The Concept Of Being 'Awkward' Should Be Banned From Our Society

The Concept Of Being 'Awkward' Should Be Banned From Our Society

It's only awkward if you make it, so stop making it. Simple.

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Rant:

I CANNOT STAND PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS MAKE THINGS AWKWARD. IT'S ONLY AWKWARD IF YOU MAKE IT.

Rant over.

Whew, now that I have that off my chest, let me explain to you why I feel this way toward the whole concept of awkwardness. It's only awkward if you make it. So don't make it awkward, it's really not that hard. Being active in the social scene, I witness this far too often, of someone saying "oh no I can't do that, it's so awkward" or "ohhhh I'm so awkward though". Well, then don't make it and you'll be fine!

The fear of awkwardness is one of the biggest phobias I've seen in college. Yeah, they may be nervous and reserved, and maybe that is just how they are, and that's completely okay. But it comes to a point where...come on...step outside of your comfort zone and live a little! Some of the most life-changing things happen when you step out of your comfort zone, deal with the awkwardness, or don't even let it creep into the situation and take a leap of faith. I also think that the more you face your fear the fuller your life will be and doors will open that you never thought would ever, do.

In fact, the United States is one of the only places where the concept of awkwardness exists. Some cultures don't even have a word for awkward and don't understand how the concept works. When I was in traveling in Israel last spring, locals would ask us Americans all the time to explain the concept and try to understand how it works. When answering, we really had no idea what to say, because it's is such a pointless concept that makes everybody confused.

In conclusion, I think the concept of being "awkward" should be banned from our society because it just puts unnecessary stress on ourselves. Go out there and be fearless. Remember, it's only awkward if you make it. So DON'T MAKE IT AWKWARD! Simple.

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1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

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11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

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13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

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5 Six Flags Magic Mountain Rides Worth Waiting For

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As a person who gets motion sickness looking down at her phone on 15-minute car rides, you probably would not expect me to be a rollercoaster fiend. But, unfortunately (for my stomach), I am. In fact, I've been a Six Flags Season Pass holder for the past two years. I haven't been too many times, so I'm no know-it-all, but I definitely know more than your average human. So, throughout the more-than-your-average-human number of times I have been, I've managed to decide on a list of my top 5 favorite Six Flags Magic Mountain rides that I feel are worth the wait.


1. X2

I've only been on X2 two times (ironically) but it is definitely a #1 favorite. It's also probably one of the more intense rollercoasters at Magic Mountain, so I would not recommend it as a starter ride for an amateur Six Flags goer. Also, the line is usually pretty long, so prepare to whip out your dad-like waiting-in-line games. It's going to be a long wait, but I promise the ride will not disappoint. To make things even more tempting, there's a part that (occasionally) has fire shoot out! What's cooler than that? Beats me.

2. Tatsu

If you can get past the idea that you're harnessed into a seat facing the ground and suspended hundreds of feet in the air, then this ride is for you. In fact, if you manage to relax (it took me around 2-3 rides to "relax" and not feel like I was going to die), then it feels like you're flying! Actually, though. You're looking down, riding among the trees, the wind is in your face… it's the best feeling ever.

3. CraZanity

This is less of a conventional ride at Six Flags-- it's not a rollercoaster, but rather a giant oscillating swing. If you've been to the Santa Monica Pier, it's like the dragon boat ride there, on crack. You swing so high you feel like you're gonna die, but the view, feeling, and everything else going on at the same time is so amazing that you don't really care about the dying part.

4. Twisted Colossus

This ride also usually has a super long line, but the ride is very worth it in my opinion. It's worth it because, in a way, the ride "repeats" itself. You go up on one track and then come back down on another, and then proceed to go through the whole track again through this different (but similar) parallel track from the first. Sometimes, as you inch your way up towards the top before the drop (spoilers, oops) you'll pass another car simultaneously going up the other track! Make sure to be awkward and say hi!

5. Goliath

I always go on Goliath first because it usually has the shortest line. I don't understand why-- it's such a thrilling ride. The drop at the beginning always gets me. It feels as if it's lasting forever (in the worst and best way possible.) You get the butterflies all the way from your toes up to your forehead. Sometimes I feel like my stomach flies into my brain on the drop part. It's super fun and also deathly scary at the same time. The rest of the ride has a lot of turns, where you also feel like you're going to fall off the track. It's scary at the moment, but after you see that you come out alive, I promise you're going to want to go on it again.

In conclusion, all rides at Six Flags are super fun, but these 5 mentioned above are well worth the wait. As for honorary mentions, Superman, Drop of Doom, Batman, Full Throttle, and Scream are all viable options as well, but just not my personal favorites. This is either because the line length outweighs the "fun level" of the ride, or the ride just doesn't compare to the top 5 mentioned above. Ultimately, on really busy days, you may only be able to get on 4 or 5 rides. So choose wisely, and prepare to die from an overload of adrenaline and excitement.

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