Stop Questioning Everything In Your Life And Start Following Your Own Life Path

Stop Questioning Everything In Your Life And Start Following Your Own Life Path

Everyone's life path is different and happens for a reason

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Recently, my roommate and I were talking about our different paths in life and whether we believe we all have a life plan. For as long as I can remember, I have been a strong believer in my life path. I believe things are thrown into our lives for a reason to either teach us a lesson, make us a stronger person, or change the way we see things.

Growing up I had a pretty average childhood until I was about 16. At 16, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. For about 5 years I struggled badly with my disease. I was constantly getting sick, losing weight, missing school, and becoming depressed because I felt so terrible all of the time. Finally, when I turned 21, I had to have my first major surgery. Before the initial surgery, I was never upset about the situation because I knew it had to happen.

At one point my parents said something that really stuck with me. They said, "You're strong, that's why this is happening to you". In a more detailed version of what they said, I was the one who had to face this because I was strong enough to face this major life event and life change. Whereas others might not be able to face it.

I believe it was in my life path to have this disease. It has not been a negative part of my life in the least. If anything it has shaped who I am in the last few years and taught me to educate people about invisible illnesses and advocate for those diseases.

I also believe that in our life path we are meant to be so many new people. Those people may or may not stay in your life forever. Whether they help you during a hard time, teach you an important lesson, or shape your life in any small way. Those people were meant to step into your life and be around for you.

For many people, this whole concept of a life path may not be something you agree with or even understand. Which is okay, everyone believes in different things. But, have you ever stopped and sat down to think about the timeline of events in your life and how they have panned out. Were those events ironic? Did people come and go into your life and teach you something?

I know for myself, I have met so many amazing and important people who have shaped me into the person today. I have also met some not so amazing people who have taught me important lessons in my life which have also shaped me into the person I am today.

Whether you agree with everyone having a life path or not, take some time to time to think about your life each day things come and go. Try not to put a timeline on your life and try and go with the flow and see how things happen organically. You never know what could happen.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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These 23 Blast-From-The-Past Books Will Make You Want To Enjoy Reading Again

Who cares if you're a college kid? Put down that textbook and read a Magic Treehouse book.

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Us 90's babies are now at the point that we are in college or just freshly out of college, starting to "adult." We've been so consumed in schoolwork and our career that we probably can't remember the last time we sat down and read a book for leisure. Maybe it's time we start to set aside some time for ourselves and get back into reading. After all, we LOVED reading as a children and had some of the best books around. Do you remember reading any of these books as a kid? Brace yourself, this blast-from-the-past is about to make you want to read them again.

1. "Magic Treehouse" series by Mary Pope Osborne

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2. "Junie B. Jones" series by Barbara Park

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3. "A to Z Mysteries" series by Ron Roy

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/a-to-z-mysteries-08-the-haunted-hotel-by-ron-roy/

4. "Hank Zipzer" sereis by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

https://www.thriftbooks.com/series/hank-zipzer/42076/

5. "Flat Stanley" by Jeff Brown

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/flat-stanley-by-jeff-brown/

6. "The Boxcar Children" series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Mystery-Boxcar-Children-Mysteries/dp/0807593664

7. "Nancy Drew" series by Carolyn Keene

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Drew

8. "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series by Lemony Snicket

https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-bad-beginning-lemony-snicket/prod9780064407663.html

9. "Geronimo Stilton" series by Elisabetta Dami

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/my-name-is-stilton-geronimo-stilton-by-geronimo-stilton/

10. "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter

https://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Into-Wild-Prophecies-Begin/dp/0062366963

11. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

https://www.amazon.com/Where-Sidewalk-Ends-Poems-Drawings/dp/0060256672

Honestly all of Shel Silverstein's books were amazing. Really made poetry interesting as a kid.

12. "Frindle" by Andrew Clements

https://www.amazon.com/Frindle-Andrew-Clements/dp/0689818769

Again, all of Andrew Clements books were awesome.

13. "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/357664.Because_of_Winn_Dixie

14. "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

https://www.amazon.com/Giving-Tree-GIVING-TREE-Hardcover/dp/B002VLETFS

15. "Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beezus-and-ramona-beverly-cleary/1100258587?type=Audiobook

16. "The Berenstain Bears" series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

https://www.amazon.com/Berenstain-Bears-New-Baby/dp/0394829085

17. "If You Give A Pig A Pancake" by Laura Numeroff

https://thelibertybelleblog.com/tag/childrens-book/

And "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"

18. "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

https://www.amazon.com/Charlottes-Web-B-White/dp/0061124958

19. "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister

https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Rainbow-Fish-Board-Book/549445

20. "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archbault

https://www.amazon.com/Chicka-Boom-Book/dp/141699999X

21. "The Princess Diaries" series by Meg Cabot

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38980.The_Princess_Diaries

22. "Goosebumps" series by R.L. Stine

https://goosebumps.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_Goosebumps_books

23. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alexander-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day-judith-viorst/1100238460

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