Inhale, Exhale

Inhale, exhale.

That’s how it works. You breathe in, then you breathe out.

Although… I guess sometimes, that’s not what it feels like. I’m not talking about breathing anymore. I’m talking about life.

Inhale, exhale.

That’s how it should be, but it’s not. We take in a deep breath, and we hold it. We carry the world on our shoulders and have rocks weighing down on our chests, as the clichés go.

There are a lot of things that those rocks could represent. Money, work, a break up, sadness, our thoughts, or even life in general. There’s another thing it represents: ourselves. Who we really are.

Inhale, exhale.

It’s not something we’re taught to do. Breathing just happens. (Thanks, brain!) When it comes to who we are—who we really are—it’s something that we need to be reminded of.

You can’t just hide. When you hide, you feel like there’s something holding you down, and you can’t breathe.

You’re holding a secret, and you’re afraid of the world finding out. You’re scared that it will change everything around you, the way people look at you, of the effect it might have.

Inhale, exhale.

You wake up every single day, and the very first thing you do is put on the mask. We all have (or have had) things that we felt we had to hide.

Maybe you’ve been divorced for 2 months, and you haven’t told your mom about it. Maybe you lost your job, and you’ve been lying to your partner, and instead been going to drink at eight in the morning. Maybe you pretend to like Nirvana because your friends will laugh at you if you say you love Taylor Swift. Maybe you’re gay. Maybe you’re pretending to be brave, but you’re really terrified. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

I could go on for ages. There are too many secrets in the world.

Inhale, exhale.

It’s really hard to do sometimes. It’s easier to carry the weight because if no one knows, nothing changes.

But is it really easy? Isn’t it dragging you down? Aren’t you tired of hiding? Haven’t you had enough of it? Don’t you want to let it all out?

I know you’re afraid, but we’re all scared sometimes. Life can be hard, and it kicks you in the butt. But don’t forget: you can kick it back.

Inhale, exhale.

You can continue to hold your breath. You can continue to be afraid. You can hide forever… or you can face the darkness, and show the world your light. Your magic.

It might not be easy, and hell, maybe your biggest fears will come to life. Here’s another cliché, though: You’ll never know unless you try.

Inhale, exhale.

I promise, it’s simple. Once you do it, you’ll never have to hold your breath again.

Here’s how I see it. Say it all goes to shit, okay? Say you get yelled at and cursed out. It’ll suck, I know. It’ll be hard. But go outside, and look up at the clear blue, infinite sky, and notice how you’re feeling.

You’re breathing. You’re inhaling… and you’re exhaling. You don’t have to hold your breath anymore. You’re still alive.

So, try it again. Feel how good it feels.

Inhale, exhale. TC mark

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Remember The Massive Coffin That Hasn’t Been Opened In 2000 Years? They Just Opened It

Remember that ominous-looking sarcophagus that was unearthed in Alexandria, Egypt recently? The huge black coffin, unopened for over 2,000 years, kicked off a wild internet debate with people divided between wanting to know what was inside, and fearing a ‘Mummy’ style unleashing of dark forces beyond our control.

Well we have news for you folks. The good people down at the Supreme Council of Antiquities dismissed the ridiculous rumors of possible curses (brought on largely by the ever-hysterical UK tabloid media) and went ahead and opened it because of you know, science.

“The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse,” said Secretary-General of the Council, Mostafa Waziri. Three decomposed mummies, believed to be warriors, were found in the sarcophagus, with one of the skulls showing fracture damage from a sharp object. The sarcophagus was also full of red sewage water, leaked in from a crack on its side, which had caused the mummies to decompose.

The Council Of Antiquities will now perform testing on the mummies to determine what era they belonged to. They are not believed to belong to any royal family, no gold or silver masks, amulets or statues were found to indicate this, and there is no inscription on the sarcophagus bearing their names. Scroll down to check out the contents of the sarcophagus for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Recently in Egypt they discovered this ominous-looking sarcophagus

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That caused a major debate around the internet on what was inside:

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Is it a mummy that will unleash a curse once the seal is broken?

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Is it a treasure of some sorts?

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Is there some kind of ancient disease wanting to come out and turn us all into zombies?

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Well, we finally have the answer!

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It was full of red sewage water, leaked in from a crack on its side

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Three decomposed mummies, believed to be warriors, were found

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They are not believed to belong to any royal family, and there is no inscription bearing their names

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The Council Of Antiquities will now run tests on the mummies to determine what era they belonged to

Here’s what people had to say about the grand opening:

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Bride Sends Her Brother For ‘First Look’ Instead Of Her, And The Groom’s Reaction Is Priceless

Weddings are not only one of the most significant moments of one’s life, they’re also the most stressful. Seeing her groom’s nerves get the best of him, Heidi Zherelyev decided to pull a photo prank on him to brighten up the mood. As soon as the groom Val turned around to take the first look at his bride, it wasn’t Heidi that met his gaze. It was her brother, Eric. “My husband was so surprised, and stunned to see Eric instead of me. Thankfully for him however, he is used to pranks and jokes being pulled in my family” Heidi told Bored Panda. The woman also confessed that the prank was a very intimate moment between the newlyweds, photographer, Eric and one friend, as no one attending the wedding even knew about it until the story went viral.

The groom’s reaction was captured by photographer Nichole Cline. “I was super excited to do their first look in general and when Heidi told me about sending her brother down, it was just the icing on the cake. I have never photographed pranks like this. But I’m sure beings its now a trend, its not going to be my last time.” Nichole told us.

After the story went viral, Heidi shared something exclusive with Bored Panda. “The reason why I chose Eric to dress up,” the woman revealed, “My father passed away when I was 18, and my two brothers were always there. […] My brother Carson was officiating the ceremony, and I wanted Eric to have a special part too.”

Scroll down to see how it all happened!

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After being eloped for 5 years, Heidi and Val Zherelyev decided to finally have their wedding

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But when the photoshoot started everyone noticed the groom was feeling a bit antsy

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“The groom was VERY nervous,” said the photographer

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So the bride decided to cheer him up by pulling a prank

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They put the bride’s brother, Eric in an old wedding dress

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“When we were zipping him up, everyone was laughing,” Heidi explained

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And off he went to meet the groom for the big first look moment

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The bride watched her husband’s reaction to Eric

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“I was super excited to do their first look and when Heidi told me about the idea, it was just the icing on the cake”, the photographer told Bored Panda

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And Val’s reaction proved that he has just the right sense of humor to match the family’s

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We are all really close and love to laugh and play so Val fits right into the family with a wonderful sense of humor” Heidi told us

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And it’s apparent that the prank worked out!

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Instead of being a nervous ball, Eric was laughing at the unexpected sight

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As soon as he recovered from the initial shock of finding Eric in place of his bride…

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He joined in on the fun and posed for the romantic shots

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The bride also explained the reason she chose Eric for this hilarious prank

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My father passed away when I was 18, and my two brothers were always there to step up” she confessed

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My brother Carson was officiating the ceremony, and I wanted Eric to have a special part too”

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After having a chance to loosen up a bit, Val and Heidi had their actual first look moment

“[This is] our first look of seeing my dad’s boots and name at the table

“We were able to have a very intimate, special moment because he wasn’t so nervous”

And people on the internet absolutely loved it!

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Guy Asks The Internet To Help Identify A Hole That Appeared In His Garden, Probably Wishes He Didn’t

Growing up many of us dreamed to be treasure hunters, or at least to find a box full of fortune in our backyard. Even though most of us didn’t succeed, there is still a small part of us that wishes we might find something peculiar some day.

Well, one man took the Internet to share some pictures of a mysterious hole that he found in the middle of his backyard. After taking a closer look he soon realized there is a layer of bricks inside the hole so he quickly started digging. At first, he couldn’t understand what it is, but then the hole turned out to be an actual 4 feet wide chamber. So, he took some pictures and shared them online asking people, what this mysterious chamber might be? Does it have an interesting story behind it? Maybe, it’s an old teleportation chamber used by witches? Should he be worried? The one thing he found there was a small button, but it didn’t help to answer the main question – what is this chamber?

Soon enough the Internet came to the rescue, but the answer was probably not what he wished it would be. I guess it’s time to move to another mysterious hole because this one is rather… crappy.

Scroll down to find out what was actually hiding in that peculiar hole!

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Recently, one man took social media to share a mysterious hole he has found near his house

So, he posted the pictures of his peculiar find asking for help to find out what it is

At first, it seemed to be an ordinary hole but something seemed suspicious

So he started digging and saw an entire layer of bricks

They even found a large stone stopper inside the hole

It soon became an archeological site

“Small metal button found in the hole”

The hole was actually 4 feet wide chamber

“A pipe seemingly going to the chamber from the direction of the house”

After digging for a while they finally reached the bottom of the chamber

“Some items retrieved from the chamber”

So, without hesitation, he posted these images online asking what this mysterious hole might be hiding?

And unfortunately, he received an answer he was probably not expecting…

What do you think it might be? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments!

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Teacher Uses Band-Aids To Explain Difference Between Equality Vs Equity, 8-Year-Olds Understand It Better Than Adults

Kids are smart, curious and adaptable, and can learn challenging concepts with remarkable ease with the right teaching methods.

Tumblr user aloneindarknes7 illustrated this by sharing their way of teaching 8-year-olds the difference between two similar but distinct ideas, those of equality and equity. The post originally appeared on the Tumblr ‘Citizenship and Social Justice, which “tracks primarily issues of class, race, gender, education, and activism.”

Now obviously, simply knowing the difference between these two concepts, and learning how to implement them in real life are too completely different things. After reading the teacher’s method, people began a fascinating discussion about inequality, justice and social issues that really provokes some critical thinking. Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

This image was posted recently, explaining the difference between equality and equity

So a teacher decided to share how they make 8-year-olds understand the concepts

Some people agreed with the post

Others had a different opinion

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To The One Who’s Afraid Of Taking A Chance: If Not Now, Then When?

Life is short and constantly changing, we sometimes think we have all the time in the world so we take our time with chances, we take our time with time until one day we wake up and realize that it slipped away, that the people we cared about never knew and that we never truly said all the words we should have said.

Tell the truth. It sets you free and it helps you either move on or finally get what you want or what you’ve been waiting for. Sometimes all you have to do is be honest with yourself first and then the truth will follow.

So what?! So what you didn’t get what you want, so what you cared a little more than you should, so what you didn’t know any better….so what?! If you’re not making mistakes often, you’re not learning and if you’re not learning, you’re not really growing.

Ask the hard questions. Ask yourself, ask the person who keeps sending you mixed signals, ask your parents, ask your boss, ask your friends, ask your ex. If you need answers then you need to be brave enough to ask the hard questions. The questions that can determine your future or change your life.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Expect more, love yourself a little more, forgive yourself more often and know what you deserve. Know what you’re worth and be proud of who you are or who you’re becoming, be proud of your journey, of your scars, of your progress and learn how to believe again, how to stand up again and how to take another leap of faith.

Choose your life. Don’t settle for living a life that doesn’t excite you, while you can’t go back and change the past, you can always choose your future, you can choose which chances to take and which ones to give up, you can choose which chapters to rewrite and which ones to end, you can choose which doors to reopen and which doors to close and you can always choose to take another chance, to give a second chance, to start over and to let chances guide you instead of terrify you.

Sometimes all you need is one chance to change your life and you will never know what it is if you’re always taking the easy way out. Chances are always calling you, desperately waiting for you to answer. TC mark

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People Are Losing It Over High-heeled Crocs

There’s a whole lot of snobbishness about Crocs going on out there. Like Nickleback and vegans, some things are seemingly just cool to hate.

Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. They are super comfortable and serve a purpose, which is just fine for me. The latest outrage has arisen over the release of ‘high-heeled’ crocs, which are as practical yet slightly glamorous as you can imagine. While critics and fashionistas are howling about how ‘hideous’ they are, the people have spoken and they are selling like hotcakes, despite the hefty $55 dollar price.

“Get all the fashion without sacrificing the comfort. Dress them up or down, and enjoy wherever the day takes you!” Crocs say about the heels on their website. Do you agree? Would you buy a pair? Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Crocs has been known worldwide to be a comfy shoe

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The most popular model are the famous clogs

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But they recently released a ‘sexied-up’ version of the rubber sandal

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And it’s already sold out!

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The new model is called ‘Cyprus V Heel’

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They come for $55 a pair

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Crocs have made heels before, when they teamed up with Balenciaga to create these $850 shoes

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People either love them

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Or hate them

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Pizza Guy Sees Dog Running Towards Him At 2AM While Woman Shouts “Shoot Her”, Reaches For His Gun

Naming your pet is usually a joyous experience, your new friend is going to be with you for a lifetime and you want him or her to feel a part of the family. But you would never expect that the name you give might one day put your buddy in danger, would you?

That’s precisely what happened to this lady, when Imgur user AKghandi showed up at her house at 2am with a pizza delivery. Like many folk in Alaska, AKghandi was armed. When he saw a dog running at him, followed by a woman apparently shouting “SHOOT HER” over and over again, he reached for his gun and readied himself to take aim.

Luckily for this unfortunately named pooch, it was all a big misunderstanding. Scroll down to check out what happened for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Guy shared this story about a nearly disastrous animal name misunderstanding recently

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People started sharing their own funny pet name stories:

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What I Hold In My Heart To Keep It Beating

Inspired by Kendra Sydral

Some days it is hard to see the forest for the trees, impossible to spot the sunshine tucked behind the clouds. My life can sometimes seem so overwhelmingly dim, my heart sometimes sinks to my feet. In those moments of suffocating darkness when my desire to live is waning, it becomes increasingly important to dig deep and find something to grab my attention and bring me back to life. So, here they are: my five favorite sensations, or the best experiences of living I’ve ever known.

That feeling when someone says, “I love you.”

My body becomes bubbly, like a carbonated soda when shaken. I can hear and feel my heart, making my chest appear heavy, yet somehow everything is light, and I feel as if I could fly. I can’t help but smile and blush, my face shows the just a portion of the joy within my soul. I often wish that I could bottle these feelings to open back up later when the moment is gone and I’m feeling alone again.

The sensation of ice cream in my mouth.

I love the chill, the way it just flows down your throat. I love to eat it slowly, really allowing my tongue the pleasures of the taste and feel. My brain slows, my muscles settle, my heart begins to relax. It satisfies even the heaviest of emotions, glazing everything over with an icy, sweet salvation that makes life tolerable again.

The sound of a live orchestra.

The walls melt away, leaving me surrounded by the harmonious life blood of strings, winds, brass, drums. My emotions become one with the music, meaning the roller coaster becomes a tame and tolerable ride. My body craves to move, to be one with the rhythm and the melody, to express all that the instruments convey.

The comfort of an embrace.

The loneliness that haunts me always melts away when someone gives a hug, especially a true, fully committed embrace. My pain in my heart subsides, like the calm after a storm. Somehow, being held makes me feel safe and protected. It removes the constant emptiness and longing to die that I feel inside. It makes me feel wanted, desired, beloved.

The look of laughter on the face of someone I love.

The sound brings warmth to my heart, but the expressions on their faces make it truly wonderful. I stare, soaking in the dimples, the formation of the muscles, the way their eyes either light up or squint. I can’t help but smile, regardless if I am the one that prompted the laughing or not. My heart soars and I float on air just from knowing that these people who are such an important part of my life are happy, giggly, amused.

It can become entirely too easy to become immersed in depression, drowning in the darkness of your own thoughts. But, it is important to always have a few things you hold dear to your heart, spells that can be cast to protect you in those stormy times and keep you safe and dry. I hope to never lose these things that I love, these reasons to always live, these treasures that get me out of bed most days.

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The ‘This Is Us’ Creator Made A Movie That’s Just As Heart-Wrenching As The Show

If you’re a This Is Us fan, then you definitely know what it’s like to go through an entire box of tissues in the single hour it takes to air an episode (with commercials, of course). It’s probably this emotional connection with the storyline that keep us coming back for more. What can we say? We might be a bit masochistic, but there’s something so earnest and lovely about the show’s characters.

Well, if you loved the heart-wrenching moments of the show, you’re definitely going to love its creators’ new movie, Life Itself, which already has a trailer that’s got me a little teary-eyed.

The movie stars Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac as a couple who falls in love with New York. You know they’re going to be a pretty central part of the emotional arc when the first words out of Isaac’s mouth in the trailer is this heart-pounding monologue:

“Abby, I’m waiting for the right moment because when I ask you out, there’s not going to be any turning back for me. I’m not gonna date anybody else for the rest of my life, I’m not gonna love anyone else for the rest of my life. I’m waiting for the right moment because when I ask you out, it’s going to be the most important moment of my life, and I just want to make sure I get it right.

Yeah, it’s going to be that kind of movie.

According to IMDb, the film is about a young New York couple, from early romance to marriage to the birth of their first child, and “the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.” What they really mean by that is this: you are going to cry your eyes out and you’re going to love every second of it. Don’t believe me? Just watch the trailer, where it’s obvious all of the characters are going to be thrown into turmoil.

The movie also stars Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, and Samuel L. Jackson, so you know it’s gonna be good. In fact, according to Wilde, the script itself is pure gold.

You’ve got to admit, that’s a great compliment coming from such a seasoned actress. All the more reason to go see it the second it’s released!

Life Itself will be available in theaters on September 21. TC mark

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