Patience Is Hard.

Patience Is Hard.

Being patient has always been a challenge, but I feel like with age it's gotten a lot harder.

You know how they say "patience is a virtue." Well, I'm still work on that.

Being patient has always been a challenge, but I feel like with age it's gotten a lot harder. Okay, you may be like, what? You would think the opposite. That as you get older, learning to administer patience gets easier. But, I would have to disagree. As a child you are impatient, but to a different extent than that of an adult.

A child is impatient while waiting in line to visit Santa Claus, or waiting in line for their turn on the swings. A child's impatience is defined by their wants. They WANT to be at the front of the line. Or they WANT to be the star student of their class. The impatience they experience is defined by their wants and so, their impatience is short lived. You see, as a child you constantly change your mind. One minute you want chocolate ice cream and the next vanilla. A child's mind is constantly indifferent and changing, so the impatience is short lived. And because the impatience is short lived, it doesn't eat away at them or consume their every thought. But, as the child grows up and let's say, turns 21 and is a junior in college, she won't be changing her mind.

And so, that's why I think being patient becomes more difficult as you grow older. Because, as we get older we get more set in are ways and to be honest, we are stubborn. We forget that being patient is a virtue and should be practiced daily. I have fallen victim to this. I am so impatient. Maybe not when it comes to small situations like, waiting in line, but rather when it comes to the future. I'm so impatient when it comes to life. I enter one phase and want to jump right to the next. I never take the time to stop and smell the roses. And you know what I've realized. I've realized that my impatience is actually rooted in that of a child's impatience. My impatience lies within MY WANTS and MY DESIRES. I want to jump ahead, I don't want to wait for the future to come. But, this impatience is sort of crippling. The impatient person I have become is weighing on me, and It's time to give it up.

So, I lay my wants and desires in HIS hands. I'm giving them up to God. Because, I'm tired of letting impatience define my present. I'm tired of trying to fast-forward when God's hit the pause button. I may still be a broken, and impatient girl. But, I'm working on it. I promise. And I have found the one who will give me patience when I try to jump ahead. He wants me to stop and admire the present. He has me at this place in life for a reason. So, I'll be patient and let His movie play.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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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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