How to be Your Best Self, According To Sheldon Cooper

How to be Your Best Self, According To Sheldon Cooper

Searching for advice? Look no further than Dr. Sheldon Cooper!

Sometimes, we can look to the most unassuming of fictional characters for the best real-life advice. Dr. Sheldon Cooper of the popular show Big Bang Theory is one of those characters. Here are some of the best tidbits he's provided us with over the years:

1. Always be prepared

It never hurts to take a few extra steps that will make life easier for yourself in the end. As Sheldon says, "Never leave home without a paper clip."

2. Ask for help if you need it

Sheldon may be a genius but, as his friends and family know, he can't do everything by himself. Sheldon has learned that if he is considerate and thankful for the help his friends give, they are every bit willing to take him along to work or to the comic book store on new comic book night.

3. Allow yourself to be vulnerable

Just as Sheldon discovered through his relationship with Amy, opening yourself up to someone that you trust can result in a more personal and rewarding connection with them.

4. Stand up for what you believe in

Sheldon isn't afraid to stand his ground for what he believes is right, and neither should you be!

5. Try your best to be selfless

Just as Sheldon did when the gang left a pregnant Bernadette behind to go wine-tasting, take some extra steps to help your friends out when they need someone to lean on. Often, just as Sheldon did, you'll end up happier in the end as well!

6. Do what you love

Does Sheldon care that some people find his internet show about flags to be weird? No he does not! He keeps doing it because he loves it! Not only that, but his friends also agreed to take part in it, proving that if someone is meant to be a part of your life, they will accept you for who you really are.

7. Be active

Although his experiences with physical activity have often been less than successful, Sheldon continues to try new and inventive ways of being active.

8. Put yourself outside your comfort zone

Most of us are capable of more than we think we are, just as Sheldon discovered when he had to care for an injured Penny whose tub was without adhesive ducks.

9. Admit it when you're wrong

Though it is rare that he does it, Sheldon has learned the power of owning up to his mistakes and the difference that a simple apology can make.

10. Celebrate your role models

Role models can help inspire us to strive for goals that we might never have though possible before. Whether it is someone as well-known as Stephen Hawking or not, sometimes it helps to find someone whose life endeavors make you want to reach for the stars.

11. Trust your gut

If there's one thing Sheldon doesn't lack, it's confidence. Don't waste our time questioning yourself when you could be changing the world!

12. Expand your horizons

Often we find ourselves in the same old routine, but why do that when there is so much to learn?

13. Celebrate yourself

Take a second each day to acknowledge your strengths. Sheldon is not afraid to brag about himself, and it adds to his confidence. You go through a lot on a daily basis and you should reward yourself for getting through it.

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Who IS Allowed To Talk About Gun Control?

I have more questions than there are answers but I hope that we are on the way to a country with far less gun violence.

Who is allowed to talk about gun control?

I see a lot of stuff on social media saying that teenagers don’t know enough to talk about gun control. Why? If a teenager dies of cancer, their friends talk about cancer. If a teenager dies because they were hit by a drunk driver on Prom night, the high school scares their students into not drinking and driving. Guess what, 17 teenagers were killed last week. Why are their friends not allowed to have an opinion on that? They have been going to funerals every day since Friday. I can’t imagine having to go to the funeral of the guy I sat next in math class. People my age aren’t supposed to die, we are supposed to graduate and get our dream job. A high school student should be thinking about homework and what movie they're seeing this weekend, not if that noise in the hallway was a man with a gun.

In media, we project images of strong teenagers. The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, they are all books and movies depicting kids in situations they don’t like. The main characters fight the system causing an uproar from the adults. But, in the end the teenagers are victorious, their prize is happiness and spending their adult lives in peace. Why would adults feed their children these novels and not expect the message to be taken to heart.

Ou president is a 71 year old white man, there were approximately 14 incidents where shots were fired in a school. That is about as many as there have been in 2018. I have no idea what changed, what has made this number dramatically increase. But obviously something needs to change. Why does President Trump feel threatened by the idea of making the ability to purchase a gun less accessible?

Personally, I don’t think that we need to make all guns illegal. There are many people, several of which I’m related to, who legally own guns that have only ever been used to shoot animals during their designated hunting seasons. But, last week I watched in horror as the news story of a guy that I graduated with was shot and killed. He had recently bought a pump action shotgun and was showing friends when it accidentally went off and shot him in the chest.In our society, guns are not going to disappear, but they are far too prevalent and easily accessible to those who clearly do not need to be in possession them.

The students of Douglas High School do not want to do away with guns. They want to make sure that no one ever has to worry about their friends, children, siblings or any one else while they are trying to get an education. I have more questions than there are answers but I hope that we are on the way to a country with far less gun violence.

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I Hate To Say It, But Social Media Is Ruining Us

Why post everything on Facebook?

I'm guilty of it myself. I post photos on my social media accounts of a fun vacation I went on, or of my friends and I looking good and having a fun time. I strive for that perfect candid that was so unplanned but was still so cute. Events that I am proud of I share with my friends. I write articles just as I am writing this one, to share my ideas on the media.

But why do we have a tendency to share all this online?

There is nothing wrong with posting pictures that you want to expose to others. However, when it becomes a comparison, it becomes a problem. Often times, social media portrays people's lives onscreen different from their reality. Instagram can make it seem that someone is living their best life when in reality there is a failure to show the pure, raw and difficult insight or emotion your follower is actually experiencing. It can be a fake, false distortion that has the ability to put others down and reconsider their own lives. It essentially this "Barbie doll" misconception. Unfortunately, no one's life is as easy and perfect as we think it is.

Another issue faced by social media is Facebook's "What's on your mind?" question bar. I feel like this question is almost rhetorical, as if we all answered this question honestly with details, is it really what is appropriate for all audiences? Telling information face to face in our inner circle is one thing, but there is certainly a distinction between Facebook friends and true friends. People don't always have everyone's best interest at heart. Most of us are not close with half of these friends we have added. So why do we need to share our every movement of every day with them?

Sharing pictures of your own, your child's or a loved one's graduation or milestone is completely justifiable and in fact, encouraged. But when media is used to brag or showcase something that you would not normally discuss in real life, it may be time to reconsider.

We are told numerous times by our elders that we are overly absorbed in what is in our hands. We are not making as many everyday connections outside the realm of the device in our fingertips. I never thought that I would agree as much, and I hate to say that it is something I've become more and more aware of is true.

To conquer this general trend and harmful trend found in modern times, enjoy the moment and be present. Who knows if you'll have the same opportunity to be in the same place with the same people twice.

Stop recording the concert, and enjoy the fact that you're seeing one of your favorite artists live. Enjoy your beach day without making the entire day that is supposed to be about relaxation, about taking a good pic.

Social media is a blessing that we are all grateful for, but let's not let its curse get the best of us. Since when was this supposed to be a stressful thing?

So go on a cleanse. Put the device down, and go see the world for yourself, not for anyone else.

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