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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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?

I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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Sorry, Real Life Doesn't Have A "Safe Space" For Your Excuses

Your excuses are invalid. Take responsibility for your actions.


If I had a penny for every time I heard a college student use a pathetic excuse to get out of something, I would be a millionaire. It seems like every other person I meet these days has zero sense of responsibility in life. They're too sensitive, too unmotivated and just all around lazy. What's up with that?

Something that I don't think a lot of college students realize is that when this is all over, you get thrown out into the real world. You can't email your boss asking for project extensions; they will laugh in your face. You can't use "I have anxiety" as an excuse to get out of doing something. You can't get butthurt every time your boss comes down on your for not doing adequate work. That is life.

Sorry, but real life doesn't have a safe space for you. Your future employer won't baby you and hold your hand every step of the way. You won't be able to call in sick and skip work 3 times a week like you skip class. The real world has expectations and believe it or not, they are WAY more grueling than college.

People will judge you. You will get yelled at by your boss. Hard deadlines will be expected to be met. If you can't deal with it now, good luck to you out there because it only gets harder. I understand that everyone has their own issues in life, but if other people can get past theirs enough to work hard and be successful, your excuse is simply that: an excuse.

Life was never meant to be easy. The whole reason we applied to college was to be challenged and readied for our future careers. I will bet that almost every college student promised themselves they would work harder in college. Giving excuses isn't working harder, it's looking for the easy way out. The easy way might seem better in the short run, but it teaches you nothing and prepares you for nothing. Not to mention, people will get to know you as "that one moron that always has an excuse to not do their work." I don't know about everyone else, but that is the LAST way I would want to be known.

Instead of making an excuse, work harder. Be responsible. Meet deadlines, do your work early, manage your time. It really is simple when you look at it that way. Yeah, life gets stressful. Are you going to be the person who begs for their "safe space" and cries or are you going to get going and do what needs to be done? I know which person I would hire, that's for sure.

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