To The Young Girl With An Old Soul

To The Young Girl With An Old Soul

Having an "old soul" is much more than being wise beyond your years.
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An "old soul" is defined as a person who is wise beyond their years. Someone who generally feels secluded from people of their age group, and often finds themselves around others that are typically older. In ways "old souls" are more mature, understanding, and are able to see the world from a different perspective than most, while still acquiring characteristics of their own age group.

I wasn't completely aware of this concept until I turned 18, when one of my co-workers told me how wise I was for my age. For most of my teenage years I was confused of where I belonged, who was actually my friend, and who would one day become a distant memory in my mind. I struggled with finding myself during high school, often just adapting to my environment I felt like a prisoner in my own body. When I first started working, I slowly began to realize that I was more comfortable around adults than most of the teenage population, and often found myself wishing I was at work rather than school.

I always knew something was "off" about my thought process, general interests and hobbies. I wasn't comfortable with myself unless I was around a select few people or I was alone. This all changed when I graduated high school. People continued to tell me that I had an "old soul," and that I shouldn't be ashamed of it.

So let me tell you something, embrace having an old soul. Enjoy doing things that are anything but expected of you because of your age. Admire the little things in life just as you normally would. But most importantly, do not be discouraged. Love yourself the way you are because you are truly a gift to this earth. Do not deteriorate into a crowd of people that you have nothing in common with just to feel like you "belong". Don't let others tell you that you're different because you don't find happiness in the things that are typically enjoyed by your generation.

Your old soul will guide you through life, and with every twist and turn your perspective will change and your wisdom will grow. You'll enlighten the people who enter your life, and you'll make a difference whether it's large or small. The world needs more souls like yours, so do not cut yourself short and disappear into the norm. The world is accepting, loving, and appreciative when you find the life you want to live. So let your old soul flourish, I promise you'll live a happier life.


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4. How to use the term “ma'am” or “sir” (that is, use it as much as possible).
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If Women Are Sluts For Having Sex, Then Men Are Even Sluttier Than Us

Raise your hand if you've ever been called a slut.

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Raise your hand if you've ever been called a slut. Most people are under the impression that only women can be referred to as sluts. But I'm here to set the record straight. Contrary to popular belief, guys can be sluts too.

Time for a brief history lesson. According to The Daily Oxford, one of the first uses of the word "slut" was in literature during the 14th century. Specifically, the author questioned, "Why is thy lord so sluttish?"

Surprisingly, the author wasn't referring to sex. Here, he was talking about the man's appearance, which was contradictory to his rank. Although the author didn't mention the word sex, we can agree that the appearance of a person often contributes to the meaning of the word "slut."

I'm sure you've heard the saying "don't judge a book by its cover," but we all know that our society is judgmental. It wasn't until later that the term "slut" evolved to mean "a dirty woman." Regardless of its roots, this term is usually only used to describe a woman.

Why is that? Men often judge women for their sexual activity. And it's unfair.

We live in a society where men are not judged as harshly for their sexual activity. God forbid a woman enjoys sex, she's considered a slut.

Then there are the girls who are just plain mean. Rather than bring each other up, women often tear each other down. Remember how in "Mean Girls" Regina told Gretchen that everyone hated Karen because she was such a slut? This happens more often than you may think. Think about this. Regina's boyfriend Aaron kissed Cady while they were still dating. Gretchen's boyfriend Jason was known for getting around. Never once was the term "slut" used to describe a guy in the movie.

Eventually, these negative terms became widely used and that leads us to where we are today. Perhaps, we should recognize the fact that both men and women can exhibit "slutty" behavior.

And sure, men already have their own term "Fuckboys" but let's get real. That term focuses primarily on the act of playing with a girl's emotions. "Manslut" would be a more accurate term to describe a guy who sleeps around. Now, I'm not endorsing name-calling, but if you must, know what you're talking about.

Urban Dictionary defines a "manslut" as a promiscuous male. A simple and clean definition. Well, simple yes, clean not so much. These are the type of guys you can take ONE look at and you know who they've been with and what they've done.

Many people like to point fingers towards fraternity guys such as "Chad", but any guy who "gets around" fits the bill. He can be your neighbor, that guy from the bar, or even your coworker. "Mansluts" are everywhere.

Rest assured, you'll know a "manslut" when you see one. Use protection and proceed with caution. Trust me, you're not the only one he's been with this week.

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