Ah, yes. Another year has passed, and you know what that means. The gyms become jam-packed, new organizational tools line store shelves, and artful advertisements about weight-loss programs seem to pop up during every commercial break. (What a time to be alive.) These shame-inducing tactics are geared towards one thing: the money companies can make off of New Year’s Resolutions. Yet, every year, so many people waste their money on things they don’t even really want to do or really even need. And with each passing year, the cycle continues. Why? One word: pressure. Pressure to do better. To be better. Pressure to look good. Pressure to be the “health nut.” Societal pressure…self-pressure...any kind of pressure, really.
A Glutard is someone who has been diagnosed with either a gluten intolerance, or Celiac Disease.
Almost everyone I know takes some sort of vitamin or supplement. I hear debates about this all the time, especially in my field. I hear people say that supplements are the worst and that you should avoid them at all costs. I also hear people say that they need their supplements to function and that they wouldn’t be able to live without it. After all this back and forth, I can understand why it seems impossible to find the right answer. But there has to be an answer somewhere correct? Surely there’s a mad scientist deep in a cave someplace that has come up with a solution and is hiding it from us. There must be. Right?
Sometimes, when I hear about other people’s relationships, I cringe. I haven’t been in that many relationships, but I’ve always had a sense of how you should a treat one. I’ve heard so many people talk about their relationships and think, “That… can’t be healthy… can it?” Even when I was little, I would hear people bashing their significant others and be confused. “If you don’t even like them… then why are you together?” In today’s world, society makes it okay, even encouraged, to drag your partner through the mud.
Ah yes, the ever mysterious “Soul Mate”. Media has portrayed the Soul Mate as the perfect fit. The peanut butter to your jelly. The wind beneath your wings. It’s gotten people crazed to find someone that they can have a fairytale love with. And look, I totally get it. Who wouldn’t want to find the love of their life and ride off into the sunset? But there’s one thing people forget: Life isn’t a fairytale. We get so wrapped up in trying to find the perfect partner in crime, that often times, the definition of a “Soul Mate” gets misconstrued and warped into trivial meanings. We think our Soul Mate is going to ride in on a white steed and hand us a bouquet of roses. We think that every conversation is going to be perfect and we won’t get into arguments. And look, if you do happen to be in a relationship like that, awesome. I’m not saying that your love isn’t valid. All I’m saying is that the term Soul Mate is often used incorrectly when describing types of connections.
"If you're going through Hell, keep going" —Winston Churchill