What did it teach you?

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After a busy morning, I was cuddled up under multiple blankets scrolling through Quora.com (always an interesting experience). I was looking at various writing prompts to get a bit of inspiration, and then I stumbled upon a specific thread, posing one question. “What is the most important thing someone has ever said to you?” Though it’s a relatively open question, the thread grew to over 100 comments.

Some answers were more heartfelt than others, and some had me cracking up laughing. After reading so many different responses, it got me thinking… what’s the most important…


Staying true, and staying you.

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The other day, I was sat down talking to a friend of mine, and she was like, “I didn’t even choose to live this life. I was just given life, but I didn’t ask for it, and there’s not even instructions on how to live a good life. How fair is that?” As spontaneous and random as this thought of hers was, it’s not exactly wrong either. There’s no instructions on how to live life the right way. …


Why humility helps humanity.

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Being a hostess has a few perks to it. It’s not always easy, and it’s certainly not the most glamorous job I could have. I really enjoy it, though. Sometimes I get free food, sometimes I get a little cash for cleaning tables, and sometimes I meet really incredible people. Today was Veteran’s Day, and the amount of incredible people that stepped into Chili’s was astounding.

It’s not necessarily that most of the people I met today were Veterans. It’s more about how these Veterans treated me. None of them were rude or frustrated with wait…


2020, you really don’t get enough credit.

I mean, it’s a photo of me taken by my uncle. So.. shoutout to you, Justin.

Okay, before you all head to the comments and tell me all about how 2020 has been entirely awful, hear me out. I agree, the major details of 2020 have been horrible, and I really haven’t enjoyed all the weird stuff happening. COVID-19 is STILL talked about, and we all hoped it would be gone by August. The election is taking way too long, and I think we’re all tired of it, one way or another. For goodness sakes, we wear masks everywhere. How weird is that to think about?

In fact, the…


If it hurts you, why are you letting it get to you?

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It seems that whenever something traumatic happens to others, we tend to tell ourselves: “I would never let that happen,” or “I could never do that.” Realistically, all of us have done this at one point or another. Whether it be while reading a story in the newspaper, or hearing about how someone stayed in a relationship they shouldn’t have, we have a bad tendency to assume the best in ourselves all the time. In the wise words of Justin Bieber, never say never. …


Don’t let yourself think you’re not special.

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I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I get into these slumps. It’s really just lack of a better word, but what else can you call these odd breaks in the understanding of reality? Maybe that’s just a smidge dramatic, but that’s what it can feel like when you get stuck in a pattern. Personally, I feel like 2020 has just been one huge pattern. It’s been like 20 years stuffed into 365 days, and I am not here for it.

Growing up, I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of having…


Why are you the way that you are?

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Have you ever wondered what makes you.. you? More than just the scientific stuff, why are you the way that you are? Was it the people who raised you? Was it your hometown? Was it the books and movies you surrounded yourself with growing up? What pieces of life left the biggest impact?

Before we can get into the philosophical and the metaphorical, I think it would be important to unwrap why we’re all different from a literal standpoint. In a scientific way of thinking, the reason we’re all different is because…


Are you celebrating the potential each second of your time gives?

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Have you ever heard someone say: “time is money?” In reality, it’s because this is true. Everyone’s time costs something different, in a literal sense, because the only way to mathematically put a number on time, is to take prior data. For example, let’s use my September Medium earnings.

I try to put out a couple articles a week, hopefully once a day. I spend about one hour on my articles, give or take. …


Is it love’s fault that you’re hurting?

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Honestly, being a teenager is really, really weird. You go from being a kid to having to make money, learn how to drive, and make these huge life-altering decisions. Everyone is somewhere between telling you “you’ve got time,” and constantly asking for answers on what you want your life to look like. In the midst of all this, you also get to create relationships with people, and start questioning if the people you’re around are the ones you want around you forever. …


Every time you wake up, there’s potential there!

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Okay, so, a lot of you readers must think I’m this incredible and cheery every day, right? Interestingly enough, you’d be wrong!

As much as I’d love to say I always practice what I preach, there’s definitely days where I slip up. I wish there wasn’t, 100%, but then I wouldn’t be human, and I certainly wouldn’t be writing this article. With that being said, I had quite the epiphany today.

I was walking into work this afternoon, and I was really dreading it. It’s not that I don’t like my job…

Ashlyn Michelle

Amateur writer with lots of random thoughts on her mind.

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