Spring Is The Worst Season Of All, Change My Mind

Wake Up And Smell The Pollen: Spring Is The Worst Season Of All

Just because the we like the nice weather, doesn't mean we like Spring.

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After we've struggled so long with the cold cold winter, almost everyone is looking forward to the rest of spring and the start of summer soon enough. Most people enjoy the nicer weather, but just because we like the nicer weather doesn't mean we like spring. Because honestly, spring is terrible and pretty much the worst season we have to go through.

Take apart the nice weather for now, what else do you really like about spring? Maybe the flowers blooming and trees growing leaves again? The longer days? More people going outside to play and hang rather than stay indoors all day? True, these things can be some of the best parts of spring, but all with a catch. People can love nice weather, but liking nice weather and liking spring isn't the same thing. Here are the reasons why spring is actually terrible and has no place to be called a favorite season.

The weather can't make up its mind

Seriously, it's a lovely 60 degrees on Tuesday, followed by 40 degrees on Wednesday, with a 75 on Thursday before dropping down to the 50s and 60s for the weekend again. There's no guarantee that the weather is gonna be nice one day and freezing the next, that's just how spring is and it's really annoying. Do I put the air on or not? Do I take out all my summer clothes or do I keep the hoodies and long-sleeved around? Is it time to open a window?

Plus we start going through the phase where it's freezing in the morning then too hot out in the afternoon, what are we supposed to dress for? When can I wear Capris or shorts!?

Allergies

For anyone like me that is allergic to pollen, flowers, trees, and basically, everything that is coming in full bloom and blast, spring is complete hell. The sneezing and the coughing and the runny nose and the watery eyes, spring is certainly not an allergy's best friend. And even if you're not someone who may have intense reactions at this time, chances are you're at least sneezing a bit too.

Where did these bugs come from?

It's warm out, but still cold enough for you to be set in this mindset that the bugs aren't really out yet. You may see a fly or some bees roaming, but no real bugs that get in your way. That is, that's what you think until you're on your way to class and you end up walking through a bunch of gnats.

It's too nice to be indoors

One of the only good parts of spring is the nice weather, obviously. But here comes the downfall: you're too busy to enjoy the weather!! Whether you're at work or school or dedicated to some other activity you may not want to be doing, it's so unbelievably beautiful out and you can't go outside and enjoy it because you're stuck at work, or in class, or doing some homework that's due tonight. This weather is some of the best you're gonna see, not too hot and not too cold, but your sorry self can't even enjoy it because that's just how it works in life.

Spring cleaning

No one likes to clean, but we all have to do a little "spring cleaning." It's very unfortunate, and because you really should take the time to adjust and clean (and the fact that everyone else is doing it means you gotta do it too), you'll be doing it too! It's dusty, it can be gross, and overall it's just not a fun thing you have to do.

Rain

Well, we all know what they say about April showers bringing May flowers, but seriously it's suppose to rain all week? And most of next week? So much for the great weather, it's all about the rain and the storms now.

And now you have to keep up with the outside

Better shake off last year's lawn mower and get some gas in there, because you're gonna start needing it. You're now entering the phrase where lawn upkeep is mandatory and you can't have your grass looking dead or overgrown. It's time to rev up that engine and start mowing your lawn, because if you don't, even for a week, you'll look like a mess!

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.
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We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

SEE ALSO: 7 Struggles Of Being The Girl Who Is "Not Skinny" But Also "Not Fat"

11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.

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Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.

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If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.

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Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.

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Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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