You Are Stronger Than Anxiety

You Are Stronger Than What Your Anxiety Makes You Feel

You may seem and feel weaker to others but you are actually much, much stronger than you know.

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You know the feeling all too well. The feeling of being overwhelmed. The mental exhaustion. The being happy and forgetting for just a split second and then it all hitting you like a wave of extreme pain and the familiar feeling of "oh yeah, I don't ever get a break from this." You're not alone and society this day and age has become a lot more understanding of that. Let me tell you: you are so so much stronger than people believe you are, even than what you believe you yourself are.

You undergo more stress than a normal person has to go through even on your relaxing days. You only have a split second, when you wake up in the morning, that you don't feel anything. Which is bliss, then it all comes to you like a massive wave engulfing your every breath. You tell yourself, "you are okay", "it could happen, probably won't though" and you start your day. You have heard and tried every trick in the book to reduce your anxiety to be bearable.

No other person has the right to invalidate your feelings or to tell you to get over it. The pain you feel is real, and that's what makes you strong. You act like it's all fine when you feel the opposite, and that's what makes you strong. You don't let anyone see your struggle and that's what makes you strong. You are strong.

One thing your anxiety has done is help you cope. You know how to deal, you know how to heal, you know how to move on. This has given you the ability that when a real struggle comes, one that even someone who doesn't suffer from anxiety might shudder at having to cope with, you know what to do to help yourself and others. This makes you a stronghold. It isn't fun, but you know how to help others when they need help. It makes you a giver when you feel you have nothing else to give. It makes you understanding when you can't understand yourself. It makes you empathetic. All of these makes people gravitate towards you. All of this makes you strong. And the sooner that you come to realize this, the sooner you will be able to regain your confidence and surprisingly, you will be able to cope even more with what you have.

You can do it, you are strong; find what helps you and cling to it. You are strong.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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The Last Month Before Graduation Told By 'Friends'

"Friends" can be painfully but wonderfully accurate.

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We are in the last month of class before graduation and I have decided to start watching "Friends" again. It's just that time of year where the moments are good, the weather is perfect, and I am so stressed that I just need to see other people miserable to mask my own life. "Friends" is so incredibly but perfectly relatable.

1. There is no time for the gym! The only time I might could go would be if I substituted sleep for workouts. So either way, I lose. 

2. The look you have when see you only have four weeks left to salvage what is left of your grades. 

3. My friends and I when we see the pool opens.

4. When I see a cute boy I know I won't ever see again after four weeks.

5. When you mentally try to lose weight but this is how you show up on the first day the pool opens.

6. Me dreaming of my future career.

7. When the anxiety of graduation takes over your mind and body..it just sort of happens..

8. The question we all ask our professors when he gives us that barely passing grade knowing GOOD AND WELL we have been making passive aggressive comments about barely making it to graduation! 

9. When you get that approved graduation application email with all of the commencement info! 

10. Me and my friends waiting to be given our MRS degree.

11. Submitting those finals knowing you did your best but still wasn't good enough. 

12. Ole Miss Seniors graduation weekend in the Phi Mu fountain 

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