Appreciate Who You Are, Where You Are, Right Now

Appreciate Who You Are, Where You Are, Right Now

It's time to appreciate yourself, and where you are at in life.
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Growing up, most people are seeking the approval of their peers, parents, guardians, siblings, elders or whoever else throughout grade school. It is agonizing, because you just want to make everyone happy, and show them that you can do this thing called life. When you venture out of high school, this mentality does not always go away. You find yourself genuinely dislike what you're doing, not thinking you are doing enough. You get on social media and see how others are doing, and you cannot help and compare. You start to notice you truly have fewer people approving of you, because some stopped caring, while others just expect you to get it right.

This is what has been truly eating me up inside. But this week I received some advice that I have thought through, and I am going to share it with you.

Don't listen to others.

I know this is something people have said from the beginning, but truly, it means more now. As we are getting older, branching off into the directions that life is going to take us, you are going to be on your own journey. Do not compare where you at, with wherever they are at. If you know you are doing well for yourself, do not let what other people say affect you.

If you make a mistake, just one simple mistake, or a couple, do not beat yourself up about it.

We don't have every nine weeks to be recognized for whatever we were doing in high school, so you need to recognize yourself. Just sit back and ask yourself, Am I doing my best? Can I improve what I am doing? Am I giving it my all? Don't ask yourself, Am I doing what they are doing? Am I succeeding like they are? At this point venturing into life as young adults, this is important. This leads me to my next point.

Give yourself your own breaks.

Ever just have those weeks where everything goes wrong, and you just need a break from it all? Well, give yourself that break. Do not wait for life to give you that break, or others to take it easy on you. Reality check, it/they won't. You just have to figure out however you can give yourself a break and relax from the pressures life is putting on you at the moment. For every person that is different, you just have to figure it out.

At the end of the day, just notice, and appreciate yourself.

Do not live for the validation from others, but simply the validation of yourself. It is always going to be easier said than done, but you can do it. The older you get, the more you will notice this, and notice yourself. You are making it, just believe in yourself.

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.

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In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."


I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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Danielle Neron

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