Daily Prompt: Age-Old Questions

Age is a number. Is it an important number? I don’t think so. To me, the only thing age says about a person is how long they’ve been alive. It doesn’t say anything about the things they’ve experienced, the things they’ve learned, the things they value, etc. Those are the things that are important to me.

As the youngest child in my generation (and also the only girl), I grew up surrounded by older kids. In school was probably the only time I was around kids my age. But I went to private school, so to see most of my friends, we needed to make plans during a time that our parents were available to drive us somewhere. I also didn’t live in a community with lots of children. We did have family friends down the street with children close to the same age, but again, we needed to make plans with our parents. Walking to each other’s houses was too dangerous because of the winding road we lived on. Basically, I was stuck hanging out with my older brother, and older cousin when he visited in the summer.

I always assumed this is why I never really cared what age anyone was. I always hung out with older kids.

When we moved to a nicer area a few years later, and transferred into public school, I was able to meet and hang out with more kids my age. Honestly, that didn’t last long. All through elementary and middle school I tended to make friends with the older kids on the bus. I did have a few friends in my grade, but more in older grades, and even a few in younger grades. Once high school started, I made even more friends in different grades. I even had some friends from summer camps and other activities that were already in college. Clearly, I never cared about age.

My band director said something to the class one day, and I don’t remember the context, but it made sense to me. He said that age does not equal maturity. Certainly you expect that older people will be more mature, as they’ve have more time to experience things and learn from mistakes, but that is not always the case. I went on to figure out that people of all ages have had different experiences and have learned different things. It is experience that creates maturity, not age.

To this day, I have friends ranging from a few years younger than me to many, many years older. When I meet someone new, I don’t ask their age. I don’t care. Something can be learned from people of all ages, and anyone can be your friend.

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Letter

Noun Challenge: July 26, 2014

Today’s noun: Letter

Let’s talk about letters. Not the kind that make up words, but the kind that are made up of words. Why does no one write them anymore? I understand that texting and emailing are both faster and easier, but I like snail mail. I don’t know about you guys, but I like getting letters in the mail. Packages are fun too. Currently, the only time I get mail is when I have to order textbooks for school, or when I get the bill for my tuition… That’s no fun.

When I do write letters to friends, and they write back, we often run into the problem of having nothing to write about. It’s pretty clear that this is because we communicate through texting, or facebook, or twitter.

I think it would be fun, and you can do this too, to have a friend that you only communicate with through handwritten letters. You can type if your handwriting is terrible. But don’t call or text them. If you really want to, set facebook and twitter to not show you their posts. You can do this for any amount of time. Say, the summer. Or maybe, since summer will be over for many people my age in a few weeks, do it for the school year, or maybe just a semester. Of course, make this friend someone that you won’t need to contact with any urgency.

If you do this, and truly have no other contact with your friend, it will be a fun surprise in your mail box, and you’ll actually have something to write about.

Just a fun idea to do with a friend!

Have a delightful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

)O(

Happy International Day of Friendship!

Today is the International Day of Friendship!

No matter where you are in the world, you have friendship! Everyone has a friend. If you don’t, that’s okay, you’ll find one. In the meantime, why don’t you try to be a friend to someone else?

Everyone needs a friend. You should always be nice to other people. Try to be everyone’s friend. That way, you’ll have less enemies and everyone will be happier. I can’t think of a reason that we can’t all be nice to each other. Even if you don’t want to be friends with someone, maybe because you have no common interests, you can still be nice to each other.

The next time you see that weird kid in class, just ask how their day was. When you see that anti-social guy in the office, ask how his weekend was. It’s not hard. You don’t have to be best friends for life, just don’t leave them out.

Also, Just because a person is shy, doesn’t mean that they don’t need friends. Try to be their friend. See my post on talking to a shy person here.

So, everyone needs friends. be a friend to some one.

But today is the day to celebrate friendship! If you have a friend that you really appreciate, tell them. Today is they day to celebrate your friendship with that person! go on! take a day, just the two of you and do something you like!

Go on!

)O(

Happy Talk in an Elevator Day!

Today is Talk in an Elevator Day!

If you find yourself in an elevator today, start talking! You never know who you’re going to meet! A new best friend? maybe they know someone who knows someone who can help you with the project your working on! Who knows? You won’t, unless you try…

Get talking! Make some new friends!

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Happy Tell the Truth Day!

 

Today is Tell the Truth Day! You’ve lied to someone about something… Yes you have! I know you have. Everyone does it! It’s nothing to be ashamed about!

Go ahead and tell someone the truth! What’s it going to hurt?

Keep in mind that today is also Global Forgiveness day! So, when someone tells you the truth about something, you should probably forgive them. Unless of course, they’ve done something tragic that shouldn’t be forgiven. I guess that’s up to you to decide.

You heard him! Be strong! Forgive!

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Full Moon Challenge: May 25, 2013

 

 

Flower Moon. May 25, 2013, 12:25 am.

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On the last full moon, I set the goal of getting back into the blogging routine. I didn’t exactly do that, but I am caught up on photo challenges and I have some ideas for new posts. hopefully but he next full moon, I will have more than photo challenges to share with you!

Since the last full moon, I’ve done a little more than sleep in. While at the ocean last weekend, I got back together with a childhood friend who had been going through a pretty rough time. She made some decisions that she now realizes were  not the best. However, she told me that she’s ready to turn her life around, get her GED and make her way into cosmetology. Also, In the beginning of May, My great Aunt had a stroke and has been recovering in the hospital ever since. We’ve visited her every couple of days. She seems to be doing better. She has regained feeling in her right side and struggling less and less with communicating. On a happier, blog-related note, in just under a year of blogging, I’ve reached 100 followers. It may not seem like much to many of you who have a lot more followers, but considering my serious lack of blogging during the school year, its a lot to me. And I love and appreciate every single one of my followers.

For the next full moon, I will try, again, to get back into blogging regularly. Hopefully it will happen this time.

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25 Days of Blogging: Christmas Challenge-Day Fifteen: Best Gift You’ve Given

Honestly, I don’t remember all of the gifts I’ve given. Just like I don’t remember all the gifts I’ve received. I personally hate shopping for gifts. I’m much happier if my friends and I agree not to get each other anything. And really, who am I to judge the best present I’ve given? I can’t tell how people really feel about the gifts I give them. I could think it’s a great idea and they could think it was so-so. Maybe that’s why I always exchange gifts with friends and we promise not to open it until we aren’t together anymore. Many awkward situations avoided.

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25 Days of Blogging: Christmas Challenge–Day Two: 2012 Wishlist

I’m late. I know. I’m sorry.

My wishlist this year doesn’t have anything specific on it. I don’t know exactly what I want. It’s not as easy as it was when I was little. I remember just going through the toy ads and circling everything I wanted. Truth is, I circled almost everything. Unfortunately, there aren’t adds for grown people to go through and circle things. Anyway, this year I’ve told people to get me things related to Owls, Giraffes, or Winnie the Pooh (forever a favorite). Of course, anything to do with true blood is acceptable as well.

I think next year, I’m going to make a deal with my friends that we just won’t get each other anything. That way, we don’t have to worry about money and the stresses of buying everyone the perfect gift for a low price. After all, we are all poor college students.

I would also really like for it to not be sixty degrees in December. That would be nice. Where is the snow that is supposed to be cancelling classes?

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Prank Calls

Everyone makes the typical prank call to the local Chinese restaurant, or other similar business, at some point in their life. I never did. I did call a random number once, well multiple times in a row…

Recently, a group of friends and I called a guy that we [kind of] know. We first met him on our school’s Facebook page where he was messaging girls, trying to get them to meet up with him before school started. Creepy, right? Anyway, when school started, we ran into him. First of all, not attractive. Second, creepier than we thought. Third, still not attractive. Fourth, incredibly douche-y. By douche-y I mean he’s a cocky asshole that think every girl wants him. You all know what kind of guy I’m talking about because one just popped into your head.

Back to the story. So this guy had been calling and texting one of the girls that I hang out with. She was making it pretty obvious that she didn’t have any interest in him, but he just didn’t get it. Eventually, he gives up on bothering her. Next thing we know, he’s calling another girl in our little group. She never gave him her number, he stole it off of Facebook. Keep this in mind, I’ll be coming back to it later.

Anywho, we decide to block the first girls number and prank call him. So we call and tell him our name is Sam Sprinkle. Sounds legitimate, right? Eventually, he says he can hear us laughing in the background an he knows its a joke. We give up and move on.

We happened to be watching Aladdin at the time. When it got to the song “A Whole New World”, we called him back and let the song play for him over the phone. We expected him to hang up since not five minutes ago he told us he new it was a prank call. But he didn’t. He sat through the whole song. Then we talked to him again. This time a different person, using a completely different accent was talking to him. He still believed it was Sam Sprinkle, from his English class.

This third girl, that was now talking to him, told her she was a gay guy who was interested in him and wanted to get together. Obviously, this guy told us that he was sure he wasn’t gay, but would be willing to hang out. So we gave him a fake room number, which turned out to be a non-existent room. He said he would come over in a few minutes. So we hang up and rush over to my room, where we will be able to see him walk passed our building, to the other dorm building, out the window.

After a few minutes, we see him come out of his building and start walking down the sidewalk. We call him back and tell him to stop. He does. We tell him to sit on the bench. We tell him to cross his legs. He argues, but he does it. We tell him that he can come over now. He hangs up and continues walking.

We call him back just before he gets to the other dorm building. We tell him to do a little turn around thing. He does it. We hang up and he goes into the dorm building. At our school, you have to be signed in by someone if you go into a building other than your own. So we figure he won’t get very far and he should be coming back out any second. It takes him about five minutes to come back out of the building. We watch him come out and walk back to his own building.

We decide to go over to that building to hang out. We do that pretty often so it wasn’t suspicious to anyone there. So we see him standing in the lobby with a few other people. We go over to talk to all of them. The guy starts telling the story of what just happened. He has no idea it was us that prank called him and he thinks Sam Sprinkle is real. So we ask him why he did everything she (he thinks Sam is a girl, even though we told him it was a gay guy… What a smart cookie) told him to. He said he didn’t know, he just did. We ask him what happened when he went in to other dorm. He said that the girl at the desk asked him who he was with and he told her that he was supposed to meet someone in their room, 137. She tells him that room doesn’t exist. So he leaves and goes back to his dorm. We ask him why he was just going to go meet this person that he didn’t even know. He claims he knows her, shes in his English class, he’s just never talked to her. Obviously, we made up this completely ludicrous name and none of us are in his English class.

We decide we need to tell him, flat out, that it was us and it was a prank call, before he walks into his English class and asks some random girl if she’s Sam Sprinkle. So we tell him. He says he’s never talking to us again, then stomps off to his room. The other girls in the lobby thank us for getting rid of him. I know it sounds mean but we did what everyone else wanted to do. It was one of those situations.

Later, he calls the first girl and accuses her of giving his number to Sam. Sam doesn’t exist. Why doesn’t he understand? SO he comes back to the lobby, where a bunch of people are sitting around talking. He points to two people in the lobby and asks which of them gave out his number because they are the only ones in the room that have it. Did he forget that he called the other girl, whose number he took off of Facebook? Both people tell him that they didn’t give out his number. Which is true because we just blocked the number we were calling him from. Technically, no one gave out his number. But he insists that one of them gave out his number because they are the only ones that have it. We hint to him that someone else in the room has his number. And by hint I mean we told him, someone else in the room has your number. At this point, the girl whose number he  got from Facebook introduces herself, “Hi, you called me three times earlier.”

How creepy is it that he called her three times but he didn’t even recognize her right in front of him. Pretty damn creepy.

I’m still unclear on whether he thinks Sam Sprinkle is real or not. Either way, I hope he never happens upon my number.

I know what we did was sort of mean but it was all in fun and no one [really] got hurt. We were all able to laugh about it later.

I’m not sure I’ve heard a prank call story that tops this. And by that I mean, tell me a story. Commenting if fun and free. FREE. So get on that.

Also, I don’t feel like proof reading this so sorry for any mistakes.

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Quotes: Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”

~Suzanne Somers

Let’s be honest, I’ve said this before. Grudges are pointless. So is revenge. Cliché alert! An eye for an eye leaves the world blind. We’ve all heard this before. A very famous quote that has been way over used.

Back on topic.  When you hold grudges, you hold anger. That  will stress you out more than anything else. I’m sure we all know why stress is bad.

Okay, I keep getting distracted by this giant moth that just appeared in my room. It’s flying in circles and looks ridiculous. I can’t tell which is more entertaining: Watching the moth fly around like a crazy lunatic, or watching my cat try to catch it. Oh, she caught it. She’s eating it. Yum. Aw, she dropped it. It’s still jumping around on the ground. I guess she just got its wing. Gross. She followed it into the hall. Bye bye!

Okay, back to forgiveness. Is it really worth it to hate someone for anything? Even if they did something horrible. As long as you hold that hatred for them, you will be constantly stressing yourself out. The best thing you can do, for yourself, like a gift you give yourself, is to forgive them for whatever they did. It’s not worth it.

Oh my gosh. My cat is adorable. Ew! She’s chewing it! Gross! She’s licking her lips. That’s just disgusting. Guess who doesn’t want any kitty kisses tonight? Me!

Forgiveness! I forgive my cat for killing and eating that moth. And I hope that moths family, if it had one, will forgive my cat for killing and eating their loved one. See! I’m not mad at my cat! And look how happy I am now! Okay, you can’t see me but take my word for it.

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