We Are Only Ever Human Beings

We Are Only Ever Human Beings

We don’t have superpowers to please everyone and we don’t have the ability to capture true perfection.
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We don’t have superpowers to please everyone and we don’t have the ability to capture true perfection. It’s impossible to stay humble all of the time, and there is no way we can be honest about everything. There are flaws within our race. And somehow, we have adopted the notion that we and those around us have to strive to be unflawed and unsoiled. Since when is this the stand we hold each other to? What happened to being realistic?

There’s a heart and there’s a head. They don’t always work in perfect cohesion, and they don’t always communicate the same message. Sometimes we follow our hearts into traps and sometimes our heads lead us away from something beautiful. It’s a rare occasion that these two are in sync, and we need to learn that it’s okay that emotion and mentality run on two opposing tracks.

We are going to break down and the colors that don’t necessarily shine the brightest are going to show. But it’s important to understand that everyone has an unsightly color scheme. We must be understanding and compassionate when others are unable to be the best version of themselves.

Apologies are never for the weak. We have begun to hide behind our pride rather than taking responsibility for our actions. Accepting apologies isn’t for the weak either. Showing that we are strong enough to forgive exemplifies character. We don’t have to hide behind our egos and make ourselves seem untouchable. If we would just understand that we all make mistakes and that mistakes mean learning something new, this world would be a more compassionate place.

Loving doesn’t mean we are letting go of our sense of self. It simply means letting someone else in. We are afraid to love because we are afraid for love to fail. But as human beings, we are meant to love many things. It keeps our hearts beating and our lives moving.

We have grown to live with negativity. And, somehow, we have learned to thrive on it. Negativity is fuel for the weak. It’s for those who can’t be entertained by positivity. Negativity is for the bored. Ridding our world with something so toxic starts with one mind. If each mind focused on one extra good thing per day, imagine how much more joyous our world would be.

Sometimes, we hurt the ones we care about. Sometimes, we push people away without even realizing it. We need to learn that the walls we put up only block out amazing experiences. They don’t save us from pain and they don’t save us from conflicting pain on other people. They’re just barriers, and barriers are meant to be knocked down.

We are only human.

We can’t expect that our lives will be laced with perfection. And we can’t put others on an impossible pedestal that they couldn’t possibly live up to. Life is about finding people who make us want to be a better version of ourselves and surrounding every aspect of our lives with those people. Don’t let life pass you by. Don’t let the people you care about walk out of your life and visa-versa. And don’t let yourself be unhappy: life is simply just too short.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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It's 2019, And I Can Confirm One Size Does Not Fit All, At All

I'll take feeling good over meeting your standards. Thank you.

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We live in a society where being yourself and expressing who you truly are is something that is becoming more and more accepted and is actually trendy. Left and right, people are coming forward and declaring who they are and want to be in life and there is a crowd of people there to cheer them on.

There is also always that small percent sitting in the corner, ready to throw derogatory comments and taint the self-love, respect, and acceptance that's flowing.

Every single time this happens, the internet breaks and feuds form in the comment sections. How many times does this fight have to be had before people just mind their own business? How someone looks is frankly none of your concern. Whether you think the person is too fat, too skinny, too girly, too rough, too whatever, it's none of your business.

I'm a firm believer that one should focus on their own life instead of living to tear others down. You should be more concerned with feeling good in your own body than wasting your energy trying to make people ashamed of theirs. It's not your place to comment on someone's appearance.

We should work on building up confidence and feeling good in our skin. Exercising, working on your mental health, and surrounding yourself with good energy will improve your life exponentially. DO NOT do this to achieve an aesthetic or try to look like an Instagram model. Only do it to feel good about yourself internally. What you look like on the outside should only matter to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn't fall victim to countless beautiful women who post their swimsuit photos looking like they stepped out of Vogue magazine. I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with my own body image and have to remind myself daily that it's okay to not fit their mold. I won't lie to you. We live in a world that feels the need to comment on every inch of our skin rather than focus on more important issues. Shut off the noise and ignore the words that are given in hate. You have better things to do than focus on their negativity.

Make your own mold.

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