I'll Always Be A Daydreamer

I'll Always Be A Daydreamer

No matter how old I get, I'll never get sick of getting lost in the clouds.
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Sometimes I just like to stare up at the sky and imagine the unknown. I love to sit in the backseat of a car and stare out the window as the fields pass me by. I'm a meticulous daydreamer. I find solace in it. A sort of comfort in the endless possibilities.

For as long as I can remember, I've been one to get lost in the clouds. I would catch myself more often than not, unaware of the chaos happening around me. There was yelling and screaming, but I blocked it all out. I let myself drift away. I let my mind wander. Because, in all honesty, sometimes my daydreams seemed better than reality. Sometimes I would sit on a bench and stare up at the sky as the world passed me by. But, as I've grown older, I've become more aware of reality. I've found myself daydreaming less, and being worn out more. I've found that I've lost my desire to dream about the possibilities, because I've become so content in the typical.

But, there are still those moment. Moments when I catch myself once again staring up into the sky and wondering. Wondering what else is out there outside my own comfort-zone, outside the typical I have become so accustom to. I lose myself in the excitement and the adventure that the horizon could offer me. But, for some reason, I always seem to blink away my dreams.

Why do I think that dreaming is something that should not be apart of my everyday life? Maybe I see it as child's play, or something else that is apart of my past. But, truthfully, I think dreaming scares me just a little bit. I find that when I get lost in the beauty of the picturesque horizon, I open myself up to possibilities that are far outside my comfort-zone.

But, I do not need to fear the dreams that fill my head. In fact, Everyone should feel free to dream. To dream big and with courage. To stare off into the distance and let your mind wander. Wander into the unknown and catch a glimpse of endless opportunities that lay just beyond the horizon.

So, I sit here and stare out the window. As my fingers glide across the keyboard, I can't help but get lost in the clouds. My fingers stop and I open myself up to the opportunity. The opportunity to dream, to imagine, if just for a moment, of the wondrous future that God has planned for my life.

The clouds roll by and the sun shines on my awestruck face. With a child-like wonder, I get lost in the unknown and for the first time in a very long time, I let my dreams overwhelm me. I let my mind wander.

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Why Cheerleading Is Definitely Not A Sport

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If you've ever participated in cheerleading, you're all too familiar with how "easy" and "pointless" it is. After all, any activity where skirts, pom-poms, glitter and bows are utilized surely can't count as a sport, right? Let's take a look at all of the reasons why cheerleading is definitely not a sport.

1. Tumbling is effortless.

Tumbling is honestly so easy that you could do it in your sleep. It clearly doesn't take years and years of practice.

2. Stunting is not a skill.

Yeah, stunting takes zero talent whatsoever. I'm sure these cheerleaders don't spend hours every single day working on their flexibility.

3. Injuries never happen in cheerleading.

Because cheerleading is so easy, you really don't have to worry about potentially getting concussions, breaking bones, or even becoming paralyzed.

4. Cheerleaders aren't athletes.

Cheerleaders have no reason to be strong, fast, or flexible at all. You simply go out on the field, smile, and twirl around.

5. There are no male cheerleaders, and it's only for females.

Men aren't able to tumble, stunt, or jump. Having them on a cheerleading team would be nonsense.

6. Cheerleading doesn't create a sense of teamwork or bonding.

I mean, these people aren't actually best friends. It's not like they save each other's lives every time they toss someone up 15 feet into the air.

Based on these very true facts listed above, you really can't call cheerleading a sport. It just doesn't take as much hard work, patience, determination and teamwork as all of the real sports out there in the world. When will those crazy cheerleaders learn?

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Yes, 'Dress For Success' Applies To College Students, Too

We all know it's hard to get up for that 8 a.m., and dressing nice may not be a priority but I feel it's important and a way to bring more success to your life.

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I accepted the challenge and put purpose into every outfit I chose over the past week to solidify my reasons for writing the article. I've also taken pictures of each day so that I'm out in the open and no one can call me out. Although I am just a freshman in college this year, I had previously been adopting these mindsets before in high school. My day feels so much more approachable when I am looking good.

First and foremost, putting purpose into the clothes and accessories you choose to wear reflect your personality. Style has been a form of personal expression for decades, and it is a way to show who you are on the inside. By choosing pieces and styling them together, outfit choices can have more meaning to you and reflect your character.

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If you dress in ways that give you the confidence you can go about your day in a more positive attitude. Something I often tell myself is "although everything seems like it's going wrong, at least I look good." Youtuber Jessica Quirk explains similar points in her Youtube video "Look good, feel good." By looking nicer, it makes you feel more capable of tackling the day. If I were dressed in leggings and a sweatshirt, I might be more easily persuaded to take a nap, instead of doing some much-needed homework. I am more productive due to the confidence I have gained from looking nicer and feeling less "comfy."

Another advantage of putting more effort into outfits chosen to wear to classes would be that compliments are given non-stop. It personally lifts my mood to have someone tell me they like my shirt and makes my day a little better. It's also possible that you might make a first impression with someone. By outwardly making an expression of your personality, others who don't know you can draw conclusions about your character. Even with people that you do know, like professors and peers, it makes an impression. They will give more respect to someone who puts effort into the way that they dress instead of someone who looks like they just rolled out of bed.

Brooklyn Dillow

The philosophy of "dress for success" has been around for a while, and it is an idea that I keep in mind. There was a manual created to help people adopt this into their lives, that encyclopedia.com entails. I like to think that I dress for the job that I want, not the job of a student that I have. I want to make the impressions on others and gain my own confidence daily, and the way that I do that is by putting more effort into the outfits that I choose. If you don't believe me, take the advice from others! ManIntelligence provides studies and examples as to how men are affected by the way they dress. Youtuber Mimi Ikonn explains Why You Should Always Dress Your Best and Heena Somani, another Youtuber, gives her 5 Reasons Why You Should Always Dress Your Best. These two women provide their own personal reasons for why they feel it is important. I gain confidence daily by putting effort into my outfits. Others take notice of what I wear, and it gives me a positive attitude knowing that they see the outward impression that I want them to have. I encourage you to take the same challenge that I did and purposefully chose outfits that are reflective of your personality this week. Take note of the compliments you receive and how it personally makes you feel!

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