14th March 2013

“Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true.”

Billy Joel, Vienna

This is again a song that came up recently and this line reminded me about having expectations for things. Sometimes you get your hopes up so high that you are inevitably let down no matter what, and at other times, you can be so negative towards something that you don’t even let it make you happy. This is a funny line, as the ‘not imagining they’ll all come true’ part seems really pessimistic, but at the same time, it hints at reality in quite a well-balanced way.

26th February 2013 – A WHOLE YEAR!

“To laugh often and love much;

 to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;

to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self;

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, here we are. It has been a whole year since I decided to start this blog. 205 posts, 840 tags and 80 followers later, I’ve recorded many of my thoughts and experiences of the past year. It started off being something I wanted to do for myself, to express my thoughts and feelings, but the fact that people took to the blog so well and gave me such positive feedback made it feel like something really worth doing and writing about. My  sentences and choice of word may not have been the most sophisticated, but I wrote as I thought and went along with it. I think I find some solace by relating to the words of other people, knowing that what I’m trying to figure out myself has been discussed before. For me, this blog was a bit like a diary, but it recorded some of the more intangible, emotional parts of my year too.

This quote was one that was given to me by a teacher after my GCSEs in year 11, so nearly 5 years ago. It was on my bedroom wall at home, in uni halls and in my second year home too. I really liked understanding somebody else’s criteria for success and these ones seem accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstance and situation. For me, over the past year, I would say that I managed to do or experience most, if not all, of these things and they bring up happy, positive things for me, as well as reminding me how I have grown and changed. The most basic things life can offer: song, laughter, playing – are the ones that essentially have meaning when it comes down to it past the trouble, strife and difficulty of everyday life. If I take what Mr Emerson says to be true, then I have had a successful year.

Although ‘My Year in Quotes’ is technically up, I don’t think I will stop posting just yet. If and when I come across something interesting or when I feel the need to express myself, I will write about it here. Looking over this makes me wonder if things are different after 12 little months. Have I changed? Perhaps. I would say I am more self aware and perceptive, and I know that I am braver when it comes to facing scary or difficult things. I am more able to see and remind myself of what is truly important but in other ways I am more confused about the world (a feeling I don’t think will lessen the more the years pass.)

One thing this blog has highlighted for me is just how quickly time disappears; its a little frightening, really. Maybe one day in the future, I’ll look back and think ‘wasn’t I a whinge bag’ or ‘gosh, I was innocent and naive’ or maybe I’ll just cringe at some of the things I have said (most probable) but most importantly, I hope to look on it and think of happy memories and many, many smiles.*

*this is something I can cringe about in the future.

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.

21st August 2012

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you lose your heartaches, whatever you wish for, you keep…”

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Cinderella

I absolutely love the Disney princess classics; Cinderella has to be one of my all time favourties. I love how the lyrics are so innocent and simple and also quite inspiring. Last night I had one of those dreams that I wanted to carry on for a few more hours and I woke up feeling happy. I can’t quite remember what happened but it was a good ‘un! These song lyrics led to me spending most of my morning reliving my inner child, watching Disney songs on YouTube. Click here for the song…


2nd August 2012

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, rather than risk being happy”

Robert Anthony

Reading this quote, I was reminded of the massive amount of courage it takes to take certain risks in order to gain happiness. When something in your life needs to change, when you need to go somewhere, when you need to say something, it isn’t always simple which is why I think it is easy to remain unhappy with something. I have learnt from my own experiences, that taking those risks makes you a stronger and wiser person, even if it doesn’t work out.

18th June 2012

“Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice, but still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”

Morgan Freeman as Red, The Shawshank Redemption

Last night I watched the Shawshank Redemption on t.v. I had forgotten how much a of a brilliant film it is; how sad and revealing and intricate it is. This is one of my favourite few lines from the film- some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just to bright…

12th June 2012

“But, I know if I’m ever cold and lonely, I can wrap myself up in all those memories and I will be content.”

Teri Hatcher as Susan Delfino, Desperate Housewives

Sunday was the airing of the final Desperate Housewives episode ever, which was kind of sad having watched all eight series from 2004 until now. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the ending – it was all too happily ever after, but the ideas and concepts were good.