14 Quotes To Live By

14 Quotes To Live By

Everyone needs an inspiring quote to live by.
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We can often find refuge, inspiration, and guidance in the words of others. I find that keeping certain quotes in mind can serve as the perfect motivation to allow me to persevere and push forward when I may feel like giving up. Quotes can even summarize everything we couldn't quite articulate ourselves and make us feel more understood. While I could have compiled a list of several more quotes, here are 14 quotes to live by:

1. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

To Kill A Mockingbird is an incredible book for a multitude of reasons, and its lessons are simply impassioned. This quote really encompasses the importance of empathy. Everyone is going through something, or has gone through something, and I think that is essential to keep in mind. In order to truly connect with and understand someone, you need to look at things from their perspective, not solely your own.

2. "The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all."

Life is all about taking risks. If we never take risks and constantly play it safe, we miss out on so many opportunities and live a life of stagnation. There of course is a difference between a brave person and a reckless person, for a reckless person leads a life that is no better than the life led by a cautious person. Nevertheless, taking the risk and learning from one's mistakes creates a life far more enjoyable than one that is calculated too carefully.

3. "If you can dance and be free and not be embarrassed, you can rule the world."

Never take life too seriously, and similarly, never take yourself too seriously. Life is best lived when you're true to yourself and are carefree. If you can be yourself and do what you think is right and never feel controlled by discomfort or self-consciousness, you can get through life just fine.

4. "If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders."

I overthink every situation I am in and often struggle to decide whether to follow my head or follow my heart. I think it is important to listen to the two and allow them to work together in order to formulate the best decision. Sometimes, some situations require you to just follow your gut, which can be easier said than done when you're constantly overthinking. Sometimes it's best to simply sit back and see where your mind goes and how you feel when you're not overtly analyzing all the possible decisions you can make. The right choice just may lie right in front of you, and you've been neglecting it in ignorance without even realizing it.

5. "Worrying means you suffer twice."

Although this quote comes from the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander speaks only the truth. I overthink and worry about everything, and as a result, most situations appear worse than they truly are. To constantly stress about how worrisome a situation may be creates a falsehood of how terrible the situation really is and only makes you more miserable in the process.

6. "You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."

Self care and self love is not selfish. While it is incredibly important to give all that you can to those you love, you must be the best version of yourself in order to do so. You must love yourself in addition to loving those around you. You can take care of yourself and love yourself while still possessing selflessness.

7. "Go after what you want or you will never have it."

While patience is important, so is determination, persistence, and perseverance. You cannot wait for things to happen to you or for things to be handed to you. There is nothing wrong with asking for help or knowing when the situation is out of your hands; however, it ultimately is up to you to go after what you want and make things happen for yourself. Do not hold yourself back, and do not expect anything to happen without first putting in the work yourself. You need to work hard for your dreams and keep trying.

8. "The world is filled with nice people, if you can't find one, be one."

I cannot stress this one enough. Kindness is a universal language, and just a little goes a quite a long way. Be the reason someone feels loved, listened to, and understood. Hold the door open for someone, pay someone a genuine compliment, offer valid advice when asked for it, or simply smile at others.

9. "Doubts kill more dreams than failure ever will."

Your fears and self-conscious thoughts are your worst enemies. Never doubt your capabilities or your dreams. I know it sounds cliché, however, you can truly do anything you put your mind to!

10. "Comparison is the thief of joy."

This quote is additionally one worth stressing. Comparing yourself with others only stimulates a false sense of competition that is completely unnecessary. Your life is uniquely your own, and it is essential to focus on your own progress. Do not undermine your successes by comparing them to someone else's, and never let someone put you down by making your successes seem inadequate.

11. "Get lost in what you love."

Your passions should never take a backseat in your life. Keep your creativity alive and strive to surround yourself with everything and everyone you love. Your hobbies and passions and the people you love are what make life worth living.

12. "Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give."

The development of your character lies in how you treat those around you. Give your all to the ones you love, and don't get too caught up in the things you own.

13. "Don't set yourself on fire to keep others warm."

This is similar to #6, though still slightly different. You cannot sacrifice yourself and your wellbeing entirely for others, because eventually you will wear yourself out. In order to truly tend to those you love, you need to be the best you can be, and you cannot get to that point if you're unhappy.

14. "Always go with the choice that scares you most, because that's the one that is going to help you grow."

Change and risk may seem quite daunting; and admittedly, neither are easy things to go through. Nevertheless, facing that which scares you will only make you stronger, braver, and wiser and will change you for the better. Things often seem much more scarier than they truly are, and once you overcome your fears, you can face even greater challenges much more feasibly.

I hope you enjoy these quotes and find them as enlightening and relatable as I do!

Cover Image Credit: Greg Rakozy

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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I'm Not Feelin' 22, But I'll Make The Most Of It

The reality of becoming another year older and the stress that it may bring.

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Birthdays are all about being the center of attention, - birthday wishes from friends and family, and celebrating another milestone in your life. People go out of their way to buy party favors, set up parties, and buy gifts just to make someone feel special on their birthday. However, some people dread their special day because of anxiety and depression. This past weekend was my 22ndbirthday, and although I'm usually excited for my birthday, this was the birthday I had been dreading.

Birthdays are inevitable. Once you reach past the age of 21, everything seems to go downhill, or at least I think so. Once I realized I was going to be 22 last Sunday, I realized the new responsibilities and norms that come with turning this age. I am a Junior at the University of Arizona, should be a senior, and most of my friends are younger than me. With most of my friends graduating this year at the age of 22, I can't help but feel bad that I will be graduating at the age of 23. After being at a large university for three years, I have felt "behind" because of my age and academic standing. Being the oldest of my friends brings a sense of anxiety out in me and pressure that I should be graduated by now.

Another issue I have with birthdays at this age is the expectation of certain milestones that I have not accomplished yet. With social media being such a large part of our society today, seeing so many different people on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posting pictures of what they are doing every second of the day, it's hard not to feel bad if you are not up to par with others lives. Some people are having babies, while others are going to medical school, where do I fit in?

Although birthdays bring some sense of negativity to me, I think that they should be celebrated in a positive light. My best friend, Colleen, knew I was feeling down about my birthday and wanted to help me feel better about turning the big 2-2. She bought balloons, silly string, and letter banners just to decorate our apartment to make me feel excited about the day. She bought me the most unique presents that only a best friend would know I would have wanted. At the end of the day, we went to my favorite restaurant and with the help of Colleen, my day had turned around.

While you may catch the birthday blues at some point in your lifetime, there are ways to change your attitude on the day. You may hear from someone from the past wishing you a happy birthday that can make you smile, or receive a gift from a family or friend that you had your eye on in the store and they knew you had to have it. Don't compare yourself to others when it comes to birthday plans, live the day how you would like and spend it with the people that matter most to you.

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