We Literally Gotta Catch Them All

We Literally Gotta Catch Them All

Pokémon Go is already taking over our lives.
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In 1995, Pocket Monsters, or Pokémon, was created, and we have been growing up with the franchise ever since. Growing up, I was quite infatuated with this game and I wanted to be the very best like millions of other people. Like many of my peers, I didn't keep up with the new handheld game systems that Nintendo kept creating for the new Pokémon games and so I haven't been able to play a new Pokémon game in years. Until now that it's available on my phone with Pokémon Go.

In this era, there are very few people without smart phones and that's where they got me. As soon as I heard about it, I downloaded the application and began to play. Well, once the servers stopped crashing. Once you can play, you catch them all again and again. Unlike the actual Pokémon games, in order to evolve your Pokémon you need a certain amount of candy. How do you get said candy? Simple. Catch that Pokémon a lot. Before you know it, you are walking around with your head in your phone trying to find another Eevee so you can evolve the Eevee with the highest experience at random.

On Friday, my friend who also plays Pokémon Go and I went out to dinner. The restaurant that we were staying at happened to be a Poke Stop and we spent our dinner with our phones on the table and our conversation consisted of what Pokémons we saw and what level they happened to be. It was a nightmare for anyone who argues that technology is putting a wedge into being in the moment. The more you play, the more experience you can have, and the more you are walking around with your head in your phone. But while you are playing the game, it is like you are a kid again, playing Pokémon for the very first time. Except this time, you feel like you are a real live Pokémon trainer. The app uses your camera so it's like there is an actual Pokémon in front of you. You become addicted very quickly because it is so gosh darn fun and you just need to catch them all.


The thing about Pokémon Go is that it steals your phone battery and your data, and it gets you to walk a lot. It gets you to get out of your room and walk to find Pokémon, Poke stops, and gyms. Every day that I have played Pokémon Go, I have beat my walking goal for the day. I have also loitered quite a bit in order to catch a lot more Pokémons and to beat gyms.

The game has been available for less than a week and people are already getting hurt playing Pokémon Go, despite the warning page that shows up every time you play the game. Tennessee's Department of Safety and Homeland Security has already made a poster about it.

It's an amazing game, and that's the problem. We are already getting wrapped up in our phones trying to catch them all even when we are driving, dining, or discussing. As fun and real as it seems, we need to remember that it is just a game. The Pokémon really aren't going anywhere, but your summer is.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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10 Underrated Childhood Movies That Will Get You Into the Fall Spirit

Baby, seasons change but my taste in movies don't...

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Fall is the best. It's the season of apple cider, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, leaves changing colors, the sun setting at 5 pm, and most importantly, nostalgia. And what better to invoke those good ole sentimental feelings than some classic but forgotten films from our childhoods, right?

1. Meet the Robinsons

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Meet the Robinsons changed my worldview and taught me the most important lesson of my life: Keep. Moving. Forward. I'm not exaggerating when I say that's what got me to where I am today. This movie makes you question your decisions and your relationships with other people, but at the end of the day reminds you to Keep Moving Forward!!! Never forget it!

2. The Prince of Egypt

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I might be biased because I'm a church kid, but this is actually one of the best movies in the entire world. The soundtrack is bomb, the animation is killer, the character development is strong, there's great production value, it's a good retelling/adaptation of the actual story… it's just iconic. THUS SAITH THE LORD: rewatch this movie (no matter your religious background).

3. Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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Wow. Atlantis is an awesome movie. The animation is beautiful, the people of Atlantis aren't whitewashed, Milo and crew are actually respectful of their culture, and the moral of the story is that we can't trust corporate greed. What more could a kid ask for?

4. The Iron Giant

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This movie is so heartwarming! It's like the Big Friendly Giant but a robot! That scene where the giant's finger is kicking the kid around the bathroom and the family thinks he's having a TERRIBLE bowel movement? Pinnacle of comedy!

5. Three Ninjas

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I have literally watched this movie over a hundred times. It's like Home Alone (which, in my opinion, is like Die Hard for kids) but with more karate, more villains, and more pranks. And it cracks me up because the kids look Completely Caucasian even though their grandpa is Vaguely East Asian, yet their mom wasn't adopted (even though she is also completely white). We love representation.

6. Bolt

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If you don't cry when Bolt gets shipped across the country you probably have no heart. We truly don't deserve dogs. That's all I have to say about this one.

7. Hoodwinked

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For some reason no one knows what this movie is so I'm going to change that. It starts out with a baker, a grandma, little red riding hood, and a wolf in a room all screaming at each other, and ends up with someone in jail. It's the best retelling of any fairytale ever. Also, the plot twists in this movie are mind-boggling. Really just a dumb, fun movie to laugh at on a cold autumn night!!

8. Megamind

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I still can't believe that we, as a society, allowed Despicable Me (re: the minions) to get more popular than Megamind. Megamind is amazing. It reverts tropes about superheroes and villains, it tells us to follow our dreams, it has sympathetic characters, what more could you ask for? Do yourself a favor and put this movie on the next time the kids you babysit ask to watch the Minions movie.

9. Sandlot

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This movie might be a little cringey for first-time viewers, but I think the mediocre special effects and secondhand embarrassment adds into the nostalgia factor. And I wish I could forget the scene where one of the boys pretends to drown just so he can make out with the lifeguard. Truthfully, 6 year old me was kind of disgusted (because cooties!) and also confused because I was pretty sure you couldn't just lie to the lifeguard like that. (Priorities.)

10. The Secret Garden

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To be honest, I don't think I ever actually finished watching this movie (nor do I even recall the plot), but I do remember thinking the huge house the little girl lived in was super haunted. But that moment where she and the other kids are just like smiling and laughing in the garden? Wholesome, pure, made me wish I had a garden to frolic in too. Plus, Maggie Smith is an icon and maybe we should just rewatch this movie for her.

If you're still not feeling nostalgic after watching these priceless gems, don't fret. There are countless other movies from our childhoods to choose from. Pull up Lion King or Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses next, or dig a little deeper and find some beloved box office bombs. No matter which movie you end up picking, you're sure to feel like a kid again, free from all the stresses of life. Happy fall, and happy watching!

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