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The Difference Between Relationship Expectations Vs. The Reality In 20 Illustrations

Big-budget Hollywood movies and polished Instagram feeds might give you the impression that romantic relationships have to be perfect. Well, they can’t. And when you let go of the popular obsession with unachievable idealistic love, you allow room for your perfectly imperfect relationship to blossom.

To highlight this point, Bored Panda has illustrated the differences between what’s usually expected of romantic moments and their true forms. From snacking in bed to sleeping poses and beyond, the outcome of your attempt to create something special doesn’t matter, it’s what you make of it that does. And there’s no better person to make the best of the mundane than your significant other. Scroll down to check out the images and fire up our other original series once you’re done (21 Ways Your Life Changes From Your 20s To Your 30s, 20 Brutally Honest Comics That Show How Your Life Changes After Having Kids).

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20+ Before & After Pics That Show What Happens When You Stop Drinking

Changing your life around can be hard, especially when it means breaking an addition. However those who have done it will tell you it can make all the difference. The following stories of people who gave up alcohol show that while everyone’s reasons or journeys are different, the end goal is the same – a healthier life.

However, sometimes it is hard to measure ones progress on the path to change, but the before and after pictures on this list are solid evidence. Some people are unrecognizable in their after photos, showing just how big of an impact physically alcohol can have. Scroll down below for some truly inspirational tales!

#1 I Took The Picture On The Left Almost 17 Months Ago, Outside An Emergency Room, At Sunrise, Something Told Me I Didn’t Want To Forget That Moment. I Forget Easily. I’m Going Public With This Now Simply Because I Need To Advocate For Recovery More

#2 This Woman, Who Was Dropped Out Of School At The Age Of 14, Battled Alcoholism And Depression To Become An A&E Doctor 15 Years Later

#3 After A Decade Under The Influence And Not Taking Care Of Myself, I Am 3 Weeks Away From 1 Year Of Sobriety. 50 Lbs Lighter And A New Job Doing What I Am Passionate About. Life Is Much Better And I Definitely Enjoy It Now

#4 I Gave Up Alcohol When My Daughter Turned 1. I’m 5 Years Sober Today

#5 Left Is Me In The ICU From An Overdose. Decided I Was Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired And Am 6 Months Clean And Sober Today

#6 Lost 105 Lbs In 15 Months. First I Quit Drinking. Three Months Later I Changed My Diet (Cut Carbs And Portion Control). Finally, About 12 Months Of Working Out. Change Is Possible No Matter What Your Age Is

#7 1 Year Without Drinking

#8 A Little Over A Year Ago. I’d Had Most Of A Box Of Wine Earlier In The Day And Then Drank Around 12oz Of Whiskey On Stage (Stand Up Comedy) In Front Of A Crowd. Currently, Almost A Year Sober

#9 One Year Of No Alcohol Has Changed My Life. I Lost 53 Pounds And I’m 1000 Times Happier. I Tried To Recreate My Bloated Pic

#10 11 Months Sober And Life Has Never Been Better. I’ve Lost 20kg!

#12 So Proud Of My Brother. Celebrated One Year Of Sobriety And Also Being One Person Lighter. Just Awesome

#13 10 Years. Sobriety. Good Support Network. And A Firm Dedication To Being The Superhero My Dog Thinks I Am

#14 I’m Coming Up On My First Year Of Sobriety. It’s Crazy What A Difference A Year Can Make

#15 My Recovery Progress Makes Me Smile. 4+ Years Of Sobriety Transformation

#16 Before And After 307 Days Sober

#17 Doesn’t Seem Like Much To Some But 100 Days With No Alcohol. Don’t Let Fear Of Judgement Get In The Way Of A Better Life

#18 The Progression Of Sobriety. 24 Hours/1 Year. One Day At A Time

#19 Just Found A Old Picture Of Me On FB. I’m About 9 Months Sober From The Time It Was Taken

#20 What A Year Of Sobriety And 60 Pounds Lost Looks Like

#22 On The Left – 2009 During A 6 Month Relapse After I Left My Daughter’s Dad And Tried To Convince Myself That Without Him, I Didn’t Have An Addiction. On The Right – 2017 After Celebrating 7 Years Of Sobriety, Dropping The Weight, Accepting My Body, Exploring My Sexuality And Thriving In The Uniqueness That Makes Me, Me

#23 Lost 170 Lbs In 18 Months. Sobriety, Diet, And Exercise Have Paid Off

#24 2,5 Years Of Sobriety And Powerlifting

#25 One Year Sober!

#26 Today I Am Three Years Sober. This Is Day 1 After Being Assaulted And Last Week. It’s A Huge Relief To Know I Don’t Have To Drink Anymore

#27 By The Grace Of God… I’ve Made It 4 Years. My Past Made Me Who I Am But I’m Never Looking Back. This Mugshot Was A Painful Reminder Of Despair

#28 On The Left: 1-4 Bottles Of Wine A Week… Dayum, There’s A Lot Of Full Coverage Foundation On That Mug. Eeeek. On The Right, 9 Months Later: Lots Of Infused Water, Bb Cream & Some Contour/Blush. The Difference: Sobriety

#29 What A Difference 10 Months Can Make. I Quit Drinking, Started Working Out, Got Divorced, Moved 1000 Miles By Myself, And Started A New Business. Happier And Healthier Than I’ve Been In A Long Time

#30 The Beauty Of Living Life Sober Is Most Of My Struggles Today Are Based Around Amazing Blessings In My Life. Career Decision Struggles (But I Have Multiple Streams Of Income), Parenting Struggles (But I Have A Beautiful Baby Girl) And Struggling To Find My True Purpose In Life (But I’m Finally Asking Myself The Question And Pursuing Passions)

#32 One Month Sober From Alcohol And Drugs

#33 Celebrating Four Years Sober

#34 July 2017 Vs January 2018. 120 Lbs Vs 160 Lbs. Depressed Vs Happy. Getting Sober Is The Best Thing I’ve Done

#35 One Year Sober From Pills And Alcohol

#36 Over 2 Years Clean And Sober

#37 I Quit Drinking, Went Vegan And Started Running. Oh, And My Eyebrows Improved Too

#38 6 Months Dry. I’ve Got My Eyes Back. Before Pic About A Year Ago

#39 Just Over 2 Years Ago Now I Quit Drinking. Put Simply – It Changed Everything

#40 Friend Of Mine Got Sober And Went From Looking Like Frank Gallagher To Matt Damon

#42 On The Left I Was At The Lowest Point In My Life. On The Right I Am 3 Months And 22 Days Clean And Sober

#43 I Remember Being So Annoyed With Myself Waking Up Every Damn Saturday Morning Hungover And Bailing Out On The Gym – And One Day, I Stead Of Saying “F*ck Itâ€, Everyone’s About To Meet A New Cass

#44 Twenty Months Of Sobriety

#45 One Year Sober And Being Healthier. I Feel More Like Myself Than I Have In Years

#46 30 Months Without A Drink, And 2000 Miles Ran! I’ve Never Looked Like This

#47 I’ve Been Sober A Year Today And A Lot Has Changed! It Started With Quitting Drinking, Then Off Antidepressants, Bought A House, Quit Smoking, Started Working Out, And Now Going Back To School! If You Want To Know What Your Future Looks Like, Look At The Decisions You Are Making Today

#48 I Quit Drinking And Taking Pills All Together (Been Sober Almost 4 Years Now) I Started My Own Online Workout, Nutrition And Coaching Business To Help Other Women Make A Positive Change In Their Life Too

#49 I’m A Year Sober

#50 Sober And 20 Lbs Re-Gained

#52 8 Months Clean And Sober

#53 Lost 16 Lbs In 80 Days. IF And No Alcohol

#54 5 Months Sober And Many More To Come

#55 6,5 Months Of CICO, Sobriety And Running

#56 500 Days Sober. 1 Year Of Lifting Weights

#57 It’s Been More Than 5,5 Years Since I Gave Up Drinking Alcohol For Good! Finding The Raw And Vegan Lifestyle Helped Me Stay Sober Once I Took The Decision. To Kick A Bad Habit You Have To Replace It With A Good One!

#58 My Worst Day Sober Is Better Than My Best Day Drinking

#59 It Simply Amazes Me When I Look Back At Old Pictures To See What Was And Find So Much Gratitude For What I Have And Who I Am Today


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Whats Wrong With Todays Society Captured In 25+ Brutally Honest Illustrations By Angel Boligan

Art is a powerful form of expression, not just of beauty and aesthetic quality, but of ideas and protest as well. Cuban artist Angel Boligán is a master of this, delivering incredibly insightful critiques on the ills of the modern world within the confines of a single, beautifully drawn cartoon.

Boligán , who now lives in Mexico City, has received countless international awards and worldwide recognition for the way he highlights the rampant consumerism, loneliness, addiction and over-reliance on technology in Western society. We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of our favorite examples of Boligán’s work, cartoons that will make you stop, think and perhaps realize the absurdity of our selfish and wasteful capitalist culture, which is slowly killing our relationships, our mental health and the planet we all call home.

Scroll down to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1 Last Bite

#2 New Faces Of Politics

#3 The Rest Of The World

#4 Life’s Labyrinth

#5 Playing Outside

#6 Friendship Request

#7 Water Business

#8 Memories

#9 Job Interview

#10 Genders

#12 Neighbours And Borders

#13 The Sweetest Kiss

#14 Fake News

#15 Green Tears

#16 Justice Taken Into Their Own Hands

#17 Family Portrait With A Macho

#18 Trap Touch

#19 Divorce

#20 Corrupt Public Worker

#22 Displaced

#23 Help

#24 Parenting

#25 Capitalist Pet

#26 Interests Pushing

#27 Socialism / Capitalism

#28 Populism

#29 Walls And Liberties

#30 Alleged Offenders

#32 Love And Generations

#33 Bilateral Relationship

#34 Anti-Corruption Spray

#35 Prisoner Of Myself

#36 Vampire

#37 Reading Lesson

#38 Republican Inspection

#39 Soul

#40 Migrant’s Destination

#42 Grandfather

#43 Access To Politics

#44 Modern Times

#45 Vegetarian

#46 Excellency Prize At 18th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition

#47 Power And Censorhip

#48 Internet

#49 Easy Meal

#50 Health

#52 Neoliberal Government

#53 Freedom Of Speech

#54 Anchor

#55 Food For Kids

#56 Displaced By The Gods

#57 The Land Belongs To Those Who Labour It

#58 Facenstein

#59 Consumed Consumer

#60 Souvenir

#62 Duel In The Hospital

#63 Masculine Conflict

#64 The Old Tale

#65 The Best Mirror

#66 Future

#67 Blacksmith

#68 Readjustment

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Boy Cries Uncontrollably After Getting Bullied For Wearing Nail Polish, And His Dads Response Goes Viral

Toxic masculinity has become one of the buzz concepts of our times, as certain ‘traditionally masculine’ traits and behaviors have been identified by some as a corrosive influence on our society. Aaron Gouveia, from Massachusetts and a father of 3, is the voice behind parenting blog Daddy Files, where he shares his experiences, thoughts and practical tips to being the best possible father while balancing a career at the same time.

Recently he uploaded an angry and emotional Twitter thread about his middle son, Sam, being bullied at school for wearing nail polish. Sam hadn’t been exposed to overriding social expectations of gender norms yet, and was about to get a shock. “My wife and I spent five years successfully preaching tolerance, acceptance, and the importance of expression and your kids unraveled that in one school day,” Aaron wrote.

Sam simply liked having his nails painted. His grandmother used to do it for a living and he thought it looked cool. Simples. He was blissfully unaware that these kind of things were supposed to be ‘for girls only,’ and that not following this ‘rule’ would leave him open for ridicule, even from his friends.

After Sam came home heartbroken and in tears, Aaron decided that enough was enough. His passionate outburst quickly went viral and drew praise and support from thousands of people, impressed with the way he took harmful expectations of masculinity to task. And he is right. Of course there of some who take the concept too far, but some aspects of ‘toxic masculinity’ teach young boys to suppress their natural expression and emotions in ways that can be harmful later on, and this needs to be addressed.

Meanwhile Sam, inspired by other men and boys painting their own nails in solidarity, went back to school with his nails painted and a newfound confidence to be himself. “Sam had a great, incident-free day at school yesterday,”Aaron wrote. “Also, the school’s response and the community’s outreach has been really heartening.”

Scroll down to check out Sam’s kickass nails for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

This is Aaron Gouveia, dad of three boys and author of the parenting blog ‘Daddy Files’

This week something happened to his middle son at school, which led him to post an angry and emotional outburst on Twitter

People were really supportive of Aaron and Sam

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