The Black Friday Shopper

The Black Friday Shopper

Sorry but I'm still gonna shop.
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Every year Black Friday deals move closer and closer to Thanksgiving infiltrating the holiday. Let's face it at this point it might as well be called Black Thursday. The sales begin at 6 pm or earlier, and unfortunately this means that employees of these stores are most likely not celebrating Thanksgiving with their families, and that is unfortunate, and yet I among millions of others still continue to participate in this day.

I remember when I first started Black Friday shopping with my sister, it was still on Friday. We would get up and wait in line to go to stores at 3 am, and this was thrilling and did not interfere with Thanksgiving at all. As time passed stores began to open at 2 am, 12 am, 8 pm, and now we are here at 6 pm. We hear about the backlash of Black Friday and how horrible it is, and it isn't fair for those people to have to work so early. I wish it was back on friday. However I may be hypocritical but I will continue to seek out the deals that accompany this day. Why? Because it is a tradition now, and the deals are too good to pass up.

I've been going shopping with my sister on this day every year for nearly ten years and it is a day we can bond over. We always found it thrilling to stand outside in long lines, in cold temperatures, and we still talk about the memories we created. We laugh at the times when Walmart used to let people rip open shelves of movies, and when she got stuck crouching to get a video game while six months pregnant with my nephew. What can I say we have succumbed to the craziness of the crowds, but it is always something to laugh about later. It is a day I cherish because of this reason.

But let's also discuss the deals, because to be honest I'm a broke college student with minimal income. If I can go shopping on Black Friday and get my family and friends gifts that are of better quality, and more likely to be enjoyed than the inexpensive stuff I would be able to afford on a regular day, then I'll take it. Every year I've come out of Black Friday with my Christmas shopping complete, and every year my family is delighted when they open gifts to see something they might actually use. I know the holidays aren't all about gifts, but the look on people's faces when you give them a gift they really wanted is priceless.

So, if they in the corporate world decide that Black Friday should move back to an actual friday, this will be a benefit, and a move that will be for the better in keeping Thanksgiving traditions alive. However, excuse me if I still continue to participate on this day of consumerism and deals because sometimes it is too good to pass up.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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