A couple of days ago I was in a really deep thinking mode so I was contemplating life, which is a rather large topic and since I didn’t have a blog post written for today I thought ‘why not channel these deep thoughts into something productive’. I’m sure you’ve all read those cringy ‘be you’, ‘be positive’, ‘don’t give up’ over-used quotes so I’ll try not to bore you with those. It certainly feels like a lifetime since I had to explain quotations but I’ll try to scrub the rust from that part of my brain…
‘ ‘Life’s too short’, they say. But I say, ‘do you do anything longer?’ ‘
‘The higher you build walls around your heart, the harder you fall when someone tears them down’
To me, this can be interpreted in two ways: preventing yourself falling in love will only make you fall harder and become more vulnerable when it does happen or that letting someone in is more difficult with higher walls due to ‘falling harder’ in previous relationships. It’s almost like we don’t expect anyone to want to ‘tear them down’ so when someone finally does make the effort we feel even more strongly towards them than if those walls were to be lower. I also believe this quotation can be used towards goals in life – the more we try to push towards those high expectations, the worse it is to accept if they are not met.
‘Learn to say ‘no’ without explaining yourself’
I don’t think that anyone really gets a thrill from turning someone or something down, but I think as a general rule we need to only accept things we truly want to do – ie be selfish in decisions which only affect you. By constantly saying ‘yes’ not only do you live merely to please others but also do you make those times you says yes reluctantly less pleasant and ultimately less valuable.
‘Running away from your problems is a race you’ll never win’
‘Three things cannot stay hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth’ (the Buddha)
Both the sun and the moon have a routine of being visible in certain times of the day, a ritual if you will, much like that of the truth. A lie can only be continued for so long before time catches up with it. However like the truth, the sun and the moon can be hidden by clouds or by each other much like another lie must hide the original lie which will eventually break away or be seen through by another person. Due to the earth being round (sorry flat earthers…) the sun will be seen by half the people and the moon by the rest – the truth is seen by you and the lie is seen by the others or that (some believe that) there are two sides of the truth. If we take this a step further we can see that neither the sun nor the moon can be hidden at any one time from anyone, almost like the truth always shining down and affecting the day/night since we can still see the light of the sun/moon through clouds.
‘Don’t cry when the sun is gone because the tears won’t let you see the stars’
Another nature quote… Quite simply one good thing will always cause another equally good thing to arise (as the sun is a star), however we may not notice this because it appears as a different type of ‘goodness’. That dwelling on the past will only make you less appreciative of the present.
‘An obstacle is often a stepping stone’
‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react’
Even though I am a believer in the way you react reveals your true personality, I simply can’t agree with this quote. That ‘10%’ of what happens causes you to react, which then causes something else to happen to you – it’s almost like they are playing tennis with each other. Therefore I wouldn’t say this is any more reacting than what is happening to you as they are both a result of each other, so should be more or less equal…
‘Don’t feel guilty for doing what’s good for you’
This links back to living a life you want to live rather than having the sole purpose of pleasing, which may make you feel good in the short term, however in the long term you will regret living their life. People who try to overly encourage you to do something without giving you space to make your own decisions quite simply aren’t your true friends.
‘Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be’
‘Time heals, but that doesn’t make it invaluable’
Of course many say after a break up or a death of a loved one that ‘time heals’ or to ‘give it time’ and of course we need this to not necessarily get over something, but merely move on from that part of our life. If you don’t spend enough time thinking, reflecting and hoping with a bit of self pity mixed in there too, you will struggle to get over it in the long run. However, constantly thinking about the past will only hinder the future. Time is valuable. When it comes down to it, we never have enough of it, so spending too much of it thinking about something that doesn’t deserve it will only make you feel worse.
‘Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you’
I am a firm believer in hate comments showing more about the commenter than they do about the target. Many of these statements are left due to jealousy to stop you from excelling in the fear that they would look worse. The irony here, however clearly shows them shooting themselves in the foot by leaving such remarks. ‘Real queens fix each others’ crowns’…
‘Don’t look back, you’re not going that way’
‘The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can’t do’
Of course proving anyone wrong will always make you feel that certain buzz however we shouldn’t make it an obsession to do the impossible as you simply become someone trying to entertain the onlookers rather than doing what you really want to do.
‘Not all who wander are lost’
This has probably got to be one of my favourite quotes because it amplifies the idea that even though the final outcome is yet to be discovered that doesn’t mean you don’t know your current situation. Take my blog for example: I’m wondering in which direction I should take this blog (get it? har, har, *eye roll*) but it doesn’t mean I don’t know where I am right now, who my main audience is etc.
‘Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind’ (Dr Seuss)
‘Mathematics may not teach us how to add love or minus hate but it gives us every reason to hope that every problem has a solution’
Many may argue that not every maths problem has a solution and so this quotation is invalid, however we can still hope for there to be a definitive answer, or at least a closer or more accurate representation of the problem. Whether the problem is resolved or not, it has become less complicated and less troublesome and so when we put this into a real life scenario (because maths is used absolutely every single day…) we can see that all issues will become less so. With regards to the ‘add love or minus hate’ part, I think this could be a representation of us not being able to fully control what or who we (dis)like and so even though we try to exert our power, that may be futile in certain scenarios.
‘Prove them wrong’
Thanks for reading my perspective of the different aspects of life which are constantly put into quote formats. I tried not to be too cringe but when talking about such topics, is that really possible? But for now I will continue to fill my camera roll with quotes for a late night read.