An Open Letter To My Converse

An Open Letter To My Converse

Thank you for providing me with options, because we all know how hard it is for me to decide on one thing.

To every single pair of Converse I own, have owned or will ever own:

Thank you all for being there with me through so much. From the very first pair I wore during middle school until they absolutely would not fit me anymore -- that wonderful turquoise blue color -- to the ones I've worn almost every day in college -- the classic black. You go with almost everything, from the chilly days of leggings and sweaters to the hot and sunny days of flowery dresses. Speaking of chilly days, thank you for giving me an excuse to buy cute socks that I know for sure will match at least one of the pairs I own. Thank you for letting me get a few more seconds of sleep every morning because I know that you'll match whatever it is I want to wear.

Thank you for being so easy to clean, but somehow also looking good when you're dirty. I remember when I bought my white Converse that I was worried about them looking disgusting after walking around high school, but you put those worries to rest. Somehow, the dirt that is on people's Converse gives them all a unique character, and mine are no different. That durability is one of the many things I love about you. My white Converse have been on many trips through the washer, and my dark blue ones remember that time that I fell in a stream during a vacation in the mountains and got soaking wet. Thank you for not falling apart afterwards and sticking with me through the tough times of freezing my butt off on that trip.

If there is one thing I would ask of you it's for you to not come untied. PLEASE. I am begging you. Do you know how annoying it is to have to find the exact tightness of the laces where they aren't too loose but not too tight so that I can't slip them on my feet? In the past, it has literally taken me weeks. I know I put you through a lot every day and it probably feels better for you to be gently re-tied every morning instead of yanked on my feet as I'm walking out the door, and I am sorry about that. Life is crazy, though, so I'd appreciate it if you could work with me on this one.

The thing I most thankful for is that you let me to express myself. Thank you for providing me with options, because we all know how hard it is for me to decide on one thing. I am looking forward to all of the wonderful Converse I will own in the future, and those from the past that still hold a special place in my heart. Here's to many more years of rushing around campus, fun days out and long hikes in the woods. Thanks for everything.

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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Okay, get off your dating apps for a second and just listen to me. You're not going to find Mr. Right on Tinder or any other dating app out there. I promise you if you do find someone, the odds of you ending up with that person are pretty slim. If it does happen for you, then you're one of the really lucky ones.

Stop worrying about being with someone and just focus on bettering yourself and someone great will come along later. Yes, it'll suck to be alone for a while but if you surround yourself with the right friends then it won't be lonely.

I promise the guys you're getting off the dating apps most likely won't be worth it later. There are other ways to meet your future husband or boyfriend without the internet and that's called meeting them in person. Join some clubs, sports, or even just in class.

Although I may write about how 95% of men aren't looking for anything serious, I never truly talk about the 5%. I firmly believe that there's a strong 5% of men that have good intentions. I've met men that fall into this category, yet I still fall for the ones that fall into the 95% category.

We can't always blame everything on men even though it's easier to do that. As females, we tend to like the "bad boys" when all the bad boys are going to do is break our hearts. We are taught growing up from many movies that a good girl can change a bad boy but I promise you in real life you can't do that.

Stop chasing the bad boys hoping that they'll change their ways for you because for the most part, it doesn't end up the way it does in the movies.

There are guys out there with good intentions, I promise. You just have to stop looking in the wrong places or just looking in general. Just take it slow and when the time is right someone great will appear when you least expect it.

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