When I was two years old, my little sister was born. Then, when I was eleven, another one was born. A year later, my little brother was born.
Growing up, I was always the big sister. I took on that role with grace, I was happy to help or mentor my siblings at every opportunity. I loved being a big sister, especially to the younger ones.
Now, we’ve all heard the stereotypes. Firstborns are responsible and mature. The middle children are social. The youngest ones are crazy. From my experience, this tends to be more true than not.
Relationships aren’t always easy and going out of your way to show your partner you love them beyond saying those three words is crucial to maintaining a healthy relationship. Sometimes, couples get too comfortable, especially if they’ve been together a long time, and forget to express their love and appreciation for each other in ways other than saying “I love you”.
Actions speak louder than words and the more effort you put into these actions, the more you will see your relationship grow. Thankfully, there are many ways to show someone you care without having to tell them directly.
College. Your first dose of having responsibilities besides keeping your room clean and passing the classes that you were forced to go to. I often find myself thinking about those days, the simpler days. I remember people often asking me if I was excited to graduate and get out into the “real world”. I was always embarrassed to admit that I was not, I was happy where I was and wasn’t looking forward to any change. And I still look back on those days very fondly.
I live in a small town, population 5,000. While I do enjoy the small-town life (see my top ten reasons here), I would be a fool not to recognize the many drawbacks. And let’s be honest, I complain about these drawbacks often.
Here are the top 5 reasons that you should not move to a small town.
This is probably the biggest reason. Small towns are boring. You can’t go to the movies, to the club, to a cute cafe, shopping, and you can’t try new restaurants because, well, we just don’t have any of that! The only place I…
My parents always tell me I was the worst baby.
From the day they brought me home, they say I never stopped crying. The only time that I did was when I was being held by one of them. I would cry and cry, day and night, barely sleeping at all.
Years later, not much had changed. I was a young child struggling to fall asleep every night. I struggled with feelings of anxiety whenever bedtime would approach, as I knew what was to come. It was a constant cycle of me trying to sleep, not being able to, throwing…
As a recent university graduate, I’ve found myself with a lot of free time lately that I’ve never had before. Sure, I have a full-time job and enjoy a good Netflix binge, but I feel like I have done nothing productive with my time since I haven’t had to pull any all-nighters studying.
So I figured, why not try various hobbies for a week to find out if I can get one to stick? And maybe I can even find one by documenting the process — in writing.
If you’re reading this, you may be interested in finding a hobby…
I’ve always been an introvert. When I was a kid, I was never the one asking my friends to come over for a playdate. I did have a lot of friends at school, but seeing them at school was enough for me. I was usually the kid declining invites to hang out after school. I’d think to myself:
But we’ve already hung out ALL DAY. Isn’t that enough?
Oftentimes, I would accept. This was usually because my parents would make me. And besides, I felt bad always saying no. And yes, I would have fun with my friends, I definitely…
I grew up in a town of 5,000 people.
I didn’t always love living in a small town. We didn’t have a movie theatre, there was nowhere to shop for anything but groceries, and we only had a handful of restaurants. I used to have to beg my parents to take me to the city an hour away for back-to-school shopping or to get my favourite treat, Dairy Queen.
So yes, the stereotypes are true. There’s nothing to do, plenty of gossiping, and many people stuck in their old-fashioned ways.
Once I graduated high school, I moved away for university…
Okay, I’ll admit it. I grew up pretty spoiled.
As a child of divorce, my parents were always in a battle of trying to be the most likable or fun parent. I never really had to fend for myself. I barely had any chores and never had to cook dinner for myself. Besides, it seemed like such a waste of time. Spending an hour cooking something that I would eat in five minutes? I just didn’t think this was for me.
This resulted in me being twenty-three years old and only knowing the basics. I could cook a mean grilled…
It’s about more than just spending time apart
I’ve been in a relationship for my whole adult life. I started dating my current boyfriend when we were both eighteen, barely out of high school. I had never been in a relationship before and I was nervous. I had never been interested in dating and always looked at it as a waste of time.
High school relationships don’t last. What’s the point of dating so young when it’s bound to end in heartbreak?
As an introvert, I also didn’t know if I could handle always being around the same person. From…
Just a small town girl with a passion for writing