A ‘New Year Resolution’ ?

So I rarely read these articles with titles that contain a # and some ridiculous statement.  “50 reasons he doesn’t want to date you,” “6 facebook statuses that need to go,” “24 reasons the 90’s were the best”…. and so on. However, I was bored today drinking my morning cup of coffee & I came across this list “100 things every 20-something needs to realize in 2015.” I clicked on it skeptically, thinking this is probably going to be ridiculous. However, I was surprised to find that I agreed with most of it.

Here are some points I agreed with and decided to elaborate on (in bold):

9. If you keep sending nude pics, there’ll be no reason to want to see you naked in person. Let your body be a mystery. Treat your body like royalty, not an object. Only the lucky one(s) should be able to see what’s underneath those clothes in the moment, and not whenever they please.

12. Your health should always be your first priority. Maybe this should be the year that you really take the time to look into what you are eating, and how damaging certain foods can be for your body. Think back on what your typical diet consists of and make changes accordingly. Frozen meals, canned foods, and fast food are not part of a healthy diet. Learn how to cook. Start by cooking a meal once a week. I promise you will start feeling much better! Once you get into the routine, you will see how easy it can be, and you won’t want to go back to the unhealthy food options because they will just make you feel terrible. This will lead into a healthier lifestyle. Diet is more important than exercise- that’s a fact! (However, you should do both for the best quality of life).

14. America is no longer the greatest country in the world — at least not objectively. Sorry to burst your bubble but, there are countries that are just as prosperous and happy as America (if not more). In a nutshell, here’s a pretty good reality check of America today from a popular TV show that has gone viral: http://youtu.be/VMqcLUqYqrs. The take home message for the country America used to be:

“We stood up for what was right, we fought for moral reasons. We passed laws.. struck down laws for MORAL reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest. We built great, big things.. made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured disease, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it.. it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election.. we didn’t scare so easy. WE WERE ABLE TO BE ALL THESE THINGS AND DO ALL THESE THINGS BECAUSE WE WERE INFORMED. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.”

And if you do think we are the greatest country- why settle in that thought?Shouldn’t you think of ways we could be better? Our rights are constantly being attacked, and we remain docile while the gov. tweaks them in their best interest, not in OUR best interest. We are no longer informed like we used to be, so how can there be room for advancement when there are only a few key players in the equation?

Additionally, why does there even have to be a country with the belief that they are superior to the rest? Why can’t we learn about the positive and negative aspects of every country with a focus to work in unison for a better world?

15. Religion is both the greatest good and the greatest evil in the world. Good because religion gives people morals, and keeps individuals from having an over-inflated ego leading to disaster. Also good because there is that sense of hope, and purpose. Evil because people tend to twist it around and make their own interpretations in order to fit their agenda. Some people are going to extremes and using religion to support violence and spread hate. Some people take religion too literally, when maybe it could be thought of as a metaphor for something else?

21. Most of the foods we eat shouldn’t even be labeled as “food.” Just because we have food to eat here in America doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

23. Exercise is often the differentiating factor between being happy and being miserable. And that’s why exercise contributes to a better quality of life.

25. Simplicity is the key… to just about everything. Seriously, though.

28. Smoking weed won’t kill you, but it could make ruining your life much easier. It can only ruin your life because it’s still considered illegal.

29. Just because it’s illegal doesn’t necessarily make it wrong. For real though, what’s wrong with it? Is it any worse than smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol, or taking prescription drugs?! 

“The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics showed:

  • For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
  • 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
  • Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69

These facts are based off of legal prescription drug statistics. An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year. The costs of adverse drug reactions to society are more than $136 billion annually — greater than the total cost of cardiovascular or diabetic care. Looking over records from 1976 to 2006, researchers found 62 million death certificates related to prescription drugs, almost a quarter-million of these deaths were coded as having occurred in a hospital setting due to medication errors. How is this considered normal?”


30. Just because it’s legal doesn’t necessarily make it right, nor does it necessarily make it morally acceptable. It’s only immoral because it’s illegal still.. I’ve found that people who smoke weed are open minded and accepting of life. Doesn’t seem so bad to me.

31. Violence only furthers the spread of hatred. Another reason America is no longer the greatest country in the world. Sorry, but violence is never going to solve anything- you’d think we would have figured that out by now.

32. Killing or maiming, even when it’s supposedly for a greater cause, is almost always a selfish act. There are other ways to support the greater cause. Killing is cowardly.

33. Sometimes, the world we’re born into makes us into the monsters we see today. It’s not an excuse, however, only an explanation. Think of the world as you know it in this very moment. Now think of the children being brought up in adverse environments. What choices do they have? It’s proven most of them will grow into an adverse lifestyle. However, there are ways to intervene in order for that person to become resilient.

35. Sometimes, you are the problem. Take responsibility when appropriate. You are not a Saint. You make mistakes too, don’t act like you’re 100% innocent all the time.

36. We are slowly destroying the planet, and there is a high likelihood of the situation deteriorating at an exponential rate. Maybe this will also be the year that you take into consideration the occurrences that are happening today and how you can help. Formulate your own thoughts and opinions rather than regurgitating what the media, or anyone else for that matter has to say. Instead of keeping up with the Kardashians and the rest of Hollywood, keep up with the crises that are damaging your very being. Hollywood is a mere distraction, and it’s working all too well. People don’t want to talk about these situations; climate control, political corruption, our rights and freedoms, etc. simply because they don’t know much, if not anything about them (and no one else is talking about it). Well it is time to start caring, and break out of your little safety bubble where you only talk about what this celeb wore to the Grammy’s and why this couple broke up because none of that matters and none of that garbage is affecting your life! As you’re stating whether you agree or disagree with Miley Cyrus’ new personality, there are bigger, more important things unfolding around the world that need to be addressed. People are going to forget, or lose interest quickly about Miley Cyrus. These concerns however, are not going away, and may or may not get worse. It’s up to you to decide which will it be?

37. Media comprise a business that sells what sells, in whatever format it believes it will sell the most. And you are just another product that keeps taking what is being offered without thinking twice.

39. If you want to succeed in life, then you’re going to have to put yourself out there. Opportunities aren’t going to just fall into your lap regardless of what you’ve been told. Take college for example- you’re most likely not going to land your dream job just because you now have a college degree, that’s what they tell you when they are brainwashing you in high school. The reality is, it’s hard to employ college graduates with the economy the way that it is. Therefore, employers are only going to take the best, or nothing. You have to be dedicated and determined in order to succeed. Otherwise, you’re most likely going to be disappointed with your outcome. That’s the ugly truth. 

41. People are 10 times more likely to post a negative comment or give negative feedback than they are to give positive feedback — that goes for just about everything in life. I see this everytime I read anything on the internet. Even on this article, people picked out one thing they didn’t agree with and went on a rant over it. Then that lead to further argument between people, branching off into topics that weren’t even related to the topic to begin with. This is conquering and dividing. Maybe, for every negative comment we have to say, we should think of a positive to say instead. Or at least state our negative opinion, if necessary, and end with a positive. 

45. Reading a book a month can change your life. It’s been said that if you read an hour a day for seven years, you become an expert on the subject!

47. It’s great to be the smartest person in the room, but it’s much better to place yourself in rooms where there’s room for personal growth. This is why I post some controversial arguments (like this entire blog post). I am always eager to learn and expand my knowledge with different perspectives. I am never claiming to be completely knowledgeable on any topic and I want to hear your opinions.

54. Changing the world starts with changing how you see the world. And that’s why you should never adhere so strongly to only one perspective.

57. Most people spend their lives working only to retire and do that what they could’ve been doing all along. Sad, but true. When did life become all about working around the clock without any spare time to actually experience the world? I’m still struggling with the notion that I can do what I want, when I want- mostly everything requires money now days.

64. Most people aren’t corrupt, but some people are. Don’t generalize something you see on the news to an entire group of people. Not all police officers are corrupt, not all doctors are trying to support big pharma, not all black people are thugs, not all white people think their superior, not all rich people are evil, not all people on welfare are cheating the system, not all Muslims are extremists…..

65. You need to stop stereotyping. Yes. Everyone does.

80. Most people fail not by losing, but by giving up. You have to fight for what you want. You always have- “Be the change you wish to see in the world!” – Gandhi

81. There’s probably someone out there working more efficiently than you, doing all he or she can to reach the same goals you have. Think about that.

84. Some people will never work together. It’s the truth. Until we can all learn to at least listen to one another, and try to understand each other- there will always be hate in the world. There will always be a divide amongst the people. 

85. You never want to settle in life — in anything or any form. Why settle when you can be better?

86. It’s always impossible until someone proves everyone else wrong. “If you want to know the secrets of the universe- think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

90. You should think more and judge less. Exactly. Instead of remaining neutral on problems that could be solved, think about them and work together for a solution. Judging someone or something is going to get you absolutely nowhere. 

93. We all have a responsibility to help each other and to work toward making the world a better place for all living things. Why should America be the greatest country in the world? If we are so great, shouldn’t we be actively making the rest of the world better for the sake of humanity?

97. There’s no reason to be a piece of sh*t. You’re just making the world a nastier place because you feel like it. The bystander effect is too prevalent these days. Thinking that someone else is going to solve all the problems only means nothing is going to be solved, or you will likely not be satisfied with the outcome. If you want to be satisfied, be active!

99. If you want to be wealthy, you need to make the right acquaintances. Or maybe just try and be a better person. Good guys don’t always finish last!

Here’s the full article: http://elitedaily.com/life/100-things-20-something-year-olds-need-realize-2015/895307/?fb_comment_id=fbc_549415751828888_549583131812150_549583131812150#f3b1247b38

Sorry if you were offended by anything I said. I am not trying to offend anyone, only trying to make you think in another perspective. I hope you kept an open mind through it all and enjoyed it for the most part! I will appreciate any feedback- but remember, try not to make it all negative! If people try to be more positive, the world will inevitably become more positive too.

“For every force, there is a counter force. For ever negative, there is a positive. For every action, is a reaction. For every cause is an effect.” – Grace Speare


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