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5 Things Being A Former Emo Kid Taught You

5 Things Being A Former Emo Kid Taught You

Now in your twenties you may look back on your teenage years and cringe, but that time spent as an emo or scene kid has undoubtedly shaped your life. As an adult we now recognize the alternative emo trend we once followed like a religion, was an invaluable experience.

Here’s our top 5 things that being a former emo kid has taught us:

1. Things aren’t that bad… or are they?

If much of your emo life was spent feeling depressed, maybe it was for a good reason. Life as an adult was ahead, and life as an adult can suck! Paying rent or a mortgage, bills, along with long working weeks, and not having time to hang out in large groups in parks are enough to get anybody down!

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That said, maybe it’s not all bad – think of the hours wasted moping around; your post-emo life is surely productive in comparison. You now achieve something everyday – not just perfectly applying black nail varnish; and your life has direction.

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    2. Halloween is the only acceptable day to dress emo

     Each year you count down the days to Halloween, looking forward to dressing the way you used to. Halloween is basically Emo throwback day, the only acceptable day to dress emo or goth as an adult. Make the most of this and go all out each year!

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    Use Halloween as a photo op too! Step aside, ‘Selfies’, and hark back to your MySpace days with pictures that are all about the angles! Reminisce back to a time where a sweeping fringe hides half of your face – and eyeliner hides the other half – this was once an everyday thing.

    3. Band tees rock, and it is okay to wear Chuck Tailors Converse…

    …Just maybe not to work. Depending on you career choice, work attire may be quite relaxed. Studies show that work-wear rules and regulations have softened over the years.

    As an emo you used to personalize your clothing to look unique and to express yourself, and so, even today you probably still look for ways to add that special something to your favorite outfit to stand out, or look for pieces of clothing not usually found in mainstream stores. Just bear in mind that whatever your job you may need to tone it down a little. Keep the casual for the weekend, and guys: no painted fingernails. (Oh, and ditch the guyliner too, leave that one to Jimmy Carr!)

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    4. Read books 

    Years spent as a scene kid has made you open to change, and you realize that trends change over time, but that doesn’t mean you’ve changed your beliefs, your interests or favorite music. Those hours spent tucked away in your room reading taught you a lot. So swap those emo novels and books about self-exploration and feelings for classic reads.

    Reading improves your outlook on life, and can in fact help with depression (and coping with adult life – see number 1). William Nicholson once said, “We read to know that we are not alone”. It can help you connect with the world, feel less depressed or isolated, and feel better about life. Further benefits of reading books include gaining knowledge and expanding your vocabulary. Reading can improve your writing skills too.

    5. Music alters mood… 

    …Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Emo music is stereo-typically melodramatic guitar-based rock music. It can either be aggressive and ‘shouty’ or it can acoustic and gentle. Chances are it contains confessional or explicitly personal lyrics, often about heartbreak or loneliness. Ditch these depressing sounds, but don’t write off rock just yet. Explore the genre and find a new sound.

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    Chances are you have an open mind when it comes to music. As an emo kid you didn’t listen to mainstream music. This has likely led you to discover a much broader range of music than other people since then. Time may change but your interests shouldn’t – gigs are great, so keep going to shows and remember: it is ok to enjoy the music and move around!

    Featured photo credit: Restless Globe Trotter via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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