21 Struggles Of Being A Laid Back Person (But Actually Being Really Intense)

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1. You completely identify with Ingrid Michaelson’s Keep Breathing lyrics, “I want to change the world instead I sleep.” You want to change the world and you feel passionate about it and get fired up and start working on your next project.

2. But then, you know, naps happen. And sleeping and reading, and you don’t want to get everyone around you worked up and raged to support your latest great idea. (Even though it really is great and you’ll work on it tomorrow, probably.)

3. You get super offended by something and rage to yourself for a good, solid five minutes, talking to yourself and pretending like you’re about to do something really crazy to change the situation

4. And the next moment, you start laughing cause you’re like, “Wow, this isn’t even a big deal at all.”

5. When you feel extremely passionate about something, you try to…

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17 Very Real Struggles Only Relentlessly Sarcastic People Will Understand

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1. When you first meet people, they often think you’re mean. But really, you’re just trying to connect. Sarcasm is how you show love.

2. And people are always asking if you like them, because they just can’t tell with you.

3. First dates are painful experiences because you’re trying to be yourself but you’re also trying to not look like a complete asshole.

4. You’re pretty sure the day is coming when you will be bitch-slapped for saying the wrong thing to the wrong person.

5. You just don’t understand how people get excited by the most basic things.

6. When you are excited, your face usually doesn’t show it. You’re just like, “Yeah, this is great” with no emotions expressed whatsoever so people don’t know if you actually mean it.

7. When you give people compliments and they think you’re making fun of them. I really do love…

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33 Quotes About Justice, Resistance, and Peace That Will Make You Question Everything

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1. Peace without justice is tyranny. – William Allen White

2. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. – James Baldwin

3. My mama used to tell me, “If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find something’ to die for.” Tupac Shakur

4. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy

5. I do believe that where there is only a choice between violence and cowardice, I would advise violence. – Mahatma Ghandi

6. In the end we must remember that no amount of rules or their enforcement will enforce those who struggle with justice on their side. – Nelson Mandela

7. Where there is power, there is resistance. – Michel Foucault

8. Fighting for one’s freedom, struggling towards being free, is like…

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24 Struggles All Third Culture Kids Understand

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Third Culture Kid (def.) – “A term used to refer to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their developmental years.” (Wikipedia) It usually refers to people who grew up in multiple countries.

1. The question, “Where are you from?” is the most annoying, nerve-wrecking, anxiety-inducing question someone can ask you.

2. Filling out official documents that ask for things like your “permanent address” or “hometown” gives you hives.

3. The idea of losing an official document is your personal version of hell on earth because you might need to go through several countries’ bureaucratic ordeals.

4. “Home” doesn’t mean what other people think it means.

5. You either live in a constant state of culture shock or are simply immune to almost all of it.

6. You know the greetings in too many languages to…

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17 Things To Expect When You Date A Girl Who’s Used To Being On Her Own

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1. Expect her to do her own thing often and without letting you know, at least at first. It’s not that you don’t matter; it’s just that she’s learned to love doing what she wants, when she wants, and without asking permission or informing anyone.

2. She’ll probably want to take things slowly because she’ll not be used to all the attention. Don’t think she doesn’t like you enough, she probably likes you a lot; it’s just all new to her.

3. Expect her friends to be overprotective of her and to be suspicious of you at first. They’re not used to her being with someone and they’ll want to make sure you’re the kind of guy who will treat her well.

4. She’ll have a hard time letting you do things for her. Try not to take this personally. She’s just used to taking care of herself and it’ll…

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God’s Language

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// so once I had a thought.

this thought has remained with me ever since I had it //

What is the language of God? 

// and when I speak of God’s language, it can refer to two different things: the language of God used for creation & the language of God used to communicate with man before the tower of Babel.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3 ESV)

With merely words, God speaks light into existence. Whether this is literal account of how God created the earth, or a simplification; we will never be able to understand the power behind these words.

What I wish to focus on is the personal language of God, the one used in discourse with Adam and Eve. //

What’s the big deal? 

// today 6500 languages are spoken around the world. All of these languages could…

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10 Things My Favourite Movie Taught Me

I think I finally found a favourite movie. Now I can finally answer that annoying question. It’s not a new movie or anything. It’s not like I’ve watched the movie for the first time or anything. I just realized how much I actually love the movie and how, while being very entertaining, it challenges many ideas about society that should be challenged. So, by now, you might be wondering what exactly this amazing movie could possibly be?
“She’s the Man”
I bet you didn’t expect that, but let me explain just how much I love this movie. I’ve watched this movie a dozen times at least, and recently, I decided to watch it again. I still knew all the quotes that were GOLD, and it still made me laugh. Quite honestly, it should be put right up there with “Mean Girls” when it comes to pop culture. From tampons in the nose to changing in a bouncy house to cat fight in a girls’ washroom, there are so many scenes of this movie that can’t help but keep that smile on your face. Now what was that I said about how it challenges ideas about society? That’s what completely sold the deal with this movie and I. It’s full of so many satirical portrayals of gender roles and society that we all can learn from, and laugh about it. So here are a couple that I noticed, there are probably more, but these are 10 that stood out.
1.       1. This one is obvious but the whole “my gender does not make me less capable” idea. I mean the

whole premise of the movie is Viola proving that she can be just as good as the “guys”. It can be further applied to the philosophy of don’t let anything stop you from being who you want to be (if it’s like morally okay and all, there is a limit). So, at risk of sounding like a really cliché self-help book, the sky’s the limit.

2.     2.  Don’t let your friends or society in general tell you who to like, what is “beauty.”

If you like someone, just like them. Hiding it only hurts yourself and maybe stops you from experiencing something amazing. I mean, if your friends really do care about you, they won’t care. Maybe I can say this because I’m a girl and I don’t know how the whole guy (bro, brother, brethren?) thing works, but if it’s acceptable to make fun of someone for their crush/love/whatever, then that’s wrong. (unless you are into kids or something, then you need serious help).

3.      3.  In relation to the previous piece of advice, the other thing “She’s the Man” taught me was that it should be the inside that matters.Notice that I said it should be, not that it is. I’m not gonna kid myself into believing we live in a world that values personality over looks


. I’m also not saying that when looking for a significant other, one does not examine their “outward appearance”, present company included. However, that should by no means be the only thing that causes you to want the person. My High School English teacher articulated this principle the best, “There is always going to be someone more attractive and younger [the latter doesn’t matter now but it will when your older] than you. The only reason someone is going to stay with you, through all the crap of life will be because of who you are as person.  The only thing that someone can’t one up you on is being the best ‘you’ you can be.” (I loved Mr. H in school because of his daily tidbits of idiots).

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4. Don’t settle; set your standards high. Often when I say this, it’s misinterpreted to me, always look for the greener grass, for someone better. That’s not what I mean at all. By not settling, I mean don’t be with someone for the sake of being with someone. Because you’re told you should. Because you think you can’t do better. Because it “makes” sense.
With girls especially, I always see girls settling for jerks who treat them like crap but it’s okay because he’s not that bad. Relationships and love for that matter is about two people trying to do what’s best for each other, and respecting one another. Not that I’m saying Duke was a bad guy, we all know how dreamy he was. However, Olivia (granted, not knowing much about him) did allow herself to jump into the arms of the first cute guy who asked her out.

  5.Again, related to the previous point, this movie teaches you to not to let your boyfriend (or girlfriends) treat you like crap.I don’t think I need to articulate this more, but like stand up for yourself… and if it continues, get out.
 6. Never give up, even when there is no hope. If one good thing about Malcolm can be said, it’s his 

perseverance. He didn’t let anything faze him as he tried to gain the attention of Olivia, he just tried and tried again. I’m not saying that eventually, he will get Olivia; because we all know that ship has sailed (which now makes me think that this wasn’t the best example). However, his resilience should be admired. No matter how glum things look, don’t give up. Oh, and get a pet spider.

   7. Relationships are more than the physical. It was nice to see a high school movie, and the male lead, being emotionally vulnerable. It was also nice to see Hollywood emphasize that relationships are more than just

messing around and that as people, we are looking for our best friend in our significant other.

   8. The other use for tampons. I know that after watching this movie, we’ve all at the very least considered using tampons for nose bleeds, don’t bother denying it. I personally haven’t, mostly because I’ve never HAD a nose bleed, but it has sparked curiosity.
 9.  She’s the man also gave us a quick lesson in the socio-political history of high heels that I found particularly entertaining.
   10.   What it means to be a man. It made fun of the ludicrous image of what “manliness” should be in terms

of not showing emotion, trying to get as many girls as they can, being ‘tou
gh’, etc.  I think the beauty of this is that they did all that in such a humorous way that you don’t even notice this criticism. However, it challenges this stereotype. Saying that a man can be strong and whatever, but still show emotion (mentioned in #7).  It’s refreshing.

I know some of you are thinking that I’ve over analyzed this movie maybe a bit too much. Perhaps you’re right, but after watching it for 37 ½th time, things like this start to get noticed.   One thing that makes me sad about this movie is that it reminds me that Amanda Bynes was an amazing comedy actress in her time.

With all her craziness lately, we’ve since forgotten that. She was one of my heroes as a kid, from “All That” to “The Amanda Show” to “Sydney White,” I loved her. She had a bright future ahead of her and I hope that she will make a comeback soon. Anyway, that’s it. That is why “She’s the Man” is now my unofficial official favourite movie.

Btw, there were so many other quotes I wish I could have added but they didn’t quite fit. So to the few who read this, comment your favourite “She’s the Man” quote.
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