2nd January 2013 – and turning 20

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;

Forgive them anyway.  

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.   

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Be successful anyway.  

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.  

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.                           

If you find serenity and happiness they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.  

The ‘good’ you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do ‘good’ anyway.  

Give the world the best you have, it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.  

You see in the final analysis, it’s between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”

Mother Teresa

I can’t believe I’ve been alive and on this planet for two whole decades. In my mind I’m still just a little child, not the grown up the rest of the world perceives me to be. This quote is one that my Dad (being the soppy person he is) put inside in birthday card on my 18th birthday. I think that whether you believe in God or not the rest of what it written stands true. It is difficult to be this way and to be able to be so level in spite of what others may think or do, but it’s probably a good outlook to have on life. Here’s to my next 20 years (as long as no one mentions the big four-oh).

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31st December 2012 – to a new year

“Nothing lasts forever; so live it up, drink it down, avoid the negativity, take chances and never regret because at one point it was what you wanted.”

M. Scott Peck, The Road less Traveled

Well, 2012 certainly didn’t last forever as we thought it would way back in January (in fact, it zoomed past) and I think I’ve learnt an awful lot this year, mostly about myself and learning who I am when life offers up new and different things. I really like this quote as it sums things up quite neatly. At the end of the day, no matter what is going on with your life, seconds, days and weeks go on – time stops for no one. And if you let it pass you by, you end up with those regrets and being stuck in those negative times. So, here is to a positive new year – what will undoubtedly be a huge year in my life.