When 'Panic!' Set In

When 'Panic!' Set In

"This is the beat of my heart"

"This is gospel for the fallen ones locked away in a permanent slumber assembling their philosophies from pieces of broken memories..."

It all started my freshman year of college. My suite mate started playing the piano version of "This Is Gospel." We all gathered around the small computer screen and watched the hilarious, amazing video. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here is the video I am talking about.

I immediately fell in love. I spent the rest of the night looking up Panic at the Disco and Brendon Urie, the lead singer. I listened to song after song and knew immediately Panic at the Disco is my new favorite band. I told my two best friends about this new found love, and they laughed. "This is Gospel" became the song that we would rock out to every time it came on. During finals in spring semester, my best friend and I jammed out to the song while dancing around her dorm room. We were definitely losing our minds, slowly. It was a band we could all agree to listen to. We held our hands in a fist in front of our faces as an "air microphone."

One hot day this past September, I was sitting in my room. My two best friends came into my room and told me that we were having a very important meeting in ten minutes. My mind immediately started to think of everything and anything I had done wrong. I asked them, "Am I in trouble?" They said no. I sat on the couch and in this video you can see my face showed anxiety and nervousness. You can hear everything they said to me. They told me how Panic at the Disco would be coming to Washington D.C. on March 3rd. They asked me if I would want to go. My mind immediately started racing. I said to myself, "Is this real life?" In fact it was! I could not believe it! My two best friends and I would be going to see Panic at the Disco LIVE! I would have never thought this would ever be possible! I let out a scream of excitement. I then made a promise to myself that I would listen to every song they have ever released word for word so I can sing along to every song at the concert.

When the tickets went on sale, my two best friends got online to order them for us, and the general admission tickets sold out within minutes. My best friends being who they are knew that we had to go to the concert no matter what, so what was the solution, well, getting us three VIP tickets. I repeat VIP TICKETS! I wouldn't be able to actually meet Brendon Urie, but I don't care! Being there in the same room as him is perfect enough!

The other question I had after my best friends had surprised me was, "What in the world have I done to ever deserve this?" This is for sure one of the best gifts I could ever receive. I am looking forward to March 3rd, the day my dreams come true.

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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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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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