Being a Car Guy with No Car

Being a Car Guy with No Car

Being a car guy is great. Being a car guy with no car is a bit rough. Here's why.

Being a car enthusiast with no car is debatable for me as one of the worst feelings ever. There are so many things that you have to deal with, as well as the social stigma of not having a car to show off as your own, when being in a society where your car is an expression of yourself. Here's what I deal with on a regular basis.

Going to car shows:

Anyone who goes to a car show will be mesmerized by the different cars that are there, no doubt. However, someone like me, who doesn't have a car to show off, will have the best and worst feeling ever. The best feeling is knowing that you may have the opportunity to work on something like what you see in the future. However, the worst feeling is knowing that you have to talk to people. One of the worst things people ask me when I walk around at a meet or show is "So, what do you drive?" and without any hesitation, straight-faced, I will look at whoever asked and say "two legs" while I proceed to scream internally.

What-If Thoughts:

The desire to have a car fills my mind half the time with what-if situations, such as "I wonder what it would be like if I owned this car..." when I should be paying attention in class. In my pass-time, after looking at the regular social media outlets, I look through a lot of new and used car listings at all the cars I would like to have. I see so many listings of cars that I would love to own in my life at some point, ranging from beat-up old Subarus, to basically new BMW 1-Series coupes.

The Sad Truth:

The main reason I won't get a car for myself is the fact that I have to prioritize my budget for college. I have to face the fact that no matter how I get money, I have to put it towards my college expenses in some way. Any income that I get goes towards paying for textbooks (or online access) or paying for food. I have to keep a restrictive watch on my wallet in terms of spending so that it's only for important things. The fact that I have to be so budget conscious right now means that I can really start looking for a car to buy after I am out of college with a well-paying job.

Being a car guy with no car is pretty rough. There are so many of us, especially in college, who love the idea of expressing yourself through your car. But many people, such as myself, don't exactly have the money to buy and maintain a car while in college. As bad as it seems though, I do think it'll give me more opportunity for a wider range of cars when I'm out of college with a well-paying job.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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If Shonda Can Do A Year Of Yes, Then So Can I



A few years ago, Shonda Rimes decided to do a year of saying yes, after her sister told her she says "No" to everything. It ended up changing her life.

So, I've decided to embark on my own year of yes.

Sure, it may be easy to say yes to everything when you're a millionaire with a bunch of record-setting televisions shows, but the rest of us can do it too.

Say yes to treating yourself.

Say yes to taking care of yourself.

Say yes to saying no, don't stretch yourself too thin.

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The year of yes is about taking better care of yourself.

My year of yes starts right now.

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