The Sunrise Saved My Life

The Sunrise Saved My Life

Many people get too caught in the moment, but sometimes a person needs to relax and enjoy the sunrise.

As I have grown older I have realized I have really high ups and really low lows. I figure this is the same with many people in the world- whether it is rough times at work, highschool, college, or relationships. Since school started I have been lucky to have bonded together with a group of people I now call bestfriends. Through this time, we shared many things that I realized has helped our mental health.

1. A consistent group of friends allows trust to grow.

I have always found myself jumping between band friends to fraternity sisters, and to fraternity dude friends. Sectioning them off from eachother made me not able to nourish those relationships. Since growing with my bestfriends, we have found ourselves meeting for food one to two times a day, as well as meeting at one of our places every night. This is good because everyone goes through rough spots in life and to have people to go to when you need them is very important. I always had the mentality of 'I can do it on my own,' but now I would not have it any other way.

2. Uno can save lives.

One weekend we had a game night for a friend that came into town to visit.There were 15 of us! This was amazing because as we played Uno, we were given time to talk openly as we played the game. Many people of our generation are consumed by cellphones. herefore communication skills are thought of to be sparce. But when we play Uno, it is business. It distracts us from stressing over school, relationships, as well as work. We also do not stare at phones constantly, and we talk about our lives. This is something every person should have a version of-a time to just let go and relax.

3. Late night can turn into early morning hikes.

Did you know a game of Uno can last four hours?! Well, it happened. At 5:45am we decided we would wait an extra hour to drive to the mountain and watch the sunrise. I have not seen the sunrise in over a year. I remember it clearly, sitting on my balcony with hot tea and reading The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Going with my friends to see the sunrise was just as impactful. It gave us a reminder that no matter what happens, the sun will rise again. If everything in life is inconsistent and not practical, atleast we can count on a new day, another 24-hours to try to impact the world.

4. Deep conversations on a rock in the woods of a mountain.

Mental health is something that seems to affect many people in the world. When watching my friend stand on a rock, as I stood on a log, both watching the sunrise and feeling the cold breeze on our face we could not help but open up about all our bottled up anxieties, our life stories, our fears, and our love for our friendship. We all agreed we wake up in the morning contemplating living, and thinking of our actual impact on the world. I wondered why it seemed our lives crossed suddenly, and why we took to eachother so much-turns out it was because we had so much incommon. It was just all bottled up. Once that bottled got shaken enough, it seemed the bird chirps, breeze and sunrise opened the bottle, and tears flew as we all spoke. The sunrise might have just given us the strongest bond and best of friends I could have ever asked for. I also believe if not for the sunrise and Uno, we four might not have made it very long.

I never knew how much a sunrise could impact a life-to slow your mind down, give you time with yourself, and to have time with friends to lean on, we as people are bound to make it through life healthier and happier.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.


We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.

So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,


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