This Is The Love-Hate Story Of Midwesterners And Snow

This Is The Love-Hate Story Of Midwesterners And Snow

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Snow, the true definition of love and hate.

If you grew up in the midwest, you know the feeling you got as a kid the night before a snowstorm. When you would stay up a little later in hopes that school will be canceled even before you go to bed. You know the feeling of waking up to a 2-hr delay and getting some extra sleep. Though nothing beat waking up to a closed school. You knew that meant more sleep and a day of sledding, and you were so there for it.

The love you wish to feel now. That your job will call and you just might not have to go in. The feeling of staying home and catching up on things there. Almost comforting that you'll get to sleep in a bit, in the middle of the week! Wow, what a feeling of joy that is. What love you have for the snow that you hope will be coming.

The heart-warming feeling you get as you watch the weather forecast and peep out the window to see snow gracefully falling down to save the day.

You go to bed, ready to receive that phone call the following morning, saying you get to stay home.

Then you wake up.

That's when the hate sets in. No phone calls. Not your school listed on the news as closed. You peek outside and see a thin layer of snow, filling you with disappointment. You know now, that you've been let down once again.

That promising day you thought you would have and then BOOM. You have to get ready for the day. Have to get ready to face the snow. You walk out and the bitter cold that would have brought you happiness at some point, slaps you in the face.

You don't know who to blame for this hurt you feel. The weatherman, that you literally don't know how they still have their job? Your school that decided it was worth the risk? Yourself, for thinking it could actually happen?

That moment where it felt like you were the only school that didn't get closed, just like when you were a kid, the disappointment sets in… no betrayal hurts more than that.

You know now that your butt is the one that will have to walk, what feels like 5 miles, to a class that you don't understand how you even got stuck taking it. All because you hoped that wishing for snow would save the day.

The realization sets in that what you once thought was full of joy and activities, is no longer that for an adult.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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10 Complaints You'll Hear From Every Driver In Tallahassee

I am the best driver, and everyone around me is the worst driver.

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I like to complain way more than the average person probably does. The weather, food, people- you name it and I've probably complained about it. At the top of my list, the topic I complain most about is drivers. Every driver always likes to think they are the best one out there and know every rule and law known to man. I am no different.

The second I get into the driver's seat is when the complaints start rolling off my tongue. When I was being taught to drive, I had an instructor, not my parents who couldn't stand seeing me in the driver's seat let alone being in the passenger seat. I had received top-notch lessons from a person who had spent many years teaching 15-year olds, like myself, how to drive.

Now that I am 19 and have had a license for three years, I feel that I know the laws pretty well, well enough to be able to judge other drivers on the road. Even though I am extremely guilty of complaining about others sharing the road with me, I am not the only one. Everyone does it.

How can you not get frustrated when the person driving in front of you is driving just under the speed limit when you have some place to be? Here are the most common complaints you've definitely from someone with a license and a car:

1. "Please, drive slower. It's not like I have anywhere to be."

2. "Why didn't they put their turn signal on. It takes two seconds. Really?"

3. "Why is this person randomly breaking? There's no one in front of them."

4. "Ugh, why is there so much traffic?"

5. "Why is that person driving so fast? Stop showing off that you have a nice car. We get it."

6. "Why isn't anyone letting me in? None of these people are considerate."

7. "Why is this person driving so close behind me? I'm going at least 10 over the speed limit."

8. "Why are trucks even allowed to be on the road? No one wants to get stuck driving behind them."

9. "The light is green, so why aren't we moving?"

10. "Why did that person just turn right in front of me when there's literally no one behind me?"

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