A Bob Marley Quote Reminded Me Of How Strong I Really Am

A Bob Marley Quote Reminded Me Of How Strong I Really Am

I always try to stay strong especially when others would have broken or given up.


My life has been wonderful and relatively normal. I went to school, made lots of friends, and I even date. I would definitely say that I am happy but there have been times where I feel like things are falling apart and my dad would always help me by saying listen to music. One day I was scrolling through music quotes and I found this one by Bob Marley "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."

This quote hit me hard because at that point in time I felt like an absolute wreck. I barely wanted to go to school, I was in therapy handling a personal problem that was affecting my school life majorly, and I felt like no one really understood how bad I felt but this quote told me something. This quote told me that someone had to relate to this at some point, because I felt like I had no other choice but to be strong. Bob Marley the Nobel Peace Prize winner understood that even though all I wanted to do was break down I had to keep going and not let it break me.

Ever since then I have kept this quote in the back of my mind and I repeat it like a mantra whenever I want to give. I haven't given up yet and whenever things get really bad I listen to music and remind myself that someone out there understands. This quote and music is what got me through the rest of my high school freshman year, my parents divorce, my first relationship which ended horribly, and now it has it has gotten me through my freshman year of college.

The first semester was amazing and I felt so good about everything seemed to be okay. Then the spring semester started and things got harder. I was in more difficult classes, I was in a two-month-long struggle with a girl who couldn't care less about how her actions were affecting me or other people, and I was stressed about my mom moving to a new house on a very accelerated time table. I finished the semester yesterday by taking my last final and it was not as great as the first semester. My grades weren't what I wanted them to be, I had grown distant from the friends I had made second semester, and I felt awful because I wanted to work hard and get Hope so my parents weren't paying as much money every year.

My dad said he didn't care and that he was proud of me because despite everyone's efforts to make this semester difficult I still passed all my classes and I still handled everything in a mature way that showed him I had grown up a lot. I was thrilled to hear him say that because I always want to make my dad proud and until he had said that to me I was worried that he'd be mad that I didn't work harder and use every free second I had studying. He told me that even with everything that was happening in my life I stayed focused on school and was a big help to my mom coming home every weekend to help her move and never once said I wanted to quit or give up just because it was hard.

I have no idea how I did, I felt angry so many times during this semester, I felt like I was going to fail so many times, but my dad was right I was never going to give up, it wasn't even a thought that had crossed my mind. That's when I heard it again, "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have" - Bob Marley, I was sure that the only reason I did handle things so well was because my dad always pushed me to never give up and because I wanted to keep going. I am happy with my freshman year of college because I made my dad proud so many times and I feel even more ready for life now.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.


The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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No, I Don't Have A Man Or Ring But I'm Still Out Here Wondering Where My Fairytale Is

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Being at the end of my college career, I am seeing the trend more of the engagement than anything else. I am not saying it is happening to everyone, but to those, I follow on social media that are around my age are posting left and right about their rings. I know I, of course, are happy for them and wish them nothing but bliss, but I just have not found the one for me. I have swiped left and right on apps many times and I have been out on the town many times. But it just doesn't make sense to me still that someone has not crossed paths with me. Is it really in God's plans for me to be with someone or is that just what he says to make me feel like its eventually going to happen? I mean I do want to believe that he's out there for me but right now it's kind of hard to tell.

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