Why You Don't Need Editing

Why You Don't Need Editing

Be yourself—no one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong.

Stet. Let it stand.

Stet is a verb used in editing that is "used as an instruction on a printed proof to indicate that a correction or alteration should be ignored" (Dictionary.com). In other words, stet means let it stand; don't change what is there.

We are in the midst of a changing world and we can sometimes feel pushed to change along with it. Peers and neighbors may make you feel as though you are not enough or that you need to make changes in your life in order to become "more popular" or "more fun".

Life becomes a game of editing; marking one another with red pens with comments like "change this part," "awkward," "reword," "make this more interesting." Therefore, we then find ourselves making revisions and turning in new and improved papers. We delete sentences and add in others so that those red marks disappear and we can overall 'get a better grade' or have a better reputation. Although this technique may help you in English class, it can hurt you in life.

What if you yourself were marked with one single marking: stet; let it stand?

Don't let the world and people around you influence who you are and how you wish to live your life. If you're yourself no one can tell you that you are doing it wrong. Don't be scared of making mistakes. Embrace the parts of yourself that others may want to change for these are the things that make you unique and special.

You see, your life is not something that can be edited and rewritten. Rather than looking at your past and noticing mistakes and forming regrets, look at where it has brought you. If you are reading this right now and are not happy with where you are at don't look for ways to edit who you are, instead keep writing your story.

Life is not about going back and making things better; life is about looking forward and making the most of what life has thrown at you. Trust me, I know life is not easy and that it seems as though some parts of our stories should be edited or deleted. It also sounds tempting to copy/paste passages into our own personal stories. I encourage you, however, to stand up tall and turn your head in the direction of your dreams. Look at your past but don't stare. Acknowledge your past but don't try to edit it.

This is a hard reality to accept. Life doesn't always go our way. I personally see many ways that I could change myself in order to fit in more or be more popular. Whatever it is in your life that makes you feel as though you are not good enough... don't give it power. If you give in you are compromising a part of yourself that is special.

Mark yourself with only one word; stet. Don't change who you are for those around you. Be yourself. If you are yourself no one can tell you that you are doing it wrong.

You are you for a reason. You do not need to be edited.

Cover Image Credit: Saint Leo University

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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