My Dislike For The Outdoors

My Dislike For The Outdoors

Why going to the beach is something I'd rather not do.

Not always have I despised being outside surrounded by the elements, but once I began developing negative emotions relating to nature’s irksome ways such inclinations only continued to be aggravated throughout the years. As a child my mother often took my cousins and I to the beach and as far as I can remember, I quite enjoyed being by the sea, playing with the sand. Now, however, I’d rather be as far as possible from such places. The problem with this preference of mine is that although I do not particularly enjoy “engaging with nature”, my family members, on the other hand, prefer to sit by bonfires roasting marshmallows and therefore I’m often dragged to their little adventures which often end up with me battling against the maleficent forces of nature.

In the list of natural things I greatly dislike are marked with red the troubles caused by the Demon Lord often referred to as “The Wind”. Certainly, I understand that the wind is involved in important processes such as the pollination and transpiration of plants. However, when I’m sitting by the beach- just as I am now- and attempting to jot down ideas in a journal the wind takes on rather negative traits. It dishevels my hair, uninvitingly turns the pages of my book/journal, and if I allow it the chance the it would probably try to blow me into oblivion.

At the beach one may also encounter numerous, unrecognizable slimy beasts dwelling in the water. I do not how people feel comfortable enough to expose themselves to a body of water in which such creatures flourish, but, many courageous souls do swim amidst such beings. Personally, just stepping into the water causes me to shrivel up with disgust as I immediately start thinking about the possibility that some aquatic creature may sneak up on me and drag me into the unknown depths of the ocean.

I can also state that I’m not particularly affectionate of seagulls, and I honestly believe they can sense my dislike for them. In fact, as I sit here- writing this article- a menacing seagull looms over me and it occasionally descends to gift me with threatening glances. My uncle says it is only on the lookout for the meat that is being grilled, but I know better not to believe that. Clearly, the seagull is planning to annihilate me, I mean, how else would one explain the pensive gazes it directs at me? As I stare back at it, I too am in deep thought. I mockingly ask it about Edgar Allan Poe’s Lenore, although it is not a raven. It rudely refutes to respond and flies away. My younger cousin questions my sanity.

Although all the aforementioned factors contribute greatly to my dislike of natural environments I think nothing vexes me more than the presence of the scorching ball of fire, parading through the skies, shooting rays of destruction upon us. And yes, I am speaking of the sun. You see, if I had wished to be burnt to a crisp I’d probably just set myself on my uncle’s grill, where the process would likely be expedited. But, the sun does not allow me to have this choice and instead it selects to unwelcomingly aid me in a transition from human being to a piece of coal. I do use sunscreen and all that good stuff, but when the sun decides to prevent me from reading by directly shining into my eyes its abuses become too excessive to bear.

My descriptions of my experience with nature may make me sound whiny but I genuinely believe nature despises me just as much as I dislike it. There is one thing though that I like about family retreats and that is the grilled food. Chicken, steak, pork chops, name it and my uncle is probably grilling it. Somehow food tastes better when eaten outside, but this may just be due to the fact that I felt frustrated before having any food. Or it may just be due to my uncle’s impressive cooking skills. In any case, the food is good. I mean complain a lot about not being a "fan of nature" but I can still recognize that as long as I have my family beside me and some food to get me by, being outdoors isn’t so bad.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...


With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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