Poetry On Odyssey: What Is Happiness?

Poetry On Odyssey: What Is Happiness?

What happiness is to me.


Your happiness is different than mine

Probably because we live different lives

So let me tell you what makes me happy

It's okay if you disagree

Happiness is the sound of waves crashing, feeling the warm sun on your skin

The beach is the best place to be, I'm convinced

Happiness is a call from someone you love,

Maybe, someone, you miss

And when they call its absolute bliss

Happiness is the feeling of not being able to breathe because you're laughing so hard

This is the purest form.

A huge smile across your face

Tears forming in your eyes

Nothing but happiness running through your mind

Happiness is blaring your favorite song as loud as you can

In the car, with your best friend

Happiness is not stress and negativity

Happiness is not failing an exam

Happiness is not losing a friend, or facing rejection, or being told you're not good enough

But it's okay to not be happy all the time

It's impossible to be happy all the time

We all go through our rough patches, just a part of life

What's important is that we pick ourselves back up

In negativity, it's important not to get stuck

Because life doesn't just stop for you

So you have to choose

Happiness comes in all shapes and forms

Like is too short to be anything but happy

With this, I'd hope you agree

So go do whatever makes you happy

With this, you can never go wrong

But beware, it might take long

To find what you like

But as long as you're happy along the way

Then there's nothing more to say

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65 Truths College Students Need to Hear Right Now

Truth every college student needs to hear.

1. The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2. God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3. You failed a test, not your life.

4. Numbers don’t define you.

5. That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so-called “hot scale.”

8. Or if you can bench press 200 lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym, please chill.)

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9. Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10. Neither are mistakes.

11. But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13. You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14. Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15. Life isn’t always great moments.

16. But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17. Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18. However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19. So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20. Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22. Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23. Loving Jesus means loving people.

24. Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25. Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked door. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breathe in, breathe out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30. However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit at the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based on money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

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42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44. Do some squats.

45. But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46. You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47. You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not, leave. You deserve clarity, not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The Bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62. Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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The Path Of Scoliosis Is Anything But Straight And Easy

My spine is curved 25 degrees, but even I sometimes forget.


Although it may not look like it, I've had scoliosis for pretty much my entire life. For those of you that don't know what scoliosis is, it's a curvature in the spine that starts to form in the early teenage years. Your spine is probably completely straight, but mine looks a little more like an "S".

I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 11, so I had to visit the back doctor twice a year to keep an eye on the progression. Most kids think that what they go through is also what everyone else is dealing with, so I didn't really understand that not everyone had to get x-rays to see if their spine was moving. Nonetheless, having this back problem has never made me feel out of place, and honestly, it never will.

For a good five years, my back never gave me problems, but towards the end of my freshman year of high school, I started having issues. One day when I was playing soccer I noticed that it hurt a lot to walk, so from then on, I had to heat my back for 15 minutes before playing.

That was the beginning of a long process of healing what once used to be a non-issue in my life. Yes, my spine was curved basically since birth, but until I stopped being continuously active in sports, it never actually bothered me.

One time in my health class, we were doing a meditation exercise to "get in touch with ourselves," so our teacher allowed us to literally nap on the floor. Of course, I wanted to, and with my back not being the first thing on my mind, I decided to lay completely flat. All things were fine until I got up and, more or less, couldn't really move. I soon came to find out that was because the bones towards the end of my spine are shaped oddly, so laying flat on a hard surface causes a sever pinching pain.

I immediately told my mom and got an appointment with my doctor, in which he suggested an eight-week therapy session in order to get back into motion. As my mom loves to say, "motion is lotion," and since I wasn't being super active, my body was beginning to tell me that I should be.

Since going to therapy, my physical health has become a lot more important to me, but since I don't have a sport that allows me to unknowingly workout in college, I have to put in the conscious effort in order to stay healthy. In a way, though, it's nice, because my back problem has become a built-in workout reminder: if I don't work out, I'm in pain, and unless I get active, that pain won't go away.

As rough as scoliosis may sound to the average person that doesn't have it, it's really not that horrible. Sure, sometimes when I walk I can feel the difference in my leg heights or when I lay in my bed to go to sleep I have to get in a position that supports my back, but I don't tend to think about it that much. Like most things we deal with, it's become something I have and have adapted very well to living with the issue on a day to day basis.

There are some cases where people have 50 or 60-degree curvatures, but I am very lucky that my curve is just minor enough that I don't have to have major surgery in order to function. My family feels bad because if I had a back brace when I was younger I wouldn't have this issue now, but in my opinion, everything happens to me for a reason.

Living life with scoliosis is honestly not much different from those who don't have it, even though it may look painful when you see someone who's struggling with it. It's slightly harder for me in college when that freshman weight comes around because I have to maintain a certain weight to ensure I'm not in pain, but that will continue to be a work in progress.

Even though I may sit weird and crack my back way too much, my spine is shaped way cuter than yours.

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