As of March 2017, I’m officially 26 years old. Honestly, I still accidentally tell people I’m 23…time flies! One things for sure, I’m incredibly grateful to have lived a wonderful 26 years, with hopefully many more fun years to come!
As per usual, I browsed around to see what people did for this weeks post. I OBVIOUSLY wasn’t just going to put a number on a post and sign off…that would be rather anti-climatic.
Some ideas I saw circling around are things people learned, things people are grateful for, things people enjoy doing, things about themselves, and many more…so many more…all of which add up to their actual age.
For mine, I decided I’m going to write 26 quotes I live by.
Quotes & Words I Live By…
1. “…words and ideas can change the world.”
—Dead Poet’s Society
2. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
3. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.”
—A.A. Milne, The Pooh Story Book
4. “This, too, shall pass.”
5. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story
7. “I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”
— Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
8. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
9. “Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”
— S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
10. “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
11. “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
— Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
13. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
— Elbert Hubbard
14. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
— Bob Marley
15. “I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.”
— Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
16. “It’s okay to be absurd, ridiculous, and downright irrational at times; silliness is sweet syrup that helps us swallow the bitter pills of life.”
— Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes
17. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
— Mark Twain
19. “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”
— Robert Frost
20. “Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”
— Pierce Brown, Golden Son
21. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
22. “When you initially forgive, it is like letting go of a hot iron. There is initial pain and the scars will show, but you can start living again.”
— Stephen Richards, Releasing You From The Past: Healing Past Hurt Through Forgiveness
23. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”
— J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
25. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
— Ernest Hemingway
26. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
These are certainly not all of them, but these are some of the things I think upon in certain times of need…
When I’m scared of the dark because of the imaginary monsters, when I have to learn how to trust again when I’ve been hurt, those times I feel it’s better to be alone, when tragedy happens and I’ve suddenly forgotten how to cope, when I have done something that I’m scared can’t be fixed…
I open my “Book of Knowledge” and read a quote from it, finding the words I need in order to find clarity. Living is a scary thing sometimes, but it is also full of magic and beauty and adventure.
What am I trying to learn now? To accept myself entirely and to remember to LIVE.
Thank you for coming by and Happy Reading!