Not everyone forgets me

Checked my emails and saw this forwarded to me:

“Had a great experience with Angela of the Membership Office just now. She was so pleasant and personable and gave me great advice regarding the new membership scheme. It was great to speak to someone so nice and efficient.”

I remember this person well and I didn’t think much of the conversation at the time, believing that it would be just another member who forgot about me after hanging up. I’m glad they didn’t because they just made my day just a little bit brighter! (:

#FIRSTWORLDPROBLEMS

I was actually on Twitter this morning and I saw a post that got me to stop and think about everything I’ve done and everything people in my generation have done. It was a status update about this person heading to the States and if they didn’t get what they wanted, they would be crying the whole way back. This made me realize how much I’ve yet to learn. People generally have bad connotations when it comes to my generation. And I don’t completely disagree. For one thing, I know I’ve acted like a spoiled brat more often than I’d really like to admit. I know that and I’m working on being better.

 

And this is where the hashtag #firstworldproblems comes into play. Anyone who’s ever been on Twitter knows that a lot of teenagers and young adults tend to post many #firstworldproblems tweets, whether they have that hashtag or not. Look it up and see for yourself. It’s okay, I’ll be here while you wait. 

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Just a quick thought

You know what I realized? People keep saying that they’d do or love something/someone because of and when the going gets tough, they get going. But why don’t we learn to do/love in spite of?

So instead of doing and loving because of:
– wealth
– beauty
– youth
– lust
Etc.

We do and love in spite of all that and learn how to get through the difficult situations so that the happy memories last longer and mean more to us.

100 things you should know

1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first boy/girlfriend.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.

23. A handshake beats an autograph.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have the right of way, take it.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry; live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in good luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. Never be the last one in the pool.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.

68. Dance with your mother/father.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boy/girlfriend’s clothes.

73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.

79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do, not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.

88. Never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.

89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Always wear a bra at work.

92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date, commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet kill.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun then sitting on the bench alone.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.

Waters of forgetfulness

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to forget all the bad stuff that happened to you? I do sometimes but not as much as before. I used to think it would be amazing to forget it all, until I read this novel called Before I go to Sleep, S.J. Watson’s début novel. It’s about this woman named Christine who losses her memory every time she went to sleep. It’s a novel that kept me invested in its characters and it made me keep reading until I got to the very last word.

So what if you lost your memories every night before you went to sleep? Or even if you lost them forever? Would you be happy about it? What would you do?

I know if I lost my memories I wouldn’t be who I am today because the good and the bad experiences helped mould me into this hard-headed, dedicated, hard-working daydreamer I am today. I treasure every second I have and continue to experience because it makes me be the way I am. I used to wish hard that I would forget, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that every moment I’ve experienced is something worth remembering because it means you’ve gone through the roller coaster that is life.

But that’s just me. What do you think? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

All or nothing

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Have you ever wondered if what you were doing was the right thing? If you were really making the decision that would benefit you in the long run? Whether it be of monetary or sentimental value, we’ve all done it. We’ve all had to take a sort of leap of faith in one way or another. We’ve had to do it when it came time to choosing high schools, universities, courses and extracurriculars, majors, career paths, etc. We’ve had to decide on something and whether we liked it or not, we’ve had to stick with it.

Even to this day I still wonder if I made the right choices when it came to friends, school, things outside of school, and similar instances. I regret quite a few things as do many people I know. Like the fact that I should have kept my mouth shut that one time or so. We do it all the time, but what I’ve realized it’s that whether we choose our circumstances or not, we do have a choice regarding what we do with it. And as the picture says, we can give up, give in, or give it our all!

Though I may not like many things, I would never regret giving something the best I could possibly do. It means that though I took a leap of faith, I actually cared enough and  believed in myself enough to give it my all. I don’t regret joining DECA in high school because it introduced me to so many amazing individuals who’ve helped me grow. It helped me become more comfortable with public speaking (even though I still get quite nervous now, I suck it up and get it done), it showed me what it meant to become a true leader, and it gave me the push to improve.

I don’t regret many things and I could name everything I’m absolutely proud of, but that would take way too much time so I’ll just say one more. I’m very proud that I took the leap of faith and trusted my friend and sponsor Ray enough to join the business I’m in. I’m proud not because of the money. But I’m proud because I get the opportunity of a lifetime to work with the most amazing individuals I’ve ever met. They’ve inspired me to become a better me. They trust me enough to tell me their stories and to care about me enough to listen to mine. I get to work with a team of individuals who are driven and have goals and dreams that won’t ever be dampened by any one or any thing. I am so grateful because these people have truly become family. And I know that because of them, I don’t need anyone to give me the push to be better. I can do it on my own and if I fall, I know that they’ll catch me. Though there will be ups and downs, I believe in myself and my team enough to know that we can overcome it all.

So do I still wonder if I’ve made the right choices? Yes. But not when it comes to this. Not when it comes to the times when I know I’ve given it my all and then some. When I know that I’ve only had an hour of sleep and I still push to do more, that’s when I know I’ve made the right decision. And thank goodness this is one of them. So what will yours be? Will you give in, give up, or give it your all when you’re given a choice? I know that I’ll give it my everything and then some. Will you?