8 Thoughts Everyone Has When They're Being Chauffeured Around By Uber Or Lyft

8 Thoughts Everyone Has When They're Being Chauffeured Around By Uber Or Lyft

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Odds are if you're a college student, then the apps Uber and Lyft are two of your biggest companions throughout the school year. Whether you're trying to get home after the bar, are in some desperate need of Chipotle, or are just late to class, you probably spend a ridiculous amount of money and time in these car rides with complete strangers. However, you have to admit that these car rides make for some pretty good memories. If you've ever found yourself in an Uber or a Lyft, you've probably found yourself in one of these dilemmas:

1. "Should I start a conversation?"

It's always awkward getting into a car without the driver initially saying anything. So the choice is yours: do you spend the duration of this ride in silence or in painful small talk?

2. "Can I ask for the aux?"

On the rare occasion, your driver is playing bangers, you're probably not vibing with their choice of music. Is it appropriate to ask to play your music in a car that's not yours? Probably not, but worth a shot.

3. "Why are they asking me personal questions?"

Some Ubers are a little upfront when making conversation with you. Unfortunately, I'm not interested in spilling my life to you, and to be honest, I'm not that interested in finding out that much about yours.

4. "Do I comment on their driving?"

When you're scared for your life in a stranger's car, it's a little tempting to comment on their speed. After all, you are paying for the ride. I'm trying to get from Point A to Point B, not the hospital, dude!

5. "Where do I sit?"

If you're ubering alone, you may ask the age-old question: Do I take shotgun or sit in the back? There's not really a correct answer to this, hate to say.

6. "Do you think we can squeeze?"

When you only have one extra person, one might be a little hesitant to spend the extra cash for an Uber XL vs X. If your Uber is chill, hopefully, they won't mind if you double-buckle.

7. "Why is this taking so long?"

If you've been waiting for more than five minutes, you're probably getting a little impatient. However, with Uber's new rules, you will still be charged whether or not your ride does arrive, so you might as well stick it out.

8. "Is this the right car?"

Sometimes it's a little hard to tell the difference between a blue and black car or a Honda and Ford, especially in the dark. You may risk the awkwardness of approaching a car that just isn't an Uber, but you might as well take your chances.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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