I’m ready to be around people again, to an extent.
There are many things that we went without during the pandemic. We sacrificed a lot to try and keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy and safe. As restrictions ease and some of us return to our previously scheduled routines, I began to reflect on the sounds that I’ve missed hearing during quarantine and a few that I’m not particularly looking forward to returning.
There isn’t a single holiday that my family doesn’t find a reason to come together. And we are by no means a small bunch…
I am focusing on living my life to the fullest rather than the prettiest.
Admittedly, my skin has never caused me much distress. Whether that was because I didn’t attempt to plaster foundation on like a mask or not, I don’t know. I’m no scientist.
There are important areas of our lives that should be kept in mind when deciding our course of action.
Makeup is a societal construct. If we all conceded that skin is imperfect and flawed, then no one would feel the need to look unblemished all the time. …
How growing up resourceful is making me a better adult.
My dad’s parents were Pennsylvania Dutch. He was their tenth child and the youngest boy; two more girls were born after him.
Due to their family size and their area, they made do with what they had available. But this is also a distinctive attribution of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture.
As a child, I often heard an old Pennsylvania Dutch saying:
“Use it up. Wear it out. Eat it all.”
It illustrates the culture’s frugality but also their ingenuity. …
Express yourself without societal assumptions.
In Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, “The Four Agreements,” he describes how humans’ beliefs are formed and defined by society and the people who nurture us from a young age. We are “domesticated” humans who can only be truly free when we reject the agreements that we have unwittingly agreed to with those we establish ourselves.
Our ingrained perspectives are flawed. They teach us to judge others and ourselves; we learn to fear rejection and not being good enough.
“To be alive is the biggest fear humans have.” — Ruiz
When we write, we want to…
The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game
Remember back in 2016 when Leicester City won the British Premier League (BPL)? Remember the glory we all felt in the success of the previously demoted club climbing the ranks, achieving what no one thought possible. Football supporters around the world admired the small club outperforming the Goliaths of the league. Even if your club was being outmatched by the Foxes, you could recognize their tenacity and resilience as laudable. When an underdog succeeds, it exemplifies the magic of football.
Now imagine that there are no longer any underdogs, just Goliaths? …
Please help me make sense of this writing platform madness.
Conflicting Medium advice articles will send a newbie writer into a downward spiral of uncertainty. Compare any two dos and don’ts articles and you’ll find more disagreements than a divorce proceeding. So how do we attempt to make sense of it all?
I believe a writer who is new to Medium could best receive unencumbered advice directly from an established writer on the platform. The expertise of the mentor could demonstrate real-world insight, saving the mentee time and sanity. …
Love yourself the same way you want others to love you.
Dr. Gary Chapman, the creator of the theory of Love Languages, believes everyone has a type of love that they respond to in a more meaningful way. Recognizing and understanding each other’s love language can benefit you and your significant other in feeling loved.
But this theory can also be applied to self-love. As well as explaining each type, I’ve also suggested some ways you might be able to utilize your love language to love yourself.
A person who considers receiving gifts as their love language appreciates the connection…
No Goals, No Foam Fingers, and Not Enough Violence
Americans can’t seem to truly clutch onto soccer. They complain of boredom or confusion when given the task of spectating at a soccer match.
When twenty-two players exhaust themselves for over ninety minutes and the only result is a 0–0 tie, Americans get frustrated. They want goals. For all the effort that gets put out on the field, they want a quantitative score to show for it. Americans can’t subscribe to the zero-sum mentality to comprehend a goalless draw. How can there be no winner?
But elusive goals are…
And you can too!
Tucci, his wife, their two small children, a boy, 5, and a girl, 2; his three older children, a girl, 18, boy/girl twins, 20; and a girlfriend who was unable to leave the country, were confined to the Tucci home in London at the start of lockdown. Knowing that fact alone, I don’t know how he managed to accomplish much of anything, but somehow he is entering 2021 with even greater popularity.
He took full advantage of his time at home. Here’s how he did it, and how you still can!
March 2020: Contracts COVID
Splitting Words or Splitting Hairs?
Grammarians are divided by the necessity of the Oxford comma. If its intent was to make a sentence clear and unambiguous, how has it landed in such ambiguous territory?
Serial Comma :: a comma used to separate the second-to-last item in a list from a final item introduced by the conjunction and or or — called also series comma, Oxford comma, or Harvard comma
The linguistic anomaly has had proponents for both its use and omission. Those who champion the comma, prefer its clarity. While those who oppose it, believe it’s superfluous and overly pedantic.