Being Proud Of Your Childhood Self

Dear Younger Me, It's Been 10 Years And I'm Still Proud Of You

Little Lovi, I'm proud of you.

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I haven't changed much in the last 10 years physically; puberty was weak. But my mind has grown so much. I'm thankful for everything I've ever been. In the moment, I never knew how powerful my inner strength was. I never felt proud enough of myself, but I am now.

Everything you were makes me so proud.

You didn't have all the things other kids did, but you did a lot with what you were blessed with. You had such a hunger for knowledge, an insane passion for the things you cared about and a heart you were never too afraid to give away. You were wise beyond your years and so observant of people and vocal about the world.

You see the world as a blank page to fill with knowledge and you're so good at seeing the value of intelligence. That will start to go away, and you'll get tired of being forced to learn about things you don't care about. But you started in a good place to expand my knowledge on things that really matter. It will stay with you. It sparked free thought at a young age.

People would tell you that you're too young to have an opinion, but you never lost faith in your own mind.

There are plenty of people who will despise you for your thoughts and sometimes for your actions, but there will also be times when people are envious of what's within you.

God lit a fire in you and it's visible. There are times when you let people put it out, but it didn't keep you down.

You knew your worth. You weren't ever too afraid to do your own thing. You kept your interests and didn't fall in line with trends. It might not have seemed like the best decision as people left you behind to chase what was popular. But when people and what powered them went away, your inner beliefs and ways of thinking are what stayed with you.

Your values and morals have been so high on your list of priorities for such a huge part of your youth. That will matter so much more later than it does to you now. When you get to college and pressures come along, you'll know who you are and what you believe.

When you least expect it, people will come into your life and they'll know how big of a deal that is. There will be people who learn your heart and they'll earn the love inside it, and they'll be grateful. I can attest to this. No matter how alone you feel, your time is coming.

Above all things, I want to thank you for your strength and passion.

You held onto who you are and what you think. I know it got hard to be unapologetically yourself, but you did it. You've stood your ground and I'm proud of you for that. Your focus and intuition play a huge role in the balance of your future and goals.

Because of the foundation you built, I am still growing strong.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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10 'We're Going To Disney World' Reactions That Will Make You Wish You Had Kids

And lots of money.

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Looking for a good cry today? Take a scroll through this list of "We're Going To Disney World" reaction videos and I promise, you'll be singing "When You Wish Upon A Star" and sobbing by the end.

1.  Movie trailer.

Mom and Dad put together a fake movie trailer as a way for the kids to guess what was going on (the first minute and a half of the video). I lost it when baby girl started crying. The way they squeal with each other when they find out they're having breakfast with the princesses is priceless. I'm already done, guys.

2.  Game of pictionary.

Okay, these kids are the absolute cutest. Like the cutest ever. I pretty much died when brother hugged his little sister.

(I definitely recommend your turn your volume down for this one, though. You'll see what I mean.)

3.  Mystery presents.

THIS WAS SO CREATIVE AND CUTE. WHY DOESN'T MY SIBLING DO CUTE THINGS FOR ME? Seriously though, this was so incredibly creative and thoughtful. I love the gag gifts that seem so random until she puts it all together. Ugh. So sweet. Plus grandma recording in the background is the cutest thing ever.

4.  Christmas unboxing surprise.

Little man stole my heart in this one. His reaction was literally everything. He RUNS into moms arms and SOBS. And now I'm sobbing. And then he thanks mom and dad like a bunch of times. This just seems like the sweetest family.

5. Luxury limousine.

This was cute as is and then got even cuter as the limo pulled up. This kiddos were so cute and giggly and I love that momma made sure they knew how much she and daddy loved them. Ugh, so pure. I hope they had the best time.

6.  Sleeping beauty.

This little girl went zero to a hundred REAL quick. From dead asleep to jumping on the bed in less than a minute. She was so precious with her "let's go" and "how do I look" comments. And she thanked her parents! Man, I want to be her friend.

7. Bursts of tears.

I lost it with little dude started crying, BUT THEN LITTLE GIRL BURST OUT IN TEARS AND I REALLY LOST IT. This was TOO CUTE TO HANDLE. Also can we talk about how adorable these guys looked in their hats? I literally can't.

8.  Mickey cookies!

These girls are the sweetest when they realize they're going to Disney World, AND that their bags are already packed in brand new suitcases. How fricken cute. Look at their cute little skip to the bathroom, and how excited they get over the new suitcases. Who knew kids even got excited over suitcases? These girls are adorable and their momma is the best. ALSO, HER COOKIES LOOKED AMAZING.

9.  Gulf of Mexico.

These kids were SHOOK when they realized their usual drive to Iowa was looking a little different than usual. Props to mom and dad for utilizing the OG Mickey Mouse Club theme song to drop the bomb on their kiddos. And props to them for keeping it a secret until ten hours in on their drive! I also love how it took bud a second to process the news before it finally hit him.

10.  Today?

This sweet baby cried happy tears when she found out she was getting to go to Disney World that day.I think her sister was just glad she didn't have to go to the dentist. Needless to say, I cried when she cried.

"Disney World?"

Time to birth some children and save my entire salary so I can make all the dreams come true. I only hope my kids are at least half as cute as all of these babies.

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