Where Did The Time Go?

Where Did The Time Go?

So, 2007 wasn't three years ago, it was ten.

So, 2005 wasn't actually five years ago like it feels like, it was twelve. Heelys came out in 2002. Hannah Montana aired in 2006. Are you still breathing?

The Disney princesses are old news. Every "kid" was born after the 1990's, only reading about life events like 9/11, or hurricane Katrina. Your younger siblings are no longer in elementary school. They are freshman in high school, playing on your old basketball team, and walking the halls like they own the place.

Going on social media is no longer just filled with friends pictures from college and high school. There are now status's of the internships and job offers people have accepted, study abroad announcements, and even engagements. Its exciting, going out in the real world, but also incredibly scary. There are no Thanksgiving breaks, Spring break trips with your large group of friends. Feeling safe in the confines of your childhood home.

But then again doesn't that excite you. Moving into an apartment from my freshman year dorm was one of the most exciting things. Not only do you have your own space, the excitement of living on your own, but the feeling of independence is oh so real. Costco isn't as exciting anymore without the real need for bulk size Ramen Noodles and Kraft Easy Mac. But the real best part, is your ice maker. Real, live, ice cubes, no more room temperature water for you!

College courses are no longer general education classes, they're classes that actually apply to you, crazy right? Internships are no longer mandated by your parents, you actually want to put yourself out in the work force. To dip your feet in the water of business, marketing, or whatever your heart desires before you dive in head first.

Going back home for the holidays is now a combination of "I missed you" and "clean up your room", "why are you out so late?". That's when independence feels the best. When you know how to live on your own, your mom's worrisome nagging is just plain annoying, and you know right from wrong... for the most part.

Seeing friends graduate and leave is always sad. Losing touch with old friends becomes a norm, but its the scary part of growing up. Everyone is taking life by the reins, no longer a backseat driver with their parents directing the destination. So I guess hold on tight?

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Cook Outs And 9 Other Summertime Activities

Bike rides or cruises? Your choice

Almost everyone loves summer time. Beach vacations, car rides with the windows down and pool days. There are many fun activities for almost everybody to enjoy in the heat!

1. Cruises with your best friends

One of the absolute most fun things to do is go on a car ride with the people you love with the most! Find a road, roll your windows down and play your favorite songs on full volume. This is one of the best things you can in the summer when the sun is setting for as long as you want.

2. Music Concerts/Festivals

If you're a lover of music, find a friend just like you. Concerts are always the best in the summertime. Grab your favorite summer outfit, music buddy and hit the road to go to a concert and have some fun in the sun.

3. Pool Parties

Who doesn't love swimming when the sun is blazing hot? Pool parties, or even going to a lake or pond is the best way to beat the heat. Apply sunscreen, (unless you don't burn easily), grab some fruit and water and hit the pool for the day!

4. Tie Dye

Have a plain white shirt? or even shorts or a headband? Go to the store and grab your favorite tie-dye colors and start making your own clothes. Tie Dye is one of the most fun and simplest things you can do when you're just sitting at home looking for something fun to do.

5. Cook-outs

Food made outside always tastes the best in summer. Have your best friends, and even family members out for dinner and grill out. Hamburgers and hotdogs are always a must to have at these! Throw in a little fruit and some dips and you're all set

6. Paint Fight

One of the most unusual fights, but the best. Fill up water guns and balloons with paint. This is a great way to have fun, and it makes for super cute artsy pictures after!

7. Hiking Trips

Not everybody loves to walk, but you can make it. Find a trail close to where you live and grab a group of friends. You can find the coolest scenery and take super cute pictures to always have with you

8. Camping

Camping is one of the best things you can do with friends or family. If you have a camper, great. If you just have tents, that's just as great. Go to any place you want that you can camp at, and make the most of it. Camping close to a lake is always better because you will get to swim all day in the sun and then sit out at a campfire by the lake that night. (you'll also get to see the stars)

9. Movie nights outside

Plan a night one night with your closest friends and set up a screen outside. You can hook up a projector watch your favorite movies on a big screen and have the joy of being outdoors

10. Bike rides

Grab your bikes and don't even bother pulling up a GPS. Start riding your bike and go for as long as you want! Plan on stopping for ice-cream or drinks at least sometime during the day! Bike rides can be peaceful and might just be what you need for the day.

Summertime is one of the best times of the year. Make the best of it and do what makes you happy. You don't always have to take pictures to remember all of the fun times you had!

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I'm A 20-Year-Old Virgin And I'm Having More Fun Than My Deflowered Friends

I get it, sex is “fun” but I wouldn’t know.

If you know me then you know I’m not a prude and I fully support getting some. I WILL be your hype man. I just don’t feel the need to partake in the actual activity. That’s just who I am at this point in my life.

I'm not your typical virgin.

I guess I’m not your typical virgin because generally when someone finds out they’re initially in disbelief and sometimes it takes a little convincing until they actually believe me. Which I get, I’m loud, obnoxious, intimidating, and very far from shy. For whatever reason virgins are portrayed as frail, timid creatures. Well, news flash- we’re not. We look and act like you. Just like that horror movie where there are aliens among the humans and you can’t tell who’s an actual person. It’s like that, you’d never even know.

Not trying to toot my own horn but I’ve had plenty of opportunities to lose it.

But let’s be serious, I don’t like losing.

I’ve been told that once you lose "it" you crave it. Like you go crazy for it. Let’s all just thank the heavens above that that has happened to me yet because I don’t have enough time in my day to worry about that.

I’m currently thriving and living my best life.

When I go out with my friends I don’t worry about who I’m going home with, I only worry about having a good time with my friends. I don’t think about sleeping with every attractive person I see and when I’m looking for a potential mate I don’t actually care about the size of their package.

To me, it doesn’t matter.

Since I focus on looking for personalities that click with mine I usually have a better time compared to my deflowered friends. Like okay, awesome, the sex was great. That’s perfect. But what do you do when you’re not fooling around? I appreciate a good conversation.

Now, I’m not saying that’s all I’m looking for because let’s be honest, how attractive you are to someone does matter, and if you think it doesn’t you’re lying.

If you think I’m a goody-goody or insecure you should really get to know me.

I’m totally comfortable with my body and my sexuality. I don’t hide my truth and if you ask me any questions I’ll answer completely honestly. I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who were always honest and answered any questions I could think of. I know not everyone is that lucky. Shout-out to Susan and Darrell.

If you’re a virgin and you’re reading this, just know I’m right there with you!

If you’re waiting for marriage or until you find the love of your life, that’s honestly so great. That’s not really who I am though, I’m not waiting for a particular person, day, or moment. I’m not afraid to do it, I’m waiting until I really actually want to, and I just haven’t found that or felt that yet.

For now, I’ll just stick to saying no because let’s be honest. It’s fun saying no. I never have to say yes until I actually want to. This is something that is 100% mine and I get to choose what I do with it, and that’s empowering.

It’s so much easier for me to only worry about myself. Selfish, I know. Here I am, a young, selfish, college student and I’m having the time of my life.

For the males in my life that still keep trying, may the odds be ever in your favor.

And for those of you getting some on the regular, go an extra round for me.

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