Life Isn't A Highlight Reel

Life Is So Much More Than Just A Highlight Reel

It's easy to forget that pictures can be curated-that they can be unreal.


It is so so easy to fall down the rabbit hole. To get consumed in scrolling days down into the Instagram algorithm, whatever that is (still not really sure what that means, to be honest, but a lot of people throw that word around so I too will throw you that word). To forget that the pictures you spend however many minutes or hours a day liking and zooming in on and maybe saving to your collection if they really strike at some sort of gold within you are curated to look unreal. And that's maybe because they are.

I think many of us are guilty of it coming up with a picture idea to go take with your friends or of yourself or your food, whatever it may be. Whenever I find myself thinking like this I try to pull the brakes for a second. Shouldn't we let the pictures come as they are? Naturally? Unless you're posting a #ad (which if you are, amazing! Get that money, honey) or are suddenly a clothing model or whatnot, pictures are always the coolest when they're off-beat. Out of step. Candid, but a real candid and not one of those fake laughing candids that everyone knows isn't actually a candid. Guilty.

Over winter break, one of my friends was reminiscing on the night his baby cousin took better pictures than him. Hers were taken on her fancy new Polaroid camera, high-tech for a six-year-old, and were all taken completely off-guard. No one was warned that a flash was coming. No one was safe from her tiny fingers snapping against the button to snap pictures of the family. And yet they were so simplistically beautiful and uncultivated-they just captured the true moment. So when my friend met us on the beach that night, he channeled his tiny relative with his own Polaroid camera and snapped secret candids of us while we were dancing around in the shore-break and singing along to "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas.

Our eyes were closed, our hair was flying in an insane orbit around our heads, and our clothes were getting wet and cold as the waves crashed into our flailing limbs. But we also had on the biggest smiles, with our faces turned up to the cotton-candy skies as the sun set behind us. Mission accomplished, I'd say. I'd take a-dancing-around-with-my-eyes-closed-while-singing-to-some-early-2000s-bop picture over a picture of us awkwardly lounging in the sand. We're not all models and we know it. So let's embrace all of our little moments that really showcase what the world should know about us, rather than adding to the highlight reel that is already so prevalent.

"Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows, but a good part of it actually is". I think I see that quote on Pinterest daily, but whoever said it first did get something right. We can show it all, all parts of the spectrum. The sunshine, the rainbows, but also the times when your oatmeal explodes out of your bowl or the mozzarella doesn't melt into your mac & cheese. I am also guilty of leaving out those bits, but from now own, prepare to witness the moments when my hair is in full orbit and the cheese just didn't melt.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.

College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.

There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.


Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation


I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food


It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London


I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars


If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters


Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World


Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language


If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert


If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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