17 GIFS Of Lily James That Are So Relatable It Hurts

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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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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