Breakups are one of the hardest things to go through in life. Ending a relationship with someone who ignites a fire deep in your soul can feel like it’s the end of the world, but I’m here to tell you it’s not!
I know what it’s like to lose yourself in a relationship. I dated someone for close to three years who was by my side through everything — the good, the bad and the ugly. He was in the room with me when I was diagnosed with cancer, took care of me during rough chemo treatments and helped me through the fear and sadness when the reality of dealing with an illness started to creep in on me. He was my best friend and I was completely in love with him.
We planned for the future. I thought we were going to be together forever. Then we broke up. It completely shattered my heart. At times I felt it was worse than having cancer. (Sounds crazy, right?)
He was there for me through a traumatic experience which made it even harder to let go. I didn’t think I could go through life without him. I felt no one would ever love me again because I was living with cancer and that nobody else could give me the strength he gave me. It felt as though he completed me while we were together, and without him, I was incomplete.
It took me a few months to realize I’m a strong person with or without a guy. It’s so easy to get caught up in boys — especially when you’re young — because you want someone to want you. But think of all the people you can possibly fall in love with! The world is huge and full of so many people. Why do we think just because one person decides they don’t want to be with us anymore that we will never find love again?
The right one won’t leave you. If they do, there’s 7 billion other people on the planet to choose from. Don’t limit yourself to thinking there’s only one person who could make your life worth living. In reality, we rely too much on other people to make us happy. Focus on yourself and learn how to make yourself feel fulfilled before you look for love.
When you are ready to find that special someone make sure it’s someone who complements you and makes you a better person, not someone who completes you. The only person who can make you feel complete is you. It’s okay to focus on loving you, because you deserve all the love in the world.
Say hello to the iCar? Volkswagen turns to Apple for help making electric cars
By Andreas Cremer
Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said, as the automaker aims to turn profits on battery-powered vehicles when they launch in 2020.
The U.S. tech giant has brought about a design aesthetic with its iPhone and iPad that set it apart from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd; and Sony Corp and helped make it the most valuable company in the world.
For Europe’s biggest automaker, adopting simplicity as the guiding principle for future styling of electric vehicles (EVs) marks a departure from the era before its 2015 “dieselgate” emissions scandal, when vehicle design conveyed the German group’s engineering prowess and technological ambitions.
“We are currently redefining the Volkswagen values for the age of electrification,” Klaus Bischoff, head of VW brand design, said in an interview. “What’s at stake is to be as significant, purist and clear as possible and also to visualize a completely new architecture.”
With regulators slashing emissions on a fast timetable, dieselgate has also energized the costly shift to EVs that is necessary to compete in China, VW’s largest market, and to avoid future fines in Europe.
Previously a laggard on electrification, VW has pledged 34 billion euros ($42.45 billion) of investment in EVs, self-driving technology and digital mobility businesses across the group by 2022.
The core namesake brand alone will spend 6 billion euros on a new modular platform dubbed MEB designed to underpin over 20 purely battery-powered models such as the I.D. hatchback, I.D. Crozz crossover and the I.D. Buzz microbus.
Bischoff said VW will use the Geneva auto show on March 5-7 to give early guidance on what the post-I.D. generation of EVs might look like, but declined to elaborate.
Bischoff belongs to VW’s old guard, having worked a quarter of a century in VW’s design operations and the past decade as head of the core brand’s design.
He became famous through a video shot at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show that has since drawn over 2 million hits on YouTube.
It showed Bischoff being yelled at by former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was inspecting a model by South Korean rival Hyundai and had discovered something that had displeased him.
“In the past everything was very centralized, very narrow boundaries were set on the road of success,” Bischoff said. “Today is the most exciting time of my career because I’m allowed to do things that didn’t use to exist that way.”
‘People would die for Olympic medal, I nearly did’
Canada’s Mark McMorris described his comeback from life-threatening injuries to the podium at the Pyeongchang Olympics as a “miracle” and said inspiring others with his story was worth more than the slopestyle bronze he won on Sunday.
Snowboarding near his home in British Columbia with his brother Craig in March, McMorris caught an edge as he took off for a jump and spiraled into a tree.
He broke his jaw and left arm, ruptured his spleen, suffered a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung.
“People would die for a medal at the Olympics and I nearly did,” he said on Monday, a day after his medal-winning run at the Phoenix Snow Park.
“It’s definitely a miracle and I’m really thankful… to be able to motivate and inspire others – that’s bigger than any medal, right?”
McMorris’ remarkable comeback drew praise from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tweeted: “What a journey back to the podium for @MarkMcMorris. Mark – your tenacity and courage inspire so many of us.”
McMorris tweeted two photographs on Monday, one of him in the hospital following his crash and the other on the medal podium. They were accompanied by a caption: “Thank You Life.”
The Canadian could add yet another chapter to his success story before the end of the Games, as McMorris is seen as a gold medal contender in the new Olympic discipline of Big Air.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
Tokyo elementary school is so EXTRA AF with Armani uniforms for students
A public elementary school in Tokyo’s upscale shopping district of Ginza has raised parents’ eyebrows with a plan to adopt uniforms designed by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani for its students, media said on Thursday.
Taimei Elementary School is introducing the uniforms for incoming pupils, each costing more than 80,000 yen ($729), including optional items, or more than three times as much as current ones, the Huffington Post said.
Armani’s Japan head office, located in Ginza, is just 200 meters (219 yards) away from the grade school.
“I was surprised, and wondered why such luxury brand-designed uniforms have been picked for a public elementary school,” an unnamed mother was quoted by the Huffington Post as saying.
“I’m worried that a wrong notion that something expensive is good and something cheap is bad could be imprinted on children,” said the woman, whose child is set to start at the school in April, when a new school year begins.
In a letter to parents last November, headmaster Toshitsugu Wada said Taimei was a landmark in Ginza, and the decision to adopt the Armani-designed uniforms aimed at creating an atmosphere suitable for such a school, the Huffington Post said.
Taimei officials were not immediately available for comment, but Wada posted a statement on the school’s home page, promising to provide sufficient explanation on the plan for new uniforms.
“With humility, I take the criticism that explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned.”
(Reporting by Kiyoshi TakenakaEditing by Clarence Fernandez)
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