No Mo FOMO

FOMO
Fear of Missing Out
This strange phenomenon affects me probably a lot more than it should. It’s the reason I stopped watching people’s Snapchat stories. The reason I feel the need to post Snapchat stories when I am hanging out with my friends. It’s the reason I have a lot of passive aggressive tendencies whenever my friends hang out with each other and don’t invite me. I’ve had it for as long as my friends have been able to hang out with each other. I wish I could be able to feel happy that my friends have other friends, but I am really protective over my friends. And greedy, definitely greedy. I have seriously got to learn that my friends are their own people and do not belong to me.

But I am trying. Once you become confident in your relationships, you stop worrying about losing your friends to other people. I know that my friends becoming close to someone else does not affect our relationship. People grow and evolve. I’m growing and evolving. I’m no longer bitter or resentful. I’m free and happy. I might still have pretty bad FOMO, but I’ve learned how to enjoy the time alone.

Or to just ask other people to hang out with me.

-your favorite people person

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Music again???

Yesterday I revisited old songs that used to be my favorites when I was younger. I realized that no matter how old I become, there are some songs I will never forget all the words to. There are some artists that I will never stop loving. There are so many moments associated with the music that shaped my life through all my years. Nights where I lived spontaneously, danced all night, had the time of my life and music was what made those moments so unforgettable. I know I talk about music pretty frequently, but there is just something about it that makes me feel alive. Moments when you find clarity, feel emotions you’ve never felt like falling in love, or having your heart broken. The music surrounds you, eliciting so many conflicting emotions. Swirling around inside of your head as you laugh, cry, scream. Music is actually therapy, believe it or not. Whole generations are defined by the music they listen to. Our generation, though? I don’t know if we can fit into one certain music genre. Now there are many different genres for the many different people our generation holds. I think it’s pretty beautiful how each of us find some genre of music to help us define ourselves. We are alternative, we are pop, we are rap, we are country. We are a generation with an unusual connection to the music that we love. And I couldn’t be happier that I have ears that can hear the beautiful symphonies that make me who I am. Thanks to all the people who are making music, aspire to make music, or who just love to support the artists and listen to it.

-your favorite people person who wishes she could sing

I Wanna See You Smile

I’ve never really understood how powerful smiles are. Yes, I enjoy the act of smiling, but one smile has the power to change an entire day. Whether you’re smiling for yourself or the benefit of someone else, one smile can change someone’s entire outlook.

I’ve started to notice how much smiling affects others. I make sure to smile at the cashiers at the grocery store, waiters or waitresses, even random people walking past me when I’m going to work. Most people look stoic, but once they see me smile something shifts. Their whole face brightens and then I get the best response ever: a smile back.

Now I’m not saying I have this amazing smile that is capable of bringing even the saddest person out of their funk, but I do believe that smiles are such an unstoppable thing.

My fitness instructor tells us to smile because we burn more calories. While that’s true, I think we should also smile because we help others and ourselves. Researchers say that just a single smile on a sad day can lift your mood. I challenge you to smile as much as you can today. Whether it’s to yourself or someone else, whether it’s sarcastic or because someone said something funny, just do yourself and the world a favor and show off those 32 friends hiding behind your lips!

This was cheesy… get it:-).

-your favorite people person

Be My BFF

Can I just brag on my friends for a minute? I would just like to say that I am immensely pleased with the people that I have chosen to become a part of my life. I don’t always make great decisions, but I know every single friendship I have I hold dear to my heart.
Now, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t believe in acquaintances. Call me naïve, but the minute I can make a connection with someone, they become a friend to me. I like to think I have a lot of friends mostly because I like to be outgoing and just enjoy human interaction. There’s one bad thing about having a lot of friends though. You tend to forget to appreciate the old friends you make when you make new ones.
I love every single one of my friends. They inspire me, support, make me feel beautiful and unstoppable, and I just wanted to tell them that I love them a lot. Also if you’re reading this blog I love you a lot, too. But, I’d like to call out one friend in particular. Hey Marg.
Marg, I know we bicker a lot, but you have truly been so amazing to me this year. We have practically spent almost every day together and I can’t imagine my life without you. We’ve been there with each other through the ups and downs of senior year, and I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate having you in my life.
Ok, enough moosh. Tell your BFF how much you love and appreciate them. I love each and every one of my friends so very much. Thank you for all that you do for me!!!!!!
-your favorite people person

Diversify

Hey! I’m at an Indian dance performance. My friend Priya is performing it’s super amazing. This one is going to be short bc even Nandi needs a break. Go learn about a different culture today because Priya’s is wicked awesome and everyone else’s are wicked awesome and when you learn about a new culture you learn to appreciate yours while also respecting someone else’s.

“And when you can grasp this from within the illusions, you will also grasp how unlimited you truly are.”
-The Universe

-your favorite people person

Road Trip

Yesterday, I drove 7 hours round trip to my new home *go pack!*. I’ve always loved being in the car. I remember when I was younger I used to wish that I could sleep in my car instead of my bed. I don’t know why I’ve always enjoyed being in a car so much. I love when it rains, and you can see the rain surround you, but you’re nice and cozy. I love when the sun is out, and your windows are rolled down. I love when it’s night time and your lights are the only thing to guide you. I don’t know, no matter how dangerous I know cars can be, I just can’t help but to want to be in one. My favorite part about trips are the car rides, not even the destination. Sometimes I even loathe the fact that I have to get out of the car. But yesterday, having to actually drive for that long on my own for the first time, I just felt so more connected. I didn’t feel comfortable, of course, but I felt at home. I think the car will always be my favorite place to be in because, when you’re in the car, a new adventure is always looming.

-your favorite people person

Poetry?

I’m in creative writing. We’re doing poetry. Here you go.

Sunny Skies by Nandi Smith

I seriously saw what I wanted to see
She swam through the sky
As she soared over the seas
She sacrifices her search
For her seperated sweet
To share her spirit somewhere

She’s out in the spring
She stands tall in the snow
She steers the still leaves off of the trees
And reigns in the summer

She’s a stranger to some
Stealthily shutting off when she sees fit
She’s stubborn, but strong and sure

I stare at her as she socializes
Acting shy as she sneaks behind the sheer clouds
The sweat slides down my skin
As I watch her shine over all of us

Several seconds pass by
Too soon she slowly drifts off to sleep
Stealing her light to seek new scenery
And securing shelter for
Her sensitive significant other
And his slightly smaller siblings

-your favorite people person