The Pursuit of Courage

Quotes that Have Changed My Life #2 and #3

Into the Wild, Dark, and Deep by Whitney Justesen

As I may have discussed in previous posts, I went through a time where I struggled with myself. That package of struggle came with the burden of fear. I was sifting through the depths of the internet when I came across the following quote.

“Dance like nobody’s watching.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Sing like nobody’s listening,

And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

The moment I found this quote, I scoured through every corner of the internet I could find to figure out who originally said this. I got a cluster of results, from a singer-songwriter, to a novelist. At some point, I decided to accept that I may never find out who said it first, but the important thing was that this told me something I had been failing to tell myself and that it’s okay to have bruises. Some people will show them off as they tell their stories of how they survived a storm, others will keep them concealed.

However we choose to deal with it, we must keep on living because you never know what will happen next. I used to believe that all the bad things in my life were only a series of events that occurred due to some sort of domino effect, but it took me a while to understand that each day was an opportunity to change the trajectories and lead everything in a better direction. The scars would only have been a mark that one could look at each day and tell themselves, I survived. The concept of marks segues into the third quote in this series.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”

-Hunter S. Thompson

A friend once sent this quote to me via text. We had just gotten home from an event, and a group of people had been inviting me to play softball with them. I kindly rejected and told them I wouldn’t want to have my first broken bone from a small softball game. The friend who sent me this quote told me, “If you’re not going to have your first broken bone from a softball game, then what are you saving it for? Base jumping? I’d like to see that.” I soon realised she was right. All this time I had been so timid to put myself out there that I didn’t realise I was missing out.

It’s nice to stay on the safe side, but stepping out of the comfort zone doesn’t always mean getting out of the safe side, even f I am risking getting a broken bone. I need to see the things that I’m capable of. I need to get to know myself better in a sense of finding out things I never even knew about myself. I want to laugh and cry and look back at it all when I’m old and tell the following generations that I have no regrets. I can’t just spend the rest of my life being so afraid of what could happen to me and instead be open to what I could do.