Over the years, I’ve accumulated a couple of different quotes and pasted them up on my bedroom wall. Each of them inspire me in some way or remind me of something vital in terms of living my life.
Quote 1: “These wings were meant to fly.” This is illustrated on my graduate cap from Undergraduate graduation from May, 2017. Next to it, I painted a tree reading “thank you”, with a caterpillar that says “mom” and a cacoon that reads “dad”. My mom gave me life and my dad gave me shelter/protection. Above it, I illustrated a girl emerging into a butterfly.
What it means: Remember your potential. The “wings” or body/soul you were given were crafted specifically for you to be able to carry the burdens you’re faced with, however, it doesn’t stop there. The “wings” were meant for you to fly, to soar up far past the ordinary. This quote reminds me to keep striving towards my goals and well beyond.
Quote 2: “Nothing safe is worth the drive.” –Treacherous, Taylor Swift
What it means: Take chances. As someone who fears getting out of her safety zone, this quote reminds me that sometimes risks are worth taking. Although it may not feel “safe” or comfortable, staying in the safety net keeps you idle. In order to move forward and “fly”, you have to take leaps that are often a bit scary. Plus, let’s not forget, as the song playfully sings, if it’s safe its not “worth the drive”. Keep life interesting, daring, and challenging.
Quote 3: “When things go wrong we can knock it down.” –Lego House, Ed Sheeran
What it means: It’s okay to make mistakes! In this song, Ed Sheeran sings about building a metaphorical lego house. This quote is incredibly comforting to me because it instills the idea that you can make mistakes and if you don’t like the outcome, you can “knock it down”, start all over, re-do it. As someone who thinks countless times before doing something and overthinks the impact of things, this quote is as comforting to me as a hug from Mom because it reminds me that it’s not “all or nothing”. Sometimes things go wrong, and I’m not locked in. I can fix it, change it, get rid of it, redo it until I’m happy.
Quote 4: “In the name of God.”
What it means: This one is self-explanatory, but personally it’s a reminder to ask for God’s blessing before doing anything. Generally speaking, this quote isn’t all about religion, instead it reminds me that the universe has a way of constructing a beautiful path for you, you just have to believe in it and manifest it with putting positive vibes into the air.
Quote 5: “A dream is a wish your heart makes.” – Cinderella
What it means: Follow your heart. My nine-year-old self wrote this quote in colored pencils on pink construction paper and pasted in on my wall. It reminds me to listen to my intuition, pay attention to my “dreams”, goals, and wants, and to take it seriously. If your heart stopped beating, you wouldn’t exist, so don’t take your inner desires for granted. Listen to your emotions and take them seriously; identify your goals and work towards them.
Quote 6: “However long the night, the dawn will break.”
What it means: There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Every dark moment will pass. My best friend wrote this for me as a reminder that no matter how long the night seems, the sun is sure to arrive in time.
Quote 7: “Nothing that was wrong ever turned out right”.
What it means: Trust your intuition. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong, and no matter how much you hope or try, you can’t turn a wrong thing into a right one. No matter how much you may want to defy the odds, if something seems off, let it be. Accept it and save yourself the consequences; be able to identify right from wrong from the get-go and honor it. For example, if a relationship starts off abusive, it’s not going to get any better no matter how long you wait.
Do you have any quotes that resonate with you? What quote inspires you the most? Do any of the above mean something different to you?