If We Treated People Like Sunsets

If We Treated People Like Sunsets

How different the world would be?
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If we treated people like sunsets, how different the world would be.

If we treated people like sunsets, how much clearer we would see.

If we treated people like sunsets, we'd appreciate every face.

If we treated people like sunsets, the world would be a better place.


Every day we anxiously await the incredible sunset that is to come, in awe of the beauty and uniqueness that each one possesses. As we stare at the splash of hues reflecting off of our wide-eyes, we notice the contrasts in each. We notice the varying colors, the lack of clouds or the abundance of whisping ones. We notice how the day's weather can alter the appearance of each sunset, and how rain prior to the setting sun, followed by a clearing, can make for that of an even more breathtaking sight.

So why is it any different with people?

What makes people so different from sunsets?

We are all incredible and beautifully unique. We contrast each other with our varying colors. The weathering of life changes each and every one of us in magnificent, individualistic ways. Getting caught in the rain for part of your life makes for your appearance after your emergence to be that much more breath taking.

When will we start to appreciate people the same way we appreciate sunsets?

Essentially, we are the same, we just have the ability to feel magnificent emotions, unlike the setting sun. If we used those emotions to value each other like we use them to value the sunset, the world would be such a different place. Every one would be treated as an equal, but recognized for their wonderful, individualistic qualities. Every one would understand the true beauty that they hold while possessing no trace of jealousy, as they would see that although we do not all look the same, we are all beautiful in our own special ways. We would appreciate every single human being that crossed our path, knowing that they too, come from a different background, a different story, a different weathering of events.

The setting sun can be life changing, time passing in wondrous hues right before our eyes. Meeting someone can also be life changing. How much clearer we would see if we just noticed the similarities between the two. We would stop taking people at face value, allowing ourselves to dwell on what they may be holding within, just as we wonder what exactly went into the creation of the incredible vista glowing in front of us.

We come from the same world as these breathtaking sunsets; how did we become so far removed?


If we treated people like sunsets, how different the world would be.

If we treated people like sunsets, how much clearer we would see.

If we treated people like sunsets, we'd appreciate every face.

If we treated people like sunsets, the world would be a better place.

Cover Image Credit: Jenna Rutkey

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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How To Have Fun When You're A Party Of One

Being a very social person can often make being alone difficult, but it doesn't have to be.

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Many people who consider themselves "people persons," allow their need for human interaction to hinder their chances of having fun experiences and often think that it's impossible to have fun by yourself... but on the contrary, you can have a ton of fun by yourself.

1. Be comfortable with who you are first.

The number one thing, before you can be self-reliant and be content with having a good time on your own, is being able to accept yourself for it. Don't think of being alone sometimes as a bad thing, and be able to cut the ties from social interaction to be able to do things by yourself without the social support of others. You don't need your friends to be by your side all day every day. Friends are great to have in life, but their presence doesn't define who you are. You're still your own person.

2. Take a stroll when nobody is around.

Once I went skateboarding at 5:30 in the morning on New Year's Day and there was literally no one outside and watched the sunrise. It was the greatest sense of freedom I've ever had. So hopefully you can find something like that if you choose to go out early in the morning before everyone wakes up for a nice stroll or jog around town by yourself. It'll really make you feel at peace with everything and is a great stress reliever. (except I wouldn't recommend going out at night because that's scary)

3. Go to the gym alone.

Workout out by yourself can be a great self-motivator because when you go to the gym alone, you are the only one that can motivate yourself to do all the workouts that you set to do and push yourself to the next level. It's also great for getting your brain to be more focused on the task at hand, without the distraction of another person being there.

4. Eat alone.

Go out to a nice restaurant in the city, sit outside and watch the cars go by in the glare of the moonlight on a nice Saturday evening...or just go to the dining hall. Either way is fine, whichever you prefer. Eating alone may seem pretty boring to most everybody, but its all in what you put into it. Just go ahead and people watch. Consider it your downtime to recollect your mind and your thoughts and use it to de-stress everything. It's not as bad as some people make it out to be. (also no one is gonna watch you eat or see what you choose to eat if your self-conscious about that sort of thing, which some people are...there's no judging unless you judge yourself)

5. Be more positive.

Should've said this earlier, but the key to having fun being alone is about keeping a positive mindset through all of this. If you're able to say to yourself that you will keep an open-mindset about things and try to have fun then you will. It's all about trying in this scenario. Two people can go do something by themselves and one will leave unhappy and one will leave happy because of the mental choices they made. If you continue telling yourself that you "wish your friends were here" or anything like that then you're missing the point. You have to live more in the moment, then you'll be happy and content with life on your own.

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