The Electronic Toothpaste Spill

The Electronic Toothpaste Spill

Once it's out; there's no putting it back.

We live in an immediate gratification era because where and when we want something we do it, when we feel something we say it and when we want attention we get it. While this is incredible because we literally have the world at our fingertips, but it can also be dangerous.

Let me explain a bit with an old metaphor of the bottle of toothpaste. When you want the toothpaste you squeeze it open and get your paste. If you squeeze too much you’re stuck with having to have a mouth full of paste or washing half of it down the drain. My teachers always related this to words and actions. In a nutshell, they said that once you say or do something you cannot undo it. If you say something nasty about someone you can’t take it back. Even if you say you want to take it back it doesn’t matter because the thought has been expressed and whoever heard can never unhear it. Yes, they can forgive you and move on, but you can’t completely forget the words or how it made you feel. And the same goes with our actions.

One action in particular that I think resonates with this metaphor is posting on social media.

We literally post our lives and frankly too much of them on our social media accounts. Everyone thinks that they have the right opinion to share that will change the entire mind of society and believe me not all of these opinions are pearls. For example, take the election season, this is the time I believe people get incredibly aggressive especially on social media. And believe you me, I know that people are passionate and I am not saying they don’t have a right to be. By all means, express your beliefs, but please have some civility in your social engagement don’t just belittle others for the sake of “winning” an argument. If anything takes advantage of the moment as an educational opportunity with as little all-caps sentence as possible.

I think we all know better than to assume that we can completely get rid of our digital history. Social media is the electronic paper trail we leave behind us as we engage in a different platform. Take Snapchat for example, those photos are not entirely deleted. They are probably sitting in a server somewhere not to mention the fact that you can screenshot the photos. Sure you get notified but it’s not like you can instantly stop somebody from then sharing the photo and so on spreading like a wildfire. Not every screenshot will end in doom, not the point, but there needs to a caution when sending pictures back and forth to each other. As well as Instagram it can easily also be screenshotted and used against you. Now people who follow you can send your photo to others.

All that being said a picture is worth a thousand words and what do yours say?

Lately everyone is so worried about their aesthetic that it doesn’t seem to be quite as big of an issue. However, people get themselves into a lot of hot water over photos and words. People have been fired over Facebook posts and others aren’t even considered for the position because of their social media feed.

Consider this: You’re social media is a projection of you. Often times it is the first impression someone gets before even meeting you. And you can bet your bottom dollar that people get the wrong impression just from seeing social media accounts. Look at Tinder, lol, people decide if they want to engage with others based off of five photos and like maybe 100 characters or less of description.

This is not actual toothpaste that you can wash down the drain and forget about. Before you post mull it over if it is actually appropriate. Don’t hinder your self expression but don’t put something out there that you will regret.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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Don't Be Afraid To Be Overly Sensitive

The world needs to understand that you're not 'making it all about you.'

If you're overly sensitive, you know the world doesn't revolve around you. You could be up at three in the morning thinking about a conversation you had in the afternoon, hoping that you didn't say something "wrong."

I feel as though people are afraid to be called "sensitive" because they see it as being weak or self-absorbed. If you're truly sensitive, you know that being sensitive is not about being weak or constantly thinking about yourself. You know that being sensitive means that you feel things very deeply.

As a society, we need to stop thinking about sensitivity as a negative thing. Sensitive people are usually the most considerate. They're in tune with their feelings and, nine times out of ten, they want to be in tune with yours too.

Sensitivity comes in all different forms. A common misconception is that people who are sensitive cry a lot and for no reason. Everyone's different. Some people show their sensitivity through crying, others through yelling, and others quite commonly by stone-cold silence.

When you feel things deeply, joy is no exception. So if you're sensitive, there's a good chance that when you're happy, you're really damn happy.

Sensitive people usually aren't selfish, just aware of their needs. A common reason they are easily upset is because they would willingly do things for others, and others do not do the same to them. The needs of other people vary, but I can say confidently that everyone needs to feel included, sensitive or not.

So how do you deal with a sensitive person? You shouldn't have to feel like you're walking on egg shells, but you should also keep in mind that they feel very deeply. Appreciate them, and make it known. Return their favors, and keep in mind that they are overthinkers. One thing that you say to them could resonate with them for a very long time.

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