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Why I Don’t Watch Horror Movies

I thought that since Halloween is nearing, this would be the ideal time to write this slightly controversial post. Halloween is the time when a lot of popular scary movies make their debut.  I know many of my friends will be making their way to the theater or prepping themselves for a horror movie marathon. I will, without a doubt, be invited, and I will, as always, politely decline, which will without a doubt bring up the question: “why not”? While I have only ever completed one horror movie (The Witch), I have read the plots and summaries. I guess it’s just another way I am not like the average person. This is a list of reasons I don’t watch horror movies.

*I have zero judgment for people who do watch horror movies. If they truly enjoy it, I’m happy to see them happy.

The Bad Guy Usually Always Wins

I’m okay with watching some scary things, as long as there is a good balance between good and evil. However, I don’t like watching movies where the bad guy controls the whole show and remains in control even to the very end. I’m an avid The Walking Dead fan. There is a lot of gore and horror like things in that tv show, but I watch it because good is outlasting evil.

Unfortunately, in most of the modern day horror movies, the evil force easily overpowers the good people. There’s not even usually that much of a fight. It’s usually always so easy for the bad guy to win. Or worse, in a movie like the Belko Experiment, the good guy “almost” wins (I say almost lightly because he lost a lot). It looks like he wins, until the final few seconds. I would have said spoiler alert, but it’s a horror movie, so saying that it’s not a happy ending is definitely not a spoiler. Another example would be Nightmare on Elm Street. They couldn’t just let the good girl have a nice ending.

Torture and Killing Is Glorified

Horror movies make torture and murder a glorious thing. Movies like Final Destination and Saw make torture and dying seem cool, exciting, and enticing enough to cause people to be willing to pay to watch it. All the while, torture is a very horrible thing and killing as well. There’s really nothing about it that should bring people enjoyment.

I’ve killed men. I’ve heard them dying, I’ve watched them dying and there’s nothing glorious about it! Nothing poetic!”- Hector from the movie Troy

I Have Extreme Empathy

I am sure I am not the only one like this. But I have an extreme amount of empathy, which is one of the main reasons I don’t watch horror movies. I cannot watch those gloried torture scenes, I mentioned above. Why? It’s as if can feel their pain, at least mentally. It’s like I am actually there with them, feeling it with them. And that will remain ingrained in my mind for days to come. In all seriousness, the movie The Centurion traumatized me for two weeks. I decided never again.

As soon as Mel Gibson refuses the pain medicine in Braveheart, I leave the room and blast my music. I love The Walking Dead. But I refuse to the governor kill Herschel, or Negan kill Glen and Abraham. I can’t do torture scenes. I had to stop watching Criminal Minds because of this, and that was a tv show. If a movie is built around torture, like Saw, or The Green Inferno, there’s absolutely no way I can or will watch it.

It Takes Us Back in Time in Progress

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I absolutely love ancient and medieval history, hence my William Wallace reference above. I love learning about ancient Greece and Rome, and all of the old cultures. Since I have spent an abundance of my time delving into various ancient and medieval cultures, I can say with much confidence that the majority of humankind has progressed greatly since those times. For the majority of people today, human sacrifice, public executions, and packing a Coliseum to watch slaves fight to the death would be an appalling thought. Or so one would think.

On the other hand, people pack theaters to watch a crazy family terrorize a group of lost college students with a chainsaw. People pack theaters to see the gruesome and horrific torture scenes in Saw. People pack theaters to see a demonic clown eat little children. And it makes me genuinely curious why people find enjoyment (enough so to pay money) for that kind of thing, especially when in the end, the good people do not even win. It makes me question if it is an innate instinct that remains from our ancestors, who also enjoyed such spectacles.  One thing that makes me glad is that we progressed from finding entertainment from those live events to being satisfied with a fake televised version.

The Greedy Person Is Made out to be Worse Than the Evil Person

This is one of my biggest pet peeves about horror movies. They take an average guy (not the nicest guy), probably a little greedy, a little grumpy, and maybe dishonest and they put the entirety of the evil person’s wrath upon that poor unsuspecting guy. People wait for it, and they cheer for it. It’s almost like being arrogant or greedy is worse than being a sadistic killer. Maybe because it is easier to say that, that guy deserves it, so you don’t feel as bad. But really, I’m not sure. And I’m not saying it’s okay to be greedy or dishonest, but everyone has flaws. And that greedy, grumpy guy does not deserve to be butchered by some wacko.

No One Is Safe

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I usually feel confident strolling around town with my tall muscular boyfriend. He’s strong, protective, and he knows how to fight. When I am with him, I am that much less vulnerable. Horror movies would take that away from me. In horror movies, strength, speed, and in most cases instinct mean nothing. It doesn’t matter who or what you are; you cannot protect yourself, and much less, others. So when my boyfriend begs me to go watch a horror movie with him, pledging to me that he will protect me, I kindly remind him that in horror movies, no one, not even the big strong guy is safe.

Evil Is Represented as The Most Powerful Thing

In horror movies, generally, the evil force is the most powerful thing. The evil force is capable of overpowering good people, courage, good hearts, the most upsetting thing as a Christian, God. In all honesty, I haven’t ventured too far into the area of supernatural horror movies. The only one that I have watched is The Witch, and I’ve overheard some people talking about a few others. No matter how valiant and pure the efforts are, no matter how hard anyone prays, the evil force wins.

And the thing is, I know supernatural things happen in real life. I’ve heard stories from friends, and I’ve even seen things. And the thing that has brought my friends and me peace and relief from those things is Jesus. I have no doubt that he is more powerful, and I certainly don’t want a movie to plant a seed of doubt, through fear, in my mind.

Before anyone says I’m just a crazy Christian, yes, I am a Christian, but my dear friend who is Buddhist (from China) believes like me and has seen supernatural things happen as well in his lifetime and he agrees 100% with me on this one.

There is No Reason to Hope

I am usually a pretty hopeful and optimistic person. But horror movies literally take away any reason to hope for the best. It’s a given that most of the main characters are going to die gruesome deaths, despite their best efforts at survival. As I highlighted above, evil is represented as the most powerful thing, and the bad guy almost always wins. That takes away any reason to hope. Taking away hope takes away the reason to watch a movie, at least for me.

I Will, Without A Doubt, Dream About It

This one may just be me. But for some reason when I get into something, I will undoubtedly dream about it for several nights to come. When I started this blog I had to take sleeping meds so I wasn’t constantly dreaming about the endless amounts of thing I had to do. That’s why starting a tv show is a serious investment for me. I think it has to do with my extreme empathy, because like I said, while I’m watching it, it feels like I am experiencing it. And that causes me to relive it in my imagination and dream about it.

That’s why I choose my movies carefully. I’m not ready to open myself up to God knows how many nights filled with horror movie dreams. I know Freddy Kreuger isn’t real, but I still don’t want him showing up in my dreams.

I Don’t Like Being Scared

This is probably one the most generic and obvious reasons. But when it comes down to it, I simply don’t enjoy being scared. I don’t really like suspense, especially when that suspense usually ends in disappointment. That’s why I read the summaries of horror movies rather than watching them.

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This post probably earns a great big “Bah Humbug” from all my Halloween celebrating, horror movie loving readers. Which is fine, because we all have opinions. This post wasn’t meant to convert anyone from being a horror movie lover to my favorite genre. It was meant to make you think about why you are enjoying yourself next time you see a horror movie. And also, the next time you have a friend declining to watch a horror movie with you, keep this post in mind. Also, I am planning on dressing up this year for Halloween. I’m trying to decide between a puppy and Minnie Mouse. What do you guys think?

Do you agree or disagree with me? What is your favorite genre of movies? What are you going to dress up as for Halloween? Tell me about it the comments below!

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    Monica
    October 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I love this post! I find it difficult to explain to others why I don’t enjoy watching scary movies, and they often try to coerce me into watching them anyway. This helps me feel more convicted in my decision and that it’s okay to not want to watch these movies. So glad I found your blog!

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      Gabriella
      November 9, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Monica, Great to hear from you! I’m glad this helped you. I’m also glad there are other people who feel the same way that I do. 🙂

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    Neva
    October 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Girl, I am so on board with skipping the horror flicks. I don’t think it’s always wrong, I just don’t enjoy dwelling on gore and evil for entertainment. I’ve seen plenty of thoughtful, constructive movies that had mature themes (war movies for instance), and they were disturbing enough. Plus, there’s truth to the idea that watching violence, even fake violence, desensitizes our minds and can have an impact on our day to day lives.

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      Gabriella
      November 9, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Neva, great point! I totally agree with you about the desensitization part. It’s kind of scary how people actually look forward to watching someone die, even if it’s just on tv. Thanks for commenting!

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    Ellie Plummer
    October 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    This was a really interesting read. I also don’t really like watching horror films but that’s mainly because I just can’t believe them to the point that I find them funny. I totally get your points though, horror is just a bit of a strange genre.

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    angie
    October 31, 2017 at 12:48 am

    great reasons for not watching. I think I may borrow one or two I am not a big fan either
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    Muhammad Arif
    October 31, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Hmm really horrible thoughts all time come on my mind when I watch horror movies. So I avoid horror movies .

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    Jaemie Sures
    October 31, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I agree, I am a comedy person all the way

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    Adilene
    October 31, 2017 at 5:53 am

    You make some good points! I actually love scary movies because of the thrill and I know a lot of people that don’t like them but I didn’t never mind to ask why! Thanks for sharing!

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Hi Adilene, like I said, if you can get enjoyment out of them, then I am happy you are finding enjoyment! Thanks for taking the time to read something solely to understand others!

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    Adine @ Average To Awesome
    October 31, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I can really relate to the dream part; I will wake up screaming for at lest 3 weeks and check every dark nook in my house before I go to bed for another 6 weeks, so I really shouldn’t watch them 😉

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Hi Adine, I would be the same way. Thanks for commenting!

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    Renee
    October 31, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I’m with you! I used to love scary movies when I was younger. Slowly, into adulthood I started seeing them for just what they truly are. Murder and harm to others is no pretend thing in our culture. Why is it used as entertainment?

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    Anissa
    October 31, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Great perspective. Never quite heard a story being told like this and it’s just in time for Halloween!

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    Sella - The Mom's Life Cycle
    October 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    that’s all true and for the dream on it. yeeess!!!, it always comes to me after I watching the horror movies, and I hate it when it tried to give any shock in each scene!!! my heart could stop working LOL

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    shan
    October 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I’m with you on this. I can’t stand it and movies I was allowed to watch as a kid still affect me! 😉

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    Melitta Campbell
    October 31, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I’m with you on this – I can’t even watch with the sound turned off! And I don’t like that I feel not just scared, but helpless. Bring on the RomComs lol

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Hi Melitta, I sooo agree! It’s the helpless feeling, and not just during the movie, but for weeks after. I’m totally with you on the RomComs!!

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    Meaghan
    October 31, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    AMEN to all of these! I strongly dislike horror movies and refuse to watch them (eventhough my husband loves them!). There is enough evil in the world as it is, I do not need to glorify it or honor it by watching a movie about it. Great post!!!

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Hi Meaghan, I couldn’t have said it better! I don’t want to glorify and honor evil. I have dear friends that love horror movies and I don’t judge them. But secretly I’m hoping the demand for horror movies dies out.

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    Erica Career & Life Purpose Coach
    October 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Yes yes and yes! I used to love horror or scary movies… now they just freak me out and lower my energy vibe. It’s amazing how little things like “what movie you watch” can affect your entire mood!

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Hi Erica, I totally agree. What you put into your mind will affect you. I used to watch Criminal Minds all the time. But I had to stop watching because slowly it began affecting me. I couldn’t be anywhere alone without being terrified. I would get the most terrifying thoughts at the most random times. I agree it is amazing how it works like that. I’m glad you were able to recognize it early on. Thanks for commenting!

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    Mimi
    October 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I don’t like horror movies for the same reasons: I don’t like that the situations are almost always hopeless and I don’t like to be scared. I like creepy stuff and thrillers as long as there is a strong plot behind it. Like lately I started and loved Stranger Things, I haven’t watch it earlier because I thought it would terrified me. I was scared but it wasn’t crazy scary because the scary parts were part of the plot instead of something just there to terrified me

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:23 am

      Hi Mimi, thanks for your comment! I totally agree with you! I can some creepy things and thrillers as long as it’s fake and has a nice ending haha. I enjoyed the tv show Grimm when I was younger. Stranger things is starting to catch my attention. I’m debating whether or not I should start watching it. Your comment defintely is pushing me in the direction to start watching it. Maybe after this season of Walking Dead!

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        Mimi
        November 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm

        FYI: I’ve pushed (violentely ahahha ) my sister to start Stranger Things so I can rewatch it with her & I don’t do scarry things that’s how good it is. Plus, it’s only 17 episodes (first I thought: good I’ll watch it in a minute, then I thought: F***** I’LL WATCH IT A MINUTE) HAHAH

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    SEEMA ADNANI
    October 31, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Oh I am just like you. The post truly resonates with me.

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    Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
    October 31, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t like horror movies either. My husband travels a lot, so I don’t want to watch anything that creeps me out. And as a Christian, I also do not like to watch things that portrays evil and the greatest power.

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Hi Ayanna, those are both understandable reasons! Thanks for commenting!

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    Nancy
    October 31, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I am totally with you on “I don’t like to be scared.” and the necessary corollary to that is also “because I like to sleep” and I will never sleep again if I watch some of the scary movies out there!

    Favorite genre? I’m a sucker for cheesy love stories AND war movies.

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Hi Nancy, I am soo with you! I think we have the exact same preferences! Sometimes it is hard to explain to people that I like war movies but hate horror movies. Thanks for commenting, I love to hear that I’m not the only one.

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    Harmony, Momma To Go
    October 31, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I HATE scary movies soley bc I hate being scared!!! The rest of good reasons too. Esp why does the bad guy win?? I always wondered that as a kid! Happy Halloween

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Girl, I am so with you! It is like people cheer for the bad guy. It almost makes me cringe haha. Honestly, I might consider watching some of them if there was good ending haha. Thanks for commenting, and Happy Halloween to you too!

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    La Shell
    October 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Now, I love love love a good horror movie. But not blood and gore. I prefer those such as hauntings and extraterrestrial. I also love a good zombie movie. Like you though, the blood and the gore is not for me. Anything with violence or sexual violence is also not for me. What an interesting article!

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:13 am

      Hi La Shell, I am usually pretty okay with extraterrestrial and zombie movies! I’m pretty okay as long as it’s fake and obviously fake. But when it comes to evil people killing innocent people I get a little more uncomfortable. And sexual violence is wayy out for me. I think anything that we struggling within the world is something we shouldn’t be using for entertainment. But I definitely don’t judge anyone based on their preferences. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m always interested to see what other people think!

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    Onome
    October 31, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I’m a fan of horror movies. it I honestly do not know how to watch them without running around or hiding away. lol and I’ve been a movie character in my dream after watching a horror movie

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    Chelsea
    October 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I don’t watch scary movies either, but it all just comes down to that I’m way too big of a scaredy cat, haha. I can watch gorey movies (but really don’t enjoy them, so I just don’t), but anything supernatural scares the life out of me. I avoid at all costs!!

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    Alison
    November 1, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I can’t stand being scared and on edge for that long! Horror movies are definitely not for me either

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      Gabriella
      November 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Hi Alison, thanks for commenting! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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    Kristyn
    November 1, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Totally makes sense why you don’t watch Horror movies. I’m picky when it comes to Horror movies. There are a few that I am willing to watch though for a good scare.

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    Lauren
    November 1, 2017 at 2:21 am

    I agree!! I am not a fan of horror movies myself either!

    Lauren

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    oyibo ugbo
    November 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Too bad.. i agree with you in some of the point you raised but i totally disagree in some too, Horror moves happens to be one of my favorite, well, i watch it because i like suspense not because i like or honor evil. Horror movies sometimes show you some realities that people don’t want to acknowledge for one reason or the other. even though i watch horror movies, i dont watch every horror movie that comes my way.

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    Pam
    November 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I hate being scared! Great post!!

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    Melanie Christensen
    November 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Totally agree! Especially about the dreams! I watched Stranger Things with my husband this weekend and I had the most horrible dreams all night. I’ll stick with The Great Pumpkin 🙂

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      Gabriella
      November 9, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Melanie, YES! I love the Great Pumpkin! 🙂

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    Raina
    November 2, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I hate scary movies!! My heart beats SO fast and I hate being scared, lol!

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    rachel
    November 3, 2017 at 12:33 am

    Oh my gosh YES! I always have the worst nightmares about horror flicks!

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    Catherine
    November 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Girl I LOVED THIS. I’ve always disliked horror movies, but I never put much thought into why. I 100% agree!

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      Gabriella
      November 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks, Catherine, it’s good to hear others feel the same way!

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    Kimberly
    November 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Great post!! I feel the exact same way! Scary movies just mess with me bad. I loved this!

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      Gabriella
      November 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, girl! I’m glad I’m not alone 🙂

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    Preeti
    November 10, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I can feel you as I am in the same boat. I too hate being scared and really really don’t like horror movies. This is such a great read!

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      Gabriella
      November 13, 2017 at 4:14 am

      Thanks for commenting, Preeti! I’m so glad I’m not the only one lol.

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    Tiazim
    November 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I don’t watch many movies, but if I would have to choose, horror movies would be on the bottom of my ”to watch” list. If I actually take time to watch something it should be something that makes me feel like butterflies and rainbows, not looking over my shoulder for the whole next week.

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      Gabriella
      November 13, 2017 at 4:07 am

      Hi Tiazmin, I totally agree! Thanks for commenting!

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