I Believe In Superficial Things And That's Ok

I Believe In Superficial Things And That's Ok

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness hasn’t put their money in all the right places
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Maybe you do believe in these things, maybe you completely disagree, either way, you’ve probably seen yourself on the other side. At one point, you had to at least hoped for something superficial in your life whether you’re willing to admit it or not.

I believe money can buy happiness (at times)

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness hasn’t put their money in all the right places. Sure, an expensive ticket to an expensive resort isn’t happiness but what about the trip's entirety? The warm sun and the way one too many pina colada’s make you feel on the beach? Or sure putting year’s worth of work and thousands of dollars into building a house isn’t a happy time, but what about the years and lifetime ahead of all the memories to be made with your family members in it?

The place your children took their first steps, birthday and graduation parties. What about money spent on concert tickets? The goosebumps you get when your favorite performer comes out and sings your favorite song. I believe the concept of money is superficial and things can be expensive or things can add up but there are certain things that are bought and become an entire experience that is priceless.

I believe in holiday traditions/ New year’s kisses

Every family does gift giving differently around Christmas time. My extended family does a “sock exchange” around Christmas time. We do this by purchasing a pair of socks and an item that will fit in the socks whether it be a gift card, a bottle of champagne, or really whatever you can think of. I believe in finding the pickle ornament hidden on the tree to see who will open the first gift. I

believe in rotating every person’s turn to open gifts so I can see the joy on the receiver’s face. I also believe in popping open a bottle of champagne when you need to celebrate, or a special occasion. I believe on waiting till midnight to go out on your 21st birthday whether you’ll remember It or not. I believe in counting down till the clock strikes midnight and kissing in celebration of a new year on New Year’s Eve. It’s the little things about big days like holidays that are exciting and make for great memories.

I believe in picture perfect moments

Or honestly making a moment perfect for a picture. More often than not I am posing my French toast and my coffee and fork in a stylish manner for my snapchat followers. But food isn’t the only thing I pose for pictures. I love a good planned out photoshoot with my friends, not only to get a good new selfie but to make an adventure out of it. No one amps me up more than my friends, if I’m really going get a true candid photo, it’s from my friends, and they’re going to be the ones to amp me up on Instagram when I post my photos too. There is nothing wrong with being extra on social media.

I believe in wanting eternal love

Sure, a love story like a Nicholas Sparks seems unrealistic for just about anyone but Nicholas Sparks. It may seem like asking for a lot but I believe in any real love story the spark never dies. I believe in little love notes left on the kitchen counter when your significant other goes to work, or goofy selfie time or flowers just because. Sure, you don’t need any additions to make love great but I believe such simple small things show how greatly one can care for another.

I believe each day has a new opportunity

No matter how hard the day or the week or the month, there is a chance to make something great out of it. You may be going through a rough patch and think that there is no looking up for you but that’ll only be the case if you don’t at least try. Try to wake up in the morning and think of something exciting that could happen today or in the near future, give yourself something to look forward to.Get out of bed and try on your favorite outfit if you don’t know what to wear. Treat yourself to your favorite meal regardless of the calorie count and sit down and enjoy it. I believe all these things are just a start to pointing your day in the right direction. I believe you choose how your day will go, so look at it with opportunity and each day can be great.
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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"

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Naloxone.

Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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