35 Things That Should Have Been Left In 2016

35 Things That Should Have Been Left In 2016

Why haven't these things gone away yet?

I know we're already almost done with the first month of 2017, but I can't help but reconsider some things that I just wish would have stayed in 2016. There are just some things that need to go. Whether they're fads, memes, outfit trends, songs, makeup tricks, etc., I need them to go. 2016 was bad enough. I can't have any of these things continuing on into the remainder of 2017. It's a new year everyone, let's leave these bad habits behind. I'm begging you.

1. "Anotha one"

2. The song "Caroline"

3. Clowns causing way too many problems

4. Hover boards

5. Becoming vegan/vegetarian/gluten free because it's trendy

6. Terrorism

7. Evil Kermit

8. Emoji clothing, pillows, etc.

9. Overreacting to everything

10. Fur nails

11. Overdone eyebrows

12. Pokemon Go

13. Harley Quinn costumes

14. Instagram stories

15. Harambe

16. Joe Biden memes

17. My favorite celebrities dying

18. "Rain drop, drop top"

19. Any post with this caption honestly

20. Those "An Open Letter To The Boy Who..." articles

21. The Mannequin Challenge

22. Rob and Chyna beef

23. Being overly obsessed with mermaids

24. Drawing on your freckles

25. 100 coats of "whatever"

26. Saying "All Lives Matter" in response to "Black Lives Matter"

27. Girls overemphasizing how much black they have in their closets

28. Celebrities promoting weird teas

29. The Instagram caption: "The happiest of hours with this one"

30. Thinking it's trendy to be sad and hating your life

31. Wedge sneakers

32. Wearing hip glasses that don't have prescription lens in them (why are we doing this again?)

33. Juju On That Beat

34. Graphic tees that you see on a 13-year-old Tumblr with awful quotes like "not cute just psycho" or something with a pizza on it

35. Arguing whether pineapple should or shouldn't be on pizza

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Knowing The Difference Between Redirection And Failure

This difference is everything.

Redirection, by definition means, the action of assigning or directing something to a new or different place or purpose.

Collectively, we know what redirection means in the basic sense of the word. However, when we experience redirection, we often view the situation as a failure or a loss. We as human beings can become easily frustrated or discouraged in seasons of misfortune and perceived failure.

In life, it’s rare that things go according to plan. We don’t get the job we wanted, we graduate college in 6 years not 4, perhaps don’t even finish, plans get cancelled and we disappoint ourselves. Unfortunate scenarios and events occur in everyone’s life, and no one is immune to mishap. So how do we stop viewing these inevitable complications as failure?

First, we must learn to not recognize them as such. Life is not easy and when things don’t work out it doesn’t mean we’ve failed. Often times we’ve just been redirected. We’ve been put on a new path to reach our end goal. This can be a challenging concept to accept at first, we often feel pressure to complete certain tasks in a very specific time frame or order. However, there is no right or wrong order when it comes to living your life. We all experience different events at different ages and each one of us embarks on a different journey to reach our unique end goal.

That being said, it’s common for people to feel that they have failed at a task due to time, specifically lack of time. We feel we weren’t given a fair amount, we miss a deadline or progress takes us longer than projected. Not completing tasks by a deadline can leave us feeling like failures, often times our lack of timeliness results in sanctions from someone who holds more power than we do. The fear of punishment can also manifest the fear of failure. Time is a non-renewable resource we cannot make up for lost time or create extra time for ourselves, but when we fail to meet a deadline it is important we forgive ourselves.

Failure leaves us feeling as if we have limited or no options after. We have exhausted all of our energy and resources into one project ultimately to watch it fail. After experiencing this, it can be hard to become re-inspired and find a new focus, but refocusing can be the best remedy.

Not every failure should be viewed as a loss, some failures provide us with new opportunities and growth, they redirect our lives and put us on the path we are supposed to be on. We will be disappointed and we will be hurt in this life. However, being denied of a job does not mean you’re forever unemployed, it may open new doors, the relationships that you’ve been hurt in can help you grow and prosper with your next partner, and every mistake made is not the end, they may even foster success.

Redirection happens to everybody, no one’s life is perfect or simple, even if it appears that way. As humans, we all struggle and we all feel like giving up at times. Let redirection fuel your next journey and allow your failures to become your inspiration.

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The Contradiction Of Being "Woke"

Is just saying you're an activist enough?

It's no secret that students everywhere are forming many different opinions on gun violence, among other political issues, and it's important that young people stay involved in the political climate. We are the nation's future. However, as I evaluate the situation, I begin to wonder if just saying you are an activist is actually enough to voice an opinion.

Lately, I've seen countless tweets calling out gun violence in America, and there's a glaring contradiction I see whenever I stumble upon these tweets. On the one hand, I agree with the viewpoint of these young people, and I want to support the aforementioned tweet, however, is tweeting really enough to call yourself an activist?

I don't want to act like the gatekeeper for social issues, but it seems counterintuitive to jump on the bandwagon of BLM or March for Our Lives when in reality, many of the young people tweeting or expressing an opinion online, are really only doing it for the publicity. With the goal of being "#WokeGoals," many young people find themselves forming an opinion that is just an accumulation of what their parents or their favorite celebrity think.

While yes, there is merit in listening to the opinions of others, its beginning to seem like activism is mainstream, and in order to catch the sensationalist wave, many younger people are voicing an opinion for the sole purpose of jumping on that bandwagon.

We are an incredibly vocal younger generation, which is incredible, but more often than not we are preaching to the choir. I highly doubt that a Twitter argument over politics is actually going to change someone's mind, nor do I think that unbridled rage can change the opposing sides mind, however when you tweet, your social circle is going to be the primary audience, and it's more than likely that they already agree with you.

Activism for the sake of change is needed, and important, however in order to achieve the social goals that one claims to support, it is necessary to back that up, and not get swept up in the sensationalism of it all.

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