Lessons I Learned From "The End of the F***king World"

Lessons I Learned From "The End of the F***king World"

I swear I didn't just learn how to cuss the shit out of people.
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2018 had barely begun when Netflix gave us one of the best gifts ever. That gift is The End of the F***kin World.

For those of you who haven't seen the show, here's a small and shitty synopsis of it, brought to you by yours truly:

Alyssa and James are your typical teenagers with their typical problems, or that's what anybody would think. As they escape from their miserable lives, they venture into a journey that would have them make daring decisions that might change their future forever. Filled with love, wits, and dark humor, The End of the F***cking World shows the life of two teenagers whose lives have been turned upside down since they were young and are trying to correct every mistake that ever occurred. (I should write a book and write my own synopsis of it.)

When the show came out, social media platforms exploded with content from the show. People spoke of how incredibly amazing and relatable this show is. And I can't disagree with them. With just one season in, eight episodes that ranged from 17-23 minutes long, I devoured the show in three days while still managing to do my homework. (I deserve a round of applause here, people. Come on!)

Despite how short this adventure was, there were many lessons learned along the way. In this article, I'd like to share some of those lessons that I learned during those three days I watched this, and where I went to sleep around 2 or 3 am.

1. Not everybody is OK

In the show, we meet James: an 18-year-old who believes he's a psychopath; and Alyssa: a 17-year-old girl who has serious anger issues. Along the show, we also meet more characters with their own set of flaws, and lives they wish they didn't. Nobody in this show has a perfect life. Nobody has their shit together, just how in real life nobody has their shit together.

Sure, there are probably some who are better at hiding their problems than others. Yet, that doesn't mean their lives are bursts of sunshine and rainbows and gold pots at the end of that rainbow. I am not OK, and neither are you, and that's OK (in a sense).

2. Sometimes, you just gotta close your eyes and let the feeling take over you

Perhaps the gif above has to be my favorite part of the entire show. Alyssa is drinking wine, and she's dancing. She talks about how when she dances, she feels some sort of merriment and freedom. She urges James to dance with her. At first, he refuses.

Through the entirety of the show, we learn that James is an aloof kid who never seems to find joy in anything other than killing animals. But in this moment, Alyssa keeps on insisting for him to dance with her. She tells him to close his eyes and just feel the music. He doesn't feel comfortable at first, but when he sees Alyssa doing it, he follows. At first, he's just bobbing in his feet. Then, he begins to dance.

Alyssa opens her eyes, and she beholds a dancing James and for once, in the show, she looks genuinely happy. You know what they say: A little party never killed nobody.

You may have been expecting more, but these were the two biggest lessons I learned during the entire show. Sure, I also learned that cussing somebody out might be really relieving sometimes or that sassiness isn't the answer to everything, but I was trying to be diplomatic and a bit philosophical here to appear smarter to you, so yeah.


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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

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For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols

CLAPPING HANDS EMOJI.

5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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