Why You Need To Stop Asking Yourself “What If?”

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“What if I would’ve told him how I really felt before it was too late?” “What if I would’ve been there to tell my little brother not to get in the car with his friend who had been drinking?” “What if I would’ve studied abroad during my junior year?” The real question is, why are we tormenting ourselves by repeatedly analyzing past situations and allowing ourselves to dwell on alternative possible outcomes?

First things first, it’s easy to live in the past. Our past contains all of our experiences that make us who we are up to that point. Knowing that, it’s inevitable for us to wonder why certain events in our lives happened the way they did. However, there is a difference between remembering and reflecting on the past situation, versus allowing the situation to affect your present life when it should be stored away in the past.

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The Differences Between Dating A Girl And Dating A Woman

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1. A girl will expect to be pampered and treated like a princess at all times. A woman will expect to be treated with respect.

2. A girl wants to change a man. A woman accepts a man as he is.

3. In a fight, a girl seeks to be right, while a woman seeks to understand.

4. A girl needs you in her life. A woman wants you in her life.

5. A girl places herself and her wants first, always. A woman realizes that sometimes it is about her, and sometimes it’s about the other person in the relationship.

6. If a girl is upset, she will be passive-aggressive. If a woman is upset, she will tell you she is upset.

7. When a guy takes space, a girl will immediately pursue him (via text, calling, stalking). A woman lets a man take his space, and won’t hold…

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I Fell Fast And Hard For Him, And In The End, He Crushed My Heart

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There is always that one person that you fall too hard for. It happens so fast and you don’t even see it coming. He seeps into your life without warning.

He was the poison in my life. It coursed through my veins and stung at my heart. It brought me to my knees gasping for air. The poison made me believe that he was the one and that he was worth fighting for. I also believed that he felt the same way about me. But I was wrong.

We were once friends. We had many late night talks and summer night drives. We could talk for hours about life and our dreams.

But I guess we can’t be friends anymore. Once the first kiss happens, it’s all over. I told him how I felt about him and he backed away. He ran into the shadows only to emerge when he…

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This Is How I Love You

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D. Sharon PruittD. Sharon Pruitt

Some days I’ll only show it through the way I ruffle your hair. I’ll steal your beanie and parade it around to say I’m yours. I’ll take your hand and spin you around and ask you to dance with me—even if you step on my toes or we end up just swaying side to side, I don’t care. I just want to be wrapped in you.

Some days I won’t talk to you all day. Maybe I’ll send you a picture of the sun, the snow, or the food I’m eating, just to keep you a part of my day—despite the distance, I want you to know even the most mundane parts of my days. Sometimes I won’t even do that much. I won’t want to show you how normally my days are going, when really all that’s on my mind is the thought of you and…

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To The Love Of My Life, Whoever And Wherever He May Be

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I can see you. If I fast forward a couple of years. I can see you. I can see you driving along the coast with the windows down and the radio up. You have one hand on the steering wheel and one entwining mine. I can see you smiling, that same smile you wore when I first met you, the one that makes my knees go weak, the one that makes me crave poetry, such that if life’s a mountain, then you’re it’s peak.

I can see you. I don’t know how, but I can. I can see the flicker in your eyes when you unexpectedly tune into the acoustic version of that Mumford and Sons song you like so much. I can see it and I can recognise it. You had the exact same spark when I told you we were going to see them live on your birthday…

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This Is How You Inspire Me

The next time, seeking inspiration will be simple. I’ll just think of you. ❤

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What inspired you?

I’m ruminating on what inspired you, and my mind wanders through the pristine blue skies, rivers, and paths that I’ve traveled in the pursuit of finding renewed inspiration. I am inspired by travel, the people I meet, the places I reach, and the lessons I learn. And yet, I return home with only enough inspiration to jot down my thoughts and proceed with the tedium of my life.

In random abandon, I have chosen company over silence, silence over answers, and answers over questions. I am inspired by how the most crucial questions never have answers, how answers are weaker than silence, and how it’s so easy to feel fettered and liberated by the same company at different points in time.

The marvels of your dreams – I often wonder, what made you the dreamer that you are? It takes a beautiful mind to conceive…

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