I absolutely love a good quote. In fact, the stages of my life, or at least all the defining moments have quotes attached to them in my mind. The first quote that I ever attached to a stage in my life was a very famous one that is famous misattributed to Dr. Seuss. Much google searching has failed to turn up the origins of this quote, however it goes as follows:
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
This quote is one that I came across when I was struggling with figuring out my identity and my sexuality, especially when wondering what other people would think. This quote gave me that courage to accept who I was, and believe those important to me wouldn’t care, and those that did care weren’t worth having in my life.
The second quote that I love is also from that stage in my life and actually comes from the inside cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album. It goes like this:
“Isn’t it wild and intriguing and beautiful that every day we are new.”
For me this quote is so important as it’s that idea of being able to recreate yourself every single day. That every day is a blank page. That every day we have the opportunity to learn something more about yourself, to change, to develop, to grow. That every day you are a new version of yourself. Both these first quotes I liked so much I got them permanently tattooed on my body, so wherever I end up I’ll have those reminders with me.
The third quote that is important to me is one by Erin Hansen that I’ve seen all over my social media recently. It says:
“There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”
I absolutely love this quote, simply because to me it symbolises that the rewards for doing something that scares you could be amazing. It encouraged me to do so many different things that frightened me and I discovered that actually a lot of those things were awesome.
The final quote that I love, that is definitely my favourite quote of all time, has a very similar theme to this one. It’s from ‘A Cinderella Story’ but I’m not sure if they created it, or if it came from somewhere else first. It’s:
“Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
This quote is one that I’m slightly obsessed with at the moment, and it’s definitely one that gives me a lot of strength. It reminds me that we shouldn’t let a fear of failure stop you from trying to do something in the first place. It’s something I try and remember when I want to try something knew that I’m scared of trying because it might be difficult.