17 GIFS Of Lily James That Are So Relatable It Hurts

Nothing makes life less like life than GIFs - or Lily James


Memes and GIFs make the world go 'round. It's why the sun rises most mornings, it's why soda isn't that bad for you, and it makes the work week feel more like 5 days instead of 726 lifetimes. Memes and GIFs bring clarity to one's life, something resembling a life coach if you will. It can brighten up the simplest of responses, aka boring conversations. It also helps emotionally stunted humans, like myself, who are full of sarcasm and devoid of any true feelings to better communicate from behind screens (because face-to-face, sarcasm is so much more effective, and you're less likely to be viewed as an asshole). And by communicate, I mean we send what we're really thinking, but since it's surrounded by humor, it masks the real intent of our message.

Or does it?



Whatever. All that really matters here is that the key to world peace is only a GIF away. And even if that's not true (which it is), being able to explain/clarify/justify your feelings in memes is cheaper than a therapist. And finding that perfect GIF to describe the ShavedHeadBritneySpears crisis your life is currently undergoing can make it easier to look yourself in the mirror. Especially since everyone else around you seems to have their shit together, can emotionally cope on an adult level, or can just cope in general

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Now I shall present to you four things (FOUR!!) that will absolutely turn your day, the week, life, or the beat around: GIFs, memes, relatable shit, and Lily James



When life keeps throwing you curve balls/surprises/shit you don't need

When you just can't


but you keep going anyway

When everyone your age has mastered the things we must do at that age, and you're falling behind like

Running away

When you can only ever get Hulk-angry at things, instead of just crying and emptying your bank account, and your friends ask what’s wrong with you and the only thing you can say is

There's a fire within my soul

When you're trying to better understand life and why she does the things she does to you

Maybe life is a sassy woman


When you get yourself pumped to go to work, convinced you're gonna slay the day

Pumped for work

But then you actually get to work and you're all

I have to leave

Thanks, life

When life cheats you

Every time things start going your way, like your socks are matching, you ate breakfast at least once this week, you accidentally dropped your soap in the toilet so it was recently cleaned, and the pile of clothes that came out of the dryer 3 weeks ago STILL smells fresh, life is all "juuuuuuustkidding" and hits you with one of those tickets off the traffic cam because your dumbass was hardcore performing "Psycho" while also speeding like one

When you're desperate and shook and try to bargain with life

Just tell me what you want and calm down

What you look like trying to figure your life out and how it's come to what it is

Trying to figure life out like

When you pretend to be asleep so you don't have to be awake and pretend like everything is ok

Just let me sleep

When people keep giving you advice

No thanks

When someone tells you if you don't get it together, you're gonna end up alone in a big empty house with nothing but a plethora of books and an ungodly amount of animals

I'm there

When you thought everything was going to be easy peasy lemon squeezy but it's actually difficult difficult lemon difficult


When you try to hide all your problems, but life is cut-throat, watching and documenting all your shit moves like

Hidden Problems

That pivotal moment at 3:44 am, when you're debating on giving up on sleep or doing the thing that will just make you sleep forever

To sleep or not to sleep

When your boss asks wtf


When your mom asks wtf


When your dog asks wtf


When your reflection asks wtf


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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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