11 Times Charlie Kelly Understood You Better Than Your Parents Ever Will

11 Times Charlie Kelly Understood You Better Than Your Parents Ever Will

The most relatable "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" character can make us all feel better about ourselves.

We're all a bit weird in our own ways–that's just common knowledge. I think that Charlie Kelly from the ever-so-hysterical show "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" perfectly captures and personifies the weirdness that lurks within us all. Below is a list of ways that Charlie has been more relatable than any character on any show. Is that a good thing? Probably not.

1. When he ate a trash Hot Pocket

Sometimes, you just have to dig a Hot Pocket out of the trash and take a bite. I mean, that's college, right? As college students, we're sometimes in the position where we just need to metaphorically "dig through a trash can for food," desperately in search of something to give our lives value and meaning. Sometimes, however, it's not metaphorical.

2. When he was open about being damaged

Everyone's had a little trauma! Charlie Kelly embraces his psychological damage, and he's perfectly happy in doing so. Embrace your own damage, and love yourself for every single problem you may have, even when it seems harder than anything. We are all damaged. So, so damaged. So very damaged. Oh, God. You're not alone.

3. When he acknowledged how odd he is

We're all weird! Maybe not to the point of bashing rats and drinking paint, but we all have little quirks here and there. Accept your odd personality traits, because you can't change who you are. I mean, you can, but who has the time to try? Finals week is coming. I'll fix my personality when that's over. Until then, let's all continue eating the same baked potato soup every day, alone because no one understands your personality. Especially not your parents.

4. His ruthless and rage-fueled honesty

Sometimes you can't simply sugarcoat things. If your friend is being an idiot, smack them into tiny little pieces! If Skeevy Stevie is being inappropriate at work, smack him into tiny little pieces! People tend to respect honesty, even if it's fueled by the rage-fire that is always aflame within the deepest depths of your soul.

5. His avid love for cheese

Most people just love cheese, and so does Charlie! Sometimes you just have to eat so much cheese that you get sweaty, just like Charlie! Who cares if you love cheese so much that it makes up most of your diet? There is no shame in your actions anymore! The universe doesn't care about you! Your impulsive actions have no real consequences!

6. His incredible and nonsensical innovation

I mean, who hasn't used a stupid life hack? Charlie Kelly finds the most ridiculously stupid ways to easier perform simple tasks. Making things even the smallest bit easier for yourself is a great thing to do for yourself, so don't be afraid look up some life hacks and use that empty water bottle that's been in your bed for the past week as a trash can for gum wrappers and used tissues!

7. His love for carbs

Who hasn't taken bags of spaghetti into public places? I know I have! It's simply human nature to love carbs, so embrace your inner Charlie and carry a bag of your favorite carb wherever you go. Bring a plastic bag to a dining hall and fill it with enough pasta to fill the void within your soul! This is a good idea.

8. When he was alone in the dark

Have you ever sat alone in your room in complete and utter darkness? Well, count yourself lucky, because so has Charlie Kelly! We've all had those days, the ones where you keep the curtains drawn and the lights off, binge-watching the same episodes of the same show that you've watched six times through, eating the stale Takis that you don't even want anymore. Depression is a bitch. Charlie gets it.

9. His confidence in his abilities

Even though Charlie's not the most accomplished person out there, he still has confidence in himself and what he does know. Everyone's unique and has something different to offer the world, and what you take interest in may be of great use someday! It also may not! We're all going to die anyway, so who cares?

10. When he stress eats

Charlie fully indulges in his stress-eating without any shame, and if this doesn't make you feel better about the fact that you spent all of last night nervously eating two family-size bags of Doritos while crying about your failed relationships, then I don't know what will.

11. His self-image

If Charlie Kelly can think he's all that and a bag of chips, then so can you! Even if you think that you're not that great, someone out there is going to think you're the bee's knees. Someone out there will be the Frank to your Charlie, so accept and embrace the fact that you're awesome. Self-love for the win! The more you think this, the more real it feels!

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The Art Of Staying Calm Isn't A Waste Of Time

We live in such a fast-paced society that taking a break is often viewed as a waste of time.

We have all been there – those situations that make you want to fly off the handle. The ones that stress you out to no end and leave you shaking your head and wondering if the struggle you’re going through is even worth it. When those moments happen, it can be very difficult to stay calm and evaluate the situation.

I have times where I just want to fall to the floor because it seems like I'm in a losing battle with the mountain of work I have to do.

When those moments happen, it is important to remember the art of staying calm.

Sometimes it is important to remove yourself from the situation that is stressing you out so you can evaluate it and come back with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. It is always more difficult to solve a problem if you continue looking at it in the same way forever.

It can feel like when those moments come there is nothing you can do to destress or solve the problem, but the key to solving the problem is de-stressing.

We live in such a fast-paced society that people are often looked down upon for taking time for themselves to collect their thoughts and assess a situation, but those who do this are often the most successful.

It can be incredibly difficult to take time off. Many don’t view taking a break and coming back later as an option. In many situations though, it is the best option.

Of course, if there is a time-sensitive issue it can be incredibly difficult to take the time to carefully evaluate it, but I have the unpopular opinion that taking a break is often one of the only ways to fix whatever the issue is.

If I am having trouble writing, or with a math problem or even if I’ve just gotten into a disagreement with someone, I try to remove myself from the situation for a little bit.

Stepping back and taking time to yourself is often viewed negatively.

If you aren’t stressed to the max all of the time then sometimes it can feel as though you aren’t doing all that you can do, or you aren’t doing as much as everyone else is.

That is not the case, though. People who take breaks are often more productive than those who do not because they are able to step back and look at a situation differently.

Many people believe that taking a break is a waste of time, but it has been proven that those who take breaks may have a boost in their performance.

Not all breaks are created equal, though. Venting about a problem to a coworker and trying to hype back up with caffeine have been shown to cause more fatigue because they do not address the underlying issue of fatigue.

Next time you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, instead of staying on task, maybe meditate, take a walk, play a game or even learn something new.

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Less Sweet Tea And Other Small Changes I Made To Start Living Healthily

It all started with cutting back on the sweet tea.

I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself a healthy person until recently. I’ve always loved fatty, sugary, greasy foods, and I was always the slow kid in gym class. Seriously, I was one of the last of my fifth-grade class to finish the mile run, and the teacher decided it was a bright idea to get the fast kids to chase me so I would make it all the way. My first semester of freshman year, I continued my unhealthy lifestyle. A quick rundown of my usual meal just for perspective…

Breakfast: 2 Pop Tarts and a Starbucks frappucino from the vending machine

Lunch: Guacamole cheeseburger, curly fries, and sweet tea

Snacks: Cookies, cheese balls, and/or fruit snacks

Dinner: Buffalo wings, fries, and sweet tea (again)

On the weekends, I often had quite a few liquid calories that really added up, if you catch my drift. (I’m talking about soda...obviously.)

And of course, little to no exercise. The freshman 15 hit me hard, but even worse was my perpetual exhaustion. I was always falling asleep in class, crashing from all the bad carbs I was consuming. After my class finished at 11 a.m., I would go back to my dorm, crawl back in bed, and have to set an alarm to wake up for my 5 p.m. Then I’d stay up until 2 a.m. to do work, socialize, and check my phone, only to wake up at 6 or 7 for class.

Second semester, I realized that I wanted to make some changes in my life. I was tired of never having energy and honestly feeling kind of shitty, emotionally-speaking. I knew that in the past when I’d tried to live healthily, I had attempted everything at once and then burned out after a week. This time around I knew that I had to start small and work up to a healthy lifestyle. I slowly implemented a few changes.

I decreased and eventually completely eliminated my sweet tea intake. I was appalled by how many calories I was consuming daily, so I started with cutting back on the liquids. First, I decided that I would only have sweet tea with dinner and stick to water for lunch. Gradually I started having water with dinner, too. One day a few weeks into my water-only consumption, I decided to have a sweet tea for dinner again. After one sip, I was surprised to find that the tea was sickeningly sweet, and I wished I had gotten water instead. Drinking water all the time actually recalibrated my taste buds so that they recognized when something had too much sugar!

I switched to coffee with less sugar. I knew it wasn’t possible to go without coffee in the morning, so I switched from those frozen Starbucks drinks (240 calories) to instant coffee packets (50 calories). The packets actually aren’t as nasty as you’d expect from a powdered mix--in fact, I find them quite tasty.

I started eating salad. I used to think that salads were only for people who hated themselves, but I realized that it’s all about how the salad is prepared. I enjoy spinach (lettuce is just water with fewer nutrients) with chickpeas, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, and a bit of Caesar dressing or balsamic vinaigrette, depending on my mood. Once I started to enjoy salads, I got them more frequently. Now I eat at least one salad per day.

I got a different breakfast. Pop-Tarts made me crash, so I switched over to a daily breakfast of a banana, a clementine, and a breakfast cookie with less sugar content. It’s easier to stay awake. And speaking of staying awake…

I scheduled later classes. I’m a night owl and probably always will be. I knew that I’d be up past midnight every night, so I made sure none of my classes started before 10 a.m.

I started working out. I’m lazy and I love sitting, so I started out on the stationary bike. The minutes fly by as you sit back, pedal, and listen to music. I realized that I love the post-workout high, so I started running and doing some core workouts as well. I now work out for 60 minutes 5 or 6 days a week, and I absolutely love it. It’s something I enjoy doing, and I make sure I have time for it in my schedule. It also helped me to start taking the stairs more often.

I changed the way I saw food. Before, I saw food as a way to treat myself for accomplishing something and a source of comfort when I was upset. Now that I’m active, I see food as fuel. Fries and pizza are tasty, but I don’t like the way they make me feel throughout the day. In order to keep my body strong and running well, I need to eat good fuel. I treat myself other ways, like working out (it honestly is a treat) and listening to music. In short, I prioritize the way I feel in the long-term over how great a greasy dish is. Of course, I’ll eat junk every now and then, but I find that I no longer crave that kind of thing as much.

I limit my naps to 20 minutes or less. Believe it or not, it’s more energizing to take a quick snooze than to sleep for 5 hours (which will throw off your sleep schedule). I no longer wake up from a nap wondering if it’s the next morning.

Before, I had the unhealthy notion that my body belonged to other people and not to me. Being healthy is helping me reclaim my body as my own. I’m in charge, I’m calling the shots, I’m respecting myself. Along with getting to see my progress (hint: the scale doesn’t show it because I’m losing fat and gaining back muscle), I just feel better. Energized. Happy. Confident. I’m starting to make better decisions with my emotional health as well, like focusing more on my friendships and studies rather than guys.

I’m hoping that you can implement changes in your life, bit by bit, to start feeling like a better version of yourself. It is possible, even for the unhealthiest Dorito-lover. Here’s to good health!

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