I've always been very drawn to words. Words, to me, are like magic. A good quote can take your breathe away and leave you feeling a deeper connection to yourself, others and in general, life. A good quote can give you the motivation you need to make necessary changes AND a good quote can leave you feeling like anything is possible.
Quotes can also be incredibly powerful when things feel heavy and hard. I often find comfort in reading the words of someone who has walked in similar shoes before me. When I read their words I think, "you know, if this person could get through it and look back with such a positive perspective, so to can I."
Some of the loneliness and most burdensome moments in my life have felt easier to navigate just by reading powerful words.
Words help you grow, change, and evolve. They can give you the strength and courage to spread your wings and fly off to new adventures.
For every situation there is a quote to lift up and inspire.
Certain words can take your breathe away and leave tears streaming down your face.
And the more you pay attention, the more likely that certain quotes will make their way to you just when you need them most.
Here are 10 quotes that have changed my perspective on situations, thus, changing my life. And, it's my hope that you fall in love with them the way I did. Collect them in a book, write them on post-its and stick them on your walls or bathroom mirror. Or, memorize them and let them leave a stamp on your heart forever.
For your heart will forever be changed by the magic of words.
1. "People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime."
Growing up I had several of my closest friends move away and over the years, we've lost touch. As another one left, I often found myself feeling sad and unable to understand why people kept leaving. I felt left behind and as if I was doing something to make them leave.
Then one day my mom shared the quote above with me. Immediately everything changed because I realized that every single person who comes into my life brings with them some kind of lesson I need to learn. Call it karma, call them kindred spirits, call them what you will, we were meant to be in each others lives for however long it may be and that began to provide me with the comfort I need.
It's actually kind of exciting now because each new person that comes my way is another opportunity to learn about myself and life. To this day when someone I care about leaves I still feel sad and if I'm honest, slightly left behind. However, I know that there was a reason our time was brief and I find meaning where I can. I find whatever lesson it was that I needed to learn and I try to grow for our time together.
Life Changer: Find meaning or the lesson in every encounter, however short it may be. No meeting is by mere coincidence.
2. "Your mad. Bonkers. Off your head. But I'll tell you a secret...all the best people are" - Alice in wonderland
I love people that march to the beat of their own drum. You know the ones, the people that don't give a f&$k what others think. The ones who embrace all of their idiosyncrasies, the ones that spread their wings and fly no matter how hard that may be. YOU people, I want to know you. I think you are brave and courageous. You inspire and motivate us to stand out in a sea of people trying to be the same. I applaud your ability to be comfortable in your own skin. Keep shining your magical light because the world needs more people shining their own lights.
Life Changer: March to the beat of your own drum and inspire others to do the same. Eventually you'll learn to not give a f&$k what other's think.
3. "Today you are you! That is truer then true. There is no one alive who is you-er then you!" - Dr. Seuss
Oh Dr. Suess, you are a man of so many incredible words. This quote is just one of many Dr. Suess quotes I love because it points out the fact that each one of us is unique and perfect just because we are alive. How cool is that?
There really is no one like you out there. As I said above, march to the beat of your own drum because those idiosyncrasies, those little things make you so flippin' wonderful.
Life Changer: Don't let the world tell you who you should be. BE YOU. Tap into your heart and identify who that is and live it. Trust me, YOU are so awesome.
4. "Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated." - Confucius
I always like to joke that as a Virgo I overcomplicate everything because I analyze things until they can no longer be analyzed...and then I analyze them some more. However, I think in general we all over complicating things. But the thing is, life is really simple.
I don't know about you but my overarching goal is for more simplicity and less overcomplicating. Sounds dreamy, huh?
Just remember, even when life feels like you are swimming in quicksand, slow down and remember, there is always a way out. No need for complicating the situation further by panicking. The best way out of quicksand is to slow down but to keep moving forward until you are eventually out.
Life Changer: What if we just let things be simple? What if we let go of the urge to overcomplicate everything and find peace in life simply unfolding? What if...
5. "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Did you know that? Did you know that life really does want you to succeed and once you decide on something the powers that be WILL do whatever necessary to make it happen. However, because we tend to overcomplicate things and get in our own way, too often things feel harder then necessary. We let our heads lead when our hearts should and we can talk ourselves out of almost everything.
Just know that you are never alone, you are always supported. Keep an open mind and an open heart and believe that you deserve what you truly long for.
Life Changer: You aren't doing this alone. Once you decide, so it is.
6. "Not all who wander are lost." J.J.R Tolkien
I use to believe that there was something wrong with me because my heart and soul were longing to wander the world. I wasn't sure if I'd ever want to settle down. I've always wanted to see and experience everything I could. I would dream of far off lands and the people I'd meet along the way and this thrilled me to no end. However, over time, somewhere I picked up the belief that those who wandered were lost souls destined to never find peace, so I slowly let go of this dream and latched on to one that felt more socially acceptable and safe.
But here is the thing, your soul will never find peace if you don't listen to the calls from within. You will always be searching, you will always feel restless and unsettled.
There is nothing wrong with you because you long to see the world and experience everything you can and it definitely doesn't mean you are lost.
Life Changer: What if you listened to the heeds from within? What would happen if you let yourself wander and experience everything you want in this life. If there is a will, there definitely is a way.
7. "I saw that." - Karma
If this doesn't make you giggle just a little bit then I don't know what will. Even if you don't believe in karma, most people believe we should treat others with kindness and respect. This quite adds a little humor to the idea that, what goes around...always comes around.
I also like the other saying, "Karma's a bitch."
And if I know anything, the way you treat others is how you will be treated in return.
Life Changer: Treat people the way you would want to be treated. Show people love, kindness and compassion.
8. "What people in the world think of you is really none of your business". - Martha Graham
If you are anything like me you probably hate the idea of someone disliking you. I think as human beings we have a natural desire for everyone to, at the very least, like us. And most would agree on some basic level that we long to have others approve of whatever it is we are doing. We are a society that is in constant need of validation through likes, thumbs up, winks and pokes but in the end, none of it matters. What truly matters is that YOU are living your life in a way that is true to what your heart wants. As long as you are not harming others, what others think IS none of your business.
Don't live your life based on what everyone else thinks. You'll end up living a life designed by other when you should be designing your own life.
Life Changer: Don't get caught up in the need for validation from others. In the end, everybody has different ideas of what you should be doing with your life. If you get caught up in those ideas and lose sight of your own, you aren't truly living YOUR life, you are living a life everyone else thinks you should be living. This only breeds unhappiness. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE.
9. "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you've always gotten." - Tony Robbins
Sometimes I read this quote over and over and all I can think of is "duh!" I know, so poetic. However, it's the truth. Why do we think we can do the same thing day in and day out and expect different results? Why is it so easy to fall back into the old and expect life to magically change? This is what I meant when I wrote this post. If you don't like something only you can change it. Even one small movement in a different direction can drastically change your life.
Life Changer: Make one small, tiny, wee bitty change today and see what happens. It's magic.
10. "All good things are wild and free." - Henry David Thoreau
There is a reason I got part of this quote tattooed on my arm. Two of the most important values I want to live by: Stay wild, stay free.
When you strip away everything, at your very basic core, you are wild and free. We all have free will. We all can go right, or we can go left. We all have a choice to live, or to stay stuck.
We live in a country where we are free. We are able to do what we want, when we want (for the most part) and live 'the dream." We can leave unhappy marriages, we can build incredible businesses, travel the world, and live in between that space of truth and ambiguity with no consequence. We have so many choices, so much opportunity.
And for that, nothing is more wild and free.
Life Changer: Remember this, you were born wild and free and nothing can change that. Lean into that freedom. Lean into the wild.
And because I just can't stop at ten, here are a few more of my favorites: