I Want To Travel But I Am Poor

Traveling Is Good For The Moment, But Working Is Good For Your Life

If you are feeling left out or sad about everyone traveling this summer, read this.

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Lately, I have been feeling a little discouraged. From what I see and hear, everyone is out there living those lavish lives, having carefree trips, and amazing experiences. Some people live as though they haven't worked a day in their life. It seems that every time I go on social media someone is somewhere on the other side of the world in some fancy place doing this and that. Yeah, I am jealous. I would love to be touring around Europe than going in for another day at work.

BUT…I think to myself, you are so much better off than them. You wouldn't believe still, as being a young adult, how much some parents spoil their kids. A girl I went to high school with recently complained on social media that it was a 'hard two weeks at work this summer…when she only worked two weeks out of the whole three-month summer (her parents also spoil her rotten). Honey, I work basically full-time in the summer, do you see me complaining?

Though it may suck on missing out on some things, think of the experience and things you learn while just working. No matter what the job is, you gain people skills. Slowly learning a skill that is crucial to finding a career and maintaining one as well. You also learn what is like to have a boss. (It's a lot different to have someone else who isn't related to you to boss you around, you have to work hard, and put those skills of hard work mom and dad taught you to the test.)

Also, having an income is pretty nice.

The people who barely work are the ones who are in for (this will sound harsh) but a rude awakening. The older you get, the more is expected of you, and if you don't start working on yourself and making yourself a valuable asset at a young age, it will be a lot harder for you to climb up the career ladder than those who started earlier.

It also (I think) makes you appreciate everything that you have. For example, my dad bought himself a truck a few years ago. Where did the money come from? Obviously not trees. He had to bust his ass to be able to do such a thing. How did he gain the work ethic? From working his whole life and making himself valuable at a young age in order to find work. He wasn't just having his summers go to waste, going months without making money to go travel.

Don't get me wrong, traveling is really amazing, and I hope everyone gets a chance to see as much of the world as you can, but I just hope as well that you remember that you have a responsibility of taking care of yourself, and you have to be willing to make sacrifices in order to establish the rest of your life.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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10 Complaints You'll Hear From Every Driver In Tallahassee

I am the best driver, and everyone around me is the worst driver.

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I like to complain way more than the average person probably does. The weather, food, people- you name it and I've probably complained about it. At the top of my list, the topic I complain most about is drivers. Every driver always likes to think they are the best one out there and know every rule and law known to man. I am no different.

The second I get into the driver's seat is when the complaints start rolling off my tongue. When I was being taught to drive, I had an instructor, not my parents who couldn't stand seeing me in the driver's seat let alone being in the passenger seat. I had received top-notch lessons from a person who had spent many years teaching 15-year olds, like myself, how to drive.

Now that I am 19 and have had a license for three years, I feel that I know the laws pretty well, well enough to be able to judge other drivers on the road. Even though I am extremely guilty of complaining about others sharing the road with me, I am not the only one. Everyone does it.

How can you not get frustrated when the person driving in front of you is driving just under the speed limit when you have some place to be? Here are the most common complaints you've definitely from someone with a license and a car:

1. "Please, drive slower. It's not like I have anywhere to be."

2. "Why didn't they put their turn signal on. It takes two seconds. Really?"

3. "Why is this person randomly breaking? There's no one in front of them."

4. "Ugh, why is there so much traffic?"

5. "Why is that person driving so fast? Stop showing off that you have a nice car. We get it."

6. "Why isn't anyone letting me in? None of these people are considerate."

7. "Why is this person driving so close behind me? I'm going at least 10 over the speed limit."

8. "Why are trucks even allowed to be on the road? No one wants to get stuck driving behind them."

9. "The light is green, so why aren't we moving?"

10. "Why did that person just turn right in front of me when there's literally no one behind me?"

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