It's OK To Walk Away From Someone With An Addiction

It's OK To Walk Away From Someone With An Addiction

You can't force anyone to quit an addiction unless the person realizes that it is indeed causing a problem.

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How many of us are addicted to something? Addictions are always bad however it depends on what you're addicted to that defines your destiny in life. However its okay to walk away from those who have an addiction. In today's day and age if you don't do something that is "popular" your not considered normal and that's totally fine.

In today's generation, there is a lot going on. I am sure a lot of you know what I am referring to. However, not all of us have the power to walk away from those addicted to something. An addiction is something that has the potential to cause harm. That's how I like to describe the word.

The term addiction by itself is an objective word. To many people, it means different things. However, from my point of view, there are three different kinds of addiction. The first one is a mild addiction meaning you are addicted to something but your only addicted enough that you can live or go without doing it for a while.

Then, the second one is medium addiction. You are addicted enough to keep doing whatever it is that you're doing but you find it hard to quit.

The last one is extreme addiction in which you cant stop whatever it is that you're addicted to in any circumstance.

Are all addictions bad? Well, it certainly depends on the level of addiction and what that certain addiction is causing your life. What I mean is how does your addiction impact your day to day life? How does that addiction impact you on a personal and broad level?

Nowadays many people are addicted to social media and are addicted to having their whole life on social media. Not everything you do needs attention on social media. Usually, people just look and don't really care. However, some people will literally spend hours coming up with a perfect caption or editing photos.

To me, social media is just a platform in which people try to show themselves as happy and cheerful. Deep down we don't know how anyone feels on social media. You will always emphasize with people but you can never symphonize with people. Tell people it will be okay over and over again but have you ever experience what they did?

Not every addiction out there is an individual's fault. Sometimes there are circumstances that occur that cause people to do what they think is right and sometimes by doing what they think is right can cause an addiction that will be hard to give up.

When you start to notice that someone has an addiction try to be there for that someone and try to spend as much time as you can with that person. You can't force anyone to quit an addiction unless the person realizes that it is indeed causing a problem. However, if you are close with a person who has an addiction start drifting.

Drifting may be hard at first but you will thank yourself for it over and over again. You don't need to be apart of the normal that destroys people lives. You can be apart of that normal that gets the experience of a normal healthy living person. Not everything needs a constant remainder and not everything is worth figuring out so let it be and let go.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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Taking Art Was The Toughest Thing I Did In School But It Ended Up The Best

How my 8th Grade and 11th Grade art classes gave me the most fulfillment.

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In the K-12 school district I attended growing up, we had to take art class every year from 1st Grade up until the end of middle school. For me this was quite challenging, more challenging than any other subject, as I was not and still am not the most artistic person. My teachers in elementary and middle school were helpful but quite critical of my work, knowing that it could probably be better despite my lack of natural talent. Things changed once I got to 8th Grade.

8th Grade was my last required year of taking an art class. I had looked forward to it, as I was ready to finally be done with my most difficult and frustrating subject. My class that year was the during the first rotation of art classes, so our teacher, Mrs. Samardzija, had us do a new sculpture project that she had not done with any previous classes: we were to sculpt an entire word that described us and then paint it.

Normal art projects were a struggle for me, so this was an incredible challenge, but I was up for the task. I decided that I was going to put my best effort to match everyone else's on the project. The sculpture took weeks to do, longer than any of us originally expected. I, being a slower worker, had to spend some study hall periods to get closer to finishing it. I even took it home and worked on it past midnight one time in order to finish.

The extra work put in paid off. That sculpture project ended up in the school district's winter art show. In addition to my efforts for said project and others, I ended up getting a flat A for the class, extremely rare for someone of my art ability, as most would get an A-. I was extremely happy with my efforts in what I thought was my final time taking art.

During the early stages of applying to colleges for urban and regional planning, I found out that I would need to send in a portfolio of drawings and projects to Ball State to apply for their College of Architecture and Planning. This meant I would have to take a high school art class. Even with my success in 8th Grade, I knew this would be tough once again.

Like before, my 11th Grade art class was difficult, tedious, and time consuming. I had to work much more than my average classmate to do a solid job. This meant staying after school a couple times and even missing the beginning of track practice to work on projects. In the end, all of this resulted in another great grade and many solid finished works of art for my own standards.

Looking back on those art classes, I can say with 100% certainty that I gained the most fulfillment from the challenges I was able to overcome and exceed my own expectations. While art has never and will never be something that comes easy to me, my last two experiences have created great feelings that I will never forget.

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