My father is bipolar (BP), he goes through periods where he calls me so excited he can barely contain himself. He tells me he has the best new idea to make him millions. He anxiously describes the stories he is writing. When I see him in person he is clean, shaven, and a healthy weight. I cannot smell the remnants of alcohol on his breath. He smiles, he laughs from the pit of his stomach, and he is kind to me. Other times, I cannot get a hold of my father for weeks, when I stop by his house to make sure he is alive - the house is trashed, he has not eaten, or showered in days. He is unable to return any calls and empty alcohol bottles riddle the floor. So it goes, a constant cycle. Growing up I assumed he just did not care, when he did not show to pick me up on his scheduled days; I assumed he had more important things to do. The cruel reality is my father’s genetic makeup controls his life. When he is manic, he is ecstatic, he is responsible and present. Comparatively, when he is depressed, I watch him slip slowly away into the abyss.
Money is the Voldemort of the adult world. People do not want you to discuss it, it’s rude to ask questions about it, and it’s not taught well in school. By making money a taboo topic, misinformation is spread rapidly. I was told these three money myths growing up, and I’m sure others were too and genuinely believed them. Money is a tool and people shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions and take risks. However, understanding the fundamentals is a key part in the process of comprehending your finances.
I used to hate Sunday mornings. For no particular reason other than the next day was Monday. Not even the sun warming my skin and the cool blissful environment of my room could soothe me. I wanted so badly to have another night to stay up late. I wanted another morning to sleep in and another day to spend doing what I wanted. Even though I had a day in front of me to live, I was holding out for my next weekend. I would spend the entire day dreading Monday. Waiting for my next Friday to come around again.
As science and modern medicine continues to develop, some people create their own ideas on how it works. Social media gives everyone a platform, and some use it to prey on the sick and desperate. These fake cure alls are being promoted at this very moment, and can cause serious implications, and even death. Be very cautious about whose advice you take, and always consult your doctor before taking or using anything. I'll get off my soapbox now, let's dive in.
I grew up HATING math. I dreaded it every day and tried to avoid taking math courses wherever I could. Even during my first semester of college, I struggled through algebra. I just used the study guide the night before the test for last minute studying. I consistently procrastinated and caused myself unnecessary stress. I ended up switching my major to a math-centered subject and had to overcome my phobia. These five brain hacks I learned from reading the book A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., helped me conquer calculus and thoroughly enjoy the class. Amazingly, I’m excited about my future coursework and even favor math slightly over the arts and humanities classes.
These ten men and women have terrorized people for many lifetimes. They go above and beyond what humanity knows to be pure evil. They redefine deranged and they strike fear into the bravest of people.