15 Things You Experience In Summer As Told By J-Law

15 Things You Experience In Summer As Told By J-Law

We all have our own versions of summer, but here's summer (and basically all of life) as told by the famous J Law.
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We all have our own versions of summer--how we choose to spend it, who we choose to spend it with. Most of us work, most of us hang out with friends or go out at night. Most of us can relate to many different things regarding summer, and even life.

Jennifer Lawrence is known for her ever-lasting, a little embarrassing phrases that she spits out here and there, not giving a care in the world. Throughout her time in the spotlight, she has said some pretty relatable things. Relatable enough that it's talked about month after month, year after year.

Like it was said, we all have our own versions of summer, but here's summer (and basically all of life) as told by the famous J Law:

1. When you go through your list of friends, one by one, asking them to hangout and they're all busy or can't

It happens to all of us at least once, you know?

2. When you're at a house party and see someone downing that drink faster than you ever could

Cause you're not just going to let them beat you like that.

3. When you wake up and realize it's summer and you have literally nothing to do

The best way to spend a day.

4. When someone asks if you're summer bod ready or where that summer bod is

Mind your own business, please.

5.When summer is a time to save money for the upcoming college year but food exists

It's inevitable.

6. When your days and nights get mixed up cause it's summer and the weather is warm and you're too busy not caring

Guilty.

7. When your parents ask where you're headed off to and you're not sure if you should tell them the truth or muster up a lie so you go with the latter

A trait that we have all picked up on.

8. Every high school graduate ever at their grad party greeting people

Everyone goes through it. All the awkward moments, all the waiting in between guests.

9. When summer is almost over and you have to go back to school

You dread and dread and dread it, and then it comes too quick.

10. When you're out at the beach or on the lake and then you realize (it happens to the best of us)

Whoops.

11. When you make plans to get dinner and go out after work

And we wonder why we have no money or no summer body.

12. When you're at a party with the drunchies

Always. Always the pizza.

13. Walking into the party at the beginning of summer and you haven't seen most of the people all year like

Kind of awkward, kind of not, so you're not quite sure how to approach it.

14. What'd you do this summer?

We can't help it.

15. Ah, summer

The best time of the year, hands down. Enjoy it while it lasts, because it always comes and goes too quick.

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Valentine's Day Shouldn't Be a Celebration

Reflections on the social obligations of Valentine's Day.
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I think that Valentine's Day is a little too much. Don't get me wrong, V-Day is amazing for couples who are in happy and healthy relationships, but it adds an unnecessary pressure to conform to societal standards. This is mostly why I decided to wear a headband with the words "Girls Rule" on the top, in which people thought was a tiara. I mostly decided to hang out with gal friends and had an amazing day nonetheless. Valentine's day is a pretty dreaded day for people who aren't creative with it, and although it can be a great way of spreading love awareness, what I want to touch base with is this: why it has become so sensationalized today.

Some people really hate Valentines day--maybe because they have had bad relationships, horrible memories, are perpetually single, or even, because they feel an obligation or pressure to conform to the societal construct of the day.

The history of this loving day starts with the legend of St. Valentine. "Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr," as stated from the Smithsonian. During his time period, marriage was arranged, not out of love. The priest (and many others after him) married couples who were in love in secret through the church. St. Valentine and his reputation since then has always been of spreading love through faith.

In modern day, this sense of traditional love is lost. Just like any other holiday in the U.S., the advertisements for Valentine's Day start staggeringly early. You roam the halls of the drug store in mid-January and find aisles loaded with flower bouquets and chocolate boxes. No matter how early or late it is, this is a visual reminder of the day, or your perpetual singleness, or anything you affiliate with it, no matter how hard you try and tell yourself that it isn't. Even if you are in a relationship, it puts an unwanted weight on your shoulders, and you think: What should I get for my partner? Will the gift be too much or too little?

Let's compare Valentines Day to other celebrations, such as Christmas, or Birthdays. Obviously, these are all substantially different in many ways, but one thing persists: presents. Gifts have been the main way of displaying affection. Our ways of gift-giving has been sensationalized by the media, and constant stimulation of gift-giving in the media.

Of course, it is nice to be given a gift, but there are other ways of displaying affection as opposed to gift-giving, which I think is not emphasized enough in our culture. For example, taking someone to do an activity instead of giving them a materialistic gift. Giving someone you care about the gift of an amazing memory with you. Or, displaying our feelings for each other in our daily lives in the little smiles and jokes with them.

If everyone expresses love and appreciation for people they care about in their lives every day, Valentine's day will no longer be the only day you express love, but an added bonus.

For me, I expressed my thorough love for chocolate and gal pals, and couldn't be happier.

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Why I Am Taking Lent Seriously This Year

I epically failed last year, but this year I will do better.
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So February is here before I even knew it, which means my favorite month of the year is here! As many of you know, Valentine's Day is February 14th but so is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of Lent. Last year, I was less than careful when it came to Lent and ended up giving up halfway through. I started Lent on a bad note last year when I decided that I was too busy to go to church for Ash Wednesday. The streak continued as I was terrible at not eating meat and fasting on Fridays and gave up quickly on my decision to give up soda. This year I'm deciding to do better; I need to do better this year. So this is how I'm going to take Lent seriously this year.

Lent was always a time that I dreaded as a kid. I hated the idea of having to give something that I enjoyed up, but now that I've gotten older I recognize the importance of Lent. I went to Catholic school for 12 years, and they ingrained into us the fact that Lent is supposed to mirror Jesus' sacrifice spending 40 days in the desert, but I honestly think that it is more than that. I definitely think that last year being my first year being away from the hold of Catholic school, I rebelled a little bit with my new found freedom of not being forced to participate in Lent. I didn't handle it in the right way, and so this year, I am seeing Lent as an opportunity for growth and to challenge my self-control a little. I am thinking about challenging myself and going vegetarian for Lent to try to better my health as well as trying to do more acts of service and to build upon my New Year's Resolution of positivity.

So this year I am definitely going to take Lent seriously to further and strengthen my faith. I know that I will probably stumble and make mistakes throughout, but I am confident that it will be a beneficial experience.

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