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Celebrate Life All 2020

It took me awhile to realize that I've already lived in a new 2000 decade from 2000-2010. Most of me not realizing that was probably because I was a kid for the entirety of it. So, entering this new decade gives me all kinds of feels & chills. I'll have vivid recollection of the next ten years and a huge part of me feels that these years will be some of the best ones yet.

Towards the end of 2019, I questioned heavily the way human beings view life. Working retail has allowed me to see the true colors of humans--the good, the bad, the ugly, the super ugly--and it's driven me to question why we complain so much and take so much for granted. Here I am rambling again, but stick with me because I promise there's a point to this.

I credit a lot of my thought processes and my views of life to the traumatic parts of my childhood and early teen years. Realistically, those parts of life (especially when you're young) assist in how you perceive the world when you're older. I hate the phrase "you grew up faster," but in truth, I did to an extent because of what I've gone through. I'm thankful, though, truly, because it's allowed my mind to develop and think in a multitude of ways that I don't believe I would've had my life not taken certain directions. I say this to say, life is a gift that we don't appreciate entirely.

Sometimes, it takes those hardships and the losses to recenter and be reminded that nothing is promised. The sad part is that there are many who will never understand struggle, difficulties, how to live without, or their own privilege. When you do understand those things, you can see it in other people--almost like a sixth sense--and it becomes easier to relate and connect. It's our job, as the people who see life as a gift and who understand the ugly in the world, to spread the light and positivity with those around us.

I'm super annoying in believing that the world is going to end before we notice it. Because of this belief, I'm extremely vocal in wanting humans to appreciate life and to celebrate while we're living. There should never be moments that dance in the back of your head with "I should've" "what if I" "I can't believe I didn't." Like children who are fearless, we have to take risks, jump without knowing a net will appear, have a carefree attitude about things, and just be. Be in the moment. Be in the presence of those who not only love you, but challenge your thoughts. Be in places that make you happy. And mostly, be you. Be you and celebrate life for the next 360 days. Fill each day with nothing but things that set your soul on fire...then watch how the world responds to you.

May your day be ever filled with love, light, and of course, an abundance of chicken tenders💜🌻✨

Cheyenne Pajardo

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