FOMO Is Not Worth It

Fall In Love With What's Around You

The world is pretty cool... do not let FOMO get in the way of enjoying it.

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An epidemic has plagued nearly everyone who has a social media account. A scroll through your Instagram feed or a view of one of your friends' Snapchat stories can very likely trigger a variety of emotions; curiosity, jealousy, stress, envy, self-comparison, and most notably… the fear of missing out. Better referred to as FOMO, this constant worry of not being being able to say you were there has become a defining problem in our generation. The truth of the matter is that people are not having any more fun than they were before they had access to phones… social media just provides us with access to the smallest of details of people's lives that we would not have ever been exposed to otherwise. We are all guilty of it - that irrational fear of missing out on something so seemingly fun - and, it's emotionally draining. Sometimes you just need to take a breath and live in the moment… not someone else's moment… YOUR moment.

I went on a Mediterranean cruise with my family the summer going into my Junior year… and I made a big mistake. We visited multiple places and islands in Europe… stops in Greece, Montenegro, Spain, and Italy. It was an incredible trip, but I spent too much time freaking out that I would be missing time spent at home with my "friends" at the time (spoiler: they no longer are). The vacation was amazing and I learned a lot from visiting different countries, but if I could go back, I would focus my time into absorbing myself into the country, taking photos, asking questions, and learning as much as possible instead of channeling many stressed emotions into minutes of data I bought for my phone. Looking back, my cell phone should have been the least of my worries, and because of constantly worrying about what people at home were up to, in turn, I traded my wanderlust and curiosity for a couple underwhelming text messages and Snapchat stories.

It's no secret - I'm as guilty as the next person. I have an unhealthy relationship with my cell phone, and most of that I attribute to my need of feeling connected with people at all times. But it is not just our phones that keep us from living in the moment. We spend too much time taking pictures of moments so that we can remember them forever then we do enjoying these moments. Why buy good seats to a concert if you're going to view it through a the lens of a screen the whole time? It's all these little things we need to ask ourselves… we need to come to terms with and make a healthy change. The truth is, disconnecting from the outside is a term for being fully connected with yourself and what's around you. Time reserved for yourself is time well spent.

The world is an amazing place full of opportunity both big and small. So whether you choose to focus intrinsically on yourself or extrinsically on the things surrounding you - it is important to immerse yourself in where you are NOT where you wish to be. Make tea, read a book, and set aside time for self care. Or, when you are walking to class, look around at what is going on on campus and appreciate where you are. Genuine interactions with friends are much more valuable than filmed ones with cute filters. It is something I need to change and plan to focus on in the coming year. Don't miss out on life by being too immersed in someone else's!

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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