The Sun Will Come Out...Tomorrow?

The Sun Will Come Out...Tomorrow?

You have the power to create your own light.
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The sun will come out tomorrow. Tomorrow will be better. The future will hold brighter days.

Hope for tomorrow is encouraging but dangerous. What about today? What about right now? If we keep putting our hope in tomorrow, tomorrow will never come.

When we want a change in our lives, we need to get up on our feet and make our own light. Waiting for the sun to come out tomorrow puts all the responsibility on the world rather than our own capabilities. The world doesn't owe us anything, yet we wait on the sun. We wait on the forces around us to make us better, make us happier, and ultimately bring a better tomorrow. We fail to recognize that the cloud hanging over us can be our own self-doubt and negative thoughts.

We think the sun has gone away. We choose to ignore the fact that no matter how sunny, stormy, cloudy, or rainy the weather, the sun remains a constant presence in our lives.

Each and every one of us holds the power to spark change in our lives and in the world as a whole. Each spark looks different and can appear in any place at any time; each spark holding the distinctiveness to become ignited through a different means of energy and passion. Some people find themselves in a place where they believe their light is unimportant or even nonexistent. That darkness we feel, however, can give us an even greater chance to shine.

Look inside. Don't wait around for an outside source of light. The weather and the world will constantly change so put your hope in what you believe because you can't determine the weather but you can determine how you live your life.

Live your life knowing that you have opportunity and you have purpose. Don't let others drag you down. They are just pulling you underneath their clouds and striking you with their lightning. Be strong.

When you feel lonely, beaten down, overwhelmed, invisible, angry, broken, or hopeless, surround yourself with sunny people. You see, darkness can be hidden but light cannot. Light can be shared with others and no amount of darkness can hide a spark of light.

Be your favorite flower. Have strong roots, stand tall, and turn yourself in the way of the light. Fix your eyes upon what matters. Use the light in your life to grow into who you want to be. Spread your seeds as far as you can and encourage the world to join you in a movement towards happiness, mindfulness, and self-love and respect.

Shine bright. Don't wait on tomorrow. The sun is out every day even when you can't see it.

Be hopeful. Be you. Take care of yourself. Be mindful. Love yourself.

Yes, the sun will come out tomorrow.

But even more importantly, the sun will come out today.

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

Forever my number one guy.
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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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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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