I Want

I Want

My mom always said I wanted too much.

My mom always said that I asked for too much or wanted too many unnecessary things. Hopefully she’ll approve this list of things that I want:

  1. I want to be genuinely happy
  2. I want to be successful, or whatever that means
  3. I want to make people smile
  4. I want to see the world (who’s coming with me?)
  5. I want my hair to be thicker
  6. I want college to be like it is on TV
  7. I want ignorant people to be banned from social media
  8. I want people to be nicer
  9. I want to meet President Obama
  10. I want Spotify to be free for everyone
  11. I want to explore my own city more
  12. I want to be healthy without having to workout
  13. I want cute dogs to be everywhere I go
  14. I want girls everywhere to have equal opportunities
  15. I want sand from the beach to stay there and not get into my house
  16. I want to be able to sleep while doing other activities
  17. I want it that way (couldn’t forget this one)
  18. I want ice cream to be good for me
  19. I want to work for BuzzFeed
  20. I want cancer to be cured
  21. I want chipotle for lunch
  22. I want an Instagram theme
  23. I want to find a book I would actually enjoy reading
  24. I want my friendships to last
  25. I want to be able to walk around at night and not worry about my safety (or anyone else's for that matter)
  26. I want to be good at everything I attempt
  27. I want to be artistic (I’m going to need to impress my art school friends)
  28. I want sunburns to be nonexistent
  29. I want Derek Shepherd to come back to life
  30. I want to be a part of Taylor Swift’s squad
  31. I want the world to be simple and easy
  32. I want to be brave
  33. I want coffee to actually taste good
  34. I want Pinterest to be less addictive
  35. I want my dorm room to be cutest one on the hall
  36. I want to be able to walk outside and not sweat instantly
  37. I want Urban Outfitters to be my closet
  38. I want more tattoos
  39. I want more hours in a day
  40. I want my hair to look good all the time
  41. I want to be dedicated and devoted to my job(s)
  42. I want a good relationship with my family
  43. I want to graduate college in four years
  44. I want to be a part of history (#imwithher)
  45. I want laundry to do itself
  46. I want less fighting in the world
  47. I want to be more productive with my time
  48. I want to do something with my life
  49. I want to be a better friend
  50. I want too much but not enough

As you can see, I want a lot of things, but there are so many more that I should be striving for. I hope one day I will look back on this list and be able to say I accomplished some of these things. It is okay to want things but never forget that there are people in the world who need things. Always be the best version of yourself and help those around you. I want so much for this world.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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