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How to Not Freak Out About the Future

The future is daunting, but here are a couple ways to succeed at it.

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It is never too early to think about your future. It may get scary and it may be a pain to think about, but the future is coming at us at lightning speed, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Of course, that is not to say to only think about the future. In fact, only ever looking forward can be just as bad as looking back. It is imperative to strike a balance between present and future so you can not only looking forward to the latter but also be prepared. Speaking of which, here are a couple simple ways to not lose sleep over your future.

1) It will be okay.

This saying is trite but only because it's true. Things may be rough now, but it will be okay. Sometimes, you have to get in the habit of telling yourself that the future will be okay because otherwise, you can trick yourself into believing that it's not.

2) Focus.

Focus on your homework when you're doing your homework; focus on your studying when you're studying; focus on having fun when you're with friends; focus, focus, focus. Society has become so multitasked that to not do so yourself is like not being a "good person." News flash: multitasking is not all that great.

3) Get rid of toxicity.

Turn the television off, hide your phone (shocking, yes, but do it at least once), drop toxic friends...there are so many toxic things in your life that you may not even know of, but just know that your gut is always right.

4) Self-love.

Love yourself! This demand is easier said than done, yes, but that's because society makes it so hard to do so. Love yourself and compliment yourself from time to time. Better yet, smile at yourself in the mirror before you leave for classes or work. All these actions may sound trivial, but it will make you confident...

5) Laugh.

Laughing looks just as good as it feels. So laugh. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others, laugh, and get into the zone of allowing yourself to be happy. Even if you force yourself to laugh, laughing is infectious and sooner or later, you will laugh for real.

6) Make mistakes.

Seriously, make them. Better yet, laugh them off and learn from them. Mistakes allow you to understand another part of yourself that you hadn't known before. Everyone makes mistakes, so don't you dare feel regretful or embarrassed when you do.

7) Set goals.

Don't set super high ones because you will always end up disappointed. Rather, set small goals: if you're someone who always skips breakfast, perhaps set a goal to eat breakfast for the next week. Later on, you can set higher goals, ones that make you excited for both the present and the future.

8) Have faith.

In this situation, faith does not necessarily mean religion (however, it can). Instead, have faith in yourself: have faith that you can overcome any kind of obstacle, have faith that you will work your hardest, have faith that you will learn from your mistakes, and most importantly: have faith that you are worthy.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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