Embracing October

Embracing October

the best month of the year
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Hello October.



The month that opens up to the best time of the year. Cooler weather, fire pits, s'mores, apple cider, snow, sweaters, coffee, fuzzy socks, Christmas movies, sugar cookies, cardigans, Christmas lights, pumpkins, breaks from school, Christmas trees, leaves changing colors...I mean the list can just keep going.

October means that the year is 3/4 of the way over. WHAT? That's right even if it sounds a little crazy. To me, October means that the semester is almost over. It is the last FULL month of the school year before I am able to throw all my papers in the air and return my rented books.

October also means that the weather will finally start cooling down (well it is suppose to). I can finally break out the fluffy cardigans and worn out flannels. I can transition from the Nike shorts to sweats and trade in my chaos for my tennis shoes.

October means that the coffee shops will break out the pumpkin spice flavoring, Bath & Body will introduce their fall scented candles and you can turn in your summer scentsy smell in for an Autumn Sunrise or Pumpkin Marshmallow aroma.

October means that Andy's will bring back their Pumpkin Pie Concrete and Target will constantly be filling the "Dollar" section with new fall/holiday related items. It means Hobby Lobby will be flooding your debit transactions and your house will be covered in hues of red, orange, yellow and brown.

October means fire pits and cozy blankets to snuggle up with. It means bundling up on the couch and leaving the window open so you can hear the leaves rustle. It means cuddling up next to your favorite person and not sweating to death. It means projecting "Hocus Pocus" on the side of your house ad making caramel apples to eat.

October means long nights with friends, driving around with the heat on and talking about life. Talking about the hopes are for the last three months of the current year and what you hope the next year will bring.

October means going to twelve different pumpkin patches and buying two pumpkins are everyone one because you just can't help yourself. It means painting those pumpkins you picked with your closest friends because they truly will not judge you for how they turn out. It means finding every haunted house within a 50 mile radius and screaming your heart out at every one. It means late nights and endless laughs.

October means sitting in a random coffee shops for hours pouring over homework, visiting with friends and always consuming coffee. It means going to the same coffee shop and spending $25 a week because you just cannot wait to try a few flavor. It means the workers know your name and you have a certain "spot" you are always at.

October means raking up leaves and making the biggest leaf pile ever imagined, then jumping into it with your closest family/friends. It means taking the perfect (senior, single, family, couple) pictures; with the leaves all changing colors and the temperature not too hot but not too cold.

October means Thanksgiving is just around the corner, reminding us all that soon we will get to spend a few days with our family. It means that you can finally eat some of grandmas pumpkin pie or eat some of grandpas famous turkey. It means board games with your family after you've all ate too much.

October means adventure. It means grabbing your friends or your partner, dropping everything you're doing and going. Make new memories. You've got three months left in the year-what alllllllll can you squeeze into them?

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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I Have No Label

Labels aren't for everyone, and I'm one of them.

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There's a huge pressure from society for people to know things about themselves—what they want to do with their life, what career they want to be tethered to, where they plan on being five years from now—that we really shouldn't add more pressure by requiring people to know their sexual orientation and gender identity.

I've always been pretty comfortable with my gender, but my sexuality? I'm still figuring that one out. I grew up in a fairly conservative home, so I was never exposed to the LGBT+ community or anything similar to it. Straight was the only way to go, and I grew up completely fine with that. It's only now that I know I'm not, that I'm realizing some of the things I did, probably should have told me I wasn't sooner.

Thankfully, it was never a huge source of stress for me because I was OK with being straight. I was fine with the idea of only being into men because I mostly still am. It's just that "mostly" bit that has me thrown off.

If I'm not fully into just guys, does that make me bisexual? What's the full difference between them, anyway? What does "bi" really imply, anyway? Two? Which two? Does the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexual" even really matter?

Do people identify as "pansexual" because the distinction of "bi" is misleading since there are more than just two genders?

Speaking of genders, would I date someone whose gender identity doesn't conform to the binary? How about a transgender person? How can I really know this for a fact without dating someone like that?

All of these thoughts gave me countless headaches, and they still do if I think too hard about it. Since I'm still discovering myself, I'm not fully comfortable labeling my sexuality as anything other than "not straight."

That should be totally fine.

If anything, I think this should be encouraged. It puts way less stress on people who are already stressed beyond belief. It shouldn't be something that a person has to know immediately, and they shouldn't have to ever label themselves if they aren't comfortable with it.

Let people explore their sexuality and gender. If they find a label early, let them. They may change it later. They may not. As long as they're happy with it, what does it matter? Why tell them "no?" Even if you're their parent or caregiver, you should at least be fine with them exploring their own identity and figuring their life out.

It's healthy, and ultimately, it will make them a happier person to know they had support for the whole wild ride.

Respect people if they find nothing and choose to stay label-less.

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