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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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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