An Open Letter To My Younger Self

An Open Letter To My Younger Self

I've done my best, I hope I became everything you wished you would be.

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Dear Younger Me,

You're going to hit hard obstacles in life, but you are going to make it. You will have so many things come into your life, just as well as leave your life. You will gain friends, and lose them. You will have heartbreaks. You will struggle with school, your parents, and your mental health. All of these things, though, will only make you into the person you are today. They made you stronger, and a better person.

They made you a better friend, girlfriend, sister, and daughter. There are going to be things you wish you didn't waste your time on or could take back, but it's better that you can't take them back. You may lose yourself sometimes while growing up and finding out who you really are, but you will always find your way back. There will be times that you feel like you're living Murphy's Law ("everything that can go wrong will go wrong"), but I promise that you will get back to the surface and get your grip again.

I have to tell you that you should take more risks, live while you're young, and take advantage of all of the opportunities in front of you. Spend as much time with your friends and family as possible, because you never know when you could lose them. Never fall short on saying "I love you", "I'm sorry", and "thank you." Don't let something that won't matter in five years change your whole mood, because I can tell you it's not worth it.

Take the time to go do as many fun things as you possibly can, especially when you're invited to do it. You will feel so much better than you joined in than missing out by sitting at home. You will get so much more experience out of life that way. You are also going to change your mind so many times about what you want to do with your life, and that's okay. You will figure it out, trust me. You will find your lifelong friends, your dream career, and achieve everything you set your mind to.

Lastly, I just want to tell you to be patient. Everything works itself out in the end. No matter what you are going through, you are so strong, and you are going to come out a different but better person because of it. You have to live and learn, it's the only way you will know how to do better next time. You will have relationships and friendships that end, and it will completely break your heart, but they all teach you a lesson. You find out what you do and don't want in other relationships and friendships. You'll figure it out.

You are going to be great.

Sincerely,

Future You

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When you're feeling 22, but need ideas of what to do.
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"It seems like one of those nights. This place is too crowded, too many cool kids uh uh, uh uh. It seems like one of those nights. We ditch the whole scene and end up dreaming instead of sleeping...Yeah. We're happy free confused and lonely in the best way. It's miserable and magical oh yeah. Tonight's the night when we forget about the heartbreaks, it's time uh oh

o you don't know what to do for your 22nd birthday? You think, hey, I just turned 21 last year and got shwasted because I could finally 'legally' drink alcohol. So 22, isn't that big so what do I do to celebrate my 22nd birthday? Well for one, every birthday should be important to you because it's your day, a day that's all about you and it's the day that you were given life. You should celebrate every year because it's another year that you have lived, right? Why can't your 22nd be a bang, why couldn't your 22nd be bigger and better than maybe your 21st, 18th, or 16th? Here are some ideas that you could do on your 22nd if you're having a brain fart.

1. Get your friends together and go to a nice dinner

Food can never go wrong on your birthday.

2. Go to the movies

Go see the latest movie out, grab some popcorn and soda and have a friend tag along.

3. Dave and Busters

Arcade games for adults?! Enough said.

4. Go on a weekend trip somewhere

You have been dying to go somewhere for awhile, why can't your birthday be the perfect time to go on a getaway?

5. Take the day off from work/school

It's your BIRTHday, no need to work or go to school, it's your day to celebrate you and you don't need to work your butt off on that day.

6. Happy Hour with friends/family

Appetizers and beers, what else could you want?

7. Go to a brewery

Grab some brews with a couple of friends, be social on your day!

8. Bar/club scene

If you are into going down to the strip to go to a club or a bar to get wild, just do it on your birthday!

9. Have a beach party (if your birthday is in the summer)

Waves, sand, beach games, sounds like a blast to me!

10. Go go-karting

Who says you can't be a kid?

11. Trampoline park

Trampolines everywhere, dodgeball and basketball, why not do it on your birthday?

12. Winery


13. Go hiking

Why not see beautiful scenery on your special day?

14. Go to breakfast or brunch

If you love breakfast and lunch,combine them and grab a mimosa or a bloody mary while you're at it.

15. Do a spa day

Need relaxation and a little getaway, a spa day is perfect.

16. Get a hotel

Hotel on the beach? Where everything is in sight, why not?

17. Break out into your song of the day,

"I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you. You don't know about me, but I bet you want to. Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're 22 uh uh ah ah ah 22 uh uh uh" by the one and only TayTay Swift

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My 2000s Era Childhood Is Back And Better Than Ever

Here's how I feel about how things from my childhood are becoming relevant again.

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From live-action adaptations of popular video game characters to former Disney Channel stars making comebacks, I feel like I'm in elementary school again. While it's nice to see the Jonas Brothers making music together again, it's made me think about a few things. The first being why is there a seemingly sudden influx of adaptions and comebacks of things that were relevant in the past decade? Also, when and what are we going to readapt and make relevant again from 2019 in 2029? Finally, what really is nostalgia and how is our generation's sense of nostalgia unique to others? Here's what I have to say.

I've only been alive for 19 and a half years, and nostalgia has only recently become a new feeling for me. I'm aware that every generation experiences nostalgia and wanting the "good old days back", but when is it supposed to hit? No one ever told me. When you think about it, aren't we a little bit too young to be feeling nostalgic? We're only a few years removed from being considered children, but we haven't truly lived life yet. I only say this because whenever I heard the words "nostalgia" or "the good old days" it was usually coming from an older adult or a senior citizen. I never anticipated using those words truthfully until I was around that age too.

What I think brought out my feelings of nostalgia was when I realized that I was fast approaching the age that most of my favorite childhood TV and movie characters were and that most of them were now well into their twenties and thirties. Personally, I think I took what happened in my favorite shows and movies a little too seriously and translated a lot of what I learned in them to my own personal life, so once I reached the point when I turned 18, around the same age Disney Channel and Nick aged their main characters to in the final seasons, I felt a bit lost. I didn't really know what to expect from life because I hadn't seen what life was supposed to be like as a young adult because I didn't watch anything as a kid where the main plot was centered around a college student. It was kind of my own version of being thrust into the real world with little relevant knowledge.

With the comebacks and adaptations, it's kind of leaving off where my childhood TV shows and movies initially left off however many years ago. Even though I'm not taking it quite as seriously as I did when I was a kid, I do find it nice. I don't have to keep referring to "the good old days" when a lot of what was relevant in my childhood is all of a sudden still relevant. So this time around, I'm definitely going to appreciate things from my childhood while they're still relevant.

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