It's Time To Unplug For Wedding Season

It's Time To Unplug For Wedding Season

Please turn off your phones and cameras
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It's the beginning of summer, and you know what that means: tan lines, beaches, and yes, engagements. Our Facebook timelines and Instagram feeds are beginning to fill up with numerous pictures of the picturesque engagement your friends had along with the perfect ring, and statuses are beginning to change from "in a relationship" to "engaged," and will soon become "married." The more pictures I see on various forms of social media, the more I wonder: why are we so insistent upon posting one of the most intimate moments of our lives?

There seems to be a rise in "unplugged weddings." If you don't know what theses are, then congratulations, you probably are already "unplugged." Basically, Pinterest boards are filling up with chalkboards written in calligraphy saying "Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. We ask that you please refrain from taking pictures and turn off your cell phones and cameras." A lot of people seem to be up in arms about the fact that they can't snap 18,482 pictures of the wedding they are attending, and can't immediately tweet ,"They're officially married!" with the couple's kitschy hashtag.

Why is it so wrong for a wedding to be unplugged? Sure, being able to take photos from the newest iPhone with the best phone camera to date is nice. You think you'll be able to look back through your camera roll and reminisce on the beautiful bride or how the groom teared up when he saw her walk down the aisle; however, you won't. In actuality, you'll probably post a #throwbackthursday photo of you and the bride and groom a month after the wedding and that'll be the extent of it. Then, you'll realize that you missed most of the ceremony and the minute details of the couple's vows because you were too caught up in taking pictures for Instagram.

In all likelihood, the bride and groom hired a wedding photographer. The photographer should be the only person taking pictures during the ceremony. During the reception is a different story -- take all the low-quality iPhone pictures you want as the guests dance the night away. Let the photographer do his or her job and capture the intimate and magical moments between the bride and groom. Besides, they'll probably do a way better job at capturing the moments than you would.

All in all, there's really no need to raise pitchforks and get angry when a couple, whether it be bride and groom, bride and bride, or groom and groom, decide to have their wedding ceremony "unplugged." A lot of money was probably spent in order to make this day magical, and the couple would like their guests to be able to enjoy the ceremony to the fullest extent. I think unplugged weddings are beautiful and that all wedding ceremonies should be unplugged. The fact that we are so dependent on social media and our cell phones to capture the moments we should be fully living is sad, to be frank. So when you put on your shoes, fix your hair and sit down in the chair for the ceremony, remember to unplug. Turn off your phone and your camera- the only thing you should be pulling out of your pocket is a tissue to wipe away the happy tears.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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To The Book I Will Never Write

Sometimes our thoughts are just meant to be our own thoughts, but sometimes they are meant to be heard by the world. We decide which is the right choice for ourselves.

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Waking up in the middle of the night and writing down the flow of ideas that come to mind, in hopes of turning it into something one day. Debating whether the simplest of ideas are good enough to go on and be turned into something much bigger than yourself. Is this something common or is it just me?

I actually have a folder on my Google Drive where I write down all of my dreams and ideas of books I would personally love to read or would be appealing to others. I have different lengths of writings from a few sentences to multiple pages of nonsense that is just waiting for their moment to shine. But instead, they just stay there as ideas. Little seeds, planted perfectly into the soil, waiting for the motivation and desire to let them grow into the wonderful flowers they could become.

I have always been a child with a wide imagination, sometimes too wide for my parents to contain. I remember when I was younger, my sister, cousin, and I would write multiple continuations to Cinderella. I think in one day, we made it all the way up to Cinderella 9. And the imagination did not stop there. English soon became my favorite class in middle school and high school because I could write about anything I wanted and could just let the ideas flow onto paper. From writing about different points of views like the mouth of a dead girl to writing about a dystopia of cloning people and using them to produce the perfect editions of humans. I use writing to express my feelings and it helps me to process how I am feeling, especially in high school.

So this is to the book I will never write. The books that could have grown into bestsellers and would have a hidden lesson behind every word. A book full of emotions and drags you in and makes you feel the feelings the main character feels. The books that could have grown from a learning experience of my own and could have been a strong lesson to others to learn from. A book that could connect on every level with the reader, even in the darkest moments because like they say, some writing is done best in someone's worst moments. Some of my favorite things I have written was inspired when I was lost in my own thoughts. Being lost in my own world has allowed me to write about the wildest of dreams that one day could have been a great story. To the book that could have been written, it would have opened many doors for what others could enjoy and how to allow those with no voice to be able to speak. I know that it did for me and some may even say it saved me from the dangers of my mind.

Maybe one day, I will find the motivation and courage to write whatever I want and to continue with my ideas, even the sad and crazy ones. Maybe it will be one strong push given by those who love and support me and I could have a bestseller sitting on a shelf in my room. But for now, the book will forever be known as the book I will never write. And one day that could all change.

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