Nine Reminders We Need To Hear Everyday

Nine Reminders We Need To Hear Everyday

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I watched the movie Priceless, which is a movie made by the two brothers that make up the Christian duo "For King and Country". It was about human worth, especially of women. It is a great message that everyone needs to hear, but it also was a great reminder for me. It made me think about more than one thing. In this crazy society of ours, we let many things slip our minds. We get wrapped up in so many aspects of life that don't even matter. So I put together a list of daily reminders that we all need to hear.

1. You are priceless and have so much worth.

We often forget how much worth we have due to media and society telling us otherwise. Know your worth. Know you are worth so much more than the number on the scale, your likes on Insta, or your friends on Facebook. There is so much more to us!

2. Joy comes in the morning.

Each day is a new day. There are new chances, new moments, and new opportunities. You can start again. Hang on until tomorrow! Tomorrow is a new day!

3. Things are just things.

This one is the biggest reminders I need. We have all been in that situation in which we ruin our favorite pair of jeans or snag our new scarf. But it's just a thing. There are so many more important things in life than THINGS. In those moments where we lose or ruin our favorite items, we have to remember how insignificant it truly is. It makes life so much easier.

4. Forgiveness is always the better option.

Getting hurt is never fun. What is worse is holding a grudge and nursing anger. It really only hurts one's self. The other person most likely has no idea about your feelings or thinks that the situation is settled. Forgive, even if you can't physically tell the person. And always forgive yourself. Grace is the ultimate gift that we need to show ourselves and others.

5. Don't take life too seriously!

Now obviously there is a time and place where laughter isn't appropriate. (I wrote an article about my laughing problems.) What I don't regret is all the time I have spent laughing with friends, family, and at myself when I am in a stressful situation or just being silly.

6. It's okay to fail.

And believe me, I have. That is somewhat why I changed my major and why my GPA got a little messed up my sophomore year of college. BUT that is the point! All of these things were minor setbacks. Now in hindsight, they are barely minor bumps in a beautiful road.

7. Choose joy!

Let's be honest. Most of us enjoy wallowing in pity or anger whenever those feelings set in. We have to remember that joy is a choice and that we can choose the path we walk upon. When we are angry, jealous, etc. it only hurts ourselves. So choose joy! (and forgiveness as mentioned above)


You are loved! End of story! You are loved by God and plenty of people. Even if it doesn't always feel like it!

9. Don't compare yourself to others!

This is so important because 1) you will never be the other person, 2) it just perpetuates self-loathing, jealousy, and anger, and 3) you are amazing at being you! When we start to build others up instead of tearing ourselves down by comparing ourselves to other, there is more love in the world! There is love for ourselves and others! And that is the best! You also have to realize that the things you don't possess or the things you want that others have are probably the things they don't like or there are things you have that they want. The point is that you are amazing just as you are! Don't let anyone else make you feel any less!

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.

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To The Girl Who Wants A Change

First of all, you're beautiful and girl, I relate.


Every person on this planet has thought about what they would do if they could change something about their appearance. It may just be me, but there seems to be this stage of depression where you look yourself in the mirror and don't want to be you. You want that bright colored hair if yours is dark. You want your nails done and your makeup on point. You want to have the body type and looks to wear that one outfit you've had your eye on but just can't pull off.

You become almost overconcerned and overly-conscious about how people see you and how your image is projected upon the world.

Honestly, when you get to this point, there's really no going back. Some people are very skeptical of changing things when in this stage of itching for something new. They believe that as soon as it's done that you're going to regret what you've done and now you're gonna hate yourself even more.

My advice is that if this action that you want to do isn't going to hurt you or anyone else, why not? Put some thought into what you're doing and then go for it. Color your hair purple, make your nails into those claws you've loved for so long. Get a tattoo. Although, you might want to think absolutely thoroughly on that last one.

It sucks to live in a society where you feel like you're constantly being scrutinized and just aren't able to do the things you want to. Maybe you're too scared of the outcome. A little nervous. Maybe you grew up with people telling you to stay natural and not do that thing that you want because your body is a temple and you shouldn't disgrace it.

Even temples have murals, sweetheart.

Nobody can tell you how to live. No one can tell you how to look. Never be afraid of change just because someone else wants you to be. Never be afraid to express yourself because people have silenced your voice. Speak loud, proud, and often and you'll be just fine.

And hey, even if you do get your nails done a new way, get your hair dyed or anything else, that isn't the end. You don't have to stick with it if you don't like it. Just find something you do like, something that makes you happy, and always pursue it.

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