Make (The Rest Of) This Year A Devotion To Saying 'Yes' More

Make (The Rest Of) This Year A Devotion To Saying 'Yes' More

Are you living a life you would want to relive?

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A friend pointed out to be earlier in the year the idea and concept of saying "yes" more.

For those of you who don't follow along with YouTube or have a desire to watch it, I stumbled across a channel of video makers called the "Yes Theory." Funny enough, I went to talk to my brother about them and he knew all about them to the point where he was wearing one of their merch sweatshirts at the time of our discussion.

Shout out to the idea and message that the "Yes Theory" focuses on and tries to embark.

As a small recap of who they are if you're just clueless, they were basically four strangers who came together as friends about three years ago. Since then they've grown as friends and a YouTube channel promoting the idea of doing what scares you and getting you out of your comfort zone, basically trying to say "YES," more.

Shamelessly, (but not really) I'll admit, it's incredibly easy to binge through their videos and "challenges" they pine for themselves as well as other complete strangers. It's addicting and enticing and inspiring all at the same time.

With that, I've devoted this year to be the year of yes.

And you're probably thinking but it's like, October already? Which, is true duh.

But I've also recently been introduced to the fact that it is never too late to start anything, no matter how big or small.

Dreams and goals and aspirations have no expiration to them.

I've decided to make the rest of the year, the year of saying this. And I type this out as I'm psyching myself out about going to a club meeting on my own because I'm terrified of doing things alone and simply don't know what to expect.

I want you to think of a time or a situation where you didn't do something you were scared to do because of what it is that you were about to do or because of what the potential outcome was going to be. Why didn't you do it?

Growing up we're (well most of us) are taught to always follow your dreams and goals no matter how big or small they may seem. I think to extend that, we should always push to follow dreams out of our comfort zone.

Nothing ever gets done if you're sitting in comfort all the time.

Not to say that you should be driven by anxiety and uncomfortable all the time, but I know for me personally, in those small situations where I did something I was scared of or something that was between an answer of yes or no and I went with yes, I can't even explain the positivity I got out of it.

The idea of saying "yes" to being in an uncomfortable zone is terrifying in its own.

Going back to the "Yes Theory," I feel like I may have mentioned this in a past article, but there's a saying from one of their videos that goes like:

Are you living a life you would want to relive?

And ever since seeing and reading that question, I'm kicking myself every day. Because while I'd like to think, "Yeah, I'm damn well living a good life," which I am, don't get me wrong; but there are so many opportunities I know I've passed up for being scared of the outcome.

I think the reason I'm pushing myself to say yes more towards the rest of this year is that I'm finding myself going into my third year of college absolutely stuck with the fact that I have done minimal things to get involved with my school.

I have friends that are incoming freshman or friends from other schools asking me what clubs I've done or what activities I've done, and I draw a complete blank!

I'm not entirely ashamed to say I haven't done much to be involved with my school, because that's simply not who I am. Even in high school, I was never really someone who would purposely join clubs and teams, but in high school, I felt a sort of happy medium about it.

With this being my third year, I feel at a loss like I'm running out of time for something or anything.

I want to devote the rest of my year to saying "Yes" more, and doing things that I am uncomfortable to do because just think about the possibilities that will come out of it! You don't know what will happen until (unless) you actually try it.

So really, are you living a life you would want to relive? And if not, what are you going to do about it?

Shout out to the "Yes Theory" for the small ounce (but impactful) of inspiration. Check out their channel if you're interested!

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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