It sounds funny, but in high school I was a quote elitist. I poo-pooed my nose at quotes like, "Live, Laugh, Love." The quotes I splattered all over my binders were from philosophers or the Dalai Lama or indie musicians. I needed a lot of complexity and heaviness to connect to a quote and I'll admit my angsty high school depression kept me in a place where I couldn't understand the power in something gentle, sweet, and simple. Nowadays, I love collecting quotes that I find inspiring, sweet, funny, powerful, you name it on Pinterest. I think once you've really experienced the fullness of life, the highs and lows, you start to appreciate even the cheesy stuff just as much as the serious stuff. As a child and a teenager, I was honestly very depressed so everything valuable to me felt like it needed to be serious. And I know that other people thought I was cold, distant, aloof, and stubborn. I had plenty of hard things happen when I was little that pushed me into being that closed off and hard edged little person. But ladies & gents, plenty of equally hard things have happened in my life after the age of 18 too! And you know what those hardships have taught me? Well, one, anti depressants and therapy really can do wonders when your chemistry is off and you have things you really need to process. ;) And, two, hard things can really help you see the true beauty in simple sweet, and even cheesy sounding statements!
I'm ready to take some good things from my quote loving teenage self and apply them to the present by splattering uplifting and empowering quotes all over the place as reminders to myself. The hardships in my family lately have definitely left me feeling vulnerable and weak, occasionally knocking me upside the head with self doubt and anxiety. But when I read a quote I love or hear someone I admire say something that really strikes a chord with me, it feels like a firework in a dark space. I'm ready to light up my mind with a million blasts of vibrant light, how about you?
This week, list all of your favorite quotes! I know that some of you may be able to fill up multiple pages with quotes while others might just have a few that they treasure. To get your inspiration going, think of your favorite books or poems, perhaps there is a quote in there that really struck a chord with you. Maybe you are music addict, I bet there are plenty of quotes from songs that really speak to you that you can document in your list! Does your family or your group of friends have something they say all the time that is sweet or memorable? And for those of you who find quotes you love via the web, here is a collection of some of my favorite quotes found via Pinterest. I thought it was interesting to write down all of my favorite quotes from Pinterest to then reflect on what they have in common. For me, quotes about self empowerment in goals, expansion of compassion, not letting fear be my guide, and trusting there is power in gentleness and kindess are my favorite sorts of quotes. What quotes really inspire and encourage you?
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