8 Quotes That Give A New Perspective

8 Quotes That Give A New Perspective

Some quotes that may open your mind to something magnificent.
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Quotes are something many people live by. Many people have their favorite quote or the quote they put in their high school yearbook. Some seriously live by a certain quote until the day they die! There are so many quotes circulating the Internet from normal people writing on blogs to famous philosophers. I picked out some of my favorite ones that I think really effect how I see others and myself, and that I really think could help people's lives!

1. "I wonder how many people I have looked at and never seen."―John Steinbeck

Think about how many faces you have seen over your lifetime. SO MANY you can't even comprehend! This quote puts into perspective how small you are in the world and how many other stories are floating around out there.

2. "Love loves to love love."―James Joyce

WE LOVE LOVE BECAUSE LOVE RULES THE WORLD! This quote sums it up. Love is the meaning of life and we are lucky enough to be able to experience love. You love someone who loves someone else who loves someone else and it's just a big chain of LOVE around that world and that's what makes the world go round (:

3. “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ―May Sarton

True fact: you may be a total weirdo underneath all of your designer clothes and loads of artificial bullshit. But that is sooooo cool. You could be someone completely different than everyone around you, but you don't allow yourself to feel that because someone once told you that being different is weird. You know what's weird? Being just like the people standing by your side. Uniqueness is cool. Utter strangeness eccentricity is cool. Being your true self is cool. It may be scary at first, but you will feel so much more comfortable in your own skin once you get over that hump.

4. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.”―Robert Downey Jr.

One of my favorites. I'm all about finding a way to do the things that I want to do, regardless if people want me to do them or not. Sometimes it bites me in the ass, but I'm always glad that I tried my way instead of just pushing it under the rug. Do what you want because life is short so why not? Pay attention to other's input, but don't let it effect your next move.

5. “Sanity is a madness put to good uses.”―George Santayana

In the words of my good friend Cheshire Cat, we're all mad here. We have so much information given to us every single day, and we have the ability to chose what we want and don't want to pay attention to. We want to control what is in our lives and most of the time, succeed. Human beings are so powerful and it's amazing that we have this ability. So keep staying sane people.

6. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”―F. Scott Fitzgerald

This correlates so much with the Golden Rule. You have NO idea what others have or haven't experienced so keep your mouth shut if your questioning the morality of what you may say. There are people in the world who are so privileged and lucky and have everything they have ever wanted. And there are other people who work their butt of to give their family a life like this. Most of the time, you can't really tell the difference so just be cautious about what you say because you never know who is listening!

7. “In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ―Rollo May

Being by yourself is the only time you are one with your thoughts. It is the time where you have no one to please or cater to, where you can truly hear your thoughts loud and clearly. Creativity really comes out when these thoughts are circulating your mind. These thoughts can be turned into writing, music, art, etc. You could really surprise yourself if you allow yourself to be creative and create something. Creativity, like anything, takes practice, so don't be discouraged if you have a brain fart the first couple times of trying.

8. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."―Martin Luther King Jr.

Don't give someone the opportunity to receive your negative energy!! Don't get to the point where you hate someone. Back away before the word "hate" even crosses your mind. You don't have to necessarily like someone, but you also don't have to allow yourself to dislike someone so much to where you hate them. Mr. King was a wise man who always had something positive to say. Hate is SO avoidable, so try avoid the people you know clash with your state of mind and actions.

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

Growing up you learn things you wish you would have known sooner.

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I am 22 years old and every day is a new day to look back to learn and reflect.

I am now at a point in my life I am happy and I know my limits both physically and mentally. I know now that I am in no need to rush life. Stress is a big factor and once you notice that you find ways to reduce it. So I have made the choice and not rush my schooling right now. I decided to go to a part-time student in the upcoming semester. This way I can evenly focus on school and work which I know by springtime we will be getting busy. I'm going to work on me and maybe even take a vacation. I know I told many I would be graduating next semester sorry I lied I made this choice for me and I am not in any rush.

You learn that losing weight doesn't always mean the number on the goes down a few digits. It is knowing how your clothes fit. It is being comfortable in the body you are giving and making it look good. It is taking care of the body you are giving. After battling an eating disorder you learn that it is not fun to suffer in that pain, to see your family look at you as though you are dying. So please take care of your body.

Math does not get any easier and just when you think you're getting it, it changes. The formula's keep getting longer and more complex and before you know it that is imaginary numbers.

So here what I wish I would have known. I wish I could travel back in time and redo it all, but since I can't, I can only learn from what I have done and share with others so maybe they don't make the same mistakes I have. I refuse to relapse because I know my triggers and I keep learning new ways to deal with them.

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