5 Things Millennials Need To Stop Settling For

5 Things Millennials Need To Stop Settling For

I hope that my generation will understand our self-worth and not settle for what we’re given.

In the society we live in today, we’re influenced easily by social media, people with zero talent that we somehow idolize, and whatever latest trend we think is worth following.

But when we so easily conform to what’s in and what’s out, we’re not taking the time to take into account our big goals and work at achieving them. We live in a world that has given us such easy access to whatever we want, that we get lazy and forget what it’s like to enjoy the reward of achieving what we’ve worked so hard to get. In other words, we settle for what’s easily in front of us and what we don’t have to work hard at getting.

I hope that my generation will understand our self-worth and not settle for what we’re given as a disguise on a silver platter. I hope they learn to not disguise our smiles when we know we deserve more and deserve better.

1. Change your major.

We all know what the easy majors are. They’re obvious. The kids that hardly ever have to stay up late to cram a paper, study guide, or an exam the night before it’s due. They slide by through finals week and a “difficult assignment” is something that takes more than a day to complete. Some of the most brilliant students out there are afraid of failure and afraid of trying something new, so what do they do? They dumb themselves down and choose to get a degree in something that they mask themselves as a genius in. Challenge yourself and don’t be afraid to get out there and study something that’s difficult, but interesting. You might surprise yourself in how you can grow as a person.

2. Break up with the loser you’re stuck with.

When your relationship is going absolutely nowhere but down, why on earth would you stay with them? Using the excuse that you’re in too deep is absolute BS and you shouldn’t use that. The truth? You’re afraid of being alone and afraid of the consequences that will come along breaking it off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a marriage between two people where one was so much more invested than the other. What ends up happening is they have kids and it’s too late to leave, so the moment that kid turns 18, they’re out. You’re not only lying to yourself but you’re lying to one another. You’re supposed to be with someone who challenges you every day and brings out the best in yourself.

3. Quit your mediocre job.

Do you really want to retire somewhere that you find sub par? The cliché saying “do something you love so you never have to work a day in your life” has some truth to it. There will always be the days that you come home and question why you’re not living life like the Kardashians (a.k.a. getting paid for existing), but 8/10 times you will come home happy at the accomplishments you’ve made and what you completed at work. So stop complaining about your job when you’re qualified to work at hundreds of other places that will give you financial stability and happiness from what you’re doing. Because believe it or not, you will be working for decades, and it’s only fair that you enjoy the environment you’re working in.

4. Don’t just stare at your list of goals.

It’s natural to have big aspirations, and with the right mindset, you will learn that nothing is too far fetched. So make your dreams a reality and get off that high horse and start truly living. For some people, traveling the world is a goal and completing a project in your own backyard is another. So why haven’t you done so yet? The world is waiting for you to discover it so why not go out and see it for yourself? That mountain you’ve been staring at is waiting for you to climb it, and the fear of falling can be overcome when you decide to skydive at whatever age you’re at. Put on your brave face and go out there!

5. Don’t live somewhere you hate.

We’ve seen so many TV shows and movies that talk about people who are stuck in their hometown. For goodness sake, I know people in real life who are stuck. It’s the classic high school jock who after high school realized he was no longer king of his world. Now he’s working a minimum wage job while trying to balance a family and a social life and is struggling to do so. Don’t be that person. If you hate where you live, why are you still there? You could move 10 miles into the next town over, or 10,000 miles into the next country over. The world is vast and you have so many choices of where to live.

So in whatever life gives us, always work harder at achieving the best level of that category. Don’t settle for what’s easily given to us and don’t expect to be handed things from other people. It’s important to work hard for what you want and to make sure what you want is really your final say. Because trust me, it’s worth it in the end.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


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As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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