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5 Pocket Pals My Brother Taught Me To Carry

Years later, these five objects mean more than simply their literal use.


My brother has many skills, one of which is his knowledge about search and rescue missions. He's performed more than one, and many more practices to go along with that in preparation for any real emergency. And throughout all that training and time, there's a set of "pocket pals" he carried, whether the mission was to find a lost person, locate a crashed plan, or simply to provide homeland relief. He taught me about these five items, and their uses; one interesting thing I've found years later, though, is that each of these necessities has a deeper meaning, a sort of metaphorical significance even today. And if I remember to carry that as well as he remembered each of these objects, it just might help me find my way too.

1. A compass.


Obviously this is a great one to use to find your way. Use it right, and you know the direction you're traveling. Veer off, and you can get back on the right path. A good set of morals and values will help you with that, too. They say, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything," and that would lead to a very confusing path. But if you want to set one and stick with it, morals and standards are a good way to go. Then, if you notice yourself wander astray, you can use them to guide you back to the path you set.

2. A signal mirror.


This one can be used to reflect light, and if needed send up a search signal. It takes the usual path of a light, and can reflect it much further; perspective does that sometimes. When we're too close to something in our own lives, we occasionally don't see it clearly enough. But if we get another perspective, sometimes that's a better way to go. It also helps us understand other people, and perhaps see why there're coming from whatever view they do.

3. A (loud) whistle.


If you're too far away to shout, you'll have to give this one a blow, and then your team can hear you. The last thing you want when you're searching for someone else is for one of your own to get lost as well. This helps with communication, as basic of a tool as it may be. And in real life, that communication is important, too. If you need help, you have to speak up and use your voice to tell a friend or family. Instead of wandering alone and getting lost, stay in touch with others, because they're your team and they're there for you.

4. A pocket knife.


Perhaps out of all these "pocket pals" this one can be used for the most. You can cut branches, rope, or bandages. You can use it to build your shelter and prepare your food. It's pretty versatile, and also serves as a protection if needed. That's something grit and determination can go a long way towards accomplishing in life, too. It can get you through tough situations, and help you stay strong.

5. A lighter.


Any time you're in the woods for an extended period of time, you're going to need this one. (You could use matches, but it'll be more of a struggle.) Here we can use one object to get both light and warmth – two things we certainly need in every way throughout our real life, too. Other people can help surround us with positivity and clarity; the wrong people, though, can put our fire out. It's important to choose wisely, and remember that those we surround ourselves with can be either helpful or harmful.

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.


These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

You're welcome!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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