To The Person Who Is Trying To Have An Open Mind

To The Person Who Is Trying To Have An Open Mind

Don't fear it.

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In my life I have come across various types of people. People who have been raised under strict, traditional ideas, people who are closed to anything but what they know, and those who just can't seem to change with the times. As someone who lives in a generation where expressing yourself and blooming true is trending, I value my open mind and all that it helps me to consider, understand, and appreciate.

There is nothing wrong with being afraid of the unknown or what's different. As humans we are naturally fearful and confused by ambiguity, so often, we don't assess it. Before college, I could say that this held a bit true for me. Innocently, I was naïve and used to the life I lived for the last 18 years. Since coming to college, I have had to opportunity to learn. I have learned more than academics, more than independence, and more than what my future looks like. I have learned to open my eyes to those around me.

Its truly beautiful what an open mind can do. Once you can remove judgment and can accept others for who they are, it sets you free. A large piece of opening one's mind is education. If you're unsure about something, or the idea of someone, dive deeper. Refrain from assuming, and justify your opinion, or find yourself dumbfounded for poor judgment. We are so quick to believe what we hear on the news or what we see on Twitter, but why not do some research for yourself?

At the end of the day, everyone you see daily is going through something. Big or small, we all have our baggage, and all have those things that make waking up in the morning a little difficult. So why do we judge? Is it out of spite? Is it jealousy? I believe that its because we're fearful of the unknown. And with that, it's unfair to judge someone if you don't know why you have such a feeling.

Open your mind. Research, listen, and try to understand those that may be different from you. There is nothing to lose from learning and becoming more knowledgeable than you were yesterday. There is no answer to whether your learning will change your opinions, but at least you can say that you put effort into understanding.

The next time you come across something or someone you find fearful, check yourself. Reflect and consider why you feel the way you do and assess it. An open mind only leads to a positive, open heart and a future of blossoming and growing in this ever-changing world.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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29 Rock Songs To Add To Your Gym Playlist To Get You Pumped Up

Rock might not be your thing but these songs will definitely get you pumped up and motivated!

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So, I understand if rock music is just not your thing but these songs are awesome at helping to get you pumped up to take on that cardio you have to do in a bit. It will make you want to dance and jump and down. Some of these suggestions and bands might be a little odd to you and might not be your first pick but just give them a try and see how you like them.

1. "Sound of Madness" by Shinedown

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2. "The Anthem" by Good Charlotte

Good Charlotte's official music video for 'The Anthem'.

3. "Love Bites (So Do I)" by Halestorm

4. "Freak On a Leash" by Korn

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5. "Jekyll and Hyde" by Five Finger Death Punch

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6. "Enemies" by Shinedown

7. "American Idiot" by Green Day

8. "Infra-Red" by Three Days Grace

9. "Numb" by Linkin Park

10. "I Just Wanna Live" by Good Charlotte

11. "Nightmare" by Avenged Sevenfold

12. "DEVIL" by Shinedown

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13. "MANTRA" by Bring me the Horizon

14. "Pressure" by Muse

15. "Hail to the King" by Avenged Sevenfold

16. "1000hp" by Godsmack

17. "Do Your Worst" by Rival Sons

18. "Dance Macabre" by Ghost

19. "GET UP" by Shinedown

20. "Body Talks" by The Struts

21. "Sham Pain" by Five Finger Death Punch

22. "Bad Company" by FIve Finger Death Punch

23. "Judas" by Fozzy

24. "Zombie" by Bad Wolves

25. "Wash It All Away" by Five Finger Death Punch

26. "Bulletproof" by Godsmack

27. "Duality" by Slipknot

28. "Enter Sandman" by Metallica

29. "When Legends Rise" by Godsmack

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