My 21st Birthday Wish To The CEO Of Taco Bell

My 21st Birthday Wish To The CEO Of Taco Bell

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For quite some time, I have been wanting to write to the CEO of Taco Bell, but I couldn't think of much to say other than to thank him for his dedication to this beautiful creation I cherish so much. I wanted to be sure I would make an impression on him, and I didn't want to be grouped together with the rest of the "fan mail" Taco Bell probably gets. And then, as I was standing in line for Taco Bell last week before hitting the books, it hit me. What better way to spend my 21st birthday than at the headquarters of my happiest place on Earth, especially since their recent announcement that they are starting to sell alcohol at select locations? It was perfect. So I began to write, and this is the final product that I sent in the mail to the CEO of Taco Bell:

"Dear Mr. Greg Creed,

It is my understanding, from my research, that you are the CEO of my heart and soul, Taco Bell. Taco Bell has played a huge role in my life. There is not one item on the menu I don't thoroughly enjoy and I could eat it for every meal. Taco Bell has picked me up when I was down, celebrated with me when I was up, and been there through it all, really.

I should probably tell you a little about myself. I am a third year student at UCLA, studying Psychobiology with an English minor. I currently write for an online journal called The Odyssey, for which I previously wrote an article about my love for you, which I would love for you to read about how much I truly cherish your existence:

www.theodysseyonline.com/ucla/8-reasons-why-taco-b...

Mr. Creed, I'm just a college girl who has a strange obsession for TacoBae. I have gotten gift cards for Christmas and birthdays, I have shirts of Taco Bell, wall art, and even my centerpiece in my apartment right now is a bowl of a variety of Taco Bell hot sauces. In fact, for my senior year of high school, I was Taco Bell hot sauce for Halloween. My obsession is comical to some, but there is no doubt that my love for Taco Bell is real. I probably eat Taco Bell on average about three times a week. But the amount of times I think about Taco Bell... is infinite.

That being said, I have a huge request for you. Since your recent decision to serve alcohol at some locations, I couldn't be more excited to turn 21. My 21st birthday is May 11, 2016, and, Mr. Creed, it would mean the world to me and there is nothing I want more than to tour Taco Bell Headquarters for my 21st birthday. It would not only make my 21st birthday, but my life, complete in every way. I hope you take this into consideration, and if there is anything I can do to help your decision, please let me know. Thank you so much for your time.

Sincerely,

Paige "Taco Bell's Number One Fan" Dudek


I started researching how to get a hold of the Headquarters and how to ensure that my message would reach the CEO, trying to find email addresses, street addresses, anything. And while I was researching, I found this video that Conan O' Brien had taken one of his employees on a tour.

I immediately fell in love. That is my Disneyland. That is my Happiest Place on Earth. There is nothing I want more than to take this tour for my birthday, and I will do anything to make it happen. I found the address and sent this letter in the mail, but I realized I was going to have to do a lot more than write a letter and send some pictures to make Taco Bell notice me. So I decided to write this article. And I am hoping that if anyone out there has ever loved something, you will share this for me, in hopes that Taco Bell might come across it and to make all my wildest dreams come true by spending my 21st Birthday at the best place on the planet: Taco Bell Headquarters.

Thank you.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.

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Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.

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