too

I Am Proud of My Accomplishments And You Should Be Too

Never ever compare your life to others.
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It is hard to genuinely feel proud of ourselves these days.

I say this for many reasons, the main one being social media. I have spent more time than I care to admit feeling irrelevant because of what I see other people are doing. I know this sounds silly, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I could spend all day doing the most productive task in the world (and feel proud about it), but then log on to social media and realize how much more accomplished other people my age really are than I am. But this doesn’t mean I haven’t accomplished anything.

We have to remember that the people we see and follow on social media (celebrities), or even people in our daily lives (friends or classmates) are people who have grown up under different circumstances than we have. We all have various challenges to tackle every day, and even different goals and motivations for our lives. We have to remember that just because someone is doing something great, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t doing something great. We are probably just doing something different.

This doesn’t mean that we should delete all of our social media accounts to avoid the risk of feeling bad about ourselves (and yes, I have considered doing this, but if you know me, you know that I would probably never survive). But it does mean that we should build up our self-esteem, and remind ourselves that we are doing the best we can under the circumstances we are in.

Yes, there are people my age who have starred in movies, gone on world tours, and written books, but that doesn’t lessen the things I have accomplished in my life.

We have to remember that we shouldn’t look at things other people have done and think, “Wow, that person is so much better and more successful than I am because they are doing that.”

Instead we should think, “What that person is doing is so wonderful, and I am happy for them, but what I am doing is also wonderful, and I am proud of myself.”

Throughout life, there are going to be people who appear to have everything together more than you do. There are going to be people who you are jealous of because of their accomplishments, but you shouldn’t belittle your own achievements because of this. The key is to change that jealousy into pride for them, but also feeling pride when looking back on your own successes.

If anything, watching other people succeed should motivate you more than ever.

Because you never know when someone could be watching your life from the sidelines and wondering how you are so successful. There could be people admiring your achievements as well.

The moral of the story is, I am proud of my accomplishments, and you should be too.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Ugly

What it means to me

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Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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