Why Not Just Love For The Sake Of Loving?

Why Not Just Love For The Sake Of Loving?

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Love. Noun:

A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

Love. Verb:

To have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in.

We, as humans, are indefinitely capable of having an everlasting love towards everything in life. It can be for absolutely anything, and the best part is that we get to choose where we give our love. Often, we hear people say they love the same thing time and time again:

I love my family. I love my friends. I love my health. I love my pets. I love my job.

Yes, those are all great things to love and yes, they should never be overlooked or taken for granted, but love goes so much deeper than any other human emotion at any level on any given day, place, or time. The ability we have to hold, notice, and appreciate the abundance of what surrounds us in life is unmanageable; as it should be.

Sometimes life gets in the way of life. Do not let this falter you.

You need no reason to love something. Its unexplainable, unpredictable, unorganized, and most importantly…remarkably, undoubtedly, amazing. Above, I mentioned two different definitions for the word “love,” but I have had the gratifying life experience to know that you cannot captivate the meaning of this word within a definition. Love is far too complicatedly beautiful to attach it to any other significance or implication that it may hold. Although the power behind the word carries so much with it, the rarity and uniqueness to the amplitude of things you can apply it to is unlimited. I’ve learned, slowly at first, but then ever so quickly, that you can love the simplest, most minute pleasures in life. It’s things we are surrounded by and participate in each and every day that we forget to be grateful for. What you choose to love is entirely up to you. There is nothing or no one that can tell you that you are wrong or mistaken about how you feel.

Love the beginning of everyday and that you get the chance to open your eyes in morning. And then love it for a second longer.

Love the wind in your face as you drive with the windows down in your car on a beautiful day.

Love the most comfortable pillow on your bed.

Love a body part, any body part, which allows you to have the ability to perform a physical action you enjoy doing.

Love the slobber from the friendly greetings of an innocent and untamed puppy.

Love the glass of wine you are lucky enough to savor at the end of a long day.

Love nature for its astonishing aptitude to be so beautiful, yet untouched or refurbished.

Love a picture…love all pictures. For a picture can speak a thousand words and hold memories that will withstand a lifetime.

Love the cold, the rain, and the dark because without them you wouldn’t understand the magnitude of happiness that comes from warmth, the sun, and the light.

Love the people you have the pleasure of spending your daily life with. They are the ones who shape you into the person you will one day become.

Love the smile of someone you care about, one day it may not be there.

There is so much on this planet we are offered and have the competence to take advantage of, so do it. Love to love, for the pure and wholesome sake that you simply just can.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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