10 Liz Gilbert Quotes To Help You Breathe Again

10 Liz Gilbert Quotes To Help You Breathe Again

For the "Dear Ones, Sweet Friends, Beautiful Babies, and Lovely Messy Souls."

I'm only 18. By all means, I haven't really lived (You know what I'm talking about. Not the kind of living where you're breathing and existing, but the exhilarating kind of living where you can feel your accomplishments in your bones). I haven't traveled the world. I haven't had my first kiss. I haven't written or published my first novel (although I'm working on it). I haven't figured out what I'm going to do for the rest of my life (which seems daunting, so I've just decided I'm going to do whatever makes me happiest in the moment). I have, however, experienced heartbreak and loss and gone through many quarter-life crises where I just couldn't breathe anymore.

I full-heartedly embraced the phrase "I'd rather be numb than dumb" during my senior year, and since then, I completely shut down whenever I felt overwhelmed. My preferred method of coping (can I even call it coping if all it's doing is hurting me?) is curling up in my comfiest pajamas and binge-watching "Gilmore Girls" while I try my best to shut out the nagging voice in the back of my head that is yelling at me to get up and conquer the day. By nighttime, I'm usually a big unhappy mess of stress that tries to finish three hours of work in the 30 minutes I have before I need to go to bed in order to get a (semi) good amount of sleep.

For a long time, I felt like I was drowning (whether that be under a pile of homework or a pile of depression pressing down on my chest and my cheekbones and the corners of my eyes and the bridge of my nose). And then I found Liz Gilbert (mostly because my mom kept on telling me to follow her on Facebook). I read her posts and I felt like my sinuses were opening up (she's kind of like the human version of Vaporub). I felt like I could breathe again. So, I compiled ten of my favorite quotes that have helped me through the days when the world just seems too big and scary to conquer on my own:

1. “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.”

2. “You are allowed to completely change your life if it isn’t working. I’m dead serious about this. YOU ARE ALLOWED. Don’t marry suffering."

3. “Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.”

4. “It doesn’t all have to work. It doesn’t all have to magnitude. All it has to do is be in motion, which is the definition of vitality.”

5. “I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises."

6. “I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”

7. "And God gave you a human soul to take care of, too. (Your own.) You are in your own care. You have been placed in your own custody. You have been released on your own recognizance. You must learn to embrace yourself even when you're screwing everything up left and right. And that embrace means simply this: BE NICE TO YOU."

8. “May every step of your journey be blessed, and may you be braver than you ever knew you could be. But most of all, may you offer limitless patience to yourself along the way. Changing your life is hard, and — like all hard things — it requires love and endurance. But you are worthy, and you are strong, and you can do this.”

9. “Be kind to you, then. Put down the knife that you have been holding to your own throat. Stop beating up upon the poor animal that you are. Take the chains off. Open the door of the cage you've been forcing yourself to live in. Bring yourself out of the cold. Allow yourself the comfort of the warm blanket at the end of the couch. Protect yourself from those who injure you — yourself, most of all. The punishment ends today. Coax yourself forward, and say to the life that you have been entrusted with: "It's OK. I'm here now. I will take care of you now. I'm sorry if I ever hurt you. I didn't know that you were just a defenseless animal, deserving of care. Now I do know."

10. "Darling, you're doing the best you can. You are merely a human being, like all other human beings. You are not a superstar, and you are not the lowest rat who ever lived... You are just one of us, just a person trying to live in peace with herself in the world. It doesn't matter if your work disappoints you — that's a very natural human response. Let's not take it so hard or so seriously, OK? We're going to continue being creative, because we know that creativity is interesting and good for us. Now put down the donuts, and turn off the reality television, and take that goddamn scrunchie out of your hair, and throw those limp and stinky pajamas into the laundry, and wash your face, and slap on some lipstick, and put on some dance music, and have a big drink of water, and let's start again... With love."

Cover Image Credit: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/09/23/elizabeth-gilbert

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.


Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.


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