Why You Should Cherish Your Time With Your Family And Friends

Why You Should Cherish Your Time With Your Family And Friends

To my family and friends: I love you.

Time is the most precious gift that we could give someone. Sometimes the most priceless presents are truly the most expensive gifts. We live in a world where materialistic items are important in our lives and we succumb to this ideology that society brings upon us. We rely so much on the possessions in our home rather than the people that walk through it. What we sometimes fail to realize is that time is the most valuable thing that we have. Creating memories and experiencing moments is an expensive way to live life. Our family and our friends are the true treasures we should give our time to.

The people in our lives are such a constant familiarity that we have no concept of what our lives would be like if someone were to leave it. Each day goes on, a second passes, a minute passes, and then a year passes. We sometimes do not even realize that in those minuscule moments we have impacted, missed, loved, and cried about someone. All of those moments are a second in time. We question sometimes if we went about something properly or if we should have taken a different route towards a situation. The time that we take to conjure up these irrelevant thoughts could make us miss a moment with someone we care about. Our family and friends are the jewels in our life. We realize once we experience a situation where someone is taken away from us that those fortunes in our life are not perennial. We are unable to fathom that in the blink of an eye, that person could be gone. We live in a bubble where we would like to believe that some aspects or people in our life could last forever.

Today is a new day, a new second, and a time to create a new moment. It is natural to have a life that completely consume us, but right now reflect and ask yourself what are you living for? My answer for that is simple. I live for the moments and memories I am able to make with my family and friends. You need to cherish each and every minute because there will come a time where that person will be gone. Spend as much time with those who matter most to you and hold on to them. So, talk to that person that you are scared to approach, love like you are going to die tomorrow, and laugh like that is going to be your last breath. Although we have grown and want to say we do not need anyone but ourselves to hold us up, I believe that is not true. My family and my friends are my anchor. They are the thread that holds me together. Now, for those of you that think you do not need them in your life; we sometimes will miss those we never imagined that we would. Life seems to have us tangled in our own lives, consumed by unnecessary thoughts that propel our priorities to go away. However, today, take a step back, and realize how many precious human beings you have in your life. I say this because the day will come when we need to say goodbye and we need to be strong knowing that we spent as much time with that special person when we could, and made many beautiful memories together. Count your blessings, say I love you, and live for the moments.

Live for the days where tomorrow does not exist while laughing and making moments with those that you cherish the most.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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21 Things I Have Learned Since Turning 21, Bad Things Included

Play your favorite song on the jukebox!


I've been 21 for six months now, and there's a lot I've learned.

1. You will get a lot of snapchats

Who gets phone numbers anymore???

2. You will definitely receive free drinks

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I don't even know how many times I have had someone buy me a drink.

3. Boys, yes, boys will do anything 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again- boys are annoying and gross. Watch out for them.

4. Make sure you always have someone with you

I cannot stress this enough! It is dangerous out there!

5. Get to know your bartenders

My friends and I go to the same bar 99% of the time, so we know our bartenders pretty well. We love them!

6. Don't be too "uptight," and enjoy your time

It's OK to go out and have fun every once in a while!

7. Dance!!!

I get it. You might be embarrassed or too nervous, but do it!!

8. Get rest

I knew this before, but I know it even more now. I have recently come across insomnia and it's terrible. Whenever I do get some sleep, I am so thankful for it!

9. Don't let anyone tell you who you are

This is the worst. I have come across people who have decided to tell me who I am multiple times. I've learned to not let it define me.

10.  Be careful of who is around you

As a young woman, I have realized more and more all the things guys will do solely to get you with them. I have realized all their little tricks and the words they say. Honestly, it's creepy and disgusting. Surround yourself with people you trust!

11.  Watch out for the "just one more" trick

Sometimes, all it takes is "one more" and you're in trouble. Trust your gut.

12.  Take pictures and videos, but don't make that your whole night

You can't regret it if you don't see it!! In all honesty, though, enjoy your time with your friends!

13.  Play your favorite song on the jukebox, and SING IT

Who cares what everyone else thinks!

14.  Pay attention

This is SO important! You have to be careful out there!

15.  Make sure you trust who you're with

It simply gives you a peace of mind if you trust them.

16.  Thank the people who are in your life

It's easy to forget, but you should definitely do it.

17.  Be exactly who you are 

Who cares?!?!?!

18.  Stop being afraid

It's time to get over our fears.

19.  Look up more

I'll admit it. I tend to look down a lot. I've been working on that though.

20.  Try something new

I'm horrible at darts, but I love playing the game!

21.  Fall in love with your passions all over again

I love dancing. I'm absolutley terrible and have no rhythm, but I love it!

21 is great! Be careful, though!

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