10 Quotes To Think About When The Universe Seems Like It's Against You

10 Quotes To Think About When The Universe Seems Like It's Against You

Finals are upon us and winter is coming, but that doesn't need to mean that you let the melancholy consume you.

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We all have those days when we just don't want to get out of bed. You don't want to go to class or do homework or do your laundry, but alas, those things are our responsibilities and they don't go away because we stay in bed (yay adulting!). Here are 10 quotes to help you out of a slump.

1. "Don't listen to them, they act like they own the world."

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Don't let what other people say or do affect you. People love to stunt as the world revolves around them, but it doesn't actually, regardless of what social media will have you think. Live your life the way that is right for you and don't let anyone make you feel bad about doing what is right for you.

2. “Surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it.”

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This one's pretty self-explanatory, but the importance cannot be stressed enough. Someone once told me you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If that is true, make sure you are spending time around good influences, but also, and maybe most importantly, make sure those five people respect and appreciate you and everything you have to offer.

3. “When you start doubting yourself, remember everything you've faced, all the battles you've won, and all of the fears you've overcome.”

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It is easy to forget to cut yourself a break. In the mindset of a constant grind we get caught up in meeting our goals so much that we sometimes forget to turn around and remember where we started. Acknowledge the work you've done to get to where you are and realize that being perfect is not an reasonable expectation for yourself.

4. “One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm.”

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There is always going to be drama. It doesn't go away just because high school is over. The only difference is how you let it affect you. Remember to stay above the turmoil and focus on what is really important. Nothing is more important than your peace of mind.

5. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”

The thing about a bad mood is that it can become all-consuming very quickly. It is unbelievably easy to fall into a cycle of negative thoughts and actions if you aren't very careful. However, if you make a conscious effort every day to think positively and focus on creating a beautiful future, you can avoid falling into said rut.

6. “Day by day, what you do is who you become.”

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If you don't like where you are in your life do something about it. You don't get different results by doing the same thing you've always done. Making a small change in a daily routine can be the start to creating the life you have always wanted.

7. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.”

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Fear is debilitating. It stops progress before it can start. Also, it is temporary and useless. the quicker you take the plunge to do what you've always wanted to do the less time you give your fears to convince you that its not possible. So be like Nike and just do it!

8. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

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You effectively learn nothing from staying within the bounds of what you have always known. When you step out of your comfort zone, you learn about the world and about yourself. One of the most important skills in life is adaptability and staying safely among those things that you already know does nothing to help advance that skill.

9. “Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.”

I'm a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. The good, the bad, the downright awful all shape you into the person you are meant to be. So try to remember that even the darkness will pass and it will leave you with everything you need to proceed into the next challenge of your life with confidence.

10. “Fighters are made, not born.”

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Shoutout to Abhi G, this is his favorite quote. It's easy to look at the people around you and think "wow, they are so strong." The thing to remember is that everyone is born with that strength but only some people have the drive to persist past their circumstances and endure.

All of the things that these quotes teach remind us that despite the fact that the world may seem gloomy, there is always some silver lining. You have the opportunity to take control of your life. You get to decide whether to try or give up and the correct decision is always to try. Persistence and practice and stamina and support, these are the only things you need in order to create the life you wish to live.

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I Ghosted My Old Self For 5 Months In An Effort To Reevaluate My Life

My life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

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BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

I went into hiding for a week, then went on a week getaway with my family, regained that feeling of being loved unconditionally, and realized that's all I need. They are all I need. Friends? Nah. Family. Only. Always.

On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

But most importantly, I changed my mindset. I promised myself to not say a single sentence that has a negative tone to it. I promised myself to think three times before engaging in any type of personal conversation. I promised myself to wake up in a good mood every damn day because I'm alive and that is the only factor I should need to be happy.

Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

I am so happy with myself and it has nothing to do with the things around me. It's so much deeper than that, and I'm beaming with pride. Of myself. For myself.

I want to leave you with these thoughts that those people who have hurt me, left me, and loved me through these last couple of months have taught me

Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
Some things go too deep to ever be forgotten.
You need to give yourself the permission to be happy right now.
You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
Sometimes it takes your break down to reach your breakthrough.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

My god, it's so f*cking good.

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To Whomever It May Concern; It's Time To Forgive Yourself

Personal growth is cultivated through successes and mistakes, beating yourself up over the latter is counterproductive to progress.

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We've reached that point in time again where it seems that the general population in its entirety has recommitted to improving themselves with the start of a new year. While it's refreshing to have a renewed determination to eat better, be kinder, or achieve the goals you had attempted at last year, the beginning of a new year can also prove to be a source of anxiety. As many sit down to put their goals on paper in hopes of making them more attainable, it's all too easy to be bombarded by all of the reasons that ones' ambitions are beyond what that person is capable of.

Memories of past short-comings and words of self-deprecation uttered in moments of perceived failure are compounded by a general fear of the unknown for what the future holds. In my own experience, I've come to understand that the limits we place on our capacity for achievement, happiness, and growth are the direct results of not forgiving ourselves. So many goals are set with the intent to receive some form of external validation to indicate that the world has forgiven our flaws and deemed us worthy, but if we can't forgive ourselves and see our own worth, then how can we possibly expect anyone else to?

In the safety and comfort of your own imagination where you are free to envision your best self, living the life you have always hoped for, the only person that can condemn those ideas for being unrealistic is you. When we allow that sardonic voice from the back of our minds to inhibit our dreams, we permit that voice to embed itself in our conscious thoughts and put trust in our inadequacies rather than our capabilities.

For those who have yet to forgive themselves of their own trespasses, failures, and mistakes; the next time you have the thought to better yourself or your life and find it being attacked by memories of deficiency, do not concede to those assailants with the belief that you are incapable of becoming and achieving anything you choose. Instead of willing away those thoughts that remind us of what we are trying to grow from, face them, face your old self with forgiveness, and decide how you're going to become someone better because of who you were.

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