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Remember to see the beauty of life

And also the beauty of yourself.

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When I was a girl, I think I cried over everything. I could not grasp that life would not be perfect and always go my way. There are 6 billion people in this world and not one of them are the same. Not only are they not the same, but each person has a different idea of life and how they want to achieve steps in their life.

My mother has always told me to see the good in people. She has told me that something positive can and will come out of any situation. She has told me that I need to always keep sight of the beauty of life. These concepts have stayed with me ever since and are some that I strive to live my life by. But sometimes, life can be frustrating. Challenges can come our way just when we need them the least. We need to be reminded of these ideas that my mother taught me to help us remain optimistic. I hope this article can serve as your daily reminders when you need them the most.

When you feel stressed out, remember to take a step back.

When you feel overwhelmed, know that you are capable of achieving anything.

When you feel like giving up, remember why you began in the first place.

When you feel tired, remember your end goal and what you want to accomplish.

When you feel hurt, remember that time will heal you.

When you feel discouraged, know that what you are doing is good enough.

When you feel unheard, remember that what you are doing is important.

When you feel like you are alone, remember that you are surrounded by people.

When you feel like you have nothing, remember that you have the world.

When you feel like you do nothing, remember all and who that you have impacted.

When you feel like you are nothing, remember that you are everything to someone.

Though we are but just one person in this big world, each of us makes a difference. Life is great and it is beautiful. No it is not always fair, and I do not believe that 'everything happens for a reason.' It is up to us to decide our own fate. By seeing the beauty of life, we remember why life is so valuable. His life, her life, their life, my life, your life.

See the beauty of life, and you will see the beauty in you.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.

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For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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