Everything You Know About Life Is Probably A Lie, So Just Do You

Everything You Know About Life Is Probably A Lie, So Just Do You

Because you'll always be you.
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Seriously.

Avocados are one of the best foods for you, but as the joke goes, us millennials will end up sacrificing our ability to buy a house due to our immense love of avocado toast...but then again, avocados are high in fat, so you shouldn't eat them all that much, anyway.

Low-income students seem to have an edge in the college admissions process, as they'll receive tons of financial aid from colleges in general, making it easier for them to attend college nowadays...but at the same time, they're less likely to be selected to attend these schools, as colleges and universities prefer wealthier students who'll fatten their pockets with endowment and tuition.

Thousands of precautions have been taken against climate change, ranging from ocean clean-ups to landfill eradication, but nonetheless, according to EcoWatch, the world has but ten years left...TO LIVE.


More and more of America's middle class has been rising up into higher areas of wealth. But still, the middle class is the majority--and yet, the majority of the power rests in the hands of the wealthy 1% elite.

That boy you had dinner with the other night? The one who said he'd really like to pursue "this thing" with you? Well, he's said that to another girl...and another...and another...

Seriously.








In this life, you can never win! Whenever there's a positive, there's always a negative counteracting it. And nowadays, it seems that these negatives become more and more overpowering as the days go by. It almost seems like too much to handle, doesn't it?

Then don't.

Seriously! The world is going to turn, no matter what we do, and the world is going be swallowed up by the sun, no matter what we do. Life will go on and avocados will be grown and people will fight the self-destruction of our planet and low-income students will get into college while others won't, and that boy you had dinner with will still ask you out on a date, again. And the world is going to turn, no matter what we do...

So you do you! No one lives forever, so eat that cheesecake while you still can. Friends aren't always for forever, so go on that road trip with your best friends. Take pictures. Smile. Live. Laugh. You're still young, or maybe you're not. But what does it matter? Life is brief, and these days are briefer; make the most of them.

Because everything you know about life is probably a lie, so just do you. It's literally all you can do. That movie star's perfect lips might be fake, and that cheesecake might be 99% sugar, but at the end of the day, you're still you.







And you'll always be you.

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

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It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.




These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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What Is Hygge And how To Implement It Into Your Life

This Danish mindset makes comfort and dessert a priority, how could you not be interested?

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I have been seeing a lot about hygge on Pinterest and I didn't have a clue what that was. I love to go on to Pinterest for inspiration and self-love motivation, so when posts and articles with hygge kept popping up, I was very intrigued. After I learned more, I could easily see how hygge fit into a mindset of self-love.

What is hygge?

Hygge is a quality of coziness and comfort that creates a feeling of contentment or well-being. It is a Danish and Norwegian phrase, pronounced "hoo-gah" and is also called hyggelig. It is a mindset and a standard in which to live life. Hygge is a way one finds the beauty in every moment and finds more contentment in what they have. It can envelop every aspect of one's life but mainly focuses on the home and with downtime.

From the VisitDenmark website, they define hygge as illuminating the Danish soul.

"In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cozying up with a loved one for a movie – that's hygge, too. And there's nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world."

This might sound very simple, but it includes active awareness of your emotions and the willingness to be genuinely engaged and relaxed in your surroundings. Sometimes we don't think to put the extra little effort into lighting candles and making ourselves physically comfy and content. It makes sense, if you wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and dim the lights, your thoughts will follow suit and slow down. We are all so familiar with our smartphones, the internet and watching tv, we forget to be present in the moment.




How can you live a hygge inspired life?

One of the points to hygge is to add warmth into your life. I think hygge is celebrated a lot more in the Fall and Winter because we all want to get out of the cold and get comfortable. However, we can add warmth without it being overwhelming. A hot tea before bed, a new soft blanket and lighting a clean smelling candle are small ways to add warmth to your day. You don't have to do these things every day, but taking the time to light candles can become a relaxing part of your evening. Warm colored fairy lights and home décor that is purposefully cozy and makes your home a place you love being and feel relaxed in. Hygge encourages warmth physically and emotionally. Be kind to yourself and others.

Being comfortable and content at the moment is something we all strive for, but don't always consciously try to do. This is another point to hygge. Being comfortable on the outside will result in being comfortable on the inside. Limiting the stimuli around you allows your mind to rest and process your day. Hygge routines highly recommend tech-free nights to declutter your mind. Gratitude is also highly encouraged in the hygge lifestyle. One cannot be content in their life if they don't fully appreciate what they have. Being one with nature is also suggested. Bringing indoor plants into your home, gardening, and taking long walks outdoors inspires a feeling of well-being and being content. Be spontaneous if it will bring you happiness.

Good food with good people is another objective to hygge. You are in control of your own life, keeping things or people in your life that don't bring you peace and positivity is not healthy. Hygge promotes positive interactions with family and friends. Socialize with genuine people and keep a few close, deep friendships. The things and people you surround yourself with predict your contentment with life. Hygge also is big on eating delicious foods that bring you joy. Baking and learning new recipes can be fun and relaxing. It can be done alone or you could invite friends over to bake. Basically, treat yourself and don't worry too much.

Challenge yourself to live with hygge in mind for a week or two! Check out Pinterest for more inspiration. Be mindful and at the moment. Hygge can alleviate stress if you keep comfort and contentment in mind. Make time for yourself every night. There is a Buzzfeed article of someone trying to live a hygge life. Hygge can be implemented all year around, as well. Don't forget to check out this article to help you plan to live a more hygge inspired life. Here are some suggestions to have a hygge inspired Summer.


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