Life Lessons From A 5-Year-Old

Life Lessons From A 5-Year-Old

You can learn something from everyone you meet.

In the past few months, I have had to take the “What color are you?” personality test three times. I am always so shocked at the people who get orange — the risk-takers. For me, everything has to be specially planned and thought out. I cannot really just do anything on the fly. I don’t think you will ever catch me skydiving or riding a super-fast roller coaster for that matter. Up until a little bit ago, I would barely do anything that hadn’t been put in my planner at least three days in advance.

Then I learned a lesson from Ellie.* Ellie was born with Hurler’s Syndrome and had a bone marrow transplant when she was nine months old. She has had more surgeries than I can count on two hands already, and she is only five. But she doesn’t let anything slow her down. She loves to go to the park and slide down the tallest slide. We have had some fun times playing “house” with her sister and the baby dolls and relaxing to watch a movie. Ellie also has quite a sweet tooth and always seems to request ice cream when I am there. If it isn’t ice cream — it’s Cheetos. She may just be my favorite person.

I think the most important lesson Ellie has taught me, though, is that every day is a new adventure. Every day holds new possibilities. You can’t let anything hold you back from that. Last December, she had a double hip replacement and had a full body cast covering both legs. With the cast on she didn’t want to sit around and let life pass by. We played Play-doh, read books and did all kinds of fun things. And as soon as she got her cast off, she immediately began to work hard to get back on her feet so she could run and play again.

One night at a youth group meeting, we were analyzing the song “I Lived” by OneRepublic. In doing so, I had realized that I had only really ever done one impulsive thing — ask a friend to prom. Ellie’s parents were leading the discussion that evening and told their story again which I so loved hearing, but with a new emphasis. The importance of living in the moment and embracing the beauty of each and every day. They don’t know how many days Ellie has, and for that matter, I don’t know how many days I have in this world. After that night, I decided I needed to change my outlook on life.

Now that didn’t mean that I got rid of my agenda or stopped planning events. I still don’t like super-fast roller coasters. But, I made the decision that whether or not anyone was joining me, I would be taking a mission trip down to the Dominican Republic. I also have gone on spontaneous road trips with my roommates. We had destinations, but vague plans, just to go, explore and enjoy.

Maybe living in the moment sometimes means trying the weird food at lunch, maybe it means skydiving, but whatever it means to you, try something different today. Dream big. Dare to be different. See what Ellie can teach you.

*Name changed to respect privacy.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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If You Notice You Say 'Could've,' 'Should've,' or 'I Want To,' You Might Need To Change How You Live Your Life

Do you notice you say these phrases more than five times a day?


If that answer was a yes! Then you might "want to" read this!

Since being in college I have noticed and picked up on myself saying these phrases often over the course of my week. Generally, it usually the suspects of this thinking come from my social and academic life either in the past, present, and future.

In the past, I regret doing a lot of things in my life from not being involved enough in high school, not going out for activities and hobbies that I was interested in, not making enough money, and not using my time usefully. Academically I and everyone else wishes that they tried harder, take more AP and dual enrollment classes so time here at college could have been a little less stressful.

Currently, you might be angry about the way the previous semester went with your GPA, maybe you didn't do as well on your test because you decided to hang out with your friends, or you contemplate going to an SI session even though you know it would be good for you but you have other homework to work on.

Looking into the future you maybe were wishing to hang out with your friends, or you are obligated to go to something while another event was going on that you actually wanted to go to, or finally not getting invited to something and feeling really bad about yourself.

Yes, there is hope for these problems!

What has happened in the past has happened and you can not regret those decisions. You see perspective is the biggest thing in these situations it is the way you look at things that will determine how you feel about them. Now, that you know you can't change the past and only learn from the past, do their mistakes change your perspectives? However, there should be no excuses when it comes to the present and resurfacing those mistakes you made in the past that are coming up again.

(Sorry if that came off rude, but it's the truth.)

If you admittedly have made those mistakes in the past, don't bring them into your current life, leave them behind you. Finally, actively make a decision in the future that is maybe different and out of your comfort zone, or something you have always wanted to do. No more "what if's" or "I want to" by planning ahead of time you finally get to dictate and be happy :)

With a different perspective, everything can change!

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