Sleep Later, Make Memories Now

Sleep Later, Make Memories Now

The only thing that comes to a sleeping man is Dreams.
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Imagine it’s a Friday night and your best friend texts you to hang out, chances are you respond with: “I’m too tired.” “I’ll be tired tomorrow.” “I need to sleep.” “I need a nap.” Chances are these sound familiar to you, and you’ve probably said these responses yourself. What happens in the morning when you wake up and see all the fun pictures of you and your friends from the night? You regret it………. right? Was that extra sleep worth it? Chances are you are still tired, and that extra time didn’t help…… that … much.

We live in a world that revolves around sleeping, eating and working. We wake up thinking about eating before work. While at work we think about how nice it will be when we can get back in our beds. Think about it…. How many times a day do you think about how nice it would be to go back to sleep? …… when’s the next meal?..... Do I have to work? Chances are a lot.

Here’s a few things to think about before you choose sleep over something else:

so sky high in work you just can’t stand it… chances are you might have decided to take a nap and maybe the stress will go away. Sleeping doesn’t take away all the work you have to do. It just puts more stress on you to get down to business and work. It’ll be a much better sleep if you get your work done first and then sleep. If you’re tired later that’s ok, you’ll get your time to catch up on sleep.

chose sleeping over your friends?..... Think about it, did you feel left out next time you saw them and they had an inside joke.. I bet you did. Do you remember that extra sleep you got that day… I bet not. Next time you’re tired and your friends ask to hang out… think about it. I wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to hang out with all my friends because one day we won’t all be together anymore. I don’t want to miss out on the pictures ill look back on when I’m old and laugh at. I want to experience these things. These will be the things that I will remember, I won’t remember the nights I got the extra hours of sleep.

Spend that extra time with family. I know long days at work can make you tired and make you want to come home and go right to bed. But, spend that extra hour on the couch with your family. These are the moments that help grow you into a better person and make you happy. You will still be a little tired in the morning, but you’ll be happier because you took that precious time and spent it the right way.

Pain. Heartbreak. These are just a few of the things that you might have tried to sleep away the pain but did that really work? Chances are the pain was still there when you woke back up. All you really did was push off the amount of time until you have to deal with these feelings. Deal with them when they come up. Take ownership of the pain and learn from it. This will allow you a much better sleep and you will be happy when you do wake up.

I would but…. Take this out of your vocabulary. Don’t use that anymore. Instead say I would love to for a little bit. This means you’ll take advantage of these moments and you’ll still get your sleep but these moments will make you way happier than extra sleeping time could ever make you!

I am by no means saying don’t ever sleep. I am simply expressing that sleep doesn’t run our lives. Sometimes we can give up those “8 hour” sleeping patterns for a little bit more fun in our lives. Think about building memories not sleeping patterns.

Live life on the edge, like you're about to fall!

Cover Image Credit: Kendall Gatewood

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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