Quotes that have changed my life #4

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I’m sure all of us have had unfortunate things happen to us, and the gravity of it may vary. Some of us have been affected more severely than others, but we have the power to decide whether or not we want to let it consume us. It’s then should we build the integrity to do something against our sorrows.

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

Rick Warren

While it is possible to disagree with this quote, I am addressing this quote to those who still have at least some glinting light left in them. That light may be your salvation, and once you’ve followed it, you have moved on and allowed an unfortunate past fall behind you. I often like to look back, not with grief or with shame or regret, but with pride. I survived, and I get to keep going on a strong note.

I apologise for this post to be short, especially when I am terribly inconsistent with these posts.

The Pursuit of Courage

Quotes that Have Changed My Life #2 and #3

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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.

Quotes that Changed My Life: Dead Poet Society

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I’ll start this category off with one quote that changed how I looked at books and authors, since this blog is where I scatter my thought process as I plot story-lines for my characters.

When I watched this film, I had already fallen in love with poetry and the minds of those who write it, and after finishing this film, I had fallen in love with all types of writers. It made me appreciate how deep some people have to delve to come up with the things that they do, and how much effort it takes. Lack of inspiration does not mean you yourself lack that spark. It just means that you have so many layers to strip before you can get to your own inner core, and that in itself means you have it. So use it. 

On with the quote:

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

Now, this made me think about the authors. I am willing to bet that when they did their tapping on the keyboard, they hit the backspace key at least once, for a reason other than fixing a typo. I have no idea how many words the English language has, but I know it has a lot.

Quotes that have changed my life: intro

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Hello, to my small circle of readers. As few may have already noticed, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post here. I’m sure there are some people who can empathise with me when I say life has been hectic for me.

To hop straight to what I started this post for, I would like to introduce a category of upcoming posts. This category will be just what the title of this post tells you; “Quotes that have Changed My Life”. For far too long, I had troubling thoughts spinning around me, wherever I went or whatever I was doing. As I had begun to eradicate these thoughts to replace them with better musings, I was able to read again without having to worry about trailing someplace else. I returned to social media, promising myself to stay in the relatively grounded realms of this web. I also began to watch more films with friends and family.

While I was doing the occasional media consumption, I came across quite a few quotes that really shifted my mindset and helped me retain my Peace of mind.  I was just getting myself back together when I came across these quotes and I believe they did have an impact on me. This is not to say that these sayings lead me to an epiphany, but they did do something quite close. Since then, I have been walking around with a new way to see the world. I can go as far as to say I walk around with a new understanding of the world, but understanding the world is something not even the world’s most brilliant man could do.

My point for making this category is to explain how these saying shifted my perspective and hopefully help someone by doing so.

Happy reading.

J.x