I Choose To Live For The Day

I Choose To Live For The Day

From the nights to the days, there is plenty to live for.

I used to live for the nights. I lived for the times my friends and I would spend getting ready to go out for a night on the town. I lived for the nights that we may or may not have fully remembered. I lived for the lights in the city, lighting up the dark and shadowy night. I lived for the laughs and cries. I lived for the adrenaline and excitement that I felt buzzing around me everywhere I went.

I lived for the newly sparked conversations at the local bar. I lived for the horrible dance moves. I lived for the themed fraternity parties that occurred every weekend. I lived for the short walks home. I lived for the stories we would be able to tell the next day. I was living for the nights.

It might all sound exciting to you, maybe even relatable. I enjoyed it for a while, but things changed rather suddenly. It was no longer fun, but instead stressful and complicated. Nothing needs to be stressful and complicated, but it was becoming that very quickly. I may have enjoyed it, but I did not cherish it.

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” - Philosopher Albert Camus

So instead, I choose to live for the days. I live for the start of a day when the sun is rising over the grand city skyline, reflecting its light off of every glass surface to brighten the sky. I live for the early morning walks across the Stone Arch Bridge, overlooking the St. Anthony Falls' roaring currents. I live for the long afternoons spent sitting in a quaint coffee shop with my closest friends chatting and doing school work. I live for dinners in the big kitchen with everyone there when we sit in our chairs after our meal talking for what seems to be hours.

I live for the late night movies we stream in our small, shared bedroom. I live for that feeling of crawling into my bed after a long and stressful day of classes. I live for the peace and serenity I feel as I listen to my latest music playlist on low while writing my daily journal entry detailing just about anything and everything going on in my life. I live for the quiet blanket of silence that covers the bedroom as my roommates all fall asleep.

I live for the calm and occasionally hectic days. I live for my friends, family, and myself. I live for this moment. I live for the awareness and happiness all mixed into one. I live for the now, not the past or the future. I live for the feelings of joy, love, adventure, and peace. I live for the feeling of life. I live for the day.

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A Reminder to Enjoy the Silence

There is so much going on in the world; sometimes we have to be thankful for what’s not happening around us

Another day. Another schedule to follow. More meetings and classes to go to. More work and more things to get done. It seems as if there is an endless cycle of waking up, getting everything done that needs to be done, and struggling to make plans and fit everything in. By the end of the day, you just want to crash into bed and prepare yourself for the next day- a day that may consist of the same exact things you did the day before.

We all live in a world where there is always so much going on. Even during those times we’re alone, there is still something that seems to be happening. Maybe it’s the sound of those outside; screaming and yelling when a snowball fight breaks out. Maybe it’s coming from outside your door; the sound of people running up and down the hallway trying to get somewhere important. Maybe it’s the giggles you hear while trying to study at the next table over, wondering what could possibly be going on.

As people, I see that everyone is striving to be a part of something nearly all the time, regardless of how introverted or extroverted we are. We could be a part of a group, or we could be sitting all by ourselves, taking in everything that is going on around us and wondering what could possibly be happening in their lives at that exact moment.

The point here is that sometimes we need to take a break from all of this. Even if it’s brief. Everyone needs to find a time to get away from all that is happening and to simply enjoy the silence.

Yes, that may seem difficult to do, but to be completely honest, it could most likely be because you are always wanting to know ‘what’s happening’ or ‘what’s going on’.

Believe it or not, it is so much easier to find this break than you think.

When you find that chance- the chance to get away from others and the rest of society, go take a break and find a place where no sound can bother you, or at least as much as you can. Maybe it’s a room that no one uses. Maybe it’s a study spot that no one else knows about. Maybe it’s a simple, short walk outside somewhere.

But when you do this, don’t think about anything at all whatsoever. Clear your mind of everything; your thoughts, your struggles, your curiosity. For me, this would be focusing on noticing surroundings that would not typically appear in my mind throughout a typical day. Close your eyes, relax, and take in the sounds that you would normally overlook during your hectic day.

Is it the sound of a fan that keeps turning on and off? Is it the footsteps of a person walking by on the carpet in heels? Is it the birds chirping or the wind blowing by? If you’re walking, could it be the sound of the ground beneath your feet after every step? Maybe it’s the sound of windows opening and closing at a building you go by. Or, is it simply nothing at all?

This, my friends, is the sound of silence. It is the sound you hear when you finally take a break from reality. It is the sound of everything that doesn’t get any attention during the “typical day”.

This is the sound of what it’s like to clear your mind and not worry about the other aspects that are occurring in your life. It is what you hear when you finally get away and take a break from all that is happening around you. It’s the sound of everything that is overlooked by other “greater” things happening in life.

If you’re so into the world and what’s happening; If you’re worried about what everyone else around you is doing; If you feel the need to be where the rest of society is or have a wanting to “fit in”-- please remember that it’s ok to take a break from everything that is going on. It is ok to take a break from the madness known as everyday life.

It is ok to enjoy the silence- the kind that no one thinks about.

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We all want the "quick fix" to weight loss, the holy grail that'll help us shed pounds in weeks. The only issue here is that, just like the holy grail, the "quick fix" is also fake news. Recently I've seen many women using the waist trainer at the gym (and even all day) to help them achieve the "perfect" hourglass shape. What these women don't know is that these waist trainers are a waste of time.

Just because a Kardashian advertises something, doesn't mean it's helpful. In fact, the waist trainers can have many adverse side effects that aren't advertised to us. It makes us wonder, is there actually any science behind these trainers? According to askfitnesscoach.com, there's very little. The trainers can help you with your posture, help shed water weight, and force you to be more conscious about how much you eat, but all of this comes at a price.

Waist Trainers can cause a lot of damage to your body. The constricting corset can misplace your organs after long term use, the pressure on your midsection could limit blood flow and oxygen to these organs, and due to decreased oxygen, you could be at risk for passing out.

You are also at risk for passing out due to dehydration. Since waist trainers heat up your core, you sweat more, and, because many people don't supplement their water intake, they can quickly become dehydrated and then pass out.

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Although waist trainers have a few benefits, there are also many drawbacks, and although they give us some temporary benefits, I definitely believe that the harm outweighs the good.

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