DOUBTING MOTHER TERESA

Most people in our society follow the beautiful people, those who seem to have it all together, almost perfect, unscathed by the bumps and bruises of life. But, all my heroes walk with a limp. They limp because their faith was forged in the fires of pain, suffering, and doubt. I don’t get carried away by the latest fad book, the trendy, tweet-sized philosophy, or the bumper sticker theological treatise. I just don’t have time for that anymore.

When men and women have suffered greatly, I will eagerly listen to them. Pain cuts through the chaos and clutter of modern life. Even before I had personally experienced deep pain in my life, I always seemed to gravitate toward people who had endured pain and hardship and somehow came out on the other side not just alive but stronger. We all must choose who we follow and who we learn from.

One of the greatest women of faith in the past century was Mother Teresa. She lived, breathed, and touched death for decades. She poured out her blood, sweat, and tears to comfort the sick and dying in the streets of Calcutta. Her job was brutal and depressing. But somehow she found joy in it.

She was confident that God had called her to this horrendous place. I never dreamed that a devoted follower, like Mother Teresa, could battle enormous doubts. I thought that if you stepped out and did something radical for the faith, then all of your doubts would evaporate.

I don’t know why I held on to this false belief, but I did. I didn’t need to look far to prove that theory wrong. I should have re-examined so many biblical examples of people who did something radical but still had doubts. John the Baptist was radical. He doubted. Thomas was radical. He doubted. David was radical. He doubted. And so did Mother Teresa.

We identify Mother Teresa as an iconic figure of piety, self-sacrifice, and faith. Most of us didn’t know that throughout her life she felt plagued by the darkness of doubt. She wrote: “I feel just that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.” And in another personal letter, she struggled with accepting the love of Jesus: “Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.”

People of faith have been divided over the discovery of Mother Teresa’s doubt. Chris Armstrong reported that “the Christian world drew a collective breath of shock when, in 2007, we discovered through a posthumously published book that Mother Teresa of Calcutta had undergone a severe, intense dark night that persisted through almost her entire ministry.” When her doubts were publicized around the world, most in the media mocked her, revealing their gross misunderstanding of the nature of faith, doubt, and certainty. They tried to use her doubts against her faith, calling her a hypocrite.

In great contrast, I rejoiced at the revelation and felt a sense of relief. “If it is okay for Mother Teresa to have doubts about God, perhaps it is okay for me.” She was one of the most admired women in the world. She gave her life to serve the poor and dying in one of the biggest slums on the planet. Mother Teresa’s doubt helped me, and I believe her doubt can serve as a remedy for those of us who have questions and doubts because the problem for many of us is this—we doubt alone. This loneliness makes us feel that if we do not have certainty about God or our faith in God, then we are on the verge of losing faith altogether. At best, we feel like second-class Christians.

The fact is, doubt is the normal Christian life for many known and unknown saints. You may have grown up in a Christian home that assumed a biblical worldview. Sometimes it is hard to transition to a world (like college!) where most people don’t share the same faith. One of the greatest challenges you may face will be in the academic world that doesn’t share your Christian Worldview. Questions and doubts keep our faith honest and our prayers real. Doubt gives us some humility, in other words, we need to accept the truth that no one, and I mean no one, can have absolute certainty this side of heaven. Yes, Mother Teresa doubted. She is one of a long line of doubters. It should give us courage to admit our own doubts to ourselves, to others, and especially to God.

Doubting is not unique to a person or a time period. It is the nature of being a finite human living in a complex world filled with pain, disappointment, and questions about existence that will never be answered on this side of life. Doubting is biblical, historical, and normal for many Christians who are trying to follow God with their lives. It takes courage to face uncertainty and to live with doubts that may never completely go away.

Over the years, people came from all over the world to seek the wisdom of Mother Teresa. One of those seekers was a philosopher and professor named John Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh traveled thousands of miles to Calcutta to meet with this revered spiritual leader in hope of receiving some guidance. On his first morning there, Mother Teresa asked Kavanaugh why he journeyed such a long distance to visit her in the “house of the dying.”

Kavanaugh replied, “I want you to pray for me.”

She asked, “How can I pray for you?”

He said, “Pray that I have clarity.”

Mother Teresa responded, “That I will not do.”  Her response stunned Kavanaugh, so he asked her why she would not pray for him to have clarity.

She smiled and said “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.”

I like this simple story. Clarity, like certainty, can become an idol. Kavanaugh, like most of us, wanted certainty that his next steps were the right ones … the steps God wanted him to take. Mother Teresa knew such certainty was not available, so she chose to tell him that he must let go of that desire.

When she told him that clarity (certainty) was the last thing he was holding on to and must let go of, Kavanaugh responded, “You always seem to have clarity.” Teresa laughed and said “I have never had clarity. What I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

That’s not a bad prayer, for people like myself, who seem to be obsessed by this endless quest for certainty. Because in faith, there is room for doubt.

 

Written By Ben Young

Ben Young, DM is a writer and teaching pastor at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is also an adjunct professor at Houston Theological Seminary, and the author of seven books, including Devotions for Dating Couples and Room for Doubt: How Uncertainty Can Deepen Your Faith.   www.benyoung.org

Pamper Yourself Pretty: Fun Beauty Tips To Try Out

The world of beauty often gets a bad wrap. Although true beauty comes from within, having the option to pamper and primp can be a lot of fun. When you take beauty too seriously, it does have the potential to turn sour. After all, you are who you are, and you should embrace that. The beauty world is there to have fun with, to make your feel better about yourself, and accentuate what you have. So never let it make you feel bad. Instead, experiment with a bunch of fun treatments and pamper yourself pretty, starting with these cool ideas.

False Lashes

There are lots of different beauty accessories that you might like to think about using, but right now there’s one that stands out as being the most fun of all. False lashes are a great way to play around with your regular beauty regime. When you have an event coming up or a special occasion,  there’s nothing like wearing a set of false lashes to glam up your look and change your eye shape. So head to your favorite beauty section and find some great lash effects to play around with.

Nail Art

Coming in as a close second and maybe even fighting for the top spot is nail art. You might love to paint your nails and give yourself manicures and love the colors you have, but just think about what fun stepping that up a notch can be. With different nail art designs, you can create different beauty looks to match your outfits, or even create cool looks for your friends too.

Glitter

Then there’s also glitter to think about. Glitter can be a great way to jazz up your beauty and pampering routine. Before, it was saved for things like manicures and eyeshadows, but the latest beauty trends have taken glitter to the next level. Not only can you add fun designs to your face and show off your creative makeup skills, but you can also add it to your hair too. When you’ve got a party or celebration, going with glitter roots can be a great way to add some sparkle.

Hair Extensions

Then there’s always the option to play around with your hair styles. Whether you’ve always wanted to grow your hair long, or you’ve got thin hair, and you need some more volume, there’s one simple solution to try out. You’ll find that tape in hair extensions can give you the locks of your dreams. By playing around with different styles and adding more length, you’ll find endless ways to dress your hair.

Face Masks

Then there’s also skincare to think about. And facials are great for when you have problem skin. Even if you’ve already got great skin and you’ve not suffered from acne, applying face masks can be a lot of fun. You’ll be able to relax and pamper, and if you want to think about using them with your friends, you can have a great girly time together too.

Meet Up and Coming Teen Singer Hannah Richardson

 

Who says you need to be an adult to change the world? Hannah Richardson is only sixteen and already she is the face of a successful company and on the verge of releasing an album. Find out more about her music, her company and its inspiring mission, and how you can connect with her on social media.

(Psst! Go follow the company’s Instagram page — it already has over 10,000 followers!)

 

R: Tell us about yourself. How long have you been singing? What made you fall in love with it?

H: Well, hey there! My name is Hannah Richardson, I’m sixteen years old, and I’m a singer and songwriter, as well as the face of an incredible girl power company called Gomee Girl. Looking back, I think I fell in love with music when my parents started playing it in the house! I was extremely blessed that my parents exposed me to all of these incredible artists at such a young age, such as Fleetwood Mac, Allison Krauss, Led Zeppelin, etc. I was definitely influenced by them when I started writing my own music years later. I officially started singing at six years old in my church choir, but got my first solo when I was seven. My pastor was nice enough to offer that the girl singing obnoxiously over all the other kids (that girl being me) get her own song. Quite frankly, I think that it was the solo in particular that really got me fascinated with being in front of people, as it was when I realized that I could force a group of adults to listen to me who otherwise wouldn’t have. Ironically, that’s kind of still true today.

 

R: I heard you are about to release an album. That’s so exciting! What’s your favorite song on it?

H: Totally! The album is called Chasing Rainbows and is set to be released on September 18th, 2017. It has a very pop and country feel with a lil’ Irish flair, and showcases all of my favorite instruments, like mandolins, fiddles, and vintage guitars. My favorite songs on the album are generally the musically joyous ones that are tinged with darker lyrics. I’m really obsessed with having that awesome conflict of lyrics and music in my songs, just because it makes people second guess that whole concept of “oh, this is upbeat so it’s obviously totally happy!” Spoiler alert, but that’s why “Rich Kids” and “Just A Friend” were personally so wonderful for me to write, and why I think people will really connect with those. This probably sounds cliche, but picking your favorite song is liking picking your favorite child. All of the songs are so unique and come from such different places emotionally. However, I will say that “Chasing Rainbows” was definitely my most therapeutic song. What I mean by that is, after writing it, I realized I had finally unlocked this thing that had been hurting me for a long time, and could let all of my feelings out every time I sang the song. For me, that’s the whole beauty of songwriting. It’s taking incredibly complex emotions and situations that nobody but you understands and somehow translating them into something our actual language hasn’t yet figured out how to communicate.

 

R: Tell us about Gomee Girl. How can we raise awareness?

H: Gomee Girl’s main mission is to improve the self-esteem of young girls. Through positive social media campaigns, school assembly events, and their patches with positive images, the organization is focused on letting every woman know that she can love herself exactly the way she is. As the face of the company, some of my jobs include representing the company in a good light, designing exclusive products, and writing epic, girl-power music. However, the most important responsibility I have taken on is giving advice to girls who are followers of myself and/or the company. Despite the time commitment and rather emotional nature of the job, this has become one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I mean, nothing is more fulfilling than a girl who at one point felt she was “useless,” and now messages me pictures of herself at a school dance. Nothing can beat that! One way to raise awareness is simply by following Gomee Girl’s social media sites (@gomeegirl). Another way is to let any girl who might need some help know that she can check out http://www.gommegirl.com/getinspiredwithhannah for advice on everything from basketball to boy trouble and also just to connect with other girls who’ve had similar struggles in life!

 

R: What do you like to do besides singing?

H: I’m a Music & Diversions division writer for Metiza Magazine, so I am super obsessed with interviewing artists. I also read a lot (shoutout to Harry Potter), and love watching TV shows like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Gilmore Girls.

 

R: What advice do you have for young girls who want to pursue a career as a singer or anything in the music industry?

H: NEVER let people say that you can’t pursue your dreams due to circumstances beyond your control. There will always be people who are more “gifted” than you, who have prettier hair than you, who have more money than you do, etc. That being said, it’s the people who work day and night and totally dedicate themselves to their passion that actually make a mark on the world. No excuses. You can do this!

 

R: What are your social media addresses?

H: Website – http://www.hannahrichardson.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hannahrsings1

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/hannahrsings1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hannahrsings1

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/mlpgrow123

R: Is there anything else you would like to add?

H: This sounds a lot like an Academy Award speech, but I just have to thank my family, friends, and fans for helping me so much on this journey. I also want to personally thank all the people who have ever caused any conflict in my life: hey ya’ll, you guys are the ones who inspire the best songs and are part of what motivate me to be better than I was yesterday, so thanks for being you…kind of.

 

Photo credits: Hannah Richardson

True Beauty: Understanding What It Means

God tells us we are wonderfully and fearfully made, and to Him, you are beautiful and unique. He does not compare you to others, as you are the person He made you to be.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where we can feel judged. Despite what the Bible says, we can face pressure within ourselves, or from others, to conform to a false idea of beauty. In this article, we will try and get some perspective on the matter, and try to understand what true beauty means.


On the surface

When most people think of beauty, they think of face value. First impressions are made, wrongly, by the way somebody looks on the outside. The media doesn’t help. From magazine models to movie stars, we wonder why we don’t look like the people we see on the page and screen. There is also peer pressure at school to look and dress a certain way. If you are too fat or thin, or you are wearing the wrong fashions, you may struggle to fit in with the crowd.

For starters, don’t be fooled by the false image the media portrays. The pictures you see in magazines and on the internet have often been photoshopped, with any blemishes removed before publication. Movie stars are as insecure as anybody else, spending a fortune on making themselves look beautiful for the screen. You can look after your skin, with advice from a website such as Exfoliate.com, but you don’t need to compare yourself to others, as chances are, they will still look like you do first thing in the morning.

You don’t want to neglect your body, and we have offered advice at Relatemag.com. Health is important, so while you don’t need to feel ashamed about the way you look, there is still the need to be sensible and take care of yourself. Body shaming has become a trend, but there is no ‘perfect’ weight provided you are healthy and looking after yourself. There will always be bullies in life, but don’t subject yourself to their torment and criticism.


On the inside


The Bible tells us we are made in God’s image. We don’t know what God looks like, but the verse refers to the qualities of God, rather than physical appearance. You have probably noticed some of these qualities in other people, including love, kindness, and grace. It is this writer’s opinion that true beauty radiates from the inside. As you will know from movies such as “Mean Girls,’ people can be beautiful on the outside, but very ugly on the inside.

Focus on your inner beauty. Be somebody that cares for others. There will be people in your life who may not be physically attractive, at least to society’s standards, but you won’t notice this when their beauty radiates from the inside. Think of the people you love, and ask yourself why you do. It will be who they are on the inside, and the way they care for you.

So, what is true beauty? You decide, but above all, love yourself, for who you are, and be good to others.

Love: It Can’t Coexist with Hate

You only love Jesus as much as you love the person you like the least.  Or, how about this:  your love for Jesus equals the amount of love you have for the person you hate the most.

Harsh, right?

You’re shaking your head and saying, no way, I love Jesus way more than that.

I’ve thought the same.  In fact, I’ve been in denial for several years.  I’ve looked at other people (Christians, mind you) who were burning with anger and hatred and thought, “Wow, they must not love Jesus very much.” But all the while, I’ve not put much thought into what this meant in my own life.

The fact that the difficult equation has surfaced many times throughout the years tells me that it’s something I need to work on.

The fact that I felt compelled to write about it tells me I’m not the only one.

Think about this.  Jesus tells us to love one another.  People who aren’t Christians like to call us out on this one, too; they like to point out our hypocrisy.  And it’s rampant for a reason…loving someone you don’t like is really, really hard to do.

It’s so hard to do, in fact, that it’s easier to walk away from people we don’t like and stop dealing with them altogether rather than find some common ground or forgiveness or, gulp, here it is again, love.  We harden our hearts and dismiss people like they are broken or out of date cell phones that can be replaced by shiny, unfamiliar, newer versions.  I know because I’ve done it.  Repeatedly.

Until I decided that I’m done, I’m not walking away.  I’m going to deal with it.  By giving it to God.  I know it sounds ridiculous, but here is the thing…GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY.  I got so fed up with the fury churning at the inside that I’ve simply prayed, “God, please, fill up that space, that gap, where I am so shamefully lacking, and help me love this person.”  I had to mean it.  I had to empty myself of the anger by no longer giving it my attention, and I let God do what He does.  And here’s the thing…He did.

I have stood across from people I have absolutely nothing in common with other than the fact that we both have noses on our faces; our political, spiritual, moral codes, our likes and dislikes so polar opposite it’s difficult to see them as people, and I have loved them for reasons I cannot explain.  I have recognized them as souls that God made with a purpose, and I have felt nothing but compassion.  I have faced people who have hurt me deeply and personally, and I have prayed the same prayer, and all my hurt feelings have shriveled in God’s pool of forgiveness.

Loving others, the ones that are most difficult to love, the ones that are the most distant, have brought to me more peace than anything else I have experienced in my life.  I wish there was something that I could so eloquently say that would convince you this is true, but I don’t have those words.  I can only pray that you want it enough in your own life that you try it.

And, while this may be another article of its own, I think it’s important enough to add: this goes for yourself.  If the one person you can’t stand to be around, the one person you wish you could change or punish or perfect is the girl staring back at you in the mirror, you have to love her, too.  You can’t love Jesus and hate yourself.  

Anger and hate and contempt cannot coexist within a soul that claims to love Jesus.  They are too big of burdens to bear, and they will squeeze out all the goodness that Christ wants to bring out in our lives.  Fortunately, the opposite is true.  His light is brighter than the darkness of contempt, and He will quench it if we allow Him to.  The question is, which one will you choose?

 

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Let God Be Your Giant Slayer

Life’s problems and challenges, I call “giants”, seem insurmountable and impossible to resolve. The Bible story of a young David taking on the giant, Goliath, and winning gives me a lot of hope! Consequently, we know we can win our battles too when we let God be our Giant Slayer!

Young David, the youngest of his father’s eight sons, was a keeper of his father’s sheep. David’s job was to shepherd the sheep, keeping them safe, warm, and well fed. Now sheep are not particularly smart so they must be led to fresh grass and water. They need protection from predators. David’s job was challenging!

Funny thing, as he learned the challenges of being a shepherd, he didn’t know that God was preparing him to shepherd a kingdom. Life changed for David when Samuel, a prophet of the Lord, came to David’s father Jesse looking for the one who replace King Saul as king. No one expected David to be selected, especially David.

God had specific qualifications he was looking for in the future leader of the Israelites.  God is looking for one who is His, one with heart who loves God more than life, and loves others as God loves. God is looking for someone teachable and willing to obey His commands. Samuel 16:7 tells what God requires:

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Our battles are the LORD’S. He knows we are weak and dependent upon Him. He will fight for us, just as He enabled David as he fought for the Hebrews.

David wasn’t afraid of anything as long as He kept a right relationship with God. David knew God would provide the direction and instruction he needed. Saul doubted he could fight Goliath and win, but David told him how God had prepared him:

“Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear:  and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.  And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD Be with thee.” 1 Samuel 17:36-37

We too have our challenges ahead of us, but we can be assured that God has it all worked out if we will follow Him. He will lead and guide us each step of the way. Like David, He will prepare us, even when we don’t realize it!

What are your giants?

Bitterness? Bitterness keeps us from staying focused on Him. It is the result of us seeking our will and being angry when we don’t accomplish our plan. Feelings of being let down by God when we don’t get our way, leads to resentment and separation from our LORD. Bitterness is a giant that must be conquered.

Addictions? Addictions weaken us. Depending on something or someone other than our LORD leads to disappointment. When we can’t handle life’s challenges and consequences from wrong decisions, we often turn to artificial means to cope. Addictions are giants that must be overcome.

What is the giant that seems insurmountable in your life? Tell the LORD. Seek His help.  The LORD overcomes all giants, if we let Him.

Written By Linda Hull

When Counting Sheep Isn’t Enough: Tips On How To Get Enough Sleep

Research shows that as many as 87% of high school students in the United States are sleep deprived. Are you one of them? If you are a typical teenager, then the chances are that you are indeed not getting enough sleep.

The problem with not getting enough sleep as a teenager is that it can have a negative effect on both your school and home life. Your grades can start to suffer and you are most likely to be getting into fights because you are cranky.

Ways To Improve Your Sleep

The following are all easy-to-follow guidelines that will help you get a good night’s rest.

  • Your bedroom needs to become a quiet haven in the evening. Turn off your computer before you go to bed and if your household is noisy at night, invest in a pair of earplugs.
  • If you are feeling anxious or stressed try relaxing with soothing music (or white noise) before bedtime. Yoga is also known to relax you and prepare your body for sleep. If you are spiritual you can take time reading your favorite scriptures or even meditate. If you find yourself unable to sleep continuously it is suggested that you consult with your doctor for assistance and remember that most sleeping disorders are covered by medical insurance.
  • If you are feeling under the weather go to bed earlier than usual. Your body will need the extra rest to recuperate. Remember to plan for the additional sleep ahead of time if you have to wake up early the next morning for school.
  • Certain dietitians suggest eating a carb-loaded snack before bed to aid in sleeping. These snacks will make you feel warm and drowsy and can enhance your sleeping experience significantly. Good foods to snack on include pretzels, crackers, popcorn, fruit or even just toast with jam or honey.
  • If you are unable to sleep in light try putting blackout shades on your windows and make sure your door is properly shut at night. Comfortable and lightweight sleeping masks are also available at many stores if you really find yourself battling with even the smallest amount of light.
  • Taking a hot shower or bath before bed and keeping your room cool to lower your body temperature is known to trigger deep sleep.
  • Try to figure out what is keeping you awake at night. If you are on any medication check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if these could be the cause of your insomnia. Other common culprits are caffeine (coffee, cola, caffeinated energy drinks) or stressful situations (exams, sportstry-outs etc). Try taking a soothing tea made with chamomile before bed. Again, if your insomnia persists please seek professional medical attention.
  • Certain scents are considered to have sleep-inducing effects. Try orange blossom, lavender, chamomile or marjoram. You can buy scented candles, incenseor essential oils. Just be sure to put out any candles before you go to sleep.

Once you are able to get a good night’s sleep more often, you won’t only feel better but you may see an improvement in your grade and performance on the sports field as well. You will be happier and more relaxed resulting in your friends and family feeling the same.

How To Protect Your Skin While Looking Good

It’s very easy to find all manner of products that can help shape your skin, and help give your skin a good glow. Of course, there’s the cost involved which you must account for, but for the most part – it’s very easy to find a means to an end when it comes to skincare and beauty. It seems like there is a product for every purpose, if you’ve got the cash of course – but even then, there are plenty cheap options available as well. The thing is, however, that we also need to think about protecting and caring for our skin – as well as making it look good. A healthy glow is one thing, but if our skin is unhealthy, well, it’s not exactly healthy is it? We need to seriously think about skincare, and what we can do to our skin to ensure it looks good at all times, we need to also think about our routines and regimes – and if we are performing them with health in mind. While we are trying to make our skin we look, we need to think a lot about protecting our skin from damage.

Shaving

Firstly, shaving. Most women shave bodily hair off of their body – but incorrect technique, dodgy shaving equipment and a lack of aftercare can lead to damage. Ingrown hair, damaged skin, cuts, infections, lumps, and bruises can be caused by incorrect shaving techniques and poor equipment. Always shave with a sharp blade to avoid cuts and for a closer shave, to avoid being caught short with a blunt blade, companies like 99 Cent Razor offer subscription packages, which can be pretty cheap and ensure you’re always shaving sharp. Ensure you lotion and care for your skin after a shave to ensure it’s in good shape after. Shaving during a bath is your best bet as the hot water brings the hair out and allows for a smoother shave.

Exfoliation

If you want your skin to be clean, you need to exfoliate and use scrubs, gels, pastes, and rubs to drag dirt from your pores. However, use them with care – applying them to the skin with force can lead to skin damage. Instead of tearing your face apart, apply the exfoliating product and leave it on the skin for an extended period of time. Allowing the product to work its magic is a lot better than forcefully applying an irritant to your face!

Suncare

The sun is a big danger to the skin, but it also allows us to tan. Despite the incredible danger, the reward of a healthy tan is simply too much of a lure for some. This means that people are ready to risk their health for a glow. Don’t. Don’t bask in the sun without sunscreen, and ensure you’re out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. If you’re in the sun, hydrate and wear a hat. The damage caused by the sun’s rays can have a lasting effect, and the consequences are avoidable.

 

Getting Fit While At Uni

It can be easy for your active levels to go down the pan when it comes to university. After all, you might not have to walk very far from your dorm when it comes to classes and hobbies. And you can spend a lot of time in your room working on assignments rather than getting active in the sunshine. However, your fitness doesn’t have to go down the pan while you are at college. In fact, here are some ways you can get fit while at uni.

Look into going to the campus gym

Depending on the size of your uni, it’s likely there might be a gym on campus. After all, they want their students to stay healthy while they are living at university. Going to the gym might be the last thing you want to do after a day of lectures. But a session in the gym can soon see you feeling a lot of healthier. After all, you can use the equipment to help you stay in shape. And going to the uni gym can often be a good social event. After all, you can meet some new friends and work out together. If you are worried about costs, a lot of uni gyms offer students reduced rates, so it doesn’t have to break the bank!

Invest in a new bike

It’s likely you left your car back home while you are at university. After all, it’s not necessary to have it at uni. And you can just rely on public transport to get you around the city. But if you want to get fitter, you might want to think about getting a bike. After all, it’s a great way to fit some exercise into your life when you are a student. You can go for a bike ride after your class to work your muscles. It’s one of the best forms of exercise as it works all your body. And an hour on your bike a day can soon see you losing the pounds. It can also help you to get to the other side of town easily. After all, getting the bus can be a drag. Just make sure you look into bikes which will keep you safe. In fact, look online at the pros and cons of Genesis V2100 bicycles, and other makes before buying. That way, you know it’s right for your uni area!

Go for a jog around campus

It’s so easy to just stick around in your room for hours on end. But it’s not going to be very good for your health if you don’t get active. Therefore, it’s time to get up and around campus. After all, it’s an excellent way to ensure you get some fitness into your life. And it can help you to see everything going on if you are a newbie. It might be that you go for a jog around campus. You can then get some good exercise into your life, and the fresh air will do you good too. Or if you are less fit, start with a walk, and you can soon build up into a daily jog!

And don’t be afraid to start a fitness group. After all, there might be other students who would be interested in getting healthier while at uni.

6 Basic Ways Teens Can Benefit from Spending Time with Seniors

Talking to older adults is intimidating. They have been through so much and have a vastly different worldview from you. Yet, there are so many benefits that teens can experience when they spend time with elderly relatives, neighbors, or residents at a local senior care facility. Here are a few of these benefits and how to get past the initial awkwardness of spending time with those that are older than you.

What Are the Benefits of Hanging out with Older Adults?

By 2030, 20 percent of Americanswill be 65 years of age or older. Seniors are becoming a bigger part of our society. Here are some of the ways you can get more out of life by developing an intergenerational friendship:

  1. Self-Identity– An older person can help you figure out who you are by giving you a well-rounded understanding of yourself that is aided by decades of experience.
  2. Have Someone to Look up to– You don’t make it to old age without perseverance and living through a hard situation or two. Many seniors are real-life heroes.
  3. Engage in Mature Conversations– Talking to your friends is completely different from interacting with a golden ager. You will find that there is more depth to the conversation.
  4. Feel Like You Belong– Both the elderly and teens tend to feel lonely at times. When you are friends with an older adult, you can help soothe any feelings of loneliness.
  5. Learn a New Skill– Being able to talk to people of different backgrounds is an important life skill. It will serve you well throughout life as you apply for jobs and meet new people.
  6. Accept Mortality– As a teen, it is hard to accept that you may get old someday. Perhaps, you are even afraid of the elderly. Once you spend a few hours with an older adult, you will gain a whole new perspective.

How Can You Develop an Intergenerational Friendship?

If you do not have any older adults in your life, there are plenty of places where you can visit them while lending a helping hand. Perhaps offer to visit an assisted living facility, alternatively, see if you can help the elderly at senior centers, or at the VA. If you don’t know what to do with a golden ager, try asking them about what they are interested in.

Popular activities include gardening, scrapbooking, reading out loud, storytelling, and learning new skills, such as baking, weaving, fishing, using the Internet, or crochet. Both you and your senior friend are sure to learn a lot from each other.