I truly and honestly hope all of you are having a good day. A good start of the week. That you get the opportunities you’ve been hoping for, that whatever prayers to whichever God you may believe in are answered, that you have good news waiting for you around the corner. I love you all.
<b><p></b> <b>Other people:</b> *write really detailed and well-thought-out analyses of characters they like*<p/><b>Me, sobbing in the corner, keyboardsmashing:</b> I just love this character so fucking much man<p/></p><p/></p>
the idea of this “baddie” fashion trend in which popular white girls on instagram and tumblr wear what black girls in the hood have and were literally wearing since 1995 and getting paraded for it irks my fucking soul. being bowed down to for being “thick” and wearing skintight leggings (that only seem to be in khaki or olive green?) with Adidas or Nikes and our bomber jackets that the little hood fashion boutique store on the corner loved to sell and overlined lips and overfilled faux thick browns and the big hoop earrings and our cornrows (boxer braids??) jesus christ? black girls and latinx girls too have been getting called ghetto for all of this for YEARS and somehow it managed to turn into 2015-2016′s top fashion trend without us getting an ounce of credit for it
being spun around until he’s dizzy whenever he sees matt
having to clean up cat litter :(
the fond hair ruffle wymack gives him when he comes to visit palmetto
that one time all of the foxes managed to get together for a reunion (and the repeat cuddle pile that followed)
allison’s vague tweets that are very obviously about his friends
team game night (also known as neil trying not to nod off in the corner but loving the time spent with his family anyways)
articles about how far the foxes have come
stadiums filled with thousands of exy fans cheering him and his team on
being part of kevin’s acceptance speech as he’s inducted into the hall of fame
being able to sign his name on official documents
drinking pricey fruit smoothies (and pretending not to notice whenever andrew steals a sip)
having a ring full of keys that he actually uses and a ring full of keys that he can’t bring himself to give up
waking up in the morning and feeling like he’s home
things that andrew finds himself living for:
weekly skype calls with nicky
an amazon account that’s used to send impulse buys to the other minyards (including but not limited to: chemistry cat sweatshirts, a kevin day limited edition operation game, a recipe book of various chocolate desserts)
letters from renee, written in her barely-legible handwriting and usually covered with animal stickers
hot chocolate and phone calls with bee
robin slowly upping her stats and the way she’d excitedly call to tell him (as if he’s the one who actually cares)
the occasional opportunity to blackmail kevin into letting him skip court practices using embarrassing photos from their college days
making the team’s nutritionist cry
volunteer charities that work to help kids stuck in the foster care system/abusive households
the hilarious expressions of surprise on the foxes’ faces when they see him take care of his nieces at their reunion
the tea place a few streets down that trade him pictures of his and neil’s cats doing dumb things with whatever desserts they have left over
waking up in the morning and feeling like he’s home
Summary: Peter can’t ever pay attention if you’re around.
Warnings: Probably a cuss word, knowing me. And some cute fluff
Star Wars episode II played in the background as you commented on the effects of it all, putting in your opinion on everything you possibly could. Though Peter wasn’t really listening. No, he was paying attention to how your lips moved when you said vowels, or how your face scrunched up whenever something violent showed on the screen. He saw how the light shone on your face, perfectly highlighting the best parts of your face. Your hair was pulled back messily, strands sticking out that he wanted to tuck behind your ears. Besides that, it framed you gorgeously, and he wondered why you didn’t do it more often.
He loved you. Yes, he loved his best friend. He loved every single upside and downside to you. He loved how passionate you got about the weirdest of things. And the way you smiled when you really meant it.
He lived for the times where you would visit him in the middle of the night, far past when everyone should be sleeping, and turn on the radio to some 80s channel, and ask. Ask him about literally anything. And when he wasn’t there, he would find you sitting on the floor next to his bed, sound asleep hours later.
He couldn’t help but fiddle with your hair whenever you sat close enough to him. It was so just soft, and he didn’t understand how it could get that soft. It smelled like rain and happiness. Which described you as best as humanly possible.
And the way you treated him. After everything, you always had his back. You knew right away when he was having a problem, and fixed it just by being yourself. You knew when to hug him, or have a movie night, or simply offer advice. You were there 24/7, supportive as always. And when he needed it most.
He appreciated the slim but amazing times you walked three miles to go to the best diner In town, laughing together until four hours before school. Spending too much money on the almost broken jukebox in the corner.
And god, he loved the way you looked at him with pure amazement, followed by, “I can’t believe you.”
He was mesmerized. Enchanted by your simple existence. He fell hard. And he was reminded of just how hard he’d fallen every time he looked at you.
He couldn’t fully understand why it was that you were friends with him. He thought that you were a thing that couldn’t possibly improve. Even your imperfections were beautiful. He didn’t know why you laughed at his jokes, because you were so much funnier. You were smart beyond your years, another thing he adored about you. Peter was craving to know: why him?
But he would never ask, in fear of losing you. If he lost you.. god. His world would crash right in front of him. Never had he put so much emotion into one person. He had never cared so much, or let anyone see him - every single side of him. You knew so much more than anyone else, and if it was suddenly gone? He couldn’t fathom.
“Pete? You okay?” you asked, snapping him out of his trance
“Yeah, yeah. Just…. admiring you.”
“Well, uh.. thank you.” You blushed, he could tell - a look he could get used to in the future.
Google Salutes the Birth of Hip Hop with Interactive Doodle
Google is celebrating the 44th anniversary of hip-hop today with an interactive doodle on its homepage. Kool Herc’s party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx 44 years ago is cited as the crystallization of influences that became known as hip-hop. Google’s keyword team spoke with Kevin Burke, Ryan Germick Perla Campos who are behind the doodle. They also worked with hip-hop legends Fab 5 Freddy who was the first host of Yo! MTV Raps and Def Jam logo creator and visual artist Cey Adams. Check out their story behind the doodle,
Keyword: How did you come up with the idea for this Doodle?
Kevin: I’m a huge Hip Hop fan. Growing up outside New Orleans, it was a part of my DNA-performing Hip Hop in my high school band, adding Hip Hop to my college radio station’s rotation, and working on the set of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” music video in my first job out of college. Hip Hop has been a constant thread through my life and I wanted to bring my love of it to a Doodle. I developed the concept for interactive turntables, showed it to my manager Ryan (also a fan of Hip Hop), and he lost it. He said, “let’s make it tomorrow!”
OK, so people were into the idea. But Hip Hop is such a big topic. How did you decide what to focus on?
Perla: From the beginning, we were thinking big. I mean, Hip Hop touches so many parts of culture but a lot of people don’t know much about its origins. So, we anchored the Doodle to the birth of Hip Hop, and wanted to celebrate the people who pioneered the movement. We hope to give them the voice and the recognition they deserve, which is what Doodles are all about-shining light on times of history that maybe you didn’t know about.
a message from women:
do you know what it’s like to be left alone in love?
do you know what it’s like to feel stuck in love?
do you know what it’s like to be too depressed?
do you know what it’s like to have to beg for
forever from a person who neglects your history?
do you what it’s like to lose everything?
do you know what it’s like to feel abandoned?
do you know what it’s like to wait?
do you know that i will never be too near or too far away?
honestly, i’m still waiting for closure.
i still question what this is— or what this was?
because i can’t help but hope
our feelings were mutual.
do you know how it feels to constantly chase
a feeling you’re addicted to?
do you know i’ve got the jones for you.
and an appetite. and a sweet tooth.
do you know i prayed for you?
from night ’til day.
regardless of my better judgement or dismay
time after time after promises
that never seemed impossible or too good to be TRUE.
do you know what it’s like to try
convincing yourself that— this was the truth.
like i was the woman created for you.
do you know how much i’ve craved you?
i’ve searched for you everywhere
in people, in prayer, in psalm.
in different lovers, in god.
and god— i, wish you really knew.
that i’d love you till death,
or that i’d kill for you.
or that i feel you, like soul deep, like
deeper than anyone ever will.
do you know what it’s like to feel dead inside
and see you so alive, still?
but these days i feel alive.
i’ve been able to realize
you just weren’t meant for me.
these days i don’t cry over
or lost love
or things i have no control of.
these days i just love myself more.
i just know there’s a happily ever after.
these days i just — don’t see it with you.
nothing personal i think i just fell too quick for your potential.
i just wanted you to be the one.
i just thought we made sense
but now i love myself enough to know better..
1. Life will break you down until you’re crawling on your hands and knees, until you feel like you are Atlas holding the world upon your shoulders, until you feel like the raging inferno inside of your chest is going to combust. These are the moments that will forge you in a fire and make you more unbreakable than diamonds.
2. We are made of stardust, at least that’s what they say. I remember someone told me that every atom in my body once belonged to a star that exploded. At night I stare at my hands and wonder when I will erupt. I know now that I cannot trust anyone else to keep me whole in the darkest hours of the night but my own two star infused arms.
3. You will fall in love, and that is okay. Sometimes we need to fall in love to remember that there is good out there. Fall in love with the boy who opens the door for you, fall in love with your boss who works too hard, fall in love with the woman who hands out roses on that one street corner, fall in love with yourself.
4. They weren’t lying when they said we accept the love we think we deserve. I grew up being told I was a mistake and so I adopted the idea that no one could ever love a mistake. I was wrong (they were wrong) and now it’s up to me to prove them wrong. Don’t believe the things they said, you are so much more than the toxins they tried to poison you with.
5. Close your eyes, count to ten, and open them again. You are not alone. I know it may feel like you are the only one, but believe me when I say that you aren’t. I was where you are, and now I have talked to more people that have been through much worse than I than I would like to admit to. You are never alone, not really.
6. Music can save. Play it as loud as you can with the windows down as you drive (probably a little too fast). Play it while you are at work and while you are in the shower and play it when you want to give up in the middle of the day and when you want to give up in the middle of the night. Just play the music that tugs at your heartstrings, it may save you.
7. Nothing in life is easy, not really. You will catch a few breaks here and there, but the rest of the time you will find yourself fighting tooth and nail to make it back to the top. Don’t give up, I almost did this year and if I had I wouldn’t be able to witness what the sun looks like shining in her eyes.
8. You will have scars, and that’s fine. We all have them but it’s up to you if you want to hide them or show your battle wounds to the world so they know how strong of a warrior you are, so they know not to fuck with you.
9. Watch the sunrise, and watch the sunset. There is something about the sun that screams life; let the light bleed into you and consume you until you shine with it. Sometimes it’s the simple things we are missing in life that we need the most.
10. They will say they love you and then they will turn around and break your heart. You cannot compare your life’s worth to the empty spaces that were once filled around you. People will leave (willing or not) and life will go on. Let life go on.
11. If you are under the impression you are broken, then it is up to you to decide if you are or not. It took me years to admit that I was never quite whole, but when I did it was the most freeing feeling ever. Brokenness does not take away from perfection, and you are the very definition of perfect.
12. It’s okay to let people in, you don’t need to cage yourself away from the rest of the world, don’t forget to live your life while you pursue safeness.
13. Hobbies will save you when all else fails you, find a hobby and stick to it. When the world feels all too loud, a hobby can make you go deaf.
14. The moment you realize Wonder Woman or any other superhero you idolized as a child is not going to swoop down and save you is when your life changes. You have to be your own hero in this world. Stop waiting for someone to save you and go save yourself.
15. They are gone, she took her own life and he died in a car crash and she died from cancer and he left. You cannot live your life counting how many people that held a piece of your heart vanished, I’m not saying to forget about them I’m just saying that it’s okay to say goodbye.
16. It’s okay to cry; cry in the shower and in bed and in your car, being sad is okay as long as you don’t let it consume you.
17. Smile as much as you can even on the bad days.
18. For God’s sake, don’t let them ruin you. You are so strong, you’ve made it this far and that means you can make it another day. If you can get through today you can get through tomorrow and every day that follows. If you feel like you can’t get through the day then sit down and don’t move until the light is peaking in through your window.
19. Never say never. If you think you can’t do something try anyway, this is your life, you are the main character of your own story, but you are also the author of your story. Write it however you want, but don’t give up halfway through.
20. Just don’t take your life. While this is something I learned this year I’m also writing this as a reminder to myself and to you. Don’t do it, please. There can be more to life than what you are feeling right now, don’t rob yourself of the beauty of this world. Don’t give up, no matter how much it hurts.
An open letter to myself, and to you. (Sometimes I write until I run out of words) ALightLitInTheDark
Aries - Aries: “I love you like every action I take.” Aries - Taurus: “I love you more than batman loves his cave.” Aries - Gemini: “I love you like Winnie the Pooh loves honey.” Aries - Cancer: “I love you more than a watch loves to tick.” Aries - Leo: “I love you because you’re awesome just like me.” Aries - Virgo: “I love you more than all the answers on the Internet!” Aries - Libra: “I love you like French Fries.” Aries - Scorpio: “I love you like a cat loves a mouse.” Aries - Sagittarius: “I love you like my Xbox.” Aries - Capricorn: “I love you more than zombies love brains.” Aries - Aquarius: “I love you more than you can ever imagine.” Aries - Pisces: “I love you like a sea of flowers. More than a garden of smiles and a world of hugs.”
Taurus - Aries: “I love you more then I love Netflix! And that’s a lot.” Taurus - Taurus: “I love you like there are grains of sand in every beach, of every planet, of every galaxy in the universe.” Taurus - Gemini: “I love you like a flower loves the rain.” Taurus - Cancer: “I love you more than Edward loves Bella.” Taurus - Leo: “I love you like distance everybody loves Raymond.” Taurus - Virgo: “I love you more than anything in the whole wide world.” Taurus - Libra: “I love you more than Peter Pan loves Neverland.” Taurus - Scorpio: “I love you like a pig loves not being bacon.” Taurus - Sagittarius: “I love you like I love food.” Taurus - Capricorn: “I love you more than the Beast loved Belle.” Taurus - Aquarius: “I love you more than a letter loves an envelope.” Taurus - Pisces: “I love you like the butterflies in the gardens, the rainbow over the blue sky, and the greeneries in the meadow.”
Gemini - Aries: “I love you like a bee loves honey.” Gemini - Taurus: “I love you like I did yesterday, but I not as much as tomorrow but always forever.” Gemini - Gemini: “I love you more than Charlie loves Wonka bars.” Gemini - Cancer: “I love you like cookies, and believe me I love cookies!” Gemini - Leo: “I love you like the sun loves redheads.” Gemini - Virgo: “I love you like you can possibly imagine.” Gemini - Libra: “I love you more than an emo boy loves tight pants.” Gemini - Scorpio: “I love you like old ladies love blue dye.” Gemini - Sagittarius: “I love you more than a sailor loves swearing.” Gemini - Capricorn: “I love you more than time loves a paradox.” Gemini - Aquarius: “I love you like words can describe, numbers can count and the forever growing universe can discover.” Gemini - Pisces: “I love you like a skinny person loves salad.”
Cancer - Aries: “I love you more than a woman loves fixing up a bachelor with one of her single friends.” Cancer - Taurus: “I love you like an Italian loves pasta.” Cancer - Gemini: “I love you more than the British love their tea.” Cancer - Cancer: “I love you like the sun, the ocean and the mountains.” Cancer - Leo: ”I love you more than an incontinent person loves a toilet.” Cancer - Virgo: “I love you more than Jack loved Rose.” Cancer - Libra: “I love you more than schoolgirls love to gossip.” Cancer - Scorpio: “I love you more than a junkie loves weed.” Cancer - Sagittarius: “I love you more than the plague loves rats.” Cancer - Capricorn: “I love you like you say you love me times a million more, and just so you know I love you MORE square root that by infinity.” Cancer - Aquarius: “I love you more than older people love tapioca.” Cancer - Pisces: “I love you more than pizza.”
Leo - Aries: “I love you like women love diamonds.” Leo - Taurus: “I love you more than a dentist loves crooked teeth.” Leo - Gemini: “I love you more than commercials love annoying us.” Leo - Cancer: “I love you like the sun loves the moon.” Leo - Leo: “I love you more than everythIng in this entire world. With every step and every breath I take, every rush of blood, every whisper of thought, and every beat of my heart comes the reminder that I love you, and I live for you. Because you are my whole world, my everything, and my life.” Leo - Virgo: “I love you like iPhone and iPad combined, which I cannot live without.” Leo - Libra: “I love you like there are stars in the sky.” Leo - Scorpio: “I love you more than a duck loves water.” Leo - Sagittarius: “I love you more than a lawyer loves money.” Leo - Capricorn: “I love you more than a hippie loves his long hair.” Leo - Aquarius: “I love you like Brangelina loves adopting kids.” Leo - Pisces: “I love you like burritos, tacos, and nachos.”
Virgo - Aries: “I love you like there are words in books.” Virgo - Taurus: “I love you like a child loves his teddy-bear.” Virgo - Gemini: “I love you like a cop loves thieves.” Virgo - Cancer: “I love you like the Cookie Monster loves cookies.” Virgo - Leo: “I love you like the distance between us.” Virgo - Virgo: “I love you like a mother loves her child.” Virgo - Libra: “I love you like a movie geek loves his/hers popcorn.” Virgo - Scorpio: “I love you like a smoker loves a cigarette.” Virgo - Sagittarius: “I’ll love you longer than forever.” Virgo - Capricorn: “I love you more than money and more than the stars above.” Virgo - Aquarius: “I love you like any word can say.” Virgo - Pisces: “I love you like a dog loves biting a piece of bone.”
Libra - Aries: “I love you like apple pie, lemon meringue pie and chocolate mud pie.” Libra - Taurus: “I love you like “Harry Potter,” and that should have been impossible.” Libra - Gemini: “I love you more than words can show.” Libra - Cancer: “I love you like the unforgettable first kiss.” Libra - Leo: “I love you more than dad loves his daughter.” Libra - Virgo: “I love you like any person loves sleeping.” Libra - Libra: “I love you like an angel loves the heavens.” Libra - Scorpio: “I love you more than a teenage boy loves masturbating.” Libra - Sagittarius: “I love you like I love sushi.” Libra - Capricorn: “I love you like you’ll ever know.” Libra - Aquarius: “I love you more than words, in all the books, in all the world.” Libra - Pisces: “I love you more than free WiFi.”
Scorpio - Aries: “I love you like a pervert loves porn.” Scorpio - Taurus: “I love you more than a child loves candy.” Scorpio - Gemini: “I love you like cheesecake, carrot cake and chocolate cake.” Scorpio - Cancer: “I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I’m with you.” Scorpio - Leo: “I love you more than I love naps.” Scorpio - Virgo: “I love you more than there are grains of sand on every beach, of every planet, of every galaxy in the universe.” Scorpio - Libra: “I love you like a nerd loves his glasses.” Scorpio - Scorpio: “I love you higher than the sky and deeper than the water in the ocean.” Scorpio - Sagittarius: “I love you more than yesterday and that’s how I feel every day.” Scorpio - Capricorn: “I love you more than a drug addict loves heroine.” Scorpio - Aquarius: “I love you like a hooker loves a street corner.” Scorpio - Pisces: “I love you like all the raindrops that fall in a summer thunderstorm.”
Sagittarius - Aries: “I love you like a fat kid loves cake.” Sagittarius - Taurus: “I love you more than a child loves Christmas.” Sagittarius - Gemini: “I love you like the Godiva chocolate, my favourite.” Sagittarius - Cancer: “I love you more than stinky cheese.” Sagittarius - Leo: “I love you more than the government loves taxing its citizens.” Sagittarius - Virgo: “I love you like my iPhone, and I wish I can hold you in my hands, every minute of the day.” Sagittarius - Libra: “I love you more than Russel Crowe loves throwing phones at people.” Sagittarius - Scorpio: “I love you like when I get a seat on the crowded train so that I can play games on my smartphone with both hands.” Sagittarius - Sagittarius: “I love you like the Lemon Meringue Pie which my mother bakes, that reminds me of the sweet memory of my childhood.” Sagittarius - Capricorn: “I love you more than Brazil loves football.” Sagittarius - Aquarius: “I love you more than a fly loves crap.” Sagittarius - Pisces: “I love you like a little girl dreams of love.”
Capricorn - Aries: “I love you like my cat, and no one has replaced her so far.” Capricorn - Taurus: “I love you more than ever, more than time and more than love.” Capricorn - Gemini: “I love you like a nerd loves homework.” Capricorn - Cancer: “I love you like the sand loves the sea.” Capricorn - Leo: “I love you more than Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Leo DiCaprio combined.” Capricorn - Virgo: “I love you more than you’ll ever know.” Capricorn - Libra: “I love you like Santa loves cookies and milk.” Capricorn - Scorpio: “I love you like the thrills I get from roller coaster ride, skiing down an icy slope, and bungee jumping.” Capricorn - Sagittarius: “I love you like guys love football.” Capricorn - Capricorn: “I love you more than Snape loved Lily.” Capricorn - Aquarius: “I love you like my morning coffee.” Capricorn - Pisces: “I love you like trees love water.”
Aquarius - Aries: “I love you like a surfer loves his board.” Aquarius - Taurus: “I love you more than a sad woman loves chocolate.” Aquarius - Gemini: “I love you like my next breath.” Aquarius - Cancer: “I love you more than a punk loves his hair gel.” Aquarius - Leo: “I love you like words can describe, numbers can count and the constantly grown technology can discover.” Aquarius - Virgo: “I love you like a cat loves chasing its tail.” Aquarius - Libra: “I love you like a grandma loves her grandchildren.” Aquarius - Scorpio: “I love you more than coffee, but please don’t make me prove it.” Aquarius - Sagittarius: “I love you more today than I did yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow and many days to come.” Aquarius - Capricorn: “I love you more than a blonde loves her hair-dye.” Aquarius - Aquarius: “I love you like anything you could ever say or imagine and every breath I take is for you.” Aquarius - Pisces: “I love you like Cinderella loved Prince Charming.”
Pisces - Aries: “I love you like my dog, and that should have said enough.” Pisces - Taurus: “I love you like I love penguins, my favourite animal since the third grade.” Pisces - Gemini: “I love you like lice love an elementary school.” Pisces - Cancer: “I love you like Romeo loves Juliet.” Pisces - Leo: “I love you more than the Imperial March loves Darth Vader.” Pisces - Virgo: “I love you more than an emo loves black.” Pisces - Libra: “I love you like I love beer.” Pisces - Scorpio: “I love you like fish need water!” Pisces - Sagittarius: “I love you like a mouse loves cheese.” Pisces - Capricorn: “I love you more than Voldemort loved killing people.” Pisces - Aquarius: “I love you more than an alcoholic loves beer.” Pisces - Pisces: “I love you like Mickey loves Minnie.”
I cling to everything -
CDs that skip, rings that turn my fingers green,
the dead ends of my hair, old love notes
that turn my stomach over and over.
And I’m not proud but there are still boxes under my bed.
And I’m not proud but my closet is still running out of space.
And nostalgia is a fucking waste of time
but my heart is full with it.
Tell me I won’t hold this forever.
Tell me there will be a day where I let gloriously go.
This spell is for bringing happiness, comfort, and abundance to anyone that is struggling with lack, with stress, with anxiety, with depression, or simply needs a boost during a difficult time. Let these happy vibes reach every corner of the internet!
-It’s not a race. I was always so bummed about the number of countries I’ve been to compared to other people my age until I understood that the number of places visited is not what traveling is about at all. It’s not important about how many places you’ve been but the depth you’ve explored them. I have been to some beautiful places all around the world that I am insanely grateful for. We can not compare our journeys to others.
-Read books you normally wouldn’t read. Question each line. Watch movies you normally wouldn’t go see. Study the cinematography. Order the meal on the menu you can’t pronounce. This is how you discover new parts of yourself.
-Take care of our earth. We are destroying it faster than we even know. Humans need places that have not been altered or rearranged by man.
-Simplify. Clean. Get rid of shit. We don’t need a lot to live. Oh, and, pack light.
-Walk barefoot. Harden the bottom of your feet. Wear less makeup and dress the way you want. Be comfortable with your natural body. Drink more water. Take care of yourself.
-You have the power to choose love. Love the sky, the stars, the animals, the people, the trees, the street corners. Always choose to love.
-Going alone is okay. If we all waited for someone to travel with us, we’d be waiting for a very, very long time. So, please go even if you have no one to go with. There are millions of people all over the world that are just waiting to meet you. Some of them you’ll meet in a hostel room and you’ll end up spending the night walking through the street markets, some of them you’ll meet at a bar and discover new corners of a city you didn’t know existed, some of them you’ll meet sitting on a bench at a bus stop and you’ll end up sharing the best coffee you’ve probably ever had, some of them you’ll meet watching the sunset on the beach and you’ll end up sharing stories and laughing with them until the morning and some of them will end up being your best friends. And sometimes you’re going to be alone and going on tours, to the movies, or to restaurants sounds scary to do by yourself at first but soon enough you’ll learn that it is completely okay to be alone. Solo does not mean lonely.
-Don’t say you don’t like anything until you try it at least three times.
-Save your change.
-Spend less time on social media. It’s no secret that social media is addictive and it’s really good at taking away precious moments. It’s important to not be glued to your phone or laptop while abroad. Social media will always be there for you when you get home.
-Traveling is overly romanticized. It is very hard work. It does not solve all your problems that you have at home. And traveling is not what it looks like on Instagram.
-When you’re eating, really taste your food. Talk to the locals. Immerse yourself fully into this new culture. When you’re out hiking, let go of your phone. This is how you’re going to get the best experience possible. Live in the moment.
-Take photos. It is physically impossible to remember all these moments in your life. Someday down the road, maybe when you’re feeling a little depressed or bored, you can grab your camera and scroll through these photos that’ll remind you of some of the best times of your life.
-It’s okay to look like a tourist. It’s cool to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask a questions. If you make a mistake, do or say something offensive then and apologize and move on. Your life won’t be over.
-Cheesy souvenirs are never worth it. Collect sea glass, your train tickets, plane tickets, maps, stickers and coins. Chances are those colosseum magnets you bought in rome were really made in china. Support the locals if you’re going to buy souvenirs.
-People are good. I’m sure you’ve heard or experienced this before but the people with nearly nothing are the most giving. We can all learn something from them.
-The world is not as bad and scary as the news makes it out to be.
-Nothing will ever go as you expect it to. Plans go out the door. I learned this the hard way. In fact, I am sure every traveler has learned this the hard way. You’ll miss flights, you’ll get flat tires on road trips, you’ll end up spending a lot more money than you expected, you’ll miss buses, you’ll have to run to trains to get to them on time, I promise you’ll have a dead battery when all you want to do is call mom to make you feel better, the hostel you wanted will be full, your dumb airline will lose all your luggage, things will get canceled and you’ll spend many unexpected nights crying but despite all the struggles that traveling brings upon us, it is always worth it. The tears, sore shoulders and blistered feet are always worth it. There’s no point in getting mad that your plan fell through.
-Everything happens for a reason. If you get an opportunity, take it and if something comes along in your life to change it, let it.