Leave Toxicity In 2016

Leave Toxicity In 2016

This Is A Year To Detoxify.
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2017. A new year, a fresh new outlook on life. At least, for myself that is. This year is for me. This year I will better myself in ways that I may not know now. This year I will leave behind the toxins.

Letting go is difficult. It is like no other pain that you have ever felt and it may cause mascara-filled tears to run down your cheeks in the middle of the night when you're at your lowest. It will leave you sore the next day, like you've been sick for weeks and can't shake that head cold. It will rattle you to your core until you are weak and on the verge of giving up. But do not give up. This year is here to detoxify. May that be leaving behind a friend, bad eating habits, that boy you thought you loved, negativity, whatever you need to do for you, do it.

Don't let your life be controlled by a person you once considered family. Do not allow them to manipulate you into thinking that YOU are the bad person. If they have proven that they are not deserving of your friendship- something that should be appreciated and not taken for granted, they need to go. In the new year I plan to make friends who want to be friends with me. I plan to surround myself with people who radiate positivity and hopefully some will rub off on myself. I plan to choose wisely the people who know more than what's on the surface. I hope to not dwell on those that I've left behind, for they have given me every reason to walk away from them. Choose people who choose you this new year.

I plan to cry less in 2017. I plan to not waste my $30 mascara that I JUST bought. I plan to wake up to clean fluffy white pillow cases- not tear stained, makeup stained ones that had taken a serious beating the night before. In 2017 I hope I will be able to bathe in positivity and good vibes. And speaking of bathing, I will take more baths in 2017- (yes, I shower regularly) to treat myself to a night of relaxation and minimal cares. I will appreciate myself more this year, whether it be my art, my hair, my sense of humor. If my body isn't looking tip top I will not talk down to myself, I will not think lowly of myself and I will most certainly NOT allow others to do so either. I will love myself in 2017.

This year I will focus on my art. I will draw more, I will create, I will imagine. My art is what defines me as a person- as though anything could ever really do that. Art makes me happy, it relieves my stress, it allows a creative outlet for my emotions. Making art keeps me healthy and exercises my mind to expand beyond its current limits. I will make more art this year and I will enjoy doing it.

I will be accepting this year. I am not the complete victim- nobody every is or will be. This year I plan to accept what I may not have in the past. I want to accept my flaws- and love myself for them. I want to accept my positive qualities- and continue to progress. I want to accept others- and praise them for being different than myself. I want to accept failure- not turn away from it and pretend as though it doesn't exist. I am going to accept this year with the good and the bad that may be in store for me. I will conquer 2017 and I will do it with a smile.

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The Weeks Leading Up To Spring Break, As Told By 'Spring Breakers'

These weeks are the complete opposite of pure joy.
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For most college students, spring break is upon us soon.

It's no doubt the best part of the spring semester. A few more weeks until we have a nice long break. It's the time of year that your work ethic is tested and you just want to go on that vacation or head home for a bit. It's that wonderful time during the semester when you are granted a whole week to be free from the dining hall and the awful dorm showers.

It's a week of pure bliss, but the weeks beforehand are anything but pure bliss and joy.

1. When you aren't sure that you are going to make it through the next few weeks.

There's so much work and your energy is spent. You want to sleep and relax, not type a six-page essay.

2. When you have no breaks or downtime at all because your workload is out of control.

You don't even attempt to look at your planner or tears will be shed. Instead, you just laugh to cope with the pain.

3. When you want that spring break body, but then again, ice cream is better.

Eat the ice cream; it's so much better than the salad, I promise.

4. When you remember how many days you actually have until your break.

Then, you cry a little more and need a hug.

5. When you have two essays due tomorrow and three exams the day after.

Also, you're really just wondering if college is really worth it.

6. When someone asks you how your classes are going.

Just don't ask, please.

7. When the professor says, "You can teach yourselves the chapter over break."

You know you are not going to do it.

8. When you are finally packing to go home for the week or for your vacation, and you try to cram all your belongings into your luggage.

There's so much stuff, don't even get me started.

9. When you are finally at home or on the vacation that you dreamt of for the past three weeks.

The world is wonderful again.

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10 Rainy Day Thoughts For When You're Too Lazy To Use Your Brain Productively

"The streets on campus are flooding… I blame the engineers."
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1. "Why would I go to class when the professor is gonna post the notes online anyways?"

2. "Outside is wet and cold… My bed is warm and cozy… I’ll just stay here all day."

3. "DO PEOPLE FORGET HOW TO DRIVE JUST BECAUSE IT’S RAINING?"

4. "Maybe I’ll go to a coffee shop and read a nice book."

5. "…Or maybe I’ll watch a whole season of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix."

6. "WOW living in a place that rains like Seattle must suck."

7. "When will my husband come back from war?"

8. "I bet the gym is realllly crowded today…"

9. "How long would it take to build a huge slip n slide?"

10. "The streets on campus are flooding… I blame the engineers."

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