Forgetting Things And Losing Stuff: Confessions Of An Absent-Minded Person

Forgetting Things And Losing Stuff: Confessions Of An Absent-Minded Person

Because we have all been there before.

It happens to the best of us, but to some more often than others. You're going through your day and have been super busy all morning, either at work or in class. The rest of your day looks pretty booked as well, but you finally get a hour for lunch, your one time during the day to finally sit and relax. One of your friends texted you before and you're just about purchase your food and join them. You reach for your wallet, just to realize that it isn’t in the same place you usually keep it. Your heart drops and you are now turning every bag you have with you upside down to try to look for it. The longer you spend searching with no success, the faster your heart beats and you eventually realize it’s nowhere with you. The frantic retracing of your steps then starts, and your day is now headed in a completely different direction.

If you are as absent-minded as I am, you know this situation all too well, and the list of lost and forgotten things goes on. Your cell phone, your keys, forgetting to turn the lights in your car and forgetting that doctor's appointment you scheduled a month before. All of these common things I have done, along with many others out there, have led to many interesting stories — and sometimes even adventures.

I guess one of the most common things out of this list is leaving the lights on in my car. There have been countless times where I have been stuck somewhere at night, simply because I have forgotten to turn my lights off. Some of us are lucky enough to have cars that make noises when you leave the headlights on, but most of us who drive older cars don’t have them, and we are forced to rely solely on our memories. Honestly, I couldn't count all the times I have asked someone to help me jumpstart my car, but it’s always nice to know that there's always someone out there that's willing to help. It makes you realize that common consideration isn’t dead after all. One of my friends even told me that her parents met because of this specific situation. Many years ago, her mom's car needed a jump and her dad helped.

Whenever you go out, there are always three crucial things you must have with you too. The cell phone, wallet and keys. When one of those three gets lost, it can turn your whole world upside down. It’s funny, though, because I think we've all been here before too. If we didn’t, then the college I attend wouldn't make half as much money as it does off of students that have to pay for replacing their lost or stolen ID cards.

You lose one of those three essential things and tear apart everything you have looking for it; you retrace your day 12 times, and you swear that you just saw it a few minutes ago. It was just in your hand, wasn’t it? You then find it in the most obvious spot of all time. I have driven my friends crazy with this, but much later on, it’s something we all can laugh about. Although, my friends in that moment pretty much want to kill me. I can see it in the eyes of even the most patient ones I have.

Although older people losing things is a common stereotype, it's actually much more common for us millennials to lose things and forget stuff. This is because of our tightly-packed schedules and the many distractions we are surrounded by. My parents and some other older people I have talked to say we rush too much now, and that's the reason why nowadays we forget so many things. In many ways, I couldn't agree more. We live in this rushed world now. I bet the average person in their 20s spends less than an hour every morning getting ready. This is probably why the dining hall at my college is nearly empty during breakfast on weekdays. Slowing down is key, though, to remembering anything. The only problem is you have to remember to do that too.

When you remember to slow down, though, it gets a lot easier to remember everything else. Spending more time in the morning getting ready, or even just pausing for a simple second and thinking before leaving somewhere in the end can save you lots of time. Running back somewhere to get something because you forgot it because you were in a rush is certainly a catch 22. We are all human though, and at one time or another in our lives, we are going to forget or lose something. It happens, and when it does, all you can hope is that there are people kind enough and patient enough to help. This is why I thank anyone who has ever helped me jumpstart my car, helped my retrace my steps or even found something of mine and decided to do the right thing with it.

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20 Priceless Lessons I Have Learned As I Turn 20 Years Old

11. Be gentle with yourself.

I am officially twenty-years-old, even saying that makes it feel surreal. For it does not feel that I have been on this earth for two decades. In the time that I have been in this world, I want to share the twenty lessons I have learned and hope that it will help you in some way.

1. You are beautiful.

Please never forget this. Stop comparing yourself to those on social media.

2. You must always come first.

It's easy to put other's happiness in front of your own, but it's time to put yourself first. You are the most important and you must carry your heart with care.

3. People are going to let you down and you just have to keep on moving.

It's inevitable and it can be absolutely heartbreaking, but you have to keep pushing through. Trust me, it will be worth it all.

4. Don't easily trust.

I had a very naive faith in every person I met as a kid. From situations, I learned that you should not put your trust in someone else's hands so easily.

5. You will make mistakes in your life, do not put yourself down about them.

It's a part of life. You are going to fail and it's okay. Mistakes and failures lead to the most magnificent changes in your life.

6. The people who have stuck by your side through the worst of situations, are most likely the people you can trust.

They have seen you at worst, held your hand through your worst, and supported you at your worst. Chances are these people have good intentions.

7. Try new things.

Always open yourself up to new experiences, new foods, new ways of life, etc. If anything, it will teach you more about yourself.

8. Be true to yourself.

It's easy to succumb to the pressures of society and those around you. Always remain true to yourself, that will give you the most happiness.

9. Learn to constantly improve yourself.

You may think that you are at the top of your game whether it's doing well in your job, school, in sports, or hobbies. But always aim to improve yourself, gain better techniques, tips, and skills.

10. Do not let your heart fall into the hands of someone who will not take care of it.

Whether it's in friendships or relationships, be careful. Make sure the reciprocation of love is shown.

11. Be gentle with yourself.

You are not perfect and never will be. Do not put these pressures on to yourself. You were gently crafted to be your best self.

12. Disappointment from others is inevitable, stop trying to prevent it.

You may try to avoid certain situations and people by never facing them, but that is not going to solve anything. You must face your problems with courage.

13. If you fail, celebrate.

For endings also bring beginnings. The more failures you have, the more successful you will be.

14. Never keep that smile off your face.

No matter what people may do to make you unhappy, shine that smile right back at them and keep on going.

15. Appreciate your family.

Trust me, they are the most important people in your life. The moments you spend with them are ones you will cherish, always.

16. Spend less time on your phone and more time with the people you love.

It's common to get caught up in what is happening on your phone and in social media and forget about the people that are actually with you. Put the phone down and truly appreciate the people you surround yourself with.

17. Take care of yourself.

If you don't have your physical or mental health, you don't have anything. You need both in order to live your life to the very best.

18. Fall in love with yourself.

As cliche as that may be, love every part of yourself. Every flaw. Every beauty. You are truly incredible and amazing. Fall in love with yourself and in turn, you can find someone who loves you just as much.

19. Be kind.

Always. Being kind is never wrong. It brings a warmth to your life and it gifts you with extraordinary people.

20. Stand up for what you believe in.

In a time where there is so platforms to express your opinions, it is a time more than ever, to stand up for what you believe is right.

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9 Reasons To Be Happy As You Head Back To College

The best years of our lives continues.

It's almost time to go back to school everyone, and even though there are downsides to leaving your home, there is still so much to look forward, too. It's the season to put your alarms back on, get yourself ready every morning, and drink a dangerous amount of coffee for no other reason than the fact that you get to be a college student. Pack your bags, kids, it's time to head back to school and smile bright knowing you can look forward to at least these nine things this semester:

1. Seeing your friends again.

Your time with your friends back home was great, and now you get to see all your new friends again! Not to mention all the friends you're bound to make in your new classes.

2. Staying busy.

Some of us may have worked over break, others maybe haven't, but in college, there is always work to be done, places to be, people to meet. No more slacking, it is time to pass classes and be happy!

3. Being free of parental supervision.

You go from being under your parent's roof to being on your own. Now you get to go out anywhere, buy what you want, and make terrible life decisions that will follow you for the rest of your life. Scary, but fun!

4. Late night possibilities.

Late night talks with your best friends were the best when you were kids, and now you can have it every night in college. And this time most of you can drive, which means the possibilities are endless. Go to Waffle House, a strip club, a tattoo parlor; the road is yours.

5. Having classes you enjoy.

Most of us probably don't enjoy stats or bio, but we do enjoy socialism classes, photography classes, and anything doing with our actual major and minor. New semesters mean new chances to learn new things and find new interests.

6. Getting to go to the gym for free.

You've been gorging on all kinds of junk food and sitting in bed all winter, but it's time to shed our winter bodies and get back to our intense fitness workouts. Plus, the gym is a great way to help relieve your stress.

7. Getting to eat as much as you want.

This contradicts what I said about the gym, but we get to go back to our dining halls and eat at the all you can eat buffets and gorge ourselves on pizza and fries. But nothing beats home-cooked meals.

8. Getting back to your love life.

Part of college is finding people who are just like you and making connections with them. Maybe some of you had lovers back at home, or maybe others never had anyone in high school so college was your one and only hope in finding anyone.

9. Letting your journey as a young independent person continue.

The best part about going to college is that it is new, it's exciting, it is everything you've been building up to since the moment you were in kindergarten. There is so much left to experience and now you can go and make those new memories in a new semester with new classes and new friends.

Hope the new semester goes great for everyone!

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