I Started To Ignore My Self-Control And My Life Has Never Been Better

I Started To Ignore My Self-Control And My Life Has Never Been Better

There are perks to being impulsive.
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It wasn’t a conscious decision. I don’t know when I started choosing to just act on whatever was the first thing my mind thought to do. Ordinarily, I’d painstakingly plan and obsess over every detail and every possible outcome of whatever I was about to do or say. For the past week or so, however, I seem to have left that behind. I’ve been feeling freer and, strangely, more relaxed since I started largely ignoring my self-control. Most importantly, this is the happiest I’ve been in a while.

My impulsiveness has taken on many forms, from the less risky task of painting my laptop’s keyboard with nail polish (taking hours to make sure the translucent polish was the perfect opacity on every single key) all the way to something I rarely have the guts to do — stand up for myself in arguments.

Let’s start with the perks of the simple things. Taking a leap and starting something without a plan is challenging, but it forces you to think on your feet and solve problems as they come along. Even if the end result is not exactly what you had in mind, there’s still a sense of pride in making something your own, as well as lessons to be learned along the way. I am still a firm believer in this and I’ve had more unsuccessful projects than I can count. Making a change in your daily life, from something simple like mine -- all the way -- to something more drastic like dyeing your hair (I have yet to accomplish that), is a sure-fire way to keep from getting bored as well as test yourself, your creativity and the limits of your ability to adapt.

Moving on to how I’ve surprised myself the most recently: I’ve found myself taking a stand in front of people and saying what I feel out loud when normally I’d be incredibly concerned about causing others anger or annoyance. Even though it may seem to cause more problems than it solves, being confident and standing up for what you want (as long as it’s reasonable) is an important skill to have in the world. I’d often find myself holding my tongue at the time and ranting later to someone who would respond with “Well, why didn’t you tell (insert name) that?!” and, of course, I'd make up a stupid excuse. Putting in effort to make sure that my voice is heard and considered has caused me to feel stronger and like my feelings and opinions are valid. This type of confidence is hard to come by for me, and the past couple weeks have made a huge difference, regardless of if I ended up getting my way or not.

I feel like I need to end this with a disclaimer stating that I am not saying you’re wrong if you don’t choose to fight your boss at work or shave your head or something like that. Everyone embraces their impulsiveness in their own way, and that is the only way that’s right for them. Mine just happens to include random bursts of artsy-ness and expert debating skills. I’m simply saying that ignoring the little voice in your head that likes to remind you of all the terrible things that could possibly happen is sometimes well worth the risk.

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If You Were A 90s Kid, You Were More Than Likely To Have These 20 Items In Your Bedroom

You weren't the only thing to glow up... your room did, too.
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Take a flashback. Remember that first room that you got to design? Yeah, probably the one you put together before you were 10, yet you felt as though you were a designer up in that ish. Then you were stuck with it for far too long because your parents didn’t want to help repaint the walls. But seriously, we had some pretty rad trends that made our rooms so comforting to us. Plain and simple was not a thing, I will tell you that right off the bat. So, as you read through these things that you most likely had in your room, just remember that you weren’t the only thing that glowed up… Your room did too.

1. Posters from J-14, Tiger, and all of those popstar magazines.

From the ceiling to the baseboard, you know you had your favorite teen pop sensation. Don’t lie. I had The Biebs. What about you?

2. A phone… that had a cord.

Let’s be real, you knew your parents saw that you were finally mature when you got a phone in your room. What an accomplishment this was.

3. A canopy draped from your ceiling.

Yep, it sure did make you feel like a princess. But let’s not forget that we were also protected from those mosquitos if they were to come get us.

4. Butterfly chairs.

Reclining and getting your homework done in this chair was the best. You felt like you belonged in a magazine.

5. Beads on your door.

Whether they were on your closet door or the main door to your room, you ran through those beads like they were your curtains for the opening show.

6. Bunk beds.

Not sure why we all wanted these because once we got to college everyone gave them a hard pass.

7. Light switch covers.

Whether you painted them yourself or you had the ones that matched the theme of your room, you definitely could NOT have just the plain white covers.

8. Night lights.

Once again, these either matched your room’s theme, or you just had a random light plugged into the outlet. Because you were a big kid and weren’t afraid of the dark.

9. Lava lamps.

You sat and watched this for hours. Honestly, it was the best way to procrastinate on your homework that insisted on you writing a word in cursive 5 times.

10. Glow in the dark stars.

You had these on your ceiling right above your bed, and if you didn’t have a night light you definitely had these.

11. An alarm clock.

HAHA. Why does WalMart even have a section of these anymore? We’ve upgraded to our phone alarms, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the ability to have that snooze button.

12. A boombox.

CDs? Something kids nowadays will not know about unless they go to an antique store. But don’t worry, us ‘90s kids had a boom box and sitting right next to it was our CD case full of options.

13. Squishy pillows.

So you may have had a collection or you may have only had one, but these pillows literally made you feel better. Having these pillows to hold when you got sick was the best thing in the world and ultimately a healer for the time being.

14. Brightly colored walls.

Mine were yellow, what about you?

15. Blow up furniture.

Couches, chairs, bean bags, pretty much anything you could sit in were SO COOL to have. When you had friends over, you had to be sure you had them ready for the party.

16. Bean bags.

They made your hang out room LEGENDARY.

17. Earring holders.

Sitting on your desk or hanging on your wall, these were so cute to have displayed in your room with your spikey earrings on them.

18. A trophy shelf.

You had to show off your swag and talent with your shelf full of your accomplishments. We didn’t have any pity trophies so they were at least legit.

19. Wooden letters.

Only the best way to have your name on your wall. We’ve upgraded to monograms now.

20. Beanie Baby display.

Over time this display evolved to Webkinz, but Beanie Babies were our first love, let’s be real.

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10 Song Lyrics To Give You All The Feels

Cue Ed Sheeran.
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We all know how music can be so influential on our lives. Feeling sad, you play a song that you know will make you cry. Feeling angry, Green Day it is. Feeling lovey, pop on some Ed Sheeran.

During a wedding so many songs play that hit so many different emotions. From the processional to the cake cutting, music influences the feels so much.

So, what about the lyrics? What about the words of a certain song that everyone knows? The words that could bring out memories, emotions, tears, laughs...the words that truly can give you all the feels on your big day.

Here are the lyrics that can bring you back to a time, that can make you cry, and make your heart beat a little faster.

1. "Take my hand. Take my whole life too, for I can't help falling in love with you." -'(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You' by Ingrid Michaelson

2. "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart." -'Ho Hey' by The Lumineers

3. "Come away with me and we'll kiss, on a mountaintop. Come away with me, and I'll never stop loving you." -'Come Away With Me' by Norah Jones

4. "I have died everyday waiting for you. Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I'll love you for a thousand more." -'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri

5. "How long will I love you. As long as stars are above you, and longer if I can." -'How Long Will I Love You' by Ellie Goulding

6. "Loves never come my way, I've never been this far. 'Cause you took these two left feet, and waltzed away with my heart." -'I Don't Dance' by Lee Brice

7. "You're the one thing I can't get enough of. So I'll tell you something, this could be love." -'(I've Had) The Time of My Life' by Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

8. "You're as smooth as Tennessee Whiskey. You're as sweet as strawberry wine. You're as warm as a glass of brandy. And, honey I stay stoned on your love all the time." -'Tennessee Whiskey' by Chris Stapleton

9. "I never knew that I could love someone the way that I love you." -'White Dress' by Ben Rector

And, last but not least...

10. "I found a love for me. Darling just dive right in and follow my lead....'Cause we were just kids when we fell in love, not knowing what it was. I will not give you up this time." -'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran

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