Nineteen things I’ve learned before I turned nineteen.
1. Always carry $5 and a lighter with you (even if you don’t smoke).
2. Ask every person you meet how their day is going. Genuinely ask with the sole intention of learning how their day is. Ask the coffee shop employee. Ask the person next to you in line at Walmart. Ask your distant friend. Ask everyone.
3. Take many photos of yourself. Take photos of yourself when you’re happy. Take photos of yourself when you’re sad. Take photos of yourself because there are millions of trees in the world, and we all look at the same sky, but there is only one of you.
4. Stay in contact with your parents. Try not to hate them. They are the reason you have the ability to feel anything at all. Try not to hate your parents.
5. Opening your skin will not set your demons free. Open your heart. Open your mind. Open your hands.
6. Nobody knows anybody completely. That’s okay.
7. Be gentle, but be aggressive. Take a stand. Nobody hears your voice if you stay silent.
8. Respect everybody. We are all humans trying to survive. We all deserve respect.
9. Wearing black will ALWAYS make you feel better about yourself.
10. Always give tips, whether it be a couple extra dollars or a piece of mind. You never know how much you could be helping someone.
11. Change is the only thing consistent in life. Do not allow that bother you. Embrace chance and move with life, whichever direction it chooses to take you.
12. Smile often. Smile at strangers. Smile at your friends. Smile when nobody is looking and you’re alone in your bedroom. Smile when somebody is rambling to you.
13. Body image means nothing. Your body is merely just a seatbelt in the car. Your body is here to protect you. You choose the direction you go, and your body will not hold you back. Only you can hold yourself back.
14. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t allow yourself to hate anybody. Forgive them. Learn to love them for the person you never got to see them to be. Believe that a beautiful human exists in that person. Wish them well.
15. Drink orange juice. Lot’s of it.
16. Don’t allow the opinions of others to choose your destiny. We are all simply trying to live our own life.
17. Sing all the time. Sing off key. Sing in a silly voice. Sing like you’re on stage. Sing no matter who is around. Singing is breathing for the soul. Sing.
18. Take time to think. Write your feelings down. Write letters to the people you love. Texting is overrated and not as heartfelt as a nice handwritten letter.
19. Live for yourself. Breathe for yourself. Do everything in your life for nobody but you. This is your life. This is it.
The Game of Thrones cast with their character Funko Pop figures and George with Tyrion (x)
Homer and Lisa’s relationship is one of my favourite things ever. He spent this entire episode trying to convince Lisa that she was beautiful, and he insisted to Marge that he wasn’t just saying it as a father, he genuinely believed that Lisa was the most beautiful girl in the world. Not to mention the fact that this episode ripped the shit out of the idea of child beauty pageants and how the self esteem of girl’s is diminished in general.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Original Book + J. K. Rowling’s Notes
Summary: After a while, negative comments can really get to a person. After helping build houses in Mexico, Shawn Johnson is invited by Melissa Rycroft to her home in Dallas, Texas. During their reunion, Melissa and Shawn reveal secrets to each other that have been brought up due to season 17 of DWTS.
AN: We all know about the season 15 controversy. I began to wonder whether either Melissa or Tony knew about it. Probably not Tony, he seems too excited to care how he won…just that he did. I’d imagine maybe Melissa would question it though. This fic also kind of mirrors some feelings I had about season 17. Particularly the Derek and Amber pairing.
As always, this fic as well as my other DWTS ones are available on my fanfiction account (username tin2lo). All of my DWTS works are together under one story now.
Shawn Johnson had been working with an athletic mission group building houses for families in Mexico. After all of that hard work, she was proud and happy and felt extremely accomplished. As happy as she was that she got to positively impact someone’s life, she was really just happy to be going back home to the states.
She hadn’t seen many of her friends in a while so when she had a layover in Dallas, she called Melissa Rycroft and asked if she could visit. Melissa, who hadn’t seen Shawn since the end of their season together, was more than happy to have Shawn Johnson in her home. Melissa was so excited about having Shawn over that she convinced her to stay for a couple more days.
Shawn wasn’t originally going to stay but she couldn’t say not to Melissa, let alone her daughter.
Melissa looked up from the lunch she was preparing to see Shawn lifting Ava up in the air and Ava letting out a fit of giggles. Melissa smiled at it. “I see you still have the Shawn Johnson charm. One day with you and everyone you meet is in love.”
Shawn let out one of her trademark giggles. “No. Ava’s just a sweetheart.” As Shawn brought Ava down from the lift, she planted a couple of kisses on the baby’s cheek which only brought out more giggles in Ava.
Melissa smiled. “Nope, it’s definitely your charm. Ava doesn’t usually warm up to people. You’ll make a great mom one day, Shawn.”
Shawn squeezed Ava in a hug and looked at Melissa. “I hope so. I want a million of these.”
Melissa laughed at that and walked to the sofa they were sitting on and sat beside them. “Lord help whoever ends up being your husband. Especially with your genetics…there will be children jumping and flipping all over the place. It’ll be a madhouse.”
Shawn laughed. “If we’re being honest, I’d rather not have a gymnast baby. I can’t imagine putting my kid through what I went through to get to the Olympics.”
“So I guess I’m crossing off ‘Olympic Gymnast’ on the list of professions for Ava to enter.”
Shawn again laughed at that. “Aww…but maybe one day she could be an amazing dancer like her mommy.” Shawn then lifted Ava up and started talking to her. “You hear that, Ava? You’re gonna grow up to be a beautiful dancer. Maybe you’ll even win Dancing with the Stars like mommy.”
Ava, who didn’t really understand what Shawn was saying, laughed anyway. As adorable as it was, Melissa couldn’t help but frown a little. When Shawn turned her head to look at Melissa, the frown on her face didn’t go unnoticed. This worried Shawn. “What’s wrong?”
Melissa let out a deep sigh before looking at Shawn and continuing. “You know you and Derek should’ve won that season right?”
Shawn was shocked. She did not expect to hear that. “What are you talking about? You and Tony were great and deserved that trophy.”
Melissa looked exasperated. “Yeah, Tony and I were great, but you and Derek were amazing. There was just something about the way the two of you danced. And then the risks you took…it was just amazing. Every week you guys were amazing.”
“America thought you were amazing too. Even more amazing than me and Derek. That’s why they gave you guys the mirror ball.”
Melissa scoffed at that. “Yeah…America gave me a pity vote. Or the producers gave me a freebie. Whatever the reason, it’s obvious that you should’ve won. I mean…you’re America’s sweetheart…an Olympic hero. Not to mention your dances were the ones that got Derek an Emmy.”
Shawn looked at Melissa seriously. “You and Tony had great scores and choreography. And it was close between you, me, and Kelly. Anyone could’ve taken it.”
Melissa looked at her incredulously. “A reality star/Bachelor alum? Over an Olympic gold medalist? Or even a daytime soap star? Come on, Shawn…”
Shawn still wasn’t going to let Melissa believe any of that. “What’s brought this up all of a sudden? It’s been a year. I mean, season 17 just wrapped up.”
Melissa sighed and continued. “Have you watched season 17 in full?”
Shawn was thinking about the question as she put a squirming Ava on the floor to play. “Umm…I tried to but sometimes things came up. But I did a couple episodes.”
“Well I watched the whole season. Every Monday night, Tye and I would watch it. And it got me thinking.”
Shawn looked at her curiously. “Thinking of what?”
Melissa thought back to all of the episodes of season 17. “I was really happy for Amber and Derek when they won. But the thing is, I couldn’t help but compare their partnership to yours and Derek’s.”
Shawn was even more confused so Melissa kept talking. “I mean…they both had injuries, there was a substitute partner, they had the highest marks and were fan favorites, hell…they even used Mark in their trio dance.”
Shawn shook her head. “What does that have to –”
Before she could finish, Melissa interrupted her. “It was just really really reminded me of yours and Derek’s season together. Except, I didn’t think they were as good as you and Derek. Don’t get me wrong, they were great…but you and Derek were better.”
Melissa was getting really into it now. “And that’s the thing. You guys were better but you didn’t win. Amber did. You see what I’m trying to say? It was just really weird.”
Shawn tried to interject. “Yeah, but…”
Melissa kept rambling on. “So then I started watching some of mine and Tony’s videos on YouTube. And then I watched yours and Derek’s right after. And you could like really see the difference. And then I read all of the comments. People were saying how you and Derek should’ve won or that they only voted for me because I never won and…” As she was rambling she was getting more and more distressed. Shawn wanted to interject but she felt Melissa really needed this moment to let all of her insecurities out. Melissa did stop for a moment to take a deep breath and recollect herself before looking at Shawn again. “I just wanted to say I’m sorry. You wanted that trophy just as much and I really do think you are the real All Star champ.”
Shawn began rubbing Melissa’s back soothingly. “I appreciate that…but it’s all in the past. You were crowned the champion and proved yourself as to why. You should be proud of that entire season.” Melissa just shook her head no. Shawn gave out a loud sigh. She knew exactly what would make Melissa feel better. “Do you want to know something? Why I wasn’t upset about losing?”
Melissa looked up at her curiously but said nothing so Shawn continued. “I won something so much better than that mirror ball.”
“Well yeah…I mean, two of your dances got an Emmy.”
“I wasn’t talking about the Emmy. Besides, that’s Derek’s not mine.” It was Melissa’s turn to be confused. Shawn continued slowly, making sure Melissa understood everything she was about to say. “I didn’t take home the mirror ball…but I took home the heart of Derek Hough. And he took mine.”
Melissa’s face dropped in pure shock. She could barely make out words. “Wait…you and Derek? In a relationship? Wait…what?!”
Shawn laughed at Melissa’s shock. “Yes. Derek and I started a relationship that season. And a year later, I’m proud to say we’re still going strong.”
Melissa was still in shock. “Whoa…just…what? How? When? Why didn’t I see it?”
Shawn just shrugged. “At least I know we did a pretty good job of keeping it quiet.”
“Hell yeah you did! When did this happen?”
Shawn thought back a little. “Umm…about week 4.”
Melissa’s eyes only widened even more out of shock. “WEEK 4?!?!”
Shawn looked away sheepishly. “Uh, yeah…we had grown really close in the first few weeks. And when we went to Iowa, we both kind of realized we wanted to see where a relationship would go so he asked my parents’ permission to date me and by week 5 I had fallen pretty hard for him.”
Shawn was blushing a little but Melissa still could not be pulled out of her shock. “Oh my God! I mean…I’m so happy for you guys but I can’t believe I didn’t see it. All that time Sabrina and I spent teasing you during the team dance about how cute you and Derek were…you guys were already in a relationship?”
Shawn blushed even more. “Yeah…basically.”
Melissa leant back on the sofa trying to absorb everything Shawn had told her. “So who knew about it?”
Shawn thought about that. “Well, obviously my parents knew and my ex, Ryan, knew because he wanted to make sure Derek took care of me. Other than that, no one really knew until after the season ended.”
“What do you mean no one knew until after the season ended?”
“Well, I spent Thanksgiving with Derek and his family and they were kind of speculating us but we kept denying. Maria Menounos is close with both me and Derek so she figured it out pretty fast. In a way, it’s good because she makes sure that those gossipers don’t figure it out. Julianne had been trying to set up Derek with her friend Nina Dobrev so when Derek had gotten sick of it, he just blurted it out.”
“Whoa…how did she react?”
Shawn scratched her head nervously. “Well I wasn’t there. But apparently Julianne and Nina kind of sat there in shock for a little while before congratulating him.”
Melissa stopped her for a second. “But wait…I thought Derek and Nina were actually dating.”
“Yeah, the thing is, Nina wasn’t looking for another boyfriend. She still isn’t over Ian. So she and Derek kind of agreed to…not really have a fake relationship…but decided to let people believe what they wanted about them so that questions would stop arising about me and Derek or her and Ian.”
For some strange reason, things were starting to make sense to Melissa. “Is that why he didn’t mention you when he won the Emmy?”
“He didn’t think he’d win. I told him he definitely would. That there was no way he could lose. Just to humor me, he said that if he won with our dances, I’d be the first he’d thank. But after talking about it for a little while, we decided that if he did win with our dances, to just not mention it. He’d be so nervous that something might slip. I don’t mind. He’s thanked me so many times already. Jaime as well.”
Melissa was really impressed by how well the two blondes hid their relationship for so long. “How did you do it? How did you manage to keep your relationship a secret for so long? And why would you? That sounds so stressful.”
Shawn looked at Melissa pleading with her to understand. “It’s bad enough that we had to have a long distance relationship. We didn’t need the whole world to know about it as well. I don’t need everyone telling me how I’m not Derek’s type or I’m not good enough for him. I do that to myself enough.” Melissa rubbed Shawn’s arm soothingly as Shawn continued. “And during the season, we wanted people to vote for us, not because we were a cute couple, but because we deserved to be in the competition. We also didn’t want people to think that once the season was over, we’d be over.”
“I still can’t believe I never figured it out. The fact that you guys hid it for this long still baffles me.”
Shawn shrugged. “If it makes you feel any better, I’m surprised we’ve hid it this long as well. For the most part we’ve done pretty well. He wasn’t going to use Mark in his trio dance. He wanted to keep that as something special between the three of us. But since Mark was eliminated, the fans were already assuming Mark would be the chosen one being Derek’s best friend and all. If Derek didn’t choose Mark, there would be questions and none of us wanted that. We’ve both kind of been slipping a little. I’ve been too over enthusiastic about getting people to vote for him and Amber, and then he ends up blabbing about how he loves me in a reply. I should’ve known to keep quiet while he was on drugs. I was so angry with him when I had to find out from Mark.”
Melissa was so awed by everything Shawn told her. “So what now? Are you just going to keep going like this?”
Shawn gave her a duh look. “Well yeah…I’ll admit, it would be smarter to just break up. If we’re really meant to be, we’ll come back to each other. But I can’t let him go. I don’t want to let him go. And he’s told me the same thing.”
Melissa was gushing at how adorable it all was that she was actually getting excited. “Aww…this is definitely one of my new favorite love stories.”
“A love story that you still can’t tell anyone.”
Melissa’s face fell a bit. “Fine. But when you guys get married, I better be a bridesmaid!” Melissa stopped for a bit. “No wait. Scratch that…I don’t want to be fat in a bridesmaids dress.” She put her hand on her belly. Although she wasn’t too far along, she was still excited about her new baby.
She wasn’t the only one excited. Shawn rubbed Melissa’s belly soothingly. “Yeah well, at the rate Derek and I are moving, this little one will probably be able to walk down the aisle with the rings by the time Derek and I actually decide if we’re going to tie the knot.”
Melissa scoffed at that. “Please…I’m pretty sure Derek loves you way more than you give him credit for. I won’t be surprised if this bun is still in the oven by the time you guys get married.”
Both women laughed at that. When they both calmed down, Melissa took a good look at Shawn. The mom in Melissa couldn’t help but be proud of how far Shawn had come and grown. Melissa pushed one of Shawn’s loose blonde locks behind her ear and then held her hand. “So I guess in the end, we both came out winners. Huh? Season 15 was a good season.”
Shawn nodded in agreement. “It was the best.”
Melissa pulled Shawn in for a hug. “In the end though, you definitely came out with the better prize.” Both women again laughed at that.
After their conversation, Melissa Rycroft never again questioned her win. Doubting it wouldn’t change anything. It wouldn’t give Shawn the mirror ball or title of that season’s win. But Melissa never had to doubt herself. She may have been crowned the champion and taken home the trophy, but in the end Shawn Johnson reigned supreme. Because in the end, Shawn won the best prize of all. She won the love of her life. And that was worth way more than any mirror ball trophy.
The Fault In Our Stars movie.
everyone hates book Umbridge and movie Umbridge but we can all agree that it’s impossible to hate AVPS Umbridge
THE PEOPLE WHO PLAY PETER PAN ARE SERIOUSLY THE CUTEST PEOPLE EVERY OMFG
This guy was fired because he was getting a lot of wrinkles in his eyes. Since you know, Peter Pan never grows up.
BUT HE ENDED UP MARRYING THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WENDY
LIKE IF YOU DON’T THINK THAT’S THE CUTEST FUCKING SHIT EVER YOU NEED TO GET OUT
ARE YOU SERIOUS OMFG WHY ISN’T MY LIFE THAT GREAT
ANDREW DUCOTE IS PERFECTION
I had to scroll down 1,932 of my liked posts just to reblog this again. OMG THE DUCOTES ARE PERFECT AND HIS YOUTUBE VIDEOS ARE PERFECT
THANK GOD FOR WHO EVER MADE THIS.
This just became my solution to not caring
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