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Subject: Re: What is your life slogan?

Forum: What is your life slogan?
My favorite quote, and what I've been trying to live by, is:

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid on the broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'WOW! What a ride!'" - Anonymous (There are alternate versions to this, as well, but this is my favorite)

It basically just means that we only have one life, and we need to take advantage of it. We need to do those things we might otherwise be scared to do... but why? Why be scared? Just do it, skid on the broadside, go crazy, do something spontaneous and fun. Don't take unnecessary risks, of course... but I think it's important to live life to it's fullest.

I try and live by that to an extent. I try and do things out of my comfort zone and I am continuously trying to learn new things. Life is a learning experience, and I'm using that to my advantage.

Subject: Re: Who Are You More Comfortable Around?

Forum: Who Are You More Comfortable Around?
I'm most comfortable around older generations. I think this is because I am a mom at age 22.... the things I can relate to usually come from other parents in an older generation than mine. It's easy to talk about our kids, get tips, and compare the little things. Conversation flows so easily. I'm also generally a very respectable person. I dress nicely, do my hair and makeup nice, and am good at talking. Older adults like that about me, even though I am fairly young.

I'm also very comfortable with people my own age. Even though I have a son, I'm still a girl who likes to have a good time. I'll totally go out to some nightclubs with friends, or will talk and gossip about celebrities. I'm still up-to-date on music and TV shows. I see a lot of movies, I dress in the current styles, and I work jobs that have me conversing with others at my age level.

I have a hard time around younger people, though. A lot of times, I find them to be very arrogant and annoying. They were raised a lot differently than I was, and I have trouble relating to a lot of the things they talk about. Also, high schoolers go through a lot of petty drama. We've all been there. As we grow up and move on, we realize how foolish we were for caring so much about the little things. When I see high schoolers in groups now, talking, it makes me laugh at their topics of conversations. The gossip and bullying is ridiculous... I just can't converse well.

Kids are fun, I enjoy their presence. It's just the middle teenage generation that is difficult for me to relate to and hold conversations with.

Subject: Re: Are you okay about people being vegetarian?

Forum: Are you okay about people being vegetarian?
That's so crazy that you get hate for being a vegetarian. I'm so sorry. EMBRACE IT. I think it's wonderful. I am not a vegetarian myself, but I totally respect your wishes and am cheering you on. If I could do it, I would.

I work in a restaurant that is very, very vegetarian/vegan-friendly. We have a huge menu for people with this lifestyle and we make it clear to them that we separate all food items from regular menu items to ensure that there is no cross contamination. We take it very seriously. And it's not just because of allergens, but rather because we want our guests to have the best dining experience imaginable, no matter what sort of food they are eating.

Most people choose to be vegetarian, and that's awesome... good for them! My sister, though, is a vegetarian because she doesn't like meat. She's tried everything, even the weird meats. She just flat out doesn't like them... texture, flavor, the whole shebang. She was not taught this (my parents love meat), but her taste buds just say no. What's funny, though, is she DOES like bacon. That's the only thing she will continue eating that is meat-related, and it cracks people up. A vegetarian who eats bacon... who doesn't like bacon?! :P

It's a lifestyle choice, and you're absolutely right that it's your own choice. We choose who we want to be in this world, and it's stupid when we are given crap for it.

Subject: Re: Tips for Not Going Shining

Forum: Tips for Not Going Shining
I used to get really affected by seasons. I have a background of depression, and have been diagnosed with it, and it's always a lot worse as the seasons change. I'm a lot better now, it was mostly situational. However, I understand now what that disorder feels like.

It's always when I was in school... I started to get really bored, tired, and I wasn't motivated at all. I would start skipping classes and just not caring. Things would get really bad, but I never recognized it as what it actually was. I found distractions in other things and really pushed myself, thinking it was normal. In the end, I succeeded just fine and passed with flying colors. However, it wasn't easy to get out of that rut and sometimes I still find myself drifting towards it. It's really strange that this happens for seasons.

As far as winter actually goes, it's one of my favorite seasons. That and autumn. I love the crisp air, cool weather, and beautiful landscaping. However, I've always lived in warmer states during the winter so I haven't ever felt claustrophobic or cooped up at home. One of my favorite things in Flagstaff was to sit by my window with a book while it was snowing. A cup of coffee or Starbucks hot tea was always an added bonus... I miss that! I now live someplace that it doesn't snow at all.

I think, regardless of what the weather is like, it's important to try and get out of the house and enjoy the season. If you don't do anything snow-related, maybe you should. Like... teach yourself how to ski/snowboard, go sledding with the kids, go snowshoeing, etc. It can make the winter a lot more bearable when you actually enjoy the cold and the snow rather than dreading it.

At least, that's what helps me.

Subject: Re: I am very proud of myself today!

Forum: I am very proud of myself today!
I'm so glad to hear that it went well! Confrontation is hard, especially when it's in the workplace with a co-worker. It can cause a lot of problems, and needs to be handled very carefully. A lot of times I'll zip my mouth, but if it's something really serious, I'll absolutely speak up. You need to feel comfortable and happy at work, and sometimes some people just don't GET that they are a problem sometimes.

Recently, I'm proud of myself for working doubles at one job, and working another 30 hours or so at my other job. (This is totaling an INSANE number of hours, especially with a baby I have to take care of). I'm pretty proud of the fact that I'm sitting here on my computer, typing on CollegeNET, rather than passed out on the kitchen floor or something. I'm tired, and exhausted, but I feel pretty good about staying up for a bit longer. CollegeNET is so worth it!

In total, I'm very proud of the person I've become. In the last past and a year to two years, I have completely re-structured my personality and attitude towards a lot of things. Not on purpose, exactly, but rather because of past life experiences I've had to deal with and lessons I've learned. I've dealt with a lot of really horrible people and I now have a totally different outlook on life because of it. But instead of being dependent, shy, and introverted like I used to be, I'm much more peppy and extroverted now. I like to do things on my own, I'm not afraid to speak up and be myself, and I'm just really excited about the person I've become. The changes I've made were in NO WAY easy at all, but totally worth every ounce of effort.

I'm proud of sticking to my gut for a lot of things. I'm proud of my good grades, the jobs I've attained, the decisions I make. I'm pretty proud of a lot of things in my life, and I'm very happy to be able to say that.