Shining a Light on the Dark Times

Shining a Light on the Dark Times


At some point in all of our lives, we experience times of hardship and sadness. We may feel as if we have ourselves buried so deep in darkness, that it is nearly impossible to crawl out. Everyone has different hardships, but the emotions people have from those times are all similar. We become introverted, sad, angry, anxious, and we just don’t understand why. We may struggle to find the slightest bit of happiness everyday. With that being said, during these hard times it is most important to remind yourself of the smallest of things. Even though sometimes it may not seem like it, each and every day holds something good or beautiful. Whenever you’re struggling to find that one thing, think of the things in your everyday life that you may look past, such as something as silly as the sun.

The sun shining high in the sky is something many people take for granted because it is there almost every day. If you really think about it though, there’s nothing like a beautiful day outside in the warm sun, or watching the sun rise or set. Watching the sunset has to be one of my favorite things to do. Anytime I am sad or having a bad day, I make time to watch the sunset at my favorite park near home, or through my dorm window. There is something so satisfying and captivating about watching the sun that makes even my worst days better. This may be a funny way to look at it but sometimes just as we have bad days, the sun does too. When it’s cloudy or stormy the sun doesn’t shine and it’s hard to even see it rise or set. If there’s a bad storm that lasts for days at a time, we may even feel as if we will never see the sun shine again. Though, in reality we all know it will.

In a way, the sun is similar to a person. People go to sleep and wake up each day while the sun rises and sets each day. Additionally, everyone has bad days sometimes, just as there are some days that the sun doesn’t shine. We get obstacles thrown our way when we least expect it, just as the sun gets blocked by clouds or encounters a storm without warning. It is comforting to know that even when we feel alone during dark times, we can relate to something as silly as the sun. We should think of our hard times the same way we think of storms because they will all pass with time. And so as the sun rises and sets on these first few days of the new year, we should remember that with each new day upon us is a clean slate and a chance to start over.
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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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