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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Being A Nanny Is The Best College Job, You Can @ Me On This

I strongly suggest joining the field ASAP.

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I have been babysitting since I was in ninth grade. In my opinion, it is the best possible job for a student, and should by all means be taken advantage of by our young adult generation. Being a babysitter teaches patience, responsibility, and how to deal with the weirdest situations ever (kids do some wacky things). Here are what I think are the main selling points of nannying a couple kids during your time as a student:

1. GOOD Pay

At this point, none of us have college degrees. This immediately means that we are going to make much less because the jobs we have available to us are unskilled and pretty basic. However, with ~babysitting~ parents will pay a whole lot to get one night out on the town away from their little bundles of joy. They will pay extra well if it's a weekend night, if they found you last minute, or if they know that their children are especially...exciting.

2. It is literally just hanging out with a kid or two

For the most part, kids just want to have fun. So, a lot of babysitting is just keeping the kids occupied and making sure they are having fun. Sometimes, you can even have fun, too!! Kids love water balloon fights, coloring, and watching movies. I am not opposed to any of these activities. I am especially not opposed to these activities when I am getting paid cold hard cash to do them. This brings me to my next point.

3. Most innocent form of tax evasion

Unless if you are a regular nanny, and the parents are very morally upright, responsible Americans, you will never pay a dime of taxes on your babysitting. Most of your little weekend and small jobs are here and there and not super consistent. Parents typically pay with cash, check, or Venmo. AKA, you can easily make a living off the double-digit per hour pay, and you don't pay taxes. Sneaky. I'm not sure if this is consitutional, but is anyone ever really going to come after the teenage babysitters?

4. (Usually) free food

Another killer perk of being a babysitter is the snacks. At almost every house I've ever sat at, as the parents are running out the door they flippantly shout behind them, "Help yourself to whatever's in the fridge!" I am a broke, hungry college student that has not gone grocery shopping since it was warm outside. Don't mind if I do. (disclaimer: don't go too crazy. Proper etiquette is important: don't eat the last of anything in the fridge, don't open anything that is brand new, and NEVER eat the chocolate the mom has hidden on the top shelf of the pantry.)

5. Downtime

Most of the time parents hire you for two reasons: to make sure that their kids stay alive (if they're little) or to make sure that their kid doesn't burn the house to the ground (if they're old enough to take care of themselves, but not quite old enough to be trusted). For younger ones, either due to a nap or an early bedtime, the kids will be asleep at some point during your hang with them. That means time for you to cozy up on the parents' comfy couch and do some homework or watch a movie (on the quietest volume of course).

If the kids are old enough to be awake for your whole stay, they still will probably not want to spend every single second with you, they'll want to do their own thing, maybe reading a book by themselves or playing a video game at some point. Regardless, you're going to have some chill time where your job is just to periodically make sure that the kids aren't getting themselves into trouble.

6. Kids are hilarious

Kids are the greatest comedians. They are totally unaware of this, but they're absolutely hilarious. They are so small and have no idea what is going on half of the time. It is so fun just hanging out with them and witnessing the stories they tell, things they get excited about, and little misunderstandings.

One of my favorite stories was with an adorable little four-year-old boy. I was explaining to him that I no longer live with my parents because I am in college. I now realize that this is an earth-shattering notion, as he had never considered the fact that he wouldn't live with his parents forever. He had tons of questions about my living situation and finally ventured into the subject of college, so I told him that college is just a fancy word for school. He immediately turned away from me and stared into the distance with the most sorrowful face I've ever seen on a four-year-old. "My mommy and daddy are sending me to school next year." It took me a couple of minutes to explain that there is a huge difference between my parentless lonely school and the kindergarten school he would be going to soon, that he still had a great deal of time with his parents before they would be sending him out on his own. I did my best to convey this to him, but I'm pretty sure the damage was already done. Poor guy will never be the same.

7. Forming relationships with kids

Spending all of this time hanging out with kids, teaching them about the weird world we share, and watching them grow up is so meaningful. You create bonds with them and can't wait to see all of the cool things they do with their little lives.

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